J80 News

J/Fest Southwest Regatta 10th Anniversary!
(Lakewood, TX)- The 10th annual edition of the J/Fest Southwest Regatta will feature many of the exciting and fun events that J/Sailors have enjoyed over the past decade. This year’s event will feature live music, a shrimp boil dinner, free beer, spectator boats (for family and friends), and lots of J/Sailors having a lot of fun! Hosting the event at their expansive facilities on Galveston Bay is the incredibly accommodating Lakewood Yacht Club. Participating are one-design fleets of J/22s, J/24s, J/70s and an ORC handicap class.For the thirteen-boat J/70 fleet, the regatta serves as a 2020 J/70 Worlds qualifier that...
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Champagne Conditions @ J/80 China Cup
(Xiamen, China)- The China Club Challenge Match, founded in 2005, sailed its 15th edition in the waters off Xiamen, China. The thirty-eight teams that sailed in the event, once again, were participants in the largest one-design keelboat regatta in all of Asia, sailing in a fleet of International J/80 one-design class sailboats.Day OneOn the first day, the fleet was treated to genuine “champagne sailing” conditions, with winds ranging from 8-15 knots throughout the day with relatively flat waters and a burning sun out all day long. This was a little bit unusual, as the tropical depression to the east of...
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ONE OCEAN MBA's CONFERENCE & REGATTA
(Porto Cervo, Italy)- The 16th edition of the One Ocean MBA's Conference & Regatta, organized by SDA Bocconi School of Management and the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) with the partnership of the One Ocean Foundation (OOF), got underway today. Taking place for the first time in the beautiful setting of the Costa Smeralda, about 400 students and alumni from the world's most prestigious business schools have gathered to experience three days dedicated to sailing and environmental sustainability.More than 50 teams representing their respective business schools will face two days of racing divided into three categories. The Open J/24 Class...
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DIVA Dominates German J/80 Championship
(Glucksburg, Germany)- Over the weekend of September 13th to 15th, the Flensburger Segelclub hosted their annual Flensburger Fordewoche for fleets of ORC handicap yachts and also the 2019 German J/80 Championship. A fleet of eleven J/80s enjoyed good weather and an eight race, one-discard series on the lake. The surprise winner was Arnet Wilcken’s DIVA team, sailing with two other family members (Karolin & Michaela Wilcken), Thore Hansen and Iver Hadler. They simply started out in first place on the first day and never wavered from their mission to win the German J/80 title for 2019. Their record included only...
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J/80 North American Championship Preview
(Lake Winnipesaukee, NH)- The Lake Winnipesaukee Sailing Association is hosting the 2019 J/80 North American Championship on their beautiful lake in central New Hampshire. A strong turnout of twenty-three boats will be sailing from September 18th to 22nd, with boats coming from all over New England, Seattle, Annapolis, Texas, and even Canada.Amongst the regatta leaders should be teams like Henry Tomlinson’s AEGIR, Brian Gibbs’ BLIND FAITH, Alex Kraus’ COOL J, Les Beckwith’s FKA, Ken Colburn’s GHOST, Tom & Jenn Kopp’s KOPP-OUT, Kevin Hayes & Jeff Kirchoff’s MORE GOSTOSA, John Vallee’s SHEETS & GIGGLES (CAN), Bill & Shannon Lockwood’s SHENANIGANS, and...
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OKOFEN Wins Trofeo Principe de Asturias
(Baiona, Spain)- A fleet of two-dozen J/80s sailed the 34th edition of the historic Prince of Asturias Trophy, hosted by the Monte Real Yacht Club and the Naval Military School, with the sponsorship from ABANCA. The sailing took place off Baiona, Spain and the fleet was blessed with beautiful weather and strong winds over the first two days of the three-day event.Winning the J/80 SOLVENTIS Class was Javier de la Gándara’s OKOFEN. On the first day of racing, OKOFEN started the regatta in third place. However, the perfect sailing conditions on Saturday enabled OKOFEN’s fast team to score three bullets...
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The proposed J/80 Class Rule Amendments, previously approved by the J/80 Class Association in June 2017, have formally been adopted by World Sailing and now posted on their website. These rules are

The approved proposals were:

1. Increasing the maximum crew weight to 350kg.

2. Permitting the installation and use of video and still cameras and their associated mounting hardware.

3. Permitting the addition of a fiberglass backstay flicker on the mast crane to help the backstay clear the mainsail.

4. Updating all references of "ISAF" to "World Sailing."

Link to J/80 Class Rules

Rayco Tabares (ESP) is the 2017 J/80 World Champion, retaining the title for the third consecutive year, Racing Hotel Princesa Yaiza, with a crew of: Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Afredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Laiyin Francisca Ley Torres Jorge.

Rayco Tabares has now won the J/80 World Championship four times! The Spanish team from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, led the regatta from the first day to the last, but did survive a jitter on the penultimate day. On the last day of racing, the team scored two second place finishes to clinch the world title. A northerly breeze ranging from 10-18 knots, with shifts both to the west and the east, provided yet another testing race course in the Central Solent. All fourteen scheduled races were completed, much to the satisfaction of the competitors, which roundly showed their approval for a World Championship that was extremely well run.

J/80 World Championship Results

Eric Brezellec (FRA) had an outstanding fourth day at the J/80 World Championship, scoring a scintillating 1-7-1-2, and is now within striking distance of Rayco Tabares (ESP). The defending world champion, from Lanzarote, is still in pole position, but a 4-1-16-18, has cut his championship lead to just seven points, with two races remaining. Tomorrow is the 14th July, French National Day, and Brezellec will be coming out with all guns blazing.

J/80 World Championship Results

Rayco Tabares (ESP) has retained his lead in the J/80 World Championship, but a crack has appeared in the Spanish team's seemingly invincible armour, scoring eighth in the last race of a tricky day in the Solent. Luke Patience (GBR) took his first race win, to move up to second place, and Eric Brezellec (FRA) had the best day of all, scoring a 3-3-1 to move up to third for the championship. Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) scored 10-10-2 to move up to fourth.

J/80 World Championship Results

PRO Stuart Childerley and his team, set three good races, resulting in a highly competitive starts and mark roundings. It was a tough day on the Solent for the 48 competitors in the J/80 World Championship, a low pressure system brought poor visibility and rain for much of the day. With the wind oscillating in speed and direction, making the correct tactical decisions was difficult.
“We had good speed today, especially downwind, and we made the right tactical choices.” commented Simon Moriceau. “Today we worked well as a team, and there was good communication. When we were down in the fleet we remained calm, and just concentrated on passing one boat at a time. Coming from Brittany, we are used to this kind of weather; it is not a problem for us.”

The 16th edition of the J/80 World Championship got off to a flying start with two spectacular championship races for the 48 boat fleet. A southwesterly wind of 12 knots built during the afternoon, piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts. With wind over tide shortly after the start, the combat zone boiled up with the J/80s powering upwind, then surfing downwind, in a full on foam up. Rayco Tavares (ESP) leads the championship, Kevin Sproul (GBR) is second and Luke Patience (GBR) third.

J/80 World Championship Results