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
Dimensions Foot/ Lbs Meter/ 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

 

J/70 Specifications- June 1st, 2017

Hull & Deck Construction

Hull laminated with biaxial and unidirectional E-glass fabrics and balsa core for rugged durability.

Deck molded with E-glass fabrics and Corecell foam core. High density core material and additional reinforcements in way of highly loaded hardware.

All laminates are engineered and built to required ISO structural standards.

Molded internal bulkheads with gelcoat finish, bonded to the hull and/or deck.

Molded lift-keel structure jigged and integrally molded during primary hull layup.

High strength, inward turning hull to deck joint bonded with structural adhesive.

Molded non-skid on horizontal deck surfaces.

Keel & Rudder

4.75’ draft lifting keel with lead ballast featuring an internal leading-edge kelp cutting mechanism operable from the cockpit while underway, SS lock down plate and a single point lifting ring w/2:1 aluminum keel crane lift system.

Investment cast diamond boat lift padeyes installed adjacent to keel P&S.

High aspect transom mounted molded rudder.

Composite tiller with adjustable tiller extension.

Spars & Rigging

Carbon mast with single swept carbon spreaders, carbon masthead crane and mainsail luff track. Easy to raise and lower with deck step design and tabernacle system. Mast finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.

Carbon boom with internal 4:1 outhaul, mainsheet attachment point, outhaul and single reef sheaves as well as provision for reef cleat and block at inboard end. Finished in satin black with contrasting white bands.

Carbon bow sprit with tack ferrule fitting, painted black finish and seal system mounted at sprit housing.

1 x 19 wire standing rigging with adjustable Ronstan turnbuckles for shrouds.

Double ended boom vang system.

Complete running rigging package.

Deck Hardware

SS custom fabricated chain plates for shrouds and backstay terminations.

Interior ventilation hatch mounted on cabin house forward of mast.

Two Primary winches with cam cleats and winch handle.

Two jib T tracks with cars to accommodate 2:1 jib sheet terminations.

5:1 mainsheet purchase leading to ratchet block and centerline swivel base.

Adjustable mainsheet traveler with 2:1 control line and cam cleats P & S.

Double ended backstay adjuster purchase system leading forward to P & S cam cleats.

Internal bowsprit launching system exiting aft face of the cabin house to cam cleat.

Underdeck headsail furling system with hoistable swivel and control line exiting aft face of cabin house to cam cleat.

Tack line cam cleat mounted to starboard on cabin.

Spinnaker sheet blocks outboard of primary winches and aft.

Halyard lead blocks mounted at mast base.

Four low height SS stanchions and two reinforced SS stern rails at transom corners.

Cockpit Safety Lines surrounding the cockpit with comfort pads and termination points on deck edge forward of shrouds.

Transom Safety Gate.

Foredeck U-bolt for mooring/dockline attachment.

Outboard Motor

Optional owner supplied, min 2.5 hp long shaft recommended.

Lightweight aluminum outboard bracket mounted to transom.

Interior

Air dry gelcoat finish on hull & deck surfaces

Bench style molded seats P & S.

Bin storage aft of seats.

Molded liner platform with inspection port forward.

Molded cockpit support bulkhead with inspection port.

Anodized aluminum compression post to transfer mast step loads to internal hull structure.

Molded entry step.

Notice

Specifications are subject to change prior to delivery due to deletions, additions or revisions in quantities, brand or design at the sole discretion of J/Boats, Inc. Newport, RI

J70 NYYC 0908 376-1196 

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

Russian Woman Sailing Photographer Honored
(Moscow,  Russia)- At the 2017 Russian Sailor of the Year Awards in Moscow, Russia, Elena Otekina was awarded “Best Sailing Media” due to her amazing coverage of the 2017 J/70 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy and also for her coverage of numerous Russian J/70 Sailing League events during the course of the year.“Congratulations” to Elena for her contribution to both growing and bringing awareness of the sport of sailing to the public, not just in Russia, but worldwide. Add to Flipboard Magazine.
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J/70s Sweep SDYC Hot Rum Series Class!
(San Diego, CA)- Originated in 1957, the annual Sinnhoffer Hot Rum Series completed its three race schedule (Nov. 4, 18, Dec. 2) under sunny skies and light to moderate winds in San Diego, CA. With a pursuit start and an 11.9 nm random leg course for the 140 teams, the course setup again favored the big boats powering through the fleet of smaller boats that had started in much lighter winds. The J/125s had a rough go of it this year in PHRF 1 class.  In the end, they ended up separated by...
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J/70s World Sailing Show Video
(London, England)- The World Sailing Show- is a highlights video produced by the “World Sailing” organization in London, England. The November highlights reel talks about the radical new America’s Cup class design. Then, they discuss why winning an Olympic medal doesn’t get you a head start, especially if you’re embarking on a 7,000nm race offshore (however, having one-design experience in strong one-design classes like J/24s, J/80s and J/70s does). Finally, they have a nice segment about the massive turnout for the AUDI J/70 World Championship in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy hosted...
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Quantum J/70 Winter Series Regattas Preview
(Tampa, FL)- The 2017/ 2018 edition of the fourth Quantum J/70 Winter Series continues to be a popular choice for J/70 sailors from across America, Canada, and even the Caribbean!  The “sailingest yacht club in the south”, the Davis Island YC, is again proud to host the enormous contingent of J/sailors descending upon them for racing the weekend of December 9th to 10th.  The maximum number of entries permitted has been reached, with fifty-six entries ready to do battle on Tampa Bay, with fifteen Corinthian crews.There is no question the “snow birds” heading...
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GUNTER Leading Barcelona J/70 Winter Series
(Barcelona, Spain)- The leader of the Barcelona J/70 Winter Series comes from a most unlikely background, a top Dragon sailor in Europe.  The renowned master of the Dragon class in Europe, Javier Scherk, chartered the well-known J/70 NOTICIAS from Luis Martín Cabiedes and, suitably, renamed it after all his boats- GUNTER. It is quite evident that Scherk and his crew on GUNTER have familiarized themselves amazingly quickly to the J/70.  After their first day of sailing, they had posted a 1-2 to be the leader of the fleet, followed by Luís Albert...
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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.  For 2017, the World Championship will be hosted by Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, the beautiful island off the Italian peninsula.

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!!

Download Acrobat PDF schedule here.

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. How great is that?

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. There aren't many wooden or metal tennis rackets, skis or golf clubs in use anymore. That's because newer boat designs that perform better and are easier to use are MORE FUN!  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 learned and designed into every "J." We invite you to explore our site to learn more.

J/Sailing Gear For 2017

JGear 250pxLook 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

Jan 5-7- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Jan 19-21- J/Fest St Pete- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 9-11- Quantum J/70 Winter Series- Tampa, FL
Feb 15-18- St Pete NOOD Regatta- St Petersburg, FL
Feb 17-18- SCYA Midwinter Regatta- Long Beach, CA
Feb 19- RORC Caribbean 600 Race- English Harbour, Antigua
Feb 23-25- J/70 Midwinters- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 1-4- Heineken St Maarten Regatta- Simpson Bay, St Maarten
Mar 7-10- Bacardi Cup J/70 Invitational- Coconut Grove, FL
Mar 16-18- San Diego NOOD Regatta- San Diego, CA

NEW 40' Offshore Speedster for 5 or fewer Crew

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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.

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.

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

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