North American J/80 Class Association
All non-Olympic International classes that are current members of US Sailing are eligible to apply for a United States Sailing Foundation (USSF) Sailors Grant to send your top sailors to international events held outside North America. Grant requests should be sent to: LeeParks5785@gmail.com and NancyMazzulli@ussailing.org by Nov 30.
The 2023 J/80 North American Championship took place on Lake Winnipesaukee in Gilford, New Hampshire from October 4-8. A fleet of nearly two dozen boats was assembled to do battle from all across the USA and Canada. Hosting the event was Winnipesaukee Yacht Club. After a nine-race series, it was Conor Hayes's MORE GOSTOSA that won the Championship with his team of Dan Jooda, Cat McLaughlin and Joe Diller (33 points net). After a tough first day, Jason Balich's OVERACHIEVER recovered for 39 points net to take the silver position. The OVERACHIEVER team included Balich as skipper, Chris Small, Doug Cochran and Chole Frentzel. Rounding out the podium was Guy Nickerson's team on PRESSURE (Kurt Walton, Alex Bowen and Nicolas Rigoni) with a total of 40 points net. The balance of the top five included Warren Flannery's FEISTY (top Canadian team) finishing fourth with 42 points net, and Graham Phipot's BLACK DOG with 52 points net in fifth place. Winning the Corinthian Division was Hayes's MORE GOSTOSA, followed by Philpot's BLACK DOG and Les Beckwith's FKA. For full results, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=15990.
J/80 NA Class President Jeff Rabinowitz, at left, presents the NA Perpetual trophy to the crew of More Gostosa 1153, Catherine McGlaughlin, Conor Hayes, Dan Jolda, and Joe Dillier at Fay's Boatyard.
Report by Peter d'Anjou
Photos by Brogan Hurst
Twenty-two teams, including 7 Canadian entries, gathered in Gilford, NH to dual for the 2023 J/80 North American Championship hosted by J/80 Fleet 1 NH and the Winnipesaukee YC. Local Fleet 1 sailor Conor Hayes and crew prevailed in a wet and increasingly windy 3-day regatta.
The weather started out nice during the weigh-in and measurement days before the regatta when the fleet moored in front of the Winnipesaukee YC.
Conor Hayes and team boasted a 2,9,1,4,1,3,4,9,12 scores over the three days and nine races for the championship - full scores on yachtscoring
More Gostosa 1153 battling second place finisher Jason Balich's OverAchiever 116 at the top mark.
The race committee flew the U flag to keep boats from crowding the course side of the start line one minute before the gun. OverAchiever was flagged twice and automatically disqualified from two races yet still managed to claw back for a podium finish. Fifteen U flag violations were called during the regatta.
More Gostosa gybes downwind in front of the fleet. Hayes likes to stand when steering downwind.
Guy Nickerson on 702 Pressure was third overall, just a point out of second place. The top Canadian entry was 4th overall, Warren Flannery's Feisty 78.
The marks used for the championship were bots which stayed in place despite the wind and exceedingly deep lake.
The Mt. Washington ferry gave background to the sailing area known as the Broads.
Congrats to Conor Hayes and the More Gostosa crew on winning the 2023 J/80 North American Championship. Hayes also won the Corinthian and State of NH awards with the win. Next year's championship will be in Toronto, Canada.
For a complete look at Brogan Hurst's photos click here.
The Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series took place over two weekends from September 30-October 1 and October 7-8. The first weekend was affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia and was canceled. Then, the second weekend also started a bit wet, but concluded with good sailing conditions, enabling the Annapolis YC RC team to run a total of five races off the opening of the Severn River on the Chesapeake Bay. The J/80 fleet saw Connor McKee's WILD JACOB starting with three straight bullets to win by a significant margin. Second went to Bert Carp's ELEVEN, and third place went to Dreick Lynch's OUTLAWS. For more Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series information, visit
Thanks to Jeffrey A. Rabinowitz, J/80 NA Class President, USA 738 Mistress, for the report:
The North American J/80 Class held its East Coast Championship event from Friday, July 28th to Sunday, July 30th as part of the Lake Yacht Racing Association (LYRA) annual regatta in Kingston, Ontario. Kingston, famous for its reliable breeze and challenging windshifts was the venue for the 1976 Olympic sailing regatta, and the ECC was hosted by the Kingston Yacht Club (est. 1896).
Racing began on Friday morning under mostly sunny skies and moderate breezes between 8 to 12 knots. With excellent race management, the Race Committee treated racers to four races over the course of the afternoon. Saturday dawned gray and rainy. The fleet went out and the RC managed to get off one race under difficult and sporty conditions of driving rain and breeze from 15 to 20 knots with gusts in the upper 20s. Class stalwart Hugh McGugan (CAN 347 Breakaway J) noted that "the NE breeze saw the J/80s planing downwind at speeds in the 15 knot range (the 1 mile run took 5 minutes to sail), mostly under control although with a couple of notable exceptions and spectacular broaches". On Saturday night racers enjoyed dinner and local music at KYC. Sunday began with light conditions of about 5 knots that built throughout the day to 12 to 15 knots. The RC provided teams with 4 quality races and still brought the fleet back with ample time for teams to derig, decompress, and lift a beverage or two before the awards ceremony. As for results, Conor Hayes and team More Gostosa (USA 1153) provided a master class with six bullets and a total of 9 points after their drops. There was a hard fought battle for the remaining podium places. In the end, John Vallee and team Sheets and Giggles (CAN 1326) was second with a total of 22.5 points after their drops. Both Hugh McGugan and team Breakaway J and Doug Gibson and team Cheeky Monkey (CAN 1067) had 28 points, with Breakaway J winning the tie breaker for third. Congratulations to all the teams! In moving the east coast 500 miles inland, the J/80 Class truly embraced our rapidly-growing Fleet 20. Fleet 20 actually comprises several dispersed J/80 local fleets and has grown every year for the last 8 years: Toronto area (12 J/80s), Ottawa/Nepean (7), Port Dover on Lake Erie (4), Rochester NY (4), as well as 1 in Kingston and 1 nearby in Eastern Lake Ontario. With suburb organization, grace, style and cooperating breeze the North American J/80 Class was treated to a fantastic event. Particular thanks must go to Hugh McGugan and his mighty gin pole for raising and lowering so many masts in such a short timeframe! Smiles abounded at this regatta and there is already discussion about coming back. The Class thanks LYRA, KYC, the entire Race Committee, volunteers, staff and the City of Kingston for hosting the event.
"In 1965, we had 175 boats come to Storm Trysail Club’s Block Island Race Week, and 30 years later we are still going strong with 177 boats," noted Race Chair Andrew Weiss of this year’s edition presented by Margaritaville. "It has been a fantastic week of racing, parties, and fun – so here’s to 30 more." And what a regatta number 30 was. The week started off strong with three races completed on both Monday and Tuesday under sunny skies and consistent easterly winds. Wednesday provided perfect conditions for the Regatta Craft Mixers Round the Island race with one of the fastest laps in history. Thursday became a welcome and well-deserved lay day for the fleet. With 25-knot morning winds and grey skies creating a lay day made for napping followed by a laughter-filled Mount Gay Rum Day party to kick off an evening of food and community camaraderie across the island. Friday started off slow with a one-hour delay onshore as the Race Committee waited for the northerly breeze to die and the southeasterly gradient to fill in. After sending the fleets out, the wind didn’t want to cooperate for the Guardian Jet Blue Fleet and McMichael White Fleet as it never filled. Luckily, the GMT Composites Performance Cruising Green Fleet did get a race off as there was a breeze closer to the shore.
Top Three J/80:
For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_scratch_sheet.cfm?eID=15440.
The third stage of the 2023 Women’s World Match Racing Tour had 11 teams from six nations competing May 26-29 at the Normandy Match Cup in Le Havre, FRA. Using J/80s, Pauline Courtois (FRA) won the qualifying round robin stage, and stayed perfect through the knock-out rounds to win the title. North American representative Nicole Breault (USA) lost to Megan Thomson (NZL) in the Quarter Finals, with the Kiwi advancing to the Final where she was defeated by Courtois.
For full results, visit https://www.matchracingresults.com/2023/wwmrt-normandie-match-cup/.
One of the first major events of the sailing season in the Pacific Northwest is hosted by the Sloop Tavern Yacht Club called the Race to the Straits—a 30.0nm dash from Shilshole Bay in Seattle up to Port Townsend, WA. It is principally a short-handed event, featuring both Single and Double-handed divisions. The full course length is 30.710 nautical miles each day. Saturday’s race is from Shilshole Bay to Point Hudson, and Sunday’s race is the return leg. This year's weekend saw predominantly light airs on both days, with a lot of DNFs/RETs on Sunday for most of the fleet. In the PHRF 7 division of doublehanded J/80s, winning was Gerry Gilbert's VELOCE, followed by Ryan Porter's JOLLY GREEN in second and Lek Dimarcut's UNDERDOG in third place. For more Sloop Tavern Yacht Club "Race to the Straits" information, visit https://www.styc.org/.
The Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series in Annapolis had three days of extremely challenging light winds, strong currents and ultra-competitive fleets from May 5-7. Mike Beasley and his teammates on the J/80 Black Sheep were the most dominant of the weekend, topping their fleet by a whopping 18 points after winning seven of eight races. "Tuning was key," Beasley says. "We put a lot of time into boat setup and understanding what the demands were from the sails we had and what we were trying to achieve with upwind speed," Beasley says. "Working as a team was a highlight of the weekend; we had a guy from the youth team. On Friday, he was a little ropey, but he was a machine today."
1st – Black Sheep - Mike Beasley - 10 points
2nd - Kopp-Out - Thomas and Jennifer Kopp - 28 points
3rd - Meltemi - Mike Hobson - 29 points
Top Mixed Plus Team - Stacked Deck - Ramzi Bannura
Full Results: www.sailingworld.com/regatta-series-annapolis
By Peter d’Anjou
When I bought my J/80 in the fall of 2014 it came with a 5-hp Nissan long-shaft. Nice engine, plenty of power, started right up, but it was a beast, weighing 85 lbs. along with it’s external tank. For me, too unwieldy for a rolling deck and storing it behind the Barney post behind the steps was very difficult to wrestle it in and out.
Now the class rules have four specific provisions for outboards; you must carry one (in working order), they must weigh 28 lbs or more empty of fuel, they must be stowed below while racing (not on the transom), and they must be stowed below behind the front face of the cockpit.
So after burning out the impeller on my Nissan when everyone ran to the bow for something, I decided a change was in order. Something a lot lighter, so I bought the 28 lbs air-cooled Honda 2.3-Hp long-shaft.
However, I had not found a good solution for stowing it below. As with the old motor, I tied it behind the Barney post in a web of line that only made it harder to retrieve. It still slid around some. So I added some eye straps to the sidewalls of the quarter berth where I could add even more lines.
I then came up with a way using 3” u-clamps and a piece of Water proof Azex trim attached to the Barney post itself. This eliminated the line, put the engine in a reachable position just under the step/ladder. Simply remove the step for access and best of all, it used the engines own screw clamps to secure it. This worked on my boat but when I made a few of these for fellow J/80 owners found that not every engine fit under the step.
A few years went by until the 2022 Worlds. I chartered the boat back to the original owner and his crew observed and made me aware of the rule for stowing the engine behind the front edge of the cockpit. My solution was clearly encroaching beyond this by the width of the step, so once again the engine got thrown behind the Barney post tied with lines as they didn’t want to lose a championship on a technicality.
I was determined to find an alternative that was easy and permanently legal. I studied the “boxes” many of the Europeans made - but those secured the engine face down, my Honda is designed to stow on its side. I designed many elaborate frames supported on the barney post that would push the engine further aft by the post. That is when I came up with the idea of making a mount attached to the sidewall of the quarter berth rather than the post. The engine could lie on its side on the platform by the Barney post, be accessible by removing the seat. And rather than build a frame found that a simple J/24 engine mount worked best. The mount was procured from Vela Sailing - World Champion bowman Rod Favela has many J/80 specific parts available through his online store.
I laid the engine on its side with the mount already clamped on to find the best position and traced the location on the sidewall for the mount. It is within a foot of its old location under the seat but now clearly further aft and legal. It seems this position would also accommodate a slightly larger engine too as it is not under the step anymore but behind it. I used a fender to support the prop end of the shaft - more to protect the boat than support the engine. It added about 3 lbs to the boat and cost me $140 for the motor mount. I’ll see how effective getting it in and out is and I do wish J/boats had made a similar accommodation from the beginning, but then it may not have fit all engine options. In any event it has taken years of practice to solve this and I hope that my solution(s) may be useful to others. If getting the engine out is too difficult, especially in an emergency, then how good is it really.
Former J/80 NA class VP and newly elected class president, Jeff Rabinowitz (t-shirt) and crew on his boat Mistress during a delay between races at the 2019 J-Jamboree on Lake Winnipesaukee.
As evidenced by this website being down unexpectedly for several weeks, Much has changed in the background for the J/80 North American Class for the coming 2023 season: the North American class elected a new President, at the annual meeting this past December, Jeffrey Rabinowitz from fleet 1 NH, and added new blood to the board, with west coast (Seattle) rep, Lek Dimuracot temporarily serving in the role of interim VP.
Now, Fleet 12 Massachusetts and Marblehead native, Brian Gibbs, has agreed to serve as VP effective immediately. Canadian rep David Doyle remains as class secretary along with long time board member and treasurer Kevin Hayes.
In addition, long time President Ramzi Bannura is now President Emeritus, he continues to provide guidance and experience to the board. The President Emeritus position can cast a tie breaker if the board is deadlocked but otherwise has no voting power.
Many thanks to Ramzi for his invaluable contribution these last 8 + years - guiding the class thru numerous one-design events, including the highly successful 2022 Worlds.
The board has decided to bring in operational help to run class sanctioned regattas etc… in the future in the person of Chris Howell, whose company, One—Design Associates, also manages the International J70 class and J24, J22, events as well as others.
To afford this, sail royalty and membership fees have been raised. The new sail tag fee is $75 and the new membership fee is $195/season. We encourage all J/80 owners, whether racing or not, to support the class with dues, since a strong class helps maintain the value of your boat.
A full 2023 Class events schedule with be posted shortly:
East Coast Championship - Kingston YC, July 24-30 LYRA2023.CA
West Coast Championship - Seattle
North American Championship - Lake Winnipesaukee Oct 6,7,8
Other regattas with expected one design fleets include:
Annapolis NOOD, May
Block island race week, June
The J/80 North American Class will hold its annual meeting Sunday December 4th at 7:30 PM EST via zoom. The zoom login will be posted here that day. The meeting is open to any interested parties, however voting is restricted to class members. Under discussion will be voting for class officers, next seasons class sponsored events, etc...
The J/80 Class will hold its annual meeting virtually on Sunday December 4th, 2022 at 7:30pm EDT to ensure good NA-wide participation. Please come and attend to hear the state of your class and to learn about 2023 plans.
Key topics of discussion will include a summary of the health of the class, proposed rule changes, local fleet updates and a vote on the new class constitution that is provided for your review; highlights will be presented.
Tentative Agenda: 7:30pm EDT Dec 4, 2022
Link to meeting: https://meet.google.com/kdz-bmme-vjn
Miss the meeting on Dec 4th this year? No problem... please see the recording now available...
Glenn Darden and crew, Rod Favela, Marcus Eagan, Victor Diaz de Leon, and Willem Van Waay toast the owner of Le Tigre on the way back to the dock at Sail Newport.
The first J/80 World Championship was held in 2001. In all these intervening years only 5 Americans have held the crown. And only one American, Glenn Darden, has repeated as World Champion (2006, 2022). Six straight years of Spanish team domination since 2014 and the last American, Brian Keane in Annapolis, won the title. Darden chartered his old boat 1152 Le Tigre and surrounded himself with pros in mostly windy conditions to dominate a 48-boat fleet with 2,1,1,2,12,1,2,1,3,7 scores.
The tricked out ride, replete with Atlas 2 electronics, that Darden and crew sped to a World title spent little time ashore as the Le Tigre team spent weeks upgrading and practicing before the successful North American title and the Worlds. The start lines were strikingly long and Darden perfected mid-line starts by relying on his Atlas 2 for staying behind the line prestart, rolling other boats to leeward and pinching off those above them.
Darden has won two North American titles on Le Tigre (2011, 2022) in addition to the 2022 World title. His 2006 World's win was on Le Glide, hull 407, which is curious in that this year he beat hull 406 (GP BullHound second overall) this time around.
Sailing "skiff style" with the main trimmer behind the helmsman Le Tigre lit up downwind. Whether up on plane or dead downwind wing and wing no one could catch them.
Ten of the top 20 boats at Worlds were charter boats, most prepped by World's charter coordinator, the author of this post, and Le Tigre owner since 2014, Peter d'Anjou. "Really proud to see all the international teams do well. In addition, my own fleet 12 Massachusetts boats finished 1, 2, 7 (the top Corinthian Ryan Walsh on 146 Pearly Baker), 10, 12, 15, 17, 20. I would point out the effort made by owners to upgrade and charter their boats rather than sail in a World's Championship. Ten owners upgraded to the new rig packages built by Sparcraft who also sponsored the event.
Class President Ramzi Bannura chartered both his boats: 1314 Stacked Deck to the French, and newly acquired Osprey, with an emergency repaired bulkhead hull 1322 to one of the Belgian teams. Ramzi sailed the Worlds on North American Class Vice President, Jeffrey Rabinowitz's boat, Mistress.
Ferver, hull 22 was chartered by the all-women's team from Spain and finished 15th.
Nine Canadian boats also made it across the border to join their North American class partners. David Doyle, fleet captain in Toronto, did his countrymen proud by winning the last race by minutes over his closest competitor. A local Newport boat, 251 Lead Mine, was chartered and driven to third overall by Irishman Patrick O'Neill.
Next year the North Americans are rumored to be in Canada and the Worlds return to Spain. Congratulations to Glenn Darden on impressive wins in both this years North Americans and Worlds and thanks to Sail Newport for hosting both back to back!
Brad Read (far right), Director of Sail Newport welcomes the 2022 J/80 North American champs to the podium.
Glenn Darden of Newport, RI and Fort Worth Texas charterered his old boat, Le Tigre 1152, and loaded it with world champion rock stars to overwhelm a 33 boat fleet and win his second North American Title (2011).
Darden, also the 2006 World champ is in Newport gunning for another Worlds title next week. He tuned up at the NAs by winning 4 of 7 races. His crew above of Rod FaVela, Willem Van Waay, Darden, Victor Diaz deLeon, and Becky Anderson (not shown), have won multiple titles in other classes and are the odds on favorites in the upcoming J/80 2022 Worlds, also at Sail Newport.
Le Tigre beat Per Roman's, GP Bullhound (2nd overall) to the finish in race one.
The racing was held up Narragasnsett Bay near halfway rock. Friday racing was cancelled due to 25 knot breeze and 40 mph gusts. The second day had 3 races with strong NW breezes in the 16-22 mph range. Sunday culminated in the race committee getting off another 4 races in breeze ranging from 12-20 knots out of the SW. Darden dominated upwind and down, showing a deep downwind mode wing and wing and on plane that none of the other competitors could match. Expect to see teams out practicing this manuever this week leading into the worlds when another 20 boats will join the fleet in the much anticipated climax to the season.
Thirteen charter boats with international teams from France, Holland, Belgium(2), Sweden, Spain(4), Ireland, and India, are registered in the 53 boat fleet for the 2022 Worlds.
Sail Newport and PRO Tom Duggan employed Uniform and Black flag starts trying to control the 33 boat fleet. Note the light colored jib at the pin, GP Bullhound (2nd overall) nailed the pin in almost every race. Darden often started in the middle.
Three of the Top five boats, Le Tigre - hull 1152, Next Adventure hull 406 aka bullhound, and Pearly Baker, hull 146 are charter boats prepared by World's charter coordinator and current owner of Le Tigre, Peter d'Anjou out of the Marion, MA fleet 12 Massachusetts fleet. They won 6 of the 7 races with only Dan Wittig's Turbo Sloth, which placed 3rd overall from Annapolis breaking the streak. Scores on yachscoring.com
Congratulations on another NA title for Le Tigre and Good luck to Darden and team in the upcoming Worlds!
Fleet 12 Massachusetts has contributed 5 boats to the charter fleet and several more attending. Three of these boats from Marion, MA have new sparcraft rigs and profurl furlers. One is still available for charter...
J/80 North American owners have been very generous in making their boats available for charter. With almost two months to go before the 2022 J/80 Worlds in Newport, RI we already have 12 charters with several more pending.
Of those charters, 4 are Spanish teams, 2 Belgian, 2 USA, 1 Irish, 1 Holland, 1 French, and 1 Indian boat. Five of the charter boats have upgraded rigs.
We still have a couple of more boats being prepared that should be available, so if you can pull a crew together - you might still help make this a 50 boat Worlds with nearly twenty percent of the fleet from overseas.
Come experience World Class sailing in Newport!
Contact Peter d'Anjou, class charter coordinator for information on charters
The J/80 North American class is in need of charter boats for the 2022 Worlds in Newport. We have more requests than we can fill, so if you can not make the worlds yourself, consider making a little money and helping the class have a big fleet and succesful worlds.
Your boat simply needs to be One-Design compliant and insured. The going rate for charter is $3,500 and if you are willing to charter for the North Americans as well, maybe as much as $5,000. Newer, tricked out boats can command a bit more.
Help the class, subsidize your racing by chartering. Many teams are willing to barter things like new sails used in the regatta as part payment for charter. The worlds site, J80worlds2022.com has a charter tab were you can list your boat. If you have any questions or need help getting your boat pre-wieghed and measured to ensure OD conformity contact Peter d'Anjou, charter coordinator for help.
The charter boat 1314, shown above won the 2010 Worlds the last time the worlds were in Newport and enhanced its pedigree and value!
The Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA will host the J/80 2022 East Coast Championship Sept 10-11,
BYC will hold a two-day regatta for the J/80s on Buzzards Bay leading into the North Americans (Sept 23-25) and J/80 Worlds (Oct 1 -8) at Sail Newport in Newport RI.
Just an hours drive from Newport, BYC will be a perfect place to stop and practice in very similar waters and wind conditions found in Newport. We will store your boat between events and housing is available thru host families for you and your crew. The event has one all inclusive fee that covers the racing, launch, Haul, a mooring, and Crew dinner Saturday night.
Register Now for 2022 J/80 East Coast Championship at BYC!
Do you have a 20-25 year old Hall Spars package and want a new performance upgrade? Your best bet to improve performance and longterm value of your boat might be a new Sparcraft rig at a 33% discount negotiated by the class.
J/boats and the J/80 North American Class are partnering with Sparcraft to produce a complete rig upgrade package in time for the beginning of sailing season this spring and the pending 2022 Worlds in Newport. Branded the "J/80 Worlds Promotion Bundle", by class President Ramzi Bannura, the concept is to improve the NA fleet overall by upgrading some of the older boats.
Originally conceived as incentive for boat owners to charter their boats - getting the charter to cover most of the rig upgrade cost - the class has made it open to all owners with the intended outcome of increasing attendance overall at Worlds and NAs.
Boat owners that are willing to charter exchange a permanent performance upgrade for a short term loan of their boats. Due to the Pandemic, new boats built in France are not available for charter. And the 12 new boats originally dedicated to the cancelled 2020 Worlds were long ago delivered to the Hudson River SC. So the class is promoting the brand new rig package as incentive for chartering as we are still in need of charter boats. You can list your boat for charter on the J80worlds2022.com site
Brand new rigs retail for over $12,365, Sparcraft, which is also a sponsor of the 2022 J/80 Worlds, is offereing mast, boom, shrouds, headstay and Profurl furler for $8,400 - a 33% discount! We need 10 owners to commit to the group purchase within the next few weeks so that a spring delivery can be accommodated.
Comparing the Sparcraft rig vs the original Hall rigs, North Sails J/80 expert Will Wells, says "the decision is a no-brainer and worth doing." Outside the performance differences another consideration is many insurance companies will only give pennies on the dollar to replace a 20-year old plus rig. And Hall Spars themselves recommended that standing rigging be replaced every 10 years and the mast every 20.
Those who have questions or are interested in the package should email email@example.com J/80 NA Class Charter Coordinator for 2022 Worlds.
The paint job on Sparcraft masts is an option. The hardware comes installed - ready to go.
Historic Fort Adams in Newport, RI overlooks Newport harbor (left) and the Atlantic Ocean (upper) while also housing the state of Rhode Islands public sailing operation - Sail Newport
Sail Newport the organizing authority for the 2022 Worlds has opened registration for the event.
Go to Sail Newport's website for a copy of the NOR and a link to registration. You can also go directly to yachtscoring to register.
The facilities at Sail Newport are awesome. The huge parking lot is great for pre-event boat/trailer storage. The lot also has a fixed gin pole for rigging. Once the boats are measured, dock space for each boat is included in the all inclusive registration package.
In an effort to clean up and make clarifications on the class rules, the following have been proposed for vote in the next international annual meeting.
C.2.1 World Sailing Regulation 20.4.1 shall apply (https://www.sailing.org/tools/documents/AdvertisingCodeFAQ-.pdf).
(a) each competitor can have multiple different advertising
(b) Specifically, on sails and hull, competitor advertising is permitted as follows:
- restricted to the lower 1/3 of the mainsail
- the entire surface of the gennaker
-restricted to the aft 75% of the hull (multiple different advertising allowed)
Not more than one crew weight control shall be performed for event measurement and/or registration at a class event. It shall be done after registration and previous to the beginning of the event.
C.4.1. The maximum crew weight in swimming apparel is 350kg with no limit on numbers of crew.
C.4.2. No crew member shall be substituted during an event of less than 6 consecutive days or that has pre-race weigh in without the approval of the race committee.
The J/80 Class will hold its annual meeting virtually on Sunday December 5th, 2021 at 8pm EDT to ensure good NA-wide participation. Please come and attend to hear the state of your class and to learn about 2022 plans for North Americans and Worlds in Sail Newport.
Key topics of discussion will include a summary of the health of the class, proposed rule changes, local fleet updates and a vote on the new class constitution that is provided for your review; highlights will be presented.
Tentative Agenda: 8pm EDT Dec 5, 2022
J/80 Annual Meeting
When: Sun Dec 5, 2021 8pm – 9:30pm Eastern Time - New York
recording provided below for those who missed the discussion
Current J/80 USA class constitution can be found here...
Please see attached meeting minutes from last years Annual Meeting for review.
Thank you for being as part of the J/80 class!
Your J/80 NA Board
J/80 hull #1 still going strong in the Northwest photos by Jan Anderson
Race Report by: Lek Dimarucot
The J/80 West Coast Championship was held on Oct 9 and 10 as part of the Puget Sound Sailing Championship organized by the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle. While several local teams couldn’t make it to the event, eight boats raced in the regatta.
Conditions varied widely, from strong breeze and choppy seas on Saturday (more typical of fall racing in Puget Sound), to calm, sunny weather with
variable wind on Sunday.
Emre “John” Sezer’s Reckless (USA 296) took bullets in all three races on Saturday, holding back Lek Dimarucot’s Underdog (USA 85) who finished second in every race. As the wind strengthened from the low teens to over 25 knots, crews and boats were tested and only half of the fleet completed the last
race of the day. Among many other incidents experienced by the fleet, Reckless tore a spinnaker and Underdog broke their vang after a knockdown.
Crews kept a lookout for a beluga whale rarely encountered in the Sound but recently reported to be in the area, but thankfully the wayward cetacean steered clear of the racecourse. It would have been hard to spot in the heavy chop, sea spray, and later pelting rain which the fleet encountered on Saturday.
The weather was a lot more sedate the following day. Because of the variable wind conditions, the race committee was only able to run two races, one in a southeasterly wind and the other in a northwesterly.
Charles and Sarah Hampson’s High Five (USA 333) won first place in both Sunday races, gaining a spot on the podium despite missing the last race on Saturday. Although Underdog finished second in both Sunday races, posting a consistent 2-2-2-2-2 scoreboard over the weekend, However, Reckless’ wall of bullets erected on Saturday proved impenetrable and Underdog took second overall.
Reckless won the West Coast Championship, despite John Sezer being overseas on another sailing adventure. “Wow, what a showing,” said a thankful John to his team, which included David Rogers, Kelly Moon, and Marc-Andrea Klimaschewski. What better proof is there that John has gathered a deep
bench of talent than Reckless winning the championship while he was away.
Pacific Northwest Fleet 18, together with the Corinthian Yacht Club of Seattle, has hosted the West Coast Championship since 2018. The local J/80 fleet has been rapidly growing in recent years, fueled not only by private owners discovering how much fun it is to race in a J/80, but also by sailing clubs who use the boat for introductory sailing lessons.
Photos of the event, including other fleets racing, can be found here.
Left to right front row: Zeke Horowitz, Thomas Klok, Marie Crump and helmsman Will Crump celebrate winning the 2021 J/80 North American Championship. Those are the Crump girls and event PRO Sharon Hadsell in the background assisting with the awards presentation.
Will Crump and his R80 team of Thomas Klok, Marie Crump, and North Sail’s Zeke Horowitz (tactics), won the 2021 J/80 North American Championship with a low score of 14 points. This is Crump’s second J/80 Championship having also won in 2013 at Block Island. The Crumps are a family affair with Marie Crumps brother, Thomas Klok - a two time winner as well, a part owner and integral part of the team.
Hosted by Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, under beautiful but light air conditions, the 23-boat fleet was missing our Canadian members and our international class measurers due to Covid travel restrictions, which, by the way, had caused the cancellation of the 2020 championship. However, strong representation from fleet 1 NH, Fleet 12 Massachusetts, Fleet 9 Newport RI and boats as far away as Detroit complemented local fleet 10 Chesapeake boats. Local knowledge of the tricky currents paid off with the top 5 boats all from the Chesapeake fleet.
Crump and his crew dominated with 2,1,1,7,2,2,1,5 finishes in the 8 races held over the 3 days of racing just south of the Bay Bridge. Whether the wind blew out of the north, as it did on day 1, or the south as a light seabreeze filled in on day 2 and 3, R80 consistently started well, picked the favored side, hitting the shifts and exhibiting relentless boat speed.
Meltemi, USA 60, helmed by Michael Hobson, was second overall with 23 points. Hobson also consistently launched off the start line and competitors quickly learned not to start near him or be relegated to the second row - his worst race was a 5 (throwout). He just edged out USA 1313, Turbo Sloth, helmed by Daniel Wittig,(24 points). JR Maxwell on 1150 Scamp was fourth overall and Chesapeake fleet captain Shannon Lockwood on Shenanigans was 5th. For complete scores go to Yachtscoring.com
EYC was a tremendous host, completely opening their club to visitors, and smoothly managing the obligatory boat/crew weigh-in and launch and haul. Kegs of free beer, and after racing parties with a barbecue added to the camaraderie the class is known for. Race organizers had post-race expert panel of sailmakers and pros to overview the racing and answer competitor questions. EYC even used GPS tracker phone apps from Kwindoo to record the boats tracks and progress.
Photos of the event can be found on Will Keyworth’s web page willkeyworth.smugmug.com.
The 2022 North Americans will be held in Newport, RI next September. Sail Newport will be managing NAs as a back to back competition in conjunction with the 2022 J/80 Worlds next October. A single weigh-in and measurement for both championships along with boat storage between competitions is expected to contribute to a large fleet in Newport.
Again, Congratualtions to the R80 Team!
Kudos to EYC for holding a first class event.
East Coasts are always a well attended event.
The 2021 J/80 East Coast Championship is being hosted by J/80 fleet 1 on Lake Winnipesauke. J-Jamboree registration is open! Haul-out is based on order of registration so sign up early! Lake Winnipesaukee is wonderful in the fall and the hospitality is spectacular! A big regatta against the stalwarts from fleet 1 is a great warmup for NA's in Annapolis. Join the tour! And email Fleet 1 fleet Captain David Stowe with any questions.
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