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2018 PHRF Handicaps for J/Boats Models

May 14, 2018

The relative speed of various models of J/Boats is listed below in seconds per nautical mile. The table shows relative predicted speed of each model compared to one of eight “control” J/Boats, each in a different speed range, whose actual performance has become widely known in many PHRF areas over many years. The “control” J/Boats used in this comparison are the J/44, J/122, J/35, J/29 (Masthead outboard), J/80, J92, J/30 and J/24. Assumptions are that:

1. Except where noted as “One Design”, each model conforms to all local PHRF definitions of an unmodified “base boat” with a base 155% genoa (depending on local regulations).

2. Maximum spinnaker size (without penalty) conforms to local PHRF regulations defining base spinnaker size, except where One Design definition of spinnaker size accompanies the speed prediction shown in the table below.

3. Wind strength averaging ten knots is used to predict relative speed. Because most J/Boats have similar characteristics in different wind strengths, this is a valid way to predict speed differences versus one of the “control” boats over a wide wind range.

4. PHRF numbers are recommended for each boat relative to the “Control” boat listed, based on two separate types of courses.
The first type of course can best be called “buoy racing” around government marks with a mix of beating, reaching and running – not always evenly mixed or even predictable from race to race. The second type of course is Windward/leeward - usually fairly short courses around portable set marks, because most high-profile PHRF racing occurs on this type of course. Relatively heavier cruising J designs with smaller draft/displacement ratio perform poorly on such courses. Likewise, designs which fly only Asymmetric spinnakers tacked to the centerline are at a slight disadvantage downwind against boats with symmetric spinnakers flown from poles- both speed wise and tactically. If courses used for racing are strictly windward-leeward, then base PHRF handicap numbers recommended for that type of course should be used.

5. Crew Weight: Our rating recommendations for PHRF numbers for J/Boats models designated as One Design DO NOT include crew weight limits. It is assumed that PHRF crew weight limits, if any, shall apply equally to all types of boats racing in a given PHRF area, and that One Design designation only applies to the boat, rig and sails. Therefore One Design Class Rules regarding crew weight should not apply when racing PHRF if these rating recommendations are used.

PHRF ratings of the “control” J/Boats may vary somewhat from one PHRF area to another. The PHRF numbers shown are what seem to be typical for these boats nationally. If the PHRF number shown here is different for the applicable “control” boat in your area, apply the difference to the relative rating of the J/Boat you are handicapping. For instance, if the J/35 rates 66 in your area rather than 72, as shown on the attached table, the number for the J/Boat you are rating would be six s/m less than what is shown.

If you have specific questions or would like to discuss these recommendations further please contact either Alan or Rod Johnstone by completing an inquiry form (in the top or bottom menu) or by calling the J/Boats office directly at 401-846-8410.

 

Buoy Racing Set Marks
Boat Model Rig & Configuration Control Boat Special Notes Triangular WWD/LWD
J/145 Carbon mast J44 8.5' sprit, rf, 256 sqm Asail -18 -15
J/125 Carbon mast J44 8.5' sprit, rf, 175 sqm Asail -3 0
J/160 Deep Draft, carbon mast J44 7.0' sprit, rf, 265 sqm Asail -3 3
J/160 7' draft, carbon mast J44 7.0' sprit, rf, 265 sqm Asail 3 12
J/133 Standard J44 6.75' sprit, rf, 186 sqm Asail 18 24
J/121 no WBallast, carbon spar, PHRF max crew J122 std sprit, rf, 155 sqm Asail 21 24
J/121 WBallast, carbon spar, PHRF max crew (less 4) J122 std sprit, rf, 155 sqm Asail 21 24
J/130 Carbon mast J44 7.0' sprit, rf, 200 sqm Asail 21 24
J/130 6'9" draft, carbon mast J44 7.0' sprit, rf, 200 sqm Asail 27 33
J/44 One Design, aluminum mast CONTROL   27 27
J/122, J/122E One-Design, carbon mast CONTROL 7.0' sprit, rf, 155 sqm Asail, 110% Jib 30 33
J/124 7' draft, carbon mast J44 No sprit, rf, 120 sqm Asail 36 39
J/44 6.5' shoal draft J44 UFO keel 36 42
J/46 7.6' draft J44 No sprit, rf, 170 sqm Asail 33 39
J/46 6.0' shoal draft J44 No sprit, rf, 170 sqm Asail 48 54
J/111 One Design, carbon mast J44 8.0' sprit, 130 sqm Asail, 106% Jib 39 42
J/90 Carbon mast J35 7.3' sprit, 112 sqm Asail 51 51
J/39 Aluminum mast J35 51 51
J/120 Carbon mast J35 7.0' sprit, rf, 165 sqm Asail 51 54
J/120 5.75' shoal draft J35 7.0' sprit, rf, 165 sqm Asail 57 63
J/112E PHRF base 6.9' draft, aluminum mast J35 6.7' sprit, rf 60 63
J/41 IOR Aluminum mast J35 various rig config, forward lead removed 66 66
J/37 Standard Draft, aluminum mast J35 69 69
J/37 5.2' shoal draft J35 UFO keel 84 90
J/109 PHRF base, aluminum mast J35 5.5' sprit, rf, 155% genoa,121 sqm Asail 69 72
J/35 One Design, aluminum mast CONTROL    72 72
J/109 One Design, aluminum mast J35 5.5' sprit, rf, 108 sqm Asail 78 81
J/42 6.5' draft, carbon mast J35 No sprit, rf, 140 sqm Asail off bow 81 87
J/42 5.4' draft J35 No sprit, rf, 140 sqm Asail off bow 90 96
J/105 PHRF base, aluminum mast J35 5.5' sprit, rf, 110 sqm Asail 81 84
J/105 One Design J35 100% jib, 5.5' sprit, 89 sqm Asail 90 96
J/100 PHRF base, carbon mast J35 No sprit, rf, 80 sqm Asail off bow 81 87
J/100 One Design, carbon mast J35 100% jib, rf, 80 sqm Asail off bow 90 96
J/105 Shoal Draft ******* Add 6 sec/mile to any of J105 standard versions **
J/40 6.5' draft, aluminum mast J35    84 90
J/40 5.4' draft J35 UFO keel 93 99
J/33 One Design J35    81 81
J/36 One Design J35 81 84
J/88 One Design J92 105% LP jib, 95 sqm Asail 84 87
J/110 6.0' draft carbon mast J35 5.5' sprit, rf, 140 sqm Asail 93 99
J/35c 6.5' draft aluminum mast J35    96 96
J/108 PHRF base, alu mast. 4.0' draft, keel/centerboard J35 1.6' fixed sprit, 97 sqm Asail 96 102
J/92s One Design, aluminum mast J29MO 5.5' sprit, rf, 85 sqm Asail 99 102
J/97 & J/97E PHRF Base, aluminum mast J29MO Standard sprit, 106%LP & 112 sq.m. A-sail 105 102
J/92 PHRF Base, aluminum mast CONTROL 5.5' sprit, rf, 91 sqm Asail 105 108
J/95 PHRF Base, alu mast. 3.5' draft, keel/centerboard J29MO 4.6' sprit, 83 sqm Asail 108 111
J/29 m/o One Design CONTROL Masthead, outboard version 111 111
J29 f/o One Design J29MO Fractional outb'd, 12.5' SPL, 163% genoa 114 114
J29 f/o PHRF Base J29MO Fractional outb'd, 11.5' SPL, 120 120
J29 Inboard Versions     Add 6 s/m to equivalent outboard version   
J34c 5.4' draft, aluminum mast J29MO UFO keel 114 120
J34 IOR 3/4 tonner, aluminum mast J29MO Inside IOR lead forward of bkhd removed 114 114
J/80 PHRF base, aluminum mast J29MO 6.5' sprit, rf, 65 sqm Asail 114 117
J/70 One Design J80 One Design rig and sails 117 120
J/80 One Design, aluminum mast CONTROL 6.5' sprit, rf, 65 sqm Asail 120 123
J/27 One Design, aluminum mast J29MO    120 120
J/32 6.0' draft, aluminum mast J30OD No Sprit, rf, 70 sqm Asail 126 132
J/32 4.75' draft J30OD No Sprit, rf, 70 sqm Asail 132 138
J/30 One Design CONTROL 163% genoa, 12.5' Pole, 22.5' SMW 138 138
J/30 PHRF Base J30OD 11.5' pole 144 144
J/28 5.0' draft, aluminum mast J24OD    171 177
J/24 One Design CONTROL    171 171
J/22 PHRF Base J24OD 9.0' SPL 177 177
J/22 One Design J24OD 9.0' SPL, class jib 183 183


Ratings above assume average wind speed of 8 to 12 knots. Maximum genoa and spinnaker sizes conform with PHRF norms, except where shown. Ratings valid relative to Control Boat listed. Crew weight maximums according to local PHRF regulations. Sprits all non-articulating.

J/121 recommended standard base ratings above are for inshore racing. The relatively small water ballast assist system of the standard J/121 is designed to replace the righting moment on the rail of approx 4 crew members.  This system promises to simplify crew organization and to boost participation in sailing events for owners.

           

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Welcome to the Spritboat Revolution

J/Boats with retractable carbon bow sprits and large, asymmetrical spinnakers now dominate the world of sailing.

Several thousand are sailing on the bays and harbors of the world. They have long sprits projecting from the bow to which are tacked huge, colorful spinnakers. Not since the switch from gaff-rigged to Marconi mainsails has the look of sailing changed so dramatically. People are referring to them as "sprit boats", "sport boats", or in dinghy-sized versions they’re called "skiffs" as in Australian 18 skiffs where the concept originated. Yet, "skiff" would hardly describe J Boats’ flagship 65 foot fast ocean cruiser, the J/65.

Just about every new boat under 30 feet now features a retractable bow sprit and asymmetric spinnaker and many much larger. Many sailing schools and sailboat charter operations are now carrying sprit boats exclusively, convinced that they along with novice sailors are going to benefit from the new technology. Sailmaker ads talk of the new shapes in easy-to-fly downwind asymmetric spinnakers.

But sailing is one of the world’s oldest sports where traditions die hard. Sailors can be conservative, leaning toward a glorification of the old. They may not be quick to embrace the new. Time spent on an extra 2 coats of varnish may be more precious than time spent sailing an extra 2 knots faster. So, the question for many is whether this is a breakthrough product to enhance the sailing experience or some marketing gimmick designed to get everyone to invest in new boats and sails.

Any owner of one of the new Js will give you the answer. They will tell you that bow sprits and asymmetrical spinnakers make an incredible difference, sailing becomes easier and more fun for novice and expert.

What’s more, the new boats benefit first time sailors and novices immediately. Experts on the Grand Prix Match Racing Circuit praised the J/105. The J/120, a 40 footer that won Cruising World’s Overall Boat-of-the-Year in 1995, now numbers over 200 boats with one-design racing fleets in Long Island Sound, the Great Lakes and California. J/105, with over 650 boats in 17 countries (as of April 2008), is one of the largest offshore one-designs in the world. The J/109 has now grown to over 350 boats. The 26' J/80 has become the most popular modern day sportboat in the world with over 1,150 boats sailing in 15 countries. All of the newest J/Boats incuding the phenomenal J/70 and the entire E-series of Sport Cruisers benefit from development and perfection of this system.

The reception given the new designs by more popular handicapping bodies, has been enthusiastic. Racing under PHRF, ORR and IRC in the Americas, and IRC and ORC in Europe, sprits have won a number of major events while at the same time providing unparalleled fun and excitement for owners.

Asymmetrical spinnakers help sailors by making sailing downwind possible for two people in boats as large as 65 feet. After all, if you own a sailboat, why not sail most of the time instead of having to turn on the motor? The new boats are far simpler to operate. To jibe one person casts off the old sheet and pulls in the new one. To fly a spinnaker the old fashioned way you additionally needed 4-8 people to manage complicated spinnaker poles, pole up & down controls and afterguys. When was the last time you had 2 weeks spare time to train a large crew?

 

Another reason sprit boats work better is the crew doesn’t have to fight the boat and sails downwind in strong breezes. The center of effort of the spinnaker is further forward and lower with more slope to the sail’s leading edge and with a leech that’s more open because the trailing edge never has to function as the leading edge of a symmetrical sail. All this means that: When gusts of wind hit the sail, the boat tends to become better balanced with a neutral helm; the back edge of the spinnaker opens up rather than cupping; and, the bow has a tendency to lift rather than bury. So the energy of the wind is transmitted into acceleration forward rather than a frightening round-up and knockdown. These boats make, what used to be terrifying conditions, just another great day to zip across the bay.

J World Sailing School in San Diego, San Francisco and Annapolis have fleets of J/70s and 80s. They claim that people are having more fun in the learning process and are advancing their skills more rapidly. In a day or so they whistle past the old salts on the bay with half the effort.

This phenomenon is here to stay. Industry insiders estimate that over $250 million of product in terms of sprit boats and asymmetric sails have been purchased in the past several years and the trend contines to go up.

This revolution might have happened sooner if there’d been a parallel advance in technology. Everyone knows bowsprits and big sails go back to Columbus or earlier. Resin infusion molding dramatically improved the glass to resin ratio in composite construction, 60-70% now rather than 35-40%. Flexural, tensional and compression properties of the laminates double in strength. Weight saved in excess resin is put at the bottom of the keel in the form of lead. A Carbon fiber mast can be added to take 100’s of pounds out of the rig. Each of these steps lowers the center of gravity. A very stable boat results, which doesn’t need lots of crew on the rail or frequent reefs to sail upright. That partially explains the get-up-and-go of these new designs.

The other part is hull shape. Apart from having fuller, more buoyant bow sections to handle the increased power of the asymmetric spinnakers and to precipitate earlier surfing, a lower center of gravity reduces dependency on the need for wide, fat hulls for added form stability. A proportionally narrower hull, that slides through waves more smoothly, is more comfortable when cruising, and faster. Less motion means smoother flow of air around sails and less disturbed water flow around the hull.

The bad news is that old boat owners can only pick up about 25% of what these new boats offer. To do so, they would have to buy new asymmetric spinnakers and modify their deck layout for the retractable sprit, hull form.

The good news is that there’s never been a time when you’ve had a better excuse, or when it’s made such great sense, to buy a new J/Boat.

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What a Difference a J/Makes!

Comfort Under Sail
Now it's possible to sail fast with just a friend or two as crew. After all, isn't this how we sail most of the time on a day's sail or when cruising? Rarely is the gang aboard to hold the boat down or fly a spinnaker.The measure of a good sailboat is how well it sails upwind and downwind with only 2-3 people aboard. The goal is VMG, Velocity-Made-Good, straight into the wind or away from the wind, considering both speed and sailing angle. Many of the modern integrated instrumentation systems can display this data, or you can use a set way-point to windward on a GPS to come up with the number. Good short-handed VMGs are when a "50-something" husband & wife jibe a J/105 (34.5 ft.) with asymmetrical through Woods Hole against the current, while others motor. Or, if you can beat upwind in steep waves doing 6.8 knots with a VMG of 5 knots in 18 knots of wind!

Safe, Fast & Easy
Flying an asymmetrical spinnaker from a retractable, carbon-fiber bow sprit is a one person job. By using a cockpit-operated snuffer, no one has to be on deck when the spinnaker is flying, being jibed or doused. To jibe, simply let off one sheet and pull in the other. Downwind VMG is doubled. Result? Less motoring and more sailing.It's safer. One corner of the spinnaker (the "tack") is always secured to the bowsprit, eliminating wild oscillations. The sail has more slope to its leading edge with a center-of-effort located further forward and lower. Wind gusts lift the bow, propelling the boat forward with finger-tip control. No more "white-knuckled" round-up broaches.Speed from the asymmetrical's greater power pushes the apparent wind 30-50 degrees forward of the true wind direction. In light air and lumpy seas, the sail's added power steadies the boat. Deep sailing angles (160-170 degrees True Wind Angle) are achieved in a breeze. The luff, which is 8% longer than the straight line distance from tip of the sprit to halyard exit on the mast, rotates to windward as the sheet is eased - projecting area to the wind like a conventional spinnaker when pulled back by a pole.

That Feel
The new Js instill a sense of confidence, freeing one from anxieties. Even when planing at 10+ knots, one feels in total control. There's less work. Guests aren't pressured into unfamiliar tasks. Fewer orders are needed. It's more fun...like a good sports-car, turning as if it were part of you. Not with sluggish delay. But with a smooth, even response - around crests, down waves and through crowded harbors.

Mainsail Only
J's sail well flying any sail combination you feel comfortable with. For harbor-cruising or heavy winds, an unreefed main is the answer. If the boat sails 6+ knots under main alone, why bother with large overlapping jibs? Visibility is improved. The big main is a bonus for "cruising canvas" races. And, it takes one person to sail the boat. High wind mode is a flattened mainsail with open leech, achieved by tightening backstay, cunningham, vang and outhaul. These adjustments are quicker and easier than reefing. The jib can be rolled up and forgotten.

34% Upwind VMG Gain?
Hull design, rig, sailing length and weight location greatly affect VMG. You see many cruising boats motoring upwind in both light and heavy air. Why? Not enough sailpower for light air or stability for a breeze. For example, the J/109 (35 ft.), sailing upwind at 7.2 knots, 38 degrees from the true wind (25 degrees apparent) will have a VMG of 5.7 knots. This is 15% faster than boat X sailing 7 degrees further from the wind at 7 knots with a VMG of 4.7 knots. And, it's 34% faster than a classic cruiser doing 6 knots with an upwind VMG of only 4.2 knots. These differences are inescapably locked in by design and construction.

Low Center of Gravity
Good upwind VMGs are only possible with a low, vertical center of gravity (VCG). Top-heavy boats roll and pitch. This motion disturbs water flow around the boat and airflow past the sails, not to mention equilibrium of the crew on deck. The lower the weight of the boat relative to its waterplane, the greater the stability, the more sail that can be carried and the smoother the motion. This explains a J's smooth, stable ride through waves. The VCG is well below the waterplane.

Resin Infusion Process
You get what you pay for. Low VCG is achieved by light, strong construction of what's above the water. Since 1994 most J models benefit from the innovative SCRIMP resin-infusion process. End-grained, aircraft-grade balsa-core laminates have structural GRP skins with 65-70% glass content, or the equivalent of custom high-tech, oven-baked pre-pregs.

Performance Rigs
The best place to reduce weight is aloft. All spars are custom-designed for J Boats, race-tested and abused to insure reliability with a good safety margin built-in. Running backstays aren't required. For models like the J/122 and J/133, a carbon-fiber mast is specified to further optimize upwind stability and VMG for short-handed cruising. These custom-engineered, one-piece, autoclaved spars by Hall Spars have a luff track designed for low-profile and low-friction slides. The 120-130 pound weight saving aloft is equivalent to having two invisible 200 pound genies sitting on the weather rail to improve performance.

Ballast & Shoal Draft
The best place to add weight is in the keel. A lead keel, fixed under a structural molded sump, having much of the weight in a bulb at the bottom, serves to optimize a boat’s stability without adding excess draft. J’s combine low VCG ballast with quality construction - especially important when opting for a shoal draft keel. Cruising "J’s” with shoal draft keel routinely outperform longer, deeper draft cruising boats. Before deciding on this option, consider that the need for shoal draft may be a function of speed. A fast boat, that easily sails 50 miles in a day, puts more deep harbors in range than can be visited in a year.

Horsepower
Sails are the horses. A light boat with clean lines and good stability can carry the sail power needed for lively performance. There's no need for tall, scary rigs with heavy sheet loads and winches. Sail Area to displacement (SA/[DSPL/64]^.67) is a good indicator of how much horsepower the design can handle and what its speed potential might be. Look for ratios over 20. The J/122 is at 23%.

Low Resistance
Too much weight usually means too much wetted surface (WS). Like brake shoes. The more WS there is relative to sail area, the quicker you stop. A good SA/WS ratio is critical for performance in light air conditions. Among 40 footers, J/122's ratio of 3.1 is FAST. A boat with a 2.0 would be "glued." Then there's form drag. It's usually faster to be long and narrow. But only when combined with greater stability and sail power. A length (LWL) to beam (BWL) ratio greater than 3 is desirable for good directional tracking in waves. Then, oversized keel, skeg or rudder surfaces aren't necessary. A long canoe tracks, a pram spins. J/122 has a healthy 3.6:1 ratio with flared topsides. Flare slaps waves down and keeps the crew dry. Vertical-sided hulls bounce waves up on the crew.

Speed Rating
The rated speed of most sailboats is published. Order a copy of PHRF Handicaps from US SAILING (401-683-0800). It's how we know the projected speed of a J/120 with genoa will be 30 seconds per mile faster than a Sabre 42 - more than the length a football field after 8 minutes of sailing! Or, that her all-round speed will equal boats which are nearly 20 feet longer, such as a Swan 57, Hinckley 59 or Deerfoot 62. An often overlooked benefit of such speed is the help it gives you in route-planning when dealing with weather systems.

Your Next Boat
Now more than ever before, differences between sailboats are greater than differences between golf clubs, tennis rackets, skis or cars! Performance is the reason you don't see wooden or solid fiberglass tennis rackets, skis or golf clubs anymore. A fast new "J" can make a beginner look very good, leaving the experts far astern with little solace that slow is easier or more comfortable. It could take years, owning and sailing all types of boats, to learn that good design and high quality composite construction makes so large a difference. Or, you can make the most of your time and dollars by acquiring what we've learned and are designing into every new "J."

  Current J/Boat Models

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International J/70
LOA 22.75' (6.93m)

J/70 is all about FUN! It’s J Boats’ first ramp-launchable sportboat. With a lifting keel, this speedy one-design sails 6+ kts upwind and planes over 15+ kts downwind. Over 1,300 boats are sailing in 20+ countries within the first five years after launch. Simple to own and easy-to-handle, J/70 can be sailed by all generations.

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International J/80
LOA 26.30' (8.00m)

J/80 is the gold standard for international sportboat competition and training, thanks to its unique combination of stability, speed, durability, low maintenance and age-friendly deck layout. It even has a full-length V-berth and 12-foot-long cockpit. Discover why J/80 has become the “family one-design.”

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J/88
LOA 29.19' (8.89m)

The J/88 hits the sweet-spot in the performance sprit range. This mid-size 29 foot family speedster is fast, fun and stable with the security and comfort of a sit-in cockpit, inboard diesel, weekending interior and onboard head. She’s small enough to be single-point lifted without having to rely on the boat yard.

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J/95
LOA 31.20' (9.51m)

The J/95 is a break-through, performance daysailor/weekender that sails in less than 4’ of water. The modern hull design is combined with a low VCG lead keel, retractable bronze centerboard, twin rudders, and wheel steering. The result is a fast and stable boat that’s a dream to steer and easy to single-hand.

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International J/111
LOA 36.50' (11.10m)

This sleek, speedy, one-design 36 footer has brought the fun back into sailing. The large cockpit, easy-to-tune carbon rig and 60” wheel permit the crew to sail fast and in control, going to windward at 7+ knots and hitting double-digit speeds downwind. The J/111’s spacious interior is comfortable for family weekending.

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J/121
LOA 40.00' (12.10m)

A new 40' to sail with half the crew! The best short-handed J ever…. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. Here’s a boat that redefines sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends, reducing the focus on athletic short-course W/L racing.

   
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J/97E
LOA 31.53' (9.61m)

The J/97E is the first ‘J’ in 25 years (under 32’) to combine standing headroom for family cruising in a high-performance design. Its modern innovations make sailing easier: an asymmetric spinnaker, retractable bowsprit and a furling, non-overlapping jib. J/97E accommodates more crew than it takes to sail her.

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J/112E
LOA 36.00' (10.99m)

The J/112E is the newest addition to J Boats’ “E” series of high performance cruising yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing with comfort, style and speed. This 36 footer is designed for today’s active sailing family.

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J/122E
LOA 40.00' (12.19m)

The J/122E is the world’s most versatile 40-foot performance sprit cruising yacht - with comfortable live-aboard accommodations and an unmatched racing record on three continents. Whether sailing offshore or near home, J/122E’s stability and ease-of-handling make it a true joy to daysail, cruise or race.

 

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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