J80 News

J/Fest Great Lakes Regatta Preview
(Toronto, ONT, Canada)- The Royal Canadian Yacht Club in Toronto, Ontario is hosting their first J/Fest Great Lakes on their magnificent setting on an island offshore of the majestic city of Toronto. The event will feature one-design fleets for J/27s, J/80s, J/105s and a PHRF fleet that includes J/88s, J/35s, and J/109. Thirty-three boats are participating in the event, an excellent turnout for the inaugural event at RCYC.The five-boat J/27 class includes Chris Johnston’s AFTERNOON DELIGHT, Madeleine Beese’s MESSING ABOUT, Christian Greenfield’s MISS TRIXIE, Rich O’Hare’s TAKE 5, and Bruce Scott’s WARPED PERCEPTION.The nine-boat J/80 class includes three women owner/...
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J/80 World Championship Update
(Bilbao, Spain)- The Real Club Marítimo del Abra has been hosting the 2019 edition of the J/80 World Championship that started on July 13th off Bilbao, Spain. Eighty teams have been battling on the Cantabrian Sea from twelve nations across the world (Canada, Spain, France, USA, Russia, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and India).The battles have been epic so far, especially between the two top countries that have continuously been at the top of the world in J/80 events for over a decade- the French and the Spanish.As a reflection of that fierce competition, tied on points...
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J/80 World Championship Preview
(Bilbao, Spain)- From July 13 to 20, the Real Club Marítimo del Abra will host the 2019 edition of the J/80 World Championship. Eighty-seven teams will battle for the title on the Cantabrian Sea from twelve nations across the world (Canada, Spain, France, USA, Russia, Portugal, Cyprus, Ireland, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Belgium, and India).There is no question the biggest battles will be fought between the principal protagonists of the class in Europe- the host nation Spain and their counterparts just across their border to the north- the French. Familiar names will be in the thick of the battle for...
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Extremely Light Delta Race Weekend
(Colijnsplaat, The Netherlands)- The 49th Delta Race Weekend opened with a lot of promise on Friday. Sun and wind saw the fleet leave the port of Colijnsplaat with the hope of having multiple races for around the cans racing offshore. The moderate northeast wind slowly died off from its promising 10 kts morning breeze to the point where all afternoon races were canceled. That “movie” was repeated for the rest of the weekend. Morning winds that veered into the east, then southeast, quadrants looked good early, but would die off in the afternoons. Consequently, it was difficult to get in...
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Crazy Light Round The Island Race
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The 2019 edition of the world-famous “Round The Island Race” in the United Kingdom, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, Isle of Wight, may go down in history as one of the slowest ever for most of the fleet. The challenging 60.0nm race that goes around the Isle of Wight is by far the most popular race on any sailor’s social calendar all year long in the U.K., but this year it was celebrated with copious amounts of Pimms as most of the fleet motored back home to their anchorages- at least 75%...
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Golison Wins Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week
(Long Beach, CA)- The 2019 edition of Ullman Sails Long Beach Race Week wrapped up with a bang, as winds tickled the 20s and racers were tested in the final day of the regatta hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club.More than 100 teams participated in the June 21 to 23 event, which drew sailors from the western US and neighboring nations, plus Australia and Germany.Wind conditions steadily built over the three day regatta, as did the excitement, as racers competed in a series of seven windward/leeward or three random leg races, in both one-design and...
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On November 29 and 30, 2015, the J/80 Fleet in Hong Kong hosted its Class Championship. 17 boats participated in the event, including 2 highly qualified overseas

teams from China. The first day of the regatta saw the fleet compete in 17-20 knots of breeze and 1.5 to 2m seas. Barry Hayes, skippering UK Sailmakers made it pretty clear that he was coming for a win! After winning the first 2 races, he finished 2nd on the third race of the day. Rory Godman, skippering Javelin, was coming back strong in the last 2 races of the day after struggling on the first 2 races. The rest of the fleet was battling hard to stay close to the leaders and at the end of the first day, a strong group of 10 boats were in a position to grab a spot on the podium.

The second day of the race saw the boats compete in a very different environment: 8-12 knots of breeze and a relatively flat sea. Barry and his very talented team comprising top Chinese sailors Horace Chen Jin Hao from the DongFeng VOR team, Edmond Zhang Meng Yuan and Xing Wei Wei struggled at first to adapt to these moderate conditions and finished 9th on the first 2 races of Day 2. But they came in with two bullets on the final races of the day to win the Championship on countback, just ahead of Javelin (Rory Godman) who secured 2nd place on the podium.

After a very promising first day, an overseas team from China skippered by Samuel Shen and chartering Frank Pong's Jelik 6, had to retire on the second day due to a technical issue. Nonetheless, based on their strong performance on the first day, they promised to come back next year in the hunt for a podium spot.

The race for the owner/driver title was very open and the battle was hard fought by several contenders until the final race finished and the winner was determined. Akira Sakai on Jailbreaker won the title, followed by Ben Bulmer on Jasmine and Andrew Moore on Tigrina.The presence of overseas teams was very welcome and the Hong Kong J80 fleet will continue to welcome international competitors to this annual event. The event is usually held in November which typically offers optimal sailing conditions with East-North Easterly breezes of between 12 and 18 knots, a light swell and clear blue skies. Add in the local hospitality and the stunning location and facilities of the host yacht club (the event is organized by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, one of the oldest sailing clubs in Asia with a history dating back as far as 1890), it is no wonder this event is growing in popularity. The full results can be obtained here: http://www.rhkyc.org.hk/upload/Sailing/Classes/J80/J80ClassChamps.htm