The J80 Class

J/80s are eight-metre sports boats produced by J/Boats (the same boatbuilder that launched the famous J/24 keelboat in 1976).

This is the strapline used to describe the boat on the yard’s website. And it’s true; anyone who’s had the chance to sail on a J/80 will verify this. I’d go even further and add great fun to the description.

The Fast, Stable & Easy to Sail One-Design

After sailing on larger cruisers for a while, you grab the tiller of a J/80 and instantly feel how the breeze comes in from the masthead right down to the foot of the sail and the rudder. It comes as no surprise how well sailors across the world have accepted this small but perfectly-formed 26-footer.

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Specifications

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Dimensions,ft/lb,Expem/kgses
LOA,26.30,8.00
LWL,22.00,6.71
Beam,8.30,2.51
Standard Draft,4.90,1.49
Standard Ballast,1.400,635
Displacement,2.900,1.315
Engine,outboard,outboard
100% SA,338,31.40
I,31.50,9.60
ISP,33.00,10.06
J,9.50,2.90
P,30.00,9.14
E,12.50,3.81
SA/Dspl,27,27
Dspl/L,122,122

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J80 MarsellaThe J/80 Class, recognised by the ISAF (International Sailing Federation) in 1995, has experienced a huge surge in popularity across the globe over the past ten years. There is a full international racing calendar and associations in Italy, Germany, France, the UK, Sweden and Benelux. On a worldwide scale, there are around 1,500 boats on the water. Spain also has a prolific J/80 Class, boasting nine fleets and over 100 units regularly in action:

  •    Lanzarote
  •    Santander
  •    Bilbao
  •    Palma de Mallorca
  •    La Coruña
  •    Barcelona
  •    Mar Menor
  •    El Balis (Barcelona)
  •    Sotogrande

At last year’s World Championships in Marseille, New Territories claimed victory in the nine runs held during the regatta between 7th and 13th July 2013. Lanzarote-born Rayco Tabares skippered Princesa Yaiza to ninth place. Tabares, two-time J/80 world champion and one of Spain’s most successful sailors ever, was also appointed International Chairman of the J/80 Class in 2013. High-calibre J/80 regattas in Spain in 2014: Spanish Championships, coinciding with the Easter holidays, from 17th to 20th April in the city of Santander, hosted by R.C.M. European Championships, from 28th to 30th June at El Balís in Llavaneres (Barcelona). Spanish Cup, from 3rd to 6th September in Puerto de Sotogrande (Cádiz). In Lanzarote, there is a large and very active J/80 fleet, taking part not just in regattas, but also nautical events and corporate team-building activities. With fifteen to twenty easy-to-sail boats and expert crews of four or five, all types of events can be organized in the best possible conditions. Add to this the sailing-friendly climate in the area, it’s easy to understand the popularity and love of this class in Lanzarote. Last Saturday, the first leg of J/80 league championship was held at Puerto Calero (Lanzarote). “The boat Ikos snatched first place. Weather conditions were excellent, with winds hovering between 10 and 15 knots. The day’s racing was one of the most closely-fought and entertaining events this season. There’s still much to fight for in the J/80 Canary Islands Cup, though. The third race will be held on 16th November”. Source: j80lanzarote.org

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