J/80 Event News

J/80 Women's Cup Smashing Success!
(Getxo, Bilbao, Spain)- The inaugural International Women's Cup recently took place off Getxo, Spain on their gorgeous azure blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Hosting the event for the dozen J/80 women sailing teams was the Real Club Marítimo del Abra, sponsored by Euskadiko Kirol Portuak. Originally, the regatta was scheduled to be held at the end of March 2020. But, like everything else, it had to be postponed due to the pandemic and sailed last weekend. After hosting the Spanish J/80 Cup in 2018 and the J/80 World Championship in 2019, the Club de Las Arenas wanted to promote...
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Women Shopping for MORE Sailboats!  Great news!
According to Boat Trader, America’s largest online boating marketplace, there has been a tidal wave of women shopping for boats from coast-to-coast this summer. Reports of banner-year boat sales have been making national headlines and Boat Trader’s latest data suggests the surge is partially due to women and mothers sequestered with kids, who have quickly directed their family and friends to the waterfront for some much-needed fun. In fact, the overall number of women visiting Boat Trader has increased +75% YoY across all age groups (18 – 24 years (+198%), 25 – 34 years (+71%), 35 – 44 years (+37%),...
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"Women at the Helm Regatta" : 05-Oct-2020 7pm
"Women at the Helm Regatta"
48 NORTH had a great article in their recent September 2020 online issue, contribution from Jennifer Harkness. "No matter how you slice it, if you're someone who had any plans this summer, chances are fairly good that the Coronavirus dashed them. I am certainly one of those people. Plan A for the summer was to stretch my sailing skills and build new ones on the Clipper Round the World Race (see 48° North September 2019 "The Sailing Unicorn" for that story). Well, crap. Plan B then became a spot-on team Repeat Offenders for the Race to Alaska, but ... yeah...
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Diversity, equity, and inclusion in sailing
The September 2020 issue of 48° North Magazine, which serves the northwest corner of the USA, reports on a new event founded by Jennifer Harkness. Here she explains: On August 3, US Sailing had Ayme Sinclair host a panel on their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) program with Karen and Joey Harris, Lou Sandoval, and Captain Bill Pinkney. It was one of the best moderated panels on diversity I have seen in my 15 years of diversity exploration and work. US Sailing is doing some amazing and essential anti-racist work. In these uncertain times, we need to come together more...
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J/112E Wins Class 2 @ U.K. IRC Nationals!
(Cowes, IOW, England)- Mid-September it may be, but conditions for the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s 2020 IRC championships felt more like June last weekend, with shorts and T-shirts conditions and allowing a full schedule of racing to be laid on by PRO Stuart Childerley and his team. The event concluded Sunday with two windward-leeward races on the central-eastern Solent in more variable and generally lighter winds than on Friday or Saturday. The hardest fought victory across the three classes was that of 2012 winner David Franks aboard his J/112E LEON. They had been handicapped with Franks only coming out of...
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Spectacular Finale @ Landsail Tyres J-Cup Regatta
(Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- By invitation of Key Yachting, the 2020 Landsail Tyres J-Cup celebrated the 21st birthday of the annual regatta exclusively for J/Boats. While the regatta was somewhat different this year, the spirit of the J/Family was as strong as ever. Hosted for the first time by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, the regatta was a huge success. Fifty J's with over 200 crew enjoying great racing, plus safe and secure social functions at the RORC Clubhouse in Cowes. The regatta featured two National Championships. Tony & Sally Mack’s McFLY retained the J/111 National Championship and was...
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EPIC Round the Island Race- Jamestown
(Jamestown, Rhode Island)– Normally, Conanicut Yacht Club Around the Island Race is the culmination of an entire sailing season, but for many who participated on last Sunday's 18-mile lap of Jamestown, it was their first regatta of the year as many races were canceled this summer to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For 93 years, the race has been held on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend and usually attracts 100+ boats from in and around Narragansett Bay for the single distance race followed by an awards party on the lawn of the island yacht club. This year, 78...
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Gorgeous Landsail Tyres J-Cup UK Regatta!
(Cowes, England)- Fifty J/Boats have entered the Landsail Tyres J-Cup and the sizable fleet had a thrilling start to the three-day regatta with a fresh south-westerly breeze gusting over 25 knots. The RORC Race Team, led by PRO Stuart Childerley, completed one race for all classes before the tide changed, stirring up an already agitated Solent. Class winners on the opening day were Gavin Howe’s J/88 Tigris, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’Ronimo, Tony & Sally Mack’s J/111 McFly, Simon Perry’s J/109 Jiraffe and Paul Ward’s J/70 Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat. In IRC One, three former J-Cup winners filled the podium for...
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Thrilling Annapolis NOOD Regatta
(Annapolis, MD)- Even a self-described “punch in the nose” couldn’t stop Will Crump and his teammates aboard R80 from winning the J/80 fleet at the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Annapolis today. The feat also earned them an invitation to the British Virgin Islands—as the regatta’s overall winner—to represent Annapolis at the Helly Hansen Caribbean NOOD Championship, scheduled for 2021. “John [White – friend and rival on board J/80 USA 1162] must have heard me say I was going after him in the starting sequence today,” Crump said jokingly. “Well, he won that round in race one today when he came...
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Round the Island Race- Jamestown Preview
(Jamestown, Rhode Island)- In a summer of social distancing, getting out on the water has been a release for many local sailors. Conanicut Yacht Club's Annual Around-the-Island Race on September 6th aims to continue to be that respite. The 93rd edition, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, may look a little different this year but will still be a celebration of the New England summer sailing season winding down. Typically attracting around one hundred boats, competitors start at 11 am in separated divisions then circumnavigate the 18.0 mile course around Conanicut Island. Usually, this is followed by...
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Landsail Tyres J-Cup UK Update
(Cowes, England)- Fifty J/Boats have entered the Landsail Tyres J-Cup and the sizable fleet had a thrilling start to the three-day regatta with a fresh south-westerly breeze gusting over 25 knots. The RORC Race Team, led by PRO Stuart Childerley, completed one race for all classes before the tide changed, stirring up an already agitated Solent. Class winners on the opening day were Gavin Howe’s J/88 Tigris, David Greenhalgh’s J/92 J’Ronimo, Tony & Sally Mack’s J/111 McFly, Simon Perry’s J/109 Jiraffe and Paul Ward’s J/70 Eat, Sleep, J, Repeat. In IRC One, three former J-Cup winners filled the podium for...
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We Survived – Some Boats Didn’t…..
Bill Kneller, owner of the J/109 VENTO SOLARE, has this remarkable report about a squall line that hit the Conanicut YC Tuesday evening beer-can series. Bill goes on to explain, "Vento Solare entered the final JYC summer series race with a third place standing. Weather at the start had winds 8-12 out of the West. It looked like a beautiful night for the race with the potential for some thunderstorms later in the evening. The crew consisted of Roland on the bow, Eric at mast & tactician, Gardner trimming jib & spin, Mary doing pit & trim, Andrew on main,...
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Annapolis NOOD Regatta Preview
(Annapolis, MD)- This coming weekend will be the first Sailing World NOOD Regatta to be run in 2020, as all of the previous events were canceled due to the pandemic. No question, there are hundreds of passionate enthusiastic J/Sailors migrating their way to Annapolis, MD for this eponymous event. There are big turn-outs for the J/One-design classes that were invited to the regatta- J/22s, J/24s, J/70s, J/80s, J/30s, J/35s, and J/105s. Sixty J/Crews are sailing in the overall fleet of seventy-eight boats- WOW- that's 77.0% of the fleet are J's! The J/30s have a fantastic fleet of eight boats from...
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Conanicut YC Round The Island Announcement!
(Jamestown, RI)- In a summer of social distancing, getting out on the water has been a release for many local sailors. Conanicut Yacht Club's Annual Around-the-Island Race on Sunday, September 6th aims to continue to be that respite. The 93rd edition, held annually on the Sunday of Labor Day Weekend, may look a little different this year, but will still be a celebration of the New England summer sailing season winding down. Typically attracting around one hundred boats, competitors start at 11:00 AM in separated divisions, then circumnavigate the 21.0nm course around Conanicut Island. Usually, this is followed by the...
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Chesapeake Bay Finishing Sailing Season Strongly!
(Annapolis, MD)- Due to careful adherence to state and local COVID-19 safety standards, the mid-Atlantic racing season on Chesapeake Bay got a late start in June, yet still attracted a strong turnout with over 30 entries competing in Annapolis Yacht Club’s Wednesday Night Series. This was followed by the Annapolis YC Annual Regatta in mid-July, which in turn is being followed by the Annapolis Labor Day Regatta held on September 6, the AYC Fall Race to Solomons on September 26, the AYC Double-Handed Distance Race on October 3-4, and the AYC Fall Series held over October 17-18. “We are running...
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Annapolis J/Crews Love Two-Bridge Fiasco!
(Annapolis, MD)- Build It And They Will Come", reported Will Keyworth from Annapolis. "Well, Annapolis Yacht Club built on a race format used successfully in San Francisco Bay called the Three Bridge Fiasco but named theirs’s the Two Bridge Fiasco. The AYC put the Notice of Race on social media and boy did they come! 143 single and doublehanded teams hit the starting line for this fantastic new event, and no one was disappointed! Mother Nature turned on the wind machine to put some relief to the 90+ F temps and smiles on many a sailor's face! It was a...
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Annapolis NOOD Regatta Update
(Annapolis, MD)- "As the new dates for the Annapolis NOOD regatta draw closer, we are working hard to make plans to accommodate all the new Covid 19 regulations imposed by State of Maryland, and local Annapolis authorities, as well as the Annapolis area yacht clubs. Our goal is to ensure we have a great sailing event and most importantly, a safe sailing event. The landscape in which we find ourselves is ever changing, so planning is more difficult than usual, but rest assured we are doing our best to pull this off. No doubt you have questions and we will...
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New J/Boats Parts Initiative Announced
 (Newport, RI)- J/Boats is pleased to announce a new initiative with MAURIPRO Sailing to support aftermarket J/Boats parts for J/ sailors. The newly launched J/Boats Parts & Accessories initially features the J/22, J/24 and J/80 classes and will soon be expanded to include other popular one-design and cruising J’s. “MAURIPRO Sailing has been supporting the sailing community and J/Sailors for many years,” commented Jeff Johnstone, J/Boats President. “Their team is fully engaged in all levels of the sport, and they share our long-term commitment to provide sailors with high performing products at a great value.” CLICK HERE TO VISIT J/BOATS...
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What is the appeal of the J/80 Class?
* A Perspective on one-design appeal in the J/80 Class from a U.S. Sailing dialogue with the USA J/80 Class President Ramzi Bannura. US Sailing: What is the appeal of the J-80 class? Ramzi Bannura: The allure is that the J/80 is a competitive one design class that has pockets of established fleets and boats across the US and Canada, such as Annapolis, Toronto, Seattle, Austin and New Hampshire . The class has closed class rules so that means that anything that is not expressly permitted is prohibited. One of the most attractive features of the class is that sailors...
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Edgartown Round Island Race Preview
(Edgartown, Martha's Vineyard, MA)- The Edgartown Yacht Club is hosting the 82nd running of its signature ‘Round-the-Island (’RTI) race on Saturday, August 1st, 2020. The Round Island, which began in 1938 and counts as one of America’s oldest distance races, it tracks 56.0 nautical miles around Martha’s Vineyard. “To ensure the health and safety of sailors and the entire Martha’s Vineyard community, we have been working diligently to comply with the State of Massachusetts guidelines regarding COVID-19,” said Race Co-Chair Alex Nugent. “Because of the early-August scheduling of our event, we’ve had time to adapt our plans and prepare the...
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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