J97E

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Sailing + Cruising Performance = Pure Joy

The J/97E is a pure sailing boat. Fast, easy to sail, and comfortable. With a family crew, J/97E can cruise anywhere with unparalleled ease in sumptuous accommodations. That is a given. What is not is the fact that underneath that exotic, sinfully luxurious interior you see above is a pure thoroughbred-- the unbridled, raw power of a Ferrari 12-cylinder engine rumbling to a roar to blast you around the track while you relax in Rolls-Royce Ultra-Leather comfort and relish Jaguar-like silkeness in the S-turns-- a rare combination, indeed.

Below is a report from Paul Heys that explains how this exotic animal can breath life into your casual evening beer can races or weekend jaunts offshore. As Paul explains,

"The annual JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organized by the Island Sailing Club, is one of the most popular fixtures on the Solent racing calendar. Competitors come from Europe and the USA, as well as all over the UK, to race the 50 mile course round the Isle of Wight. This year the event attracted 1779 entrants (and no that's not a typo!) with J/80, J/105 & J/109 classes and many larger J's. The team from J/UK brought out the new J/97 'Jenga' for her debut regatta in the 55 boat IRC Division 3A. By race end, the J/97 had finished second on elapsed and corrected time in class and was the top J/Boat overall on IRC corrected time.

We had a crew of sevent: MC (Heys) on the tiller, myself, Emma on mainsheet, Kirsty the owner of the J109 J Dream on pit, (Kirsty's husband Dave was sailing J Dream with charter guests). Toby from the J Dream crew on jib, Lance one of our big boat owners on mast and Pietro on bow. Our sail wardrobe included 3 sails: Elvstrom, main, Code 2 jib on hanks with battens, and Code 2 spinnaker.

The forecast was 6-8 knots rising to 12-14 by the time we reached the halfway mark at St Catherines point on the South side of the island. We were in a class of 55 boats in a larger group of perhaps 300 boats all of whom started together. Whilst we were nearly the highest rated, there were quite a lot of longer older boats that could have blanketed us on the fetch if we did not manage to get clear air. From a tidal and shortest distance point of view the island (leeward) end is always favored, from a clear wind point of view with this wind direction, the pin was favored. We opted for the pin and with little difficulty we were able to nail the pin end start. We were initially fetching in 5-6 knots of wind and were pleased to slowly work away from the closest boat which was an MG 335 and all of the pack that had started well at our end. The leg from the start line to the Needles is about 11 miles and the tide was now building to 2 knots in the deep channel, as the tide built the wind backed and we became close hauled. We were comfortable with our speed and within 10 minutes of starting we were in the back of the previous class that had started 10 minutes earlier. On the way down to the Needles we did not see any of our fleet and were working our way through the earlier starters.

Tactically we found the Solent difficult, as the breeze was localized, so twice we swapped sides which we normally don't like to do, however the extra pressure appeared to be worth the chase. We discovered that we had not made a perfect job of this, as when we arrived at the Needles, we found ourselves in the company of a Sigma 33 and a Hunter Impala, two slower boats that had started at the same time.

Rounding the Needles we hoisted the code 2 and immediately goosewinged to punch straight into the tide, which would now be against us for the full 25 miles of the run. The wind tends to follow the coast when in this direction so there was at no point, any bow up spinnaker reaching, instead we ran deep the whole way, we used a mixture of goose winging and normal 165 true sailing trying not to gybe out into the stronger foul tide and utilizing the inshore back eddies. The breeze was between 10 and 18 knots. We passed many boats on the run and only a couple passed us. The Leeward mark at Bembridge was a massive park up of over 500 boats as two opposing winds cancelled each other out. We could see 122's and 133's in front of us and saw lots of boats we had passed piling in behind us, so it became a major restart.

Exiting the ruck, we had no idea how we were placed as it was clear that massive losses and gains would have taken place. The old breeze prevailed and we started beating against the tide which had again changed against us, in 2-3 knots of wind. We held on to our position and slowly the breeze built and once it got over 6 knots we stepped away from a J 92 and caught and passed a few larger boats. The beat to the finish saw us in company with Prima 38, X 362, J 109's, J 105's but no smaller boats. Our speed and height was good and only the Prima and the X made small gains. We passed and moved away from the other boats.

As we approached the finish a boat that we had not previously seen, got a gun a few minutes before we got our gun, this was the Elan 333 that won our class. We think that they passed us at Bembridge, although they could have led us out of the Solent.

Upon arriving ashore we found that we had beaten all other J's on handicap. It was a small boat race with some parking lots, but the boat's performance when in contact with others was great!

To summarize: • A code 1 jib and some softer rig settings will help optimize performance in under 6 knots and next time we will try moving crew weight a bit further forward. • In over 6 knots we are very happy with speed and height of the boat. • Running, very good in all conditions and we can get down to 180 with our Elvstrom kite. • Spinnaker reaching we have not raced in this mode yet, but on demo sails the boat seems very manageable. • Max downwind speed we recorded in the race was 10 knots.

We are excited by the speed of the J/97 and her potential for racing IRC. In all, she is a versatile & comfortable boat and everyone on board enjoyed sailing her in this debut race!"

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Dimensions ft/lbs m/kg
LOA 31.53 9.61
LWL 26.60 8.11
Beam 11.00 3.35
Standard Draft 6.30 1.92
Standard Ballast 2,900 1,316
Displacement 8,600 3,900
Engine 20 hp 20 hp
100% SA 498 46.29
I 41.25 12.57
ISP 45.00 13.72
J 11.71 3.57
P 39.50 12.04
E 13.00 3.96
STL 16.64 5.08
SA/Dspl 19 19
Dspl/L 204 204

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Versatility + Sailing Performance = European Boat of the Year

The prize of "IRC Boat of the Year" in France is awarded to the builder of a series production boat that has distinguished itself in international IRC competitions throughout Europe. It is presented annually during the "Evening of Ocean Racing" held in conjunction with the Salon Nautique de Paris (Paris Sailboat Show).  The 2012 winner was the J/97E's sistership, the J/97, built by JB Composites in  Les Sables d'Olonne, France.

Didier LeMoal, CEO of JB Composites commented, "The J/97 ultimately demonstrated its pedigree and potential performance in 2011 with several strong campaigns in France and England. J/97 was winner of the Trophy Atlantic UNCL IRC 4 with victories in Spi Ouest France-Intermarché and Grand Prix Crouesty, and a second place in Brest and the Course of Three Islands.  Internationally, the J/97 won 2010 Cowes Week in IRC Class and won the 2011 Garmin Hamble Winter Series by a huge margin in IRC 3 Class against stiff competition."

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The jury presiding over the election of the IRC boat of the year was made up of four elected members of the UNCL: its President, Marc de Saint Denis; Edouard Baetz its general secretary; Jean Michel Carpentier (Racing Commission); and Jean Claude Merlivat ( Commission IRC).  They were assisted by four prominent yachting journalists: Olivier Le Carré (BATEAUX), Pierre-Marie Bourguinat (VOILES & VOILIER), Bernard Rubinstein (VOILE Magazine) and Patrice Carpentier (SEAHORSE INTERNATIONAL Racing).

The selection criteria were: 1) sailing results in France and in Europe; 2) the boat-handling and sailing qualities; 3) the ability to both race and cruise; 4) overall aesthetics; 5) a minimum of 10 boats built in the last year; and 6) have sailed at least 5 races in the IRC in the past year.

 

The boats selected by the UNCL were an impressive line-up of many winners in IRC events this past year in European waters.  The competitive sailboats included: Elan 350, Beneteau First 30, Beneteau First 40, Grand Soleil 43 B&C, J/97, Jeanneau Sun Fast 1010 and Jeanneau Sun Fast 3200.

A top three was reached during the first round of selection: Elan 350, J/97 and Jeanneau Sun Fast 1010. After a thorough comparison of all the information, the Jury's final selection was the J/97.

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As a versatile cruising boat with a racing pedigree that is so dear to the IRC, the J/97, with 45 boats built to date, is a boat that is well-designed and well-built, benefiting from the professionalism and experience of JB Composites. Whether sailing nationally (France) or internationally, the winning record of the J/97 is eloquent and prophetic:

- In France: the J/97 was the winner of the Trophy Atlantic UNCL IRC 4 with victories in Spi Ouest France-Intermarché and Crouesty Grand Prix, and a second place in Brest and the Course of Three Islands.  A remarkable record considering the extremely tough competition from other factory teams.

- International: the J/97 was the winner of 2010 Cowes Week in IRC Class and won the "Garmin Hamble Winter Series 2011" by a huge margin in IRC 3 Class against stiff competition from other top teams.

The prize of "IRC Boat of the Year" was awarded to Didier LeMoal, CEO of JB Composites at the "Gala Evening of Ocean Racing", the annual awards banquet of UNCL held at the Ecole Militaire, Paris VII, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011.

Sailing Photo credits- Paul Wyeth- http://www.pwpictures.com

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J/97 Finishes 2nd in Round Island Race

The annual JPMorgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organized by the Island Sailing Club, is one of the most popular fixtures on the Solent racing calendar. Competitors come from Europe and the USA, as well as all over the UK, to race the 50 mile course round the Isle of Wight. This year the event attracted 1779 entrants (and no that's not a typo!) with J/80, J/105 & J/109 classes and many larger J's. The team from J/UK brought out the new J/97 'Jenga' for her debut regatta in the 55 boat IRC Division 3A. By race end, the J/97 had finished second on elapsed and corrected time in class and was the top J/Boat overall on IRC corrected time.  Paul Heys reports:

"We had a crew of 7: MC (Heys) on the tiller, myself, Emma on mainsheet, Kirsty the owner of the J109 J Dream on pit, (Kirsty's husband Dave was sailing J Dream with charter guests). Toby from the J Dream crew on jib, Lance one of our big boat owners on mast and Pietro on bow. Our sail wardrobe included 3 sails: Elvstrom, main, Code 2 jib on hanks with battens, and Code 2 spinnaker.

The forecast was 6-8 knots rising to 12-14 by the time we reached the halfway mark at St Catherines point on the South side of the island. We were in a class of 55 boats in a larger group of perhaps 300 boats all of whom started together. Whilst we were nearly the highest rated, there were quite a lot of longer older boats that could have blanketed us on the fetch if we did not manage to get clear air. From a tidal and shortest distance point of view the island (leeward) end is always favored, from a clear wind point of view with this wind direction, the pin was favored. We opted for the pin and with little difficulty we were able to nail the pin end start. We were initially fetching in 5-6 knots of wind and were pleased to slowly work away from the closest boat which was an MG 335 and all of the pack that had started well at our end. The leg from the start line to the Needles is about 11 miles and the tide was now building to 2 knots in the deep channel, as the tide built the wind backed and we became close hauled. We were comfortable with our speed and within 10 minutes of starting we were in the back of the previous class that had started 10 minutes earlier. On the way down to the Needles we did not see any of our fleet and were working our way through the earlier starters. Tactically we found the Solent difficult, as the breeze was localized, so twice we swapped sides which we normally don't like to do, however the extra pressure appeared to be worth the chase. We discovered that we had not made a perfect job of this, as when we arrived at the Needles, we found ourselves in the company of a Sigma 33 and a Hunter Impala, two slower boats that had started at the same time.

Rounding the Needles we hoisted the code 2 and immediately goosewinged to punch straight into the tide, which would now be against us for the full 25 miles of the run. The wind tends to follow the coast when in this direction so there was at no point, any bow up spinnaker reaching, instead we ran deep the whole way, we used a mixture of goose winging and normal 165 true sailing trying not to gybe out into the

 

 

stronger foul tide and utilizing the inshore back eddies. The breeze was between 10 and 18 knots. We passed many boats on the run and only a couple passed us. The Leeward mark at Bembridge was a massive park up of over 500 boats as two opposing winds cancelled each other out. We could see 122's and 133's in front of us and saw lots of boats we had passed piling in behind us, so it became a major restart. Exiting the ruck, we had no idea how we were placed as it was clear that massive losses and gains would have taken place. The old breeze prevailed and we started beating against the tide which had again changed against us, in 2-3 knots of wind. We held on to our position and slowly the breeze built and once it got over 6 knots we stepped away from a J 92 and caught and passed a few larger boats. The beat to the finish saw us in company with Prima 38, X 362, J 109's, J 105's but no smaller boats. Our speed and height was good and only the Prima and the X made small gains. We passed and moved away from the other boats.

As we approached the finish a boat that we had not previously seen, got a gun a few minutes before we got our gun, this was the Elan 333 that won our class. We think that they passed us at Bembridge, although they could have led us out of the Solent.

Upon arriving ashore we found that we had beaten all other J's on handicap. It was a small boat race with some parking lots, but the boat's performance when in contact with others was great!

To summarize:

  • A code 1 jib and some softer rig settings will help optimize performance in under 6 knots and next time we will try moving crew weight a bit further forward.
  • In over 6 knots we are very happy with speed and height of the boat.
  • Running, very good in all conditions and we can get down to 180 with our Elvstrom kite.
  • Spinnaker reaching we have not raced in this mode yet, but on demo sails the boat seems very manageable.
  • Max downwind speed we recorded in the race was 10 knots.

We are excited by the speed of the new J/97 and her potential for racing IRC. In all, she is a versatile & comfortable boat and everyone on board enjoyed sailing her in this debut race!

J/97 Boat Reviews:

Dual Purpose Fun & IRC Winner in 31'

The J/97E is one of the J/Boats’ “E” Series of versatile performance sailing yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing where and when you want to in comfort, style and speed?  This may be your perfect 31 footer!

Introduced in 2009, the J/97E's sisterships attained spectacular performances in major European regattas, winning class in Spi Ouest, Cowes Week, Hamble Winter Series, Sailing World NOOD Chicago and Warsash Springs Series, to name a few. And, the original J/97 was named 2011 IRC Boat of the Year in France (see more results below).

J/97E is the first J in over two decades under 32’ to combine headroom and family cruising accommodations in a high performance, easily driven hull. With the handling ease of an asymmetric spinnaker and non-overlapping headsails, the J/97E promises to be J Boats’ most versatile design yet under 35’ to fit the needs of today’s sailing families, both young and old alike-- the ultimate combination of sailing performance and creature comforts for all!

The key to creating a versatile sailboat is staying focused on the quality of the sailing experience, a trait shared by all J designs. Boats that are easily

 

driven, easily handled, and genuinely fun to sail provide greater long-term “sailing value” to their owners than designs driven by the latest rating rule or designs that are over-compromised to meet the latest styling trends. Form follows function in good sailboat design, the J/97E is no exception.

The NEW J/97E cockpit is similar to the award-winning cockpit found on the J/111.  It features full length seats with back rests, wheel or tiller steering, and an open transom. All sailing controls are within reach of the helmsperson to make the boat very easy to manage. A retractable bow sprit with masthead asymmetric spinnaker allows great all-around performance without the need for numerous skilled crew. The low VCG keel provides exceptional upwind stability while being cruising friendly with swept back leading edge and moderate draft.

The J/97E's new interior layout conveys a feeling of extraordinary of a wide, spacious living room with windows looking out to the sea.  With large overhead hatches, enormous cabin windows and large portligths over the settees, it feels like you're outdoors!  It's ideal for one couple cruising with room for more.  The enormous main cabin has two settees, galley, forward-facing navigation station; plus an enclosed aft head, V-berth, and aft owner’s cabin. Cruising stowage includes a large “garage” aft of the head (accessed through the cockpit seat locker).

J/97 Regatta Results Worldwide

Event/ Year Month Location Class Results
2014        
Cowes Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Cass 5 1st & 2nd Class
RORC IRC Nationals July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 4 4th Class
RORC Morgan Cup Race July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 4 3rd Class
Around Island Race July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 2D 5th Class
RORC de Guingand Bowl June Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 4 3rd Class
Warsash Spring Series Mar-May Warsash, England IRC Class 3 2nd Class
SPI Ouest France April La Trinite sur Mer, France IRC Class 4A 4th Class
SASC Super 30 Series Dec-Apr  Sydney, Australia AMS/ PHS Class 1st Class
2013        
Hamble Winter Series Oct-Dec Hamble, England IRC Class 3 1st Class
B&G J-Cup September Plymouth, England IRC Class 2 1st & 2nd Class
Cowes Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 6 2nd Class
RORC IRC Nationals July Portsmouth, England IRC Class 4 1st & 5th Class
Semaine de Porquerolles May Hyeres, France IRC Class 4 1st Class
Warsash Spring Series Mar-May Warsash, England IRC Class 3 2nd & 3rd Class
InterClub Challenge Cup April Southampton, England IRC Class 2nd Class
SASC Super 30 Series Dec-April Sydney, Australia AMS/PHS Class 1st Class
2012        
RORC Easter Challenge April Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 3 1st & 2nd Class
Warsash Spring Series Apr-May Warsash, England IRC Class 3 2nd Class
Dolphin Brewin Scottish Series May Tarbert, Scotland IRC Class 2 1st & 2nd Class
Round Island Race July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 2D 1st & 2nd Class
IRC Nationals July Dartmouth, England IRC Class 3 1st Class
Cowes Race Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 5 1st Class
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Oct-Nov Hamble, England IRC Class 3 2nd Class
2011        
SPI Ouest France April La Trinite sur Mer, France IRC Class 3 1st Class
Warsash Spring Series Apr-May Warsash, England IRC Class 3 3rd Class
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Series May Tarbert, Scotland IRC Class 4 1st & 2nd, "Yacht of the Series"
Kip Regatta June Kip Marina, Scotland IRC Class 2 1st Class, 1st Overall
Grand Prix du Crouesty June Crouesty, France IRC Class 2 1st Class
France Altlantique Trophy July Les Sables d'Olonne, France IRC Class 2 1st Class
Sussex Regatta July Sussex, England IRC Class 2 1st Class, 1st Overall
Dartmouth Regatta July Dartmouth, England IRC Class 2 1st Class, 1st Overall
Round Island Race July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 2D 1st Class
Cowes Race Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 4 2nd, 3rd Class
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Oct-Nov Hamble, England IRC Class 3 1st Class, "Yacht of the Series"
FFV France IRC "Yacht of the Year" December Paris, France   Overall Winner
2010        
Sailing World "Boat of the Year" January Newport, RI   "Best Club Racer" Winner
Warsash Spring Series Apr-May Warsash, England IRC Class 3 2nd Class
Round Island Race July Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 2D 5th Class
Chicago-Mackinac Race July Chicago, IL- Mackinac Is, MI ORR Section 8 2nd Class
Cowes Race Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 4 2nd Class
Cowes Race Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 5 2nd, 4th Class
Garmin Hamble Winter Series Oct-Nov Hamble, England IRC Class 2 1st Class
2009        
J/Cup Regatta July Southampton, England IRC Class 2 1st Class
Dartmouth Regatta July Dartmouth, England IRC Class 2 1st Class, 1st Overall, "Yacht of the Series"
Cowes Race Week August Cowes, Isle of Wight, England IRC Class 5 1st Class, 1st Black Group Overall

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