J70

Sailing 15+ Countries- World's Fastest Growing Sportboat

J/70 was introduced in March 2012 and in less than one year over 300 boats have been ordered.  So far, fleets are developing in the USA, England, France, Benelux, Italy, Chile, Hong Kong and Australia. Here's a selection of sailing videos that feature J/70s sailing in venues around the world as well as educational J/70 instruction videos.

J/70 Sailing Videos*  * Please Click Links for Videos
J/70 Sailing Music Video- Narragansett Bay J/70 Fall Brawl Regatta-   Day_01   Day_02
J/70 Sailing Bristol- Richie Stearns J/70 New York YC USQS- Newport, RI- 3D Replay
J/70 Test Sail- Richie Stearns J/70 Sailing- Pornic, France 
J/70 Sailing Port La Foret, France- Euro Yacht of Year J/70 Blasting off Malta
J/70 Boat Reviews*  
J/70 VOILES Magazine Test- France SAIL Best Boats 2013- J/70 Review
J/70 SAIL Boat Test- March 2012  
J/70 Instructional Videos*  * Click Links for Videos
J/70 Setup and Going Sailing J/70 Doyle Sails Test Sail
J/70 Ullman Sails Test Sail J/70 North Sails- Key West Dowwind

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Dimensions ft/lbs m/kg
LOA 22.75 6.93
LWL 20.47 6.24
Beam 7.38 2.25
Standard Draft 4.75 1.45
Standard Ballast 630 286
Displacement 1,750 794
Engine outboard outboard
100% SA 226 21.02
I 26.77 8.159
ISP 30.15 9.19
J 7.68 2.34
P 26.16 7.97
E 9.44 2.88
SA/Dspl 25 25
Dspl/L 91 91

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J/70 One-Design Class

Since its introduction in March 2012, the J/70 has quickly established itself worldwide with 900+ boats sailing in 20+ countries in 2015.  So, far over a dozen fleets have developed in the USA and over a dozen countries in Europe have one-design fleets.  In addition, fleets are developing in South America (Chile, Brazil & Argentina) and the Pacific Rim (China and Australia).

The first one-design J/70 event was held in September, 2012 when the New York Yacht Club chose the J/70 to participate in the NYYC Invitational Cup US Qualifying Series held in Newport, Rhode Island.  Twelve boats sailed with twenty-four yacht club teams participating in the event.

Since then, J/70 Midwinters have been held in January in conjunction with Quantum Key West Race Week in Key West, Florida.  The Midwinters have attracted over 50 boats per event, with numerous World, European, National and Regional champion sailors from various class participating. For 2016, the J/70 Midwinters will be held in St Petersburg, FL from February 25 - 28 at St Petersburg YC- register here. 

The first J/70 North Americans was held in September 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland with a record 80 boats on the start line.  Since then it has been sailed in Rochester, NY (2014) and San Diego, CA (2015).  For 2016, the NA's will be hosted May 19-22 at Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX- register here.

The first J/70 European Championship was just held at YC Monaco, sailing on beautiful Hercules Bay off Monte Carlo, Monaco.  The 2016 J/70 Europeans will be sailed in Kiel, Germany from June 21-26 at Kieler YC.

The first J/70 World Championship was held in Newport, RI, hosted by New York YC and SailNewport in September 2014.  The 2015 J/70 Worlds took place in La Rochelle, France, hosted by SR Rochelaise in early July.  The 2016 J/70 Worlds will take place in San Francisco Bay, hosted by St Francis YC- register here.

 

National Class Association Links:

Australia   Benelux/ The Netherlands   Canada  Chile   France   Germany

Italy   Mexico   Nova Scotia   Peru   Sweden   Switzerland

United Kingdom/ England   USA

J/70 Tuning/ Sailing Guide Links:

For more J/70 one-design class information- J/70 Class Association

J70 NYYC 0908 376-1196

J/70 News & Activity

Pierini Tops Bacardi J/70 Winter Series I
(Miami, FL)- Biscayne Bay was open again for business as the inaugural three event Bacardi Invitational Winter Series kicked off December 1­-2 in Miami, FL. The event is an off-shoot of the perennial Bacardi Invitational Regatta now run in conjunction with the legendary Bacardi Cup every March.Despite light winds allowing only three races on day one and no racing on day two, the J/70 Class was extremely tight in the top five positions, with a different crew winning each race. Day one was as predicted. As it progressed, the breeze lightened, so did...
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Davis Island J/70 Winter Series Preview
(Tampa, FL)- Like its counterpart in Monte Carlo, Monaco, the Davis Island YC has been running its winter series since the inception of the International J/70 class.  It has been a popular series from the beginning for J/70 sailors across America; this year at least 50 entries will be participating in one of the three events. One of the most popular elements of the regatta is that all sailors are treated to an on-going “seminar/ training” program every day, held Friday afternoon before the regatta starts.  As an “upside down” club, the coolest...
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J/Love @ Väter­chen Frost Regatta
(Hamburg, Germany)- It may not rank as the world’s most notable “local” regatta, if there can be such a thing. However, it certainly ranks amongst the most competitive, picturesque regattas held on a lake in the middle of a major city in Europe. That is what the Hamburger Segel-Club was hosting this past weekend for a fleet of fifteen J/70s, nineteen J/24s, and eight J/22s that LOVE sailing on the gorgeous Alster Lake in front of the Hamburg city waterfront. Klaus Brinkbäumer, winner of the J/70 class had this to say about their experience:"Father...
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Bacardi J/70 Winter Series- Act I Preview
(Miami, FL)- The first Bacardi Invitational Winter Series will take place December 1-2, 2018, this coming weekend, on the sparkling aqua-blue waters of Biscayne Bay. Hosting the event will be Shake-A-Leg Foundation in Coconut Grove, just south of the completely refurbished Monty Trainer’s Bar and Cafe on the waterfront. An incredibly talented fleet of eighteen boats has assembled to begin their bids to improve their performance for the 2019 sailing season.  In fact, the first major J/70 event will be the J/70 Midwinter Championship in late February 2019 that will also be sailed...
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J/70 - World's Fastest Growing One Design, Trailerable Speedster!

Easier to trailer, rig and ramp launch.
The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats' first fully ramp-launchable, keelboat - designed to fulfill a growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough for the entire family, easy to tow behind the family vehicle, to rig in the parking lot, ramp launch and sail.  Plus, J/70 is built to last.

In less than 48 months the J/70 worldwide fleet is over 1,300 boats strong, attracting some of the most talented sailors in the world and helping to spark growth of numerous sailing leagues across Europe. J/70 is replacing tired old keelboat fleets at a number of sailing clubs and helping to reinvigorate membership by attracting younger sailors into the ranks.  There are fleet discussions underway now around the world both for new leagues and for established clubs.  The Sailing World Overall Boat of the Year J/70 has taken the world by storm and future growth for this fantastic boat looks very bright, indeed!  These days it is safe to say  there is some J/70 event happening on almost any given weekend somewhere around the world!

Key J/70 Features.
- Large comfortable cockpit with open transom.
- Deck-stepped lightweight carbon mast for easy rigging & stepping.
- Inexpensive three sail inventory with masthead A-Sail.
- Vertical lifting keel.
- Small cabin for storage and personal privacy.
- Easy to trailer to regattas, ramp launch and store at home for winter.
- Only 1,750 lbs & low road height so most 6 cyl vehicles can easily tow.
- Fits inside most standard garage doors!

More comfortable to sail on deck.
The 11' long cockpit and moderate height boom in the J/70 allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, large cockpit floor mounted toe-rails for secure foot bracing and comfortable seat height and ergonomics makes J/70 one of the most comfortable small keelboats to helm.  No need for hiking straps to keep you in the boat. Plus there are strict class limits on how to hike to make the boat less physical to sail.

Easy for the entire family to join in!
With mandatory on-board jib/spinnaker sheet winches, a feather light responsive helm and confidence building stability, you can enjoy sailing with friends and family more often.  Kids or seniors will feel as comfortable and in control steering or trimming sails, whether for daysailing or evening sunset races, the J/70 will be both exciting and forgiving.  When you are ready to take it to the next competitive level, the competition at national events won't disappoint.

 

On-board privacy, protection, storage & auxiliary power
The small cabin below is a bonus in any small keelboat, and the J/70 cabin is just large enough to provide weather & sun protection, a place to nap and/or for personal privacy... essential to keeping the whole crew happy if spending a day on the water.

The J/70 one-design class rules provide for a 2.5 hp outboard engine (gas or electric). This means one can sail further away from homeport without worrying about paddling home or hailing for a tow. Race Committees can start races on time and finish them later in the day without having to arrange tow boats.

worldsailing logo whiteJ/70 International Class Association
The J/70 International Class Association is recognized by World Sailing with active fleets in 25 countries and over 1,300 boats worldwide.  There are national, continental and world championship regattas, with strict class rules and measurements.

SCL logoJ/70 Sailing Leagues- Europe, Russia and USA
The revolutionary "sailing league" concept was first introduced in Germany by Oliver Schwall in 2013.  It has since taken Europe by storm, with thirteen (13) nations participating in the 2017 circuits. Sixty-one events are scheduled on J/70s, with a projected 1,500+ races for 732 sailing clubs and at least 8,000 sailors!!

Learn about the Sailing Champions League here.

Sailing for Life in Better Sailboats

Sailing is the ultimate freedom, the experience of being at one with nature and the sea, powered only by the wind and one's imagination. It's one of the few "life sports" that offers both a relaxing escape as well as an invigorating challenge. You pick your level of comfort and excitement. Sailing is never the same twice - each time on the water with your sailboat is a unique adventure that can enrich friendships, strengthen family ties, and refresh one's own sense of well-being. How many other outdoor activities can be shared with three or more family generations?  It's been said there are two types of sailors in the world - the young and the young-at-heart.

What a Difference a J Makes

Fulfilling those sailing dreams starts with finding a sailboat that fits you - whether you aspire to sail close to home, cruise to distant shores, or take up the challenge of competitive sailing. Performance differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars. A well-designed sailboat, like a good sports car, is an extension of its owner. It could take years of sailing other boats to learn the difference that good design and quality make to one's sailing enjoyment. Or, you can save time and take advantage of what we've designed into every "J."

NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

J/121 offshore speedster sailing off Newport The new J/121 is a 40’ offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew…. the best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. J/121 redefines offshore sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends - fulfilling the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat that’s pure magic to sail. Learn more about J/121 here.

Elegance, Comfort & Style - NEW J/112E

J112E 01 19986J/112E is the newest “E” Series of sport-cruising yachts.  An Evolution of Elegant performance cruising design. This dual- purpose 36 footer has a spacious two-cabin layout and a roomy, comfortable,  cockpit.  Perfect for the annual club cruise, offshore racing or short-handed blue-water sailing.  Learn about J/112E here.

A Family-friendly One-Design & Daysailer - J/88

J88 SolarSailer cockpit 001 18209The J/88 combines big boat feel with sportsboat-like acceleration.  Add a weekend interior, inboard head, engine and huge cockpit and you have a versatile 29 footer.  Blistering upwind speed of 6.5 kts and trailblazing speed offshore means smiles all around as you collect both the silverware and priceless sailing memories. Learn more about J/88 here.

J/70 - The Sportboat Changing Sailing

J70 spin08 redThe J/70 speedster is a fun, fast, stable, 22 footer that can be towed behind a small SUV and ramped launched and rigged by two people.  J/70 sails upwind like her larger sibling (the J/80) and off the wind she simply flies - planing fast in moderate winds. With 1,300+ boats delivered worldwide, the choice is clear. Learn more about J/70 here.

J/Sailing Gear For 2018

JGear marquee 2018Look great this season in J sailing apparel. Check out the comfortable and fashionable sailing clothing, tech shirts, polo shirts, sailing jackets and sailing hats at the J/Sailing Gear site. Also backpacks, totes, J battleflags and other fun items like half-model sailboats are available as gifts and trophies. 

J/Gear is fully customizable to your needs.  When you order, you can specify just about anything you wish, including boat name, boat type, yacht club, hailing port, etc.  Please be sure to visit our store here.

Upcoming Sailing Events

Nov 4- Hot Rum Series I- San Diego, CA
Nov 11- Around Hong Kong Race- Hong Kong, China
Nov 13- The BIG Sail- San Francisco, CA
Nov 17- Hot Rum Series II- San Diego, CA
Nov 30- Wirth Munroe Memorial Race- Palm Beach, FL
Dec 1- Hot Rum Series III- San Diego, CA
2019- Jan 26-28- Festival of Sails- Geelong, Australia

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