J80 News

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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CBYRA Top US Sailing’s Mallory Trophy
(Marion, MA)– The thirteen teams representing their Regional Sailing Associations were challenged by the fast-paced action with varying conditions on Buzzards Bay over four days at the 2019 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship for the Mallory Trophy, hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club. This year’s “Mallory” proved to be a US Sailing National Championship to remember. After 48 total races including six races in Sunday’s Stage 3 Final, the winning team was determined by a tie-breaker!John Loe (Highland Beach, Md.) and his team representing the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association (CBYRA) and the Annapolis Yacht Club earned the win on Sunday...
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German J/80 Championship Preview
(Glucksburg, Germany)- The Flensburger Fordewoche is playing host to the 2019 German J/80 Open Championship, hosting is Flensburger Segelclub. The eleven-boat fleet includes most of the top boats from across Germany.Certain to be the top contender on the leaderboard is Martin Menzner’s PIKE, a previous German J/80 Champion. Giving them a “run for the roses” should be Torsten Voss’ FRIDA, Arne Wilcken’s DIVA, Hauke Thilow’s POLLUX, and Inken Braunschmidt’s JOY TOY. For more German J/80 Championship sailing informationAdd to Flipboard Magazine.
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US Sailing’s Mallory Trophy Preview
(Marion, MA) – Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) from around the United States will be well represented this week by a talented group of sailors competing for the historic 2019 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club.Thirteen teams will be fleet racing for the Mallory Trophy in the J/80 over four days on Buzzards Bay. Competition for this legendary trophy gets underway on Thursday, September 5 and wraps up on Sunday, September 8, 2019.Returning to defend the 2018 title is Michael Hanson (Deephaven, Minn.) of the Minnetonka Yacht Club and his team representing the Inland Lake Yachting Association...
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Conanicut Round Island Race Preview
(Jamestown, RI)- It will be hard to top last year’s 100 boats lapping Conanicut Island once again this Labor Day Weekend. Maybe it was the perfect weather that brought out a quarter of all PHRF boats registered in Narragansett Bay, but the Race Organizers are looking to build upon that success once again this year."We want to provide an excellent opportunity for all sailors to capitalize on the last moments of summer," said ATI chairman Alan Baines. "Our goal is to couple a great regatta with a fantastic after-party to celebrate the season."The 92nd Annual event will be held on...
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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

PRO Stuart Childerley held a practice race In the morning, and after a big wind shift, moved the course to the east. “It can be a devil of a race area but we got two good races in today, helped by the competitors who settled into the tidal conditions very well at the start, but I expect that from this fleet, which is full of talented sailors.” commented Stuart Childerley.

The battle of the day was won by reigning J/80 World Champion, Rayco Tavares, who is top of the leaderboard after the first day, but the Spaniard did not have it all his own way. Reigning UK National Champion, Kevin Sproul won Race One but Rayco scored a 2-1 to Kevin's 1-4. The battle is due to continue all week.

Coming from Lanzarote, we are used to sailing in strong winds but the tide and short chop is something different for us.” commented Rayco. “There are strong local teams, which have better knowledge of the Solent, and there are other high quality teams from overseas as well.”

Olympic 470 Silver Medallist, Luke Patience is in third. “It is great to score two keepers on the first day, as we have only just put this team together.” commented Luke. “The plan is to try and improve our performance as the regatta develops, so we are happy to have got off to a good start in a very good fleet.” Spain's Javier Chacártegui scored a 8-2 to finish the day in fifth.. 2012 J/80 World Champion, Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg, scored a third in Race One but was over eager in Race Two, and having returned to re-start correctly, finished the day with a poor result.

Tech Talk - The Perfect Start

North Sails Ruairidh Scott (2005 J/80 World Champion).

The trick is you have to practice how to sail really slowly and not get stalled or go head to wind. You need to find the slowest that you can sail, and remain in control, which on a J/80 is 3 knots or less. If you can be just approaching the line at that speed, sailing very high, possibly inside the jib and inside the main a little bit. Then you bear away a little bit, fill the sails up and go. If you get your time on distance right, it is a very low stress and an easy way to start the boat well. You want to start at target speed with height, and then it is difficult for anyone to attack you. Control and consistency means that you are the master of your own destiny.

Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Karen Henderson-Williams, officiated at the daily prize giving, which was sponsored today by Ocean Safety. For live updates from the 2017 J/80 World Championship, including video and pictures from the race course: http://www.facebook.com/J80Worlds2017 For more information visit: http://www.royal-southern.co.uk