In a raffle to raise money for the up coming J/80 World Championships to be held in Newport RI Sept 28-Oct 3, 2020, David Doyle from Toronto Canada Fleet 20 was the lucky winner and proud recipient of a Quantum Main and Jib. Congratulations David!
Below: J/80 North American Class President presents sails to David Doyle during the J/80 North American Championships in New Hampshire last weekend.
From left to right, the youthful team of Matt Coughlin (tactician), Henry Tomlinson (bow), George Luber (trimmer), and Cam Tougas (helm), won the 2019 J/80 North American Championship aboard Aegir #487 on Lake Winipesaukee September 22, 2019.
Twenty-two teams battled unusually light-air conditions across three days before a champion could be crowned. Hurricane Humberto stalled a high pressure system over Lake Winnipesaukee and the host Winnipesaukee Yacht Club for a three day stretch of sunny but fickle breezes.
Cam Tougas got his name on the J/80 North American Championship perpetual trophy for the second straight year, this time as helmsman aboard the winning boat, Aegir representing Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA. Last year Tougas, 24 and a graduate of URI, crewed aboard Chip Johns winner Cavitica from BYC when the event was held in a blustery Marion venue on Buzzards Bay.
This time Tougas and his band of twenty-something friends had to hit the road and change to light air mode with a 2,9,2,1 score to win the championship.
Long waits between races did not dull the appetites of the competitors, who travelled from as far away as Seattle and Austin Texas for a taste of lobster and New England hospitality at Winnipesaukee Yacht Club, home to J80 Fleet 1.
Ten travel teams from all over North America, including Canada came expecting the typical heavy air sailing usual at this time of year. One team claimed they changed the rig tune three times before a race was in the books. Breezes in the 3-5 knot range, included huge shifts in direction, made for challenging racing.
Class Stalwarts Bill and Shannon Lockwood, on the left finished second overall. On the right is PRO Carter White, who hung in and did a great job, despite the conditions.
Henry Tomlinson borrowed his dad's boat to bring himself and his sailing buddies to win the Championship. The trophy presentation was done in typical Fleet 1 style at Fay's boat yard as the travel boats got placed on trailers for the ride home.
complete scores can be found on Yacht Scoring
With over 1,600 boats now sailing in 30+ countries, the J/80 continues to set the world standard for keelboat one-design racing and leading-edge institutional sail training. And 2020 promises to be even more exciting in North America with the return of the J/80 World Championships to Newport, Rhode Island (Sept 28 – Oct 3). Newport hosted both the inaugural J/80 Worlds in 2001 and the epic 2010 J/80 Worlds.
Class racing in North America is re-energized, and to celebrate, we’re pleased to announce the J/80 Fall Package:
• 2020 Model J/80 with standard specifications including:
• AG+ mast and boom
• Profurl R250 New Gen roller furling system
• Lewmar winches and Harken deck gear
• Triad Trailer - Galvanized, double-axle lift off trailer
• Companionway spinnaker bag.
• Safety Gear package – anchor, chain & rode, bucket, bilge pump, first aid kit, two fenders, two docklines.
The package price is $54,950 (Bristol, RI) with an order deadline of October 15, 2019. Delivery dates are available from February to May. Please contact your local J/Dealer or J/Boats.
P.O. Box 90 557 Thames St. Newport, RI 02840 USA Tel 401-846-8410 firstname.lastname@example.org