It may be winter in North America with most boats on the hard, but the new year is upon us, and images of a full season racing our J/80s dance in our imaginations. The 2020 schedule of OD racing have places on the calendar. Check the fleet pages for local club race dates.
- Charleston Race Week (CRW) - April 23-26
- Helly Hansen Annapolis NOODs (J/80 North Americans) - May 15-17
- Helly Hansen Marblehead NOODS (ECC) - July 23-26
- Rochester/Sodus Bay YC, NY (LYRA) - Aug 1-2
- J/Fest Newport, RI - Aug 15-16
- Lake Winnipesaukaee, NH - (J-Jamborie) - Sept 18-20
- J/80 Worlds -Sail Newport, RI - Sept 28-Oct 3
Click here Registration for Worlds is now open on Yachtscoring.com
2020 J/80 North Americans will be held in Annapolis May 15-17, 2020 during the Helly Hansen NOODs as hosted by Sailing World and Annapolis Yacht Club. This venue will be one of the prime stops on the J/80 Worlds tour leading to the J/80 World Championships to be held in September 28-October 3 in Newport RI.
For details on the NOODs event, please monitor the event website for announcements...
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 email@example.com
Lake Winnipesaukee is home to J/80 Fleet-1. Helmsman Conor Haye's boat, More Gostosa (1151) seen here at the 2018 NAs in Marion, was second overall, and will be looking to defend the honor of the home fleet.
2019 J/80 North American Championships
LAKE WINNIPESAUKEE, NEW HAMPSHIRE
September 18th – 23rd
Registration is open NOW:
Click here to register
J-Jamboree!!! Pack up the boat, crew and bring them to the heart of New England. Epic racing. Epic off the water activities New England style. Ask your friends, this regatta does not disappoint!
See Notice of Race for more information. More details coming soon.
Email: Dave Stowe, regatta chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org
The J/80 North American Class Association is pleased to announce that Sail Newport, Newport RI has been selected to host the J/80 2020 World Championships September 28-Oct 3, 2020 on what will be the 10 year anniversary of the epic J/80 Worlds week held in Newport 2010 and almost 20 years since the very first J/80 Worlds also held in Newport.
The 64th U.S. Adult Sailing Championship, AKA the Mallory Cup, is being hosted September 4-8, 2019 by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass. The regatta is open to representatives (male or female adults) of regional sailing associations chosen by resume. Many of BYC’s members are donating their personal J/80s for the event.
BYC, which recently hosted the 2018 J80 North American Class Championship, has a strong J/80 fleet. The J/80s will be in strict OD condition and also have a local fleet rep to attend to any equipment issues in the round robin event.
According to U.S. Sailing, racing for the Mallory Trophy was first held in 1952 as the U.S. Men’s Sailing Championship. Since then it has become a more open and inclusive regatta, allowing female skippers and all-female crews. In reflection, the regatta was renamed the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship in 2013.
Teams representing their Regional Sailing Association (RSA) from across the country qualify by competing at a high level in their respective RSA qualifying events or by submitting a resume. Last year, the Wayzata YC in Wayzata, Minn. hosted 35 sailors from 12 states who raced in J/22s.
For more information on the U.S. Sailing adult Championship and how to enter visit U.S Sailing.
For a history of the Mallory cup click here:
The Mallory Trophy dates to the Battle of the Nile in 1798.
J80 Hull #1592 Just delivered from JBoats France to Newport, RI
It was announced at the J80 North American Championship in Marion that Hudson Sailing had ordered a fleet of new J80s from France. In addition, individuals are also buying new boats as well. Mark Girone of Nashville, TN is awaiting delivery of his new boat, hull 1592, after initial prep in Newport, RI.
For people like Mark, this will be his third J80. He briefly went over to the dark side and purchased a J70, but found that it didn't accommodate all his buddies that he wanted to race with, according to SW JBoats dealer and 4x J80 North American Champion Steve Lemay. who brokered the deal.
The boats are shipped in a container without the keel attached (see pic above). All put together, with rig, running rigging, and trailer, sans sails, electronics and outboard, the current price is 55K. Lemay also said the quality of the boats is so high directly from the builder, that when hull 1592 was shown to Randy Borges of Waterlines fame, that he didn't feel any additional bottom work was necessary or warranted. It is hoped that enough interest will allow for a price reduction with a multiple boat order. With the J80 Worlds coming to NA in 2020 it is expected a new boat fleet will be delivered for charter boats and subsequent sales.
With a dearth of used boats available, people looking to get into the class are encouraged to contact their local JBoats dealer. For those loving their existing boats, it is good news that new boats are available, the class is growing even more, and the value of their boats remains high.
When you become a dues paying member to the J80 North American Class Association, one of the many benefits is access to parts of this website that are not available to the general public. You are able to log in and get access to all sorts of information. Part of that info is being able to contact other like-minded J80 owners and see where the fleets and the boats are, via the member directory. Recently, the directory has been updated - the fruition of an 8-month effort to find all the boats in North America. We urge you to visit the directory, check that we have your contact and fleet info correct and/or update us anytime a boat is sold.
Beverly Yacht Club Commodore Jack Gierhart (left) presented the perpetual J/80 North American Class Association trophy to Bill Marvel, Zander Gryska, 2018 champion skipper Chip Johns & Cam Tougas. Race PRO Sam Vineyard is at right
Chip Johns and his crew of Zander Gryska (mast), Cam Tougas (pit), and Bill Marvel (trimmer) dominated in 3 days of racing in windy conditions to win this year’s 2018 J/80 North American Championship, hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass. The crew aboard 702 Cavitica, whose worst score in the 13 races held was a 4, got shot out of a cannon early to open the competition with two straight wins on the opening day of racing on Buzzards Bay and never looked back. Congratulations to team Cavitica on a fine performance!
Thursday evening at the skippers’ meeting before racing opened, Race PRO Sam Vineyard promised a brisk turn-around between races, for the 22 teams assembled, as a cold front with heavy rain and a lightning show outside the BYC clubhouse swept in a strong northeasterly breeze that would hold and build across the event. Vineyard was true to his word, getting off 5 races on day one in 13-knots and better; day two saw 15-plus knots with higher gusts in the often oscillating winds and washing machine-like chop; day three saw 15-20 knots under a low overcast cloud cover- all in unusual contrast to Buzzards Bay usual southwesterly thermal and wave set.
The conditions made the starts critical as those who got off with clear air got to choose when to tack on each shift while the boats in the second row looked to clear air but often got pin-balled by the lead group. Here again, Johns and his team were masters of the start with phenomenal acceleration off the line and going the right way. They seemed to tack on every shift and while they didn’t win every race, their 1,1,3,3,2,1,1,3,1,4,2,4 scores were enough to hold off Kevin Hayes & Jeff Kirchoff’s More Gostosa from fleet 1 on Lake Winnipisaukee, helmed by Conor Hayes, who finished in second overall, 11 points behind, and 2016 NA Champ John White on 1162, who finished 3rd, with 44 points.
Johns, a past Commodore at BYC, was instrumental in getting BYC to host the Championship this year. The fleet-12 Marion racers upheld the honor of the host club with an outstanding demonstration of winning starts, acelleration off the line, upwind boatspeed-keeping the boat flat in windy conditions, great tactics and sound boathandling.
The excellent all volunteer BYC committee provided housing for visiting teams and quick turn-around on launch and haul at Barden’s Boat Yard. While J/80 class president Ramzi Bannura oversaw the weigh-in and measurement supported by several independent ISAF measurers. BYC’s hot clam chowder, free beer, excellent food service, and inclusive dockage made a welcome and easy focus on the racing.
Full Official scoring can be found on Yachtscoring.com
Photographer Anne T. Converse has posted some pics on facebook HERE.
Day 2, Race 1 Cavitica horizons the fleet. Photo courtesy of Hew Russell
The start line with Gary Panariellero (Bow#7) who finished 4th overall getting the jump! photo courtesy of Hew Russell
In a stunning display of boat speed in light air, Les Beckwith and his team on 1151 FKA came from behind and won the 2018 J/80 East Coast Championships in Boothbay, Maine this past weekend. FKA representing fleet 1 from Lake Winnipesaukee, had a solid first day of racing with a couple of bullets, but also a 10th place and a couple of mid-pack 6th place finishes in the 16-boat fleet to put him in fourth place after 5 races on the first day of racing-which was held east of Squirrel Island in a light SSW’ly 4-6 knot breeze and sunny skies. The left side of the course paid off all day with a lift off Fisherman’s Island and a bit more velocity.
The standings after day one had 1153 More Gostosa, helmed by Conor Hayes leading with 16 points followed by Dan Shanahan’s Lawyers, Guns, and $, (Mangos), Ken Mangano from Annapolis being a guest trimmer, with 22 points, followed closely by Craig & Madeline Preston’s hull # 4, Sky Rocket, then Beckwith, a slim point behind them in 4th place, with 24 points.
The 16-boat fleet, with boats from Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, and New Hampshire joined the host fleet-14 Maine boats back at the Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club for a traditional lobster bake with all the fixings, including a Maine blueberry sheet cake for desert-No one left Hungry!
Sunday morning the wind was up a bit more to start, blowing 8-knots out of the South and PRO, Carter White set up on the west side of Squirrel Island to take advantage of that. This time the right shore lift paid dividends, especially for Beckwith and his FKA team who recorded four straight bullets to jump over everyone to win the East Coast Championship. Les and his team on FKA had 6 bullets in the 9 races run.
More Gostosa slipped to second overall in spite of a strong 2,2,5,2 second day, Lawyers, Guns, and $ (Mangos) took third and New York boat 381 Upsetter, skippered by Jason Viseltear won the Corinthian Award (top amateur crew) with a 5th overall.
In his acceptance speech, Beckwith (4th from left) thanked the BHYC organizers and co-chairs Jen Baker (left) & Ken Colburn (2nd from left) for a fabulous venue and incredible hospitality!
For full results visit Regattaman.com
For race photos complements of Keith Luke
Race report by: Jeffrey Rabinowitz
Dear Fellow J/80 Sailors,
August is now upon us and the first Regatta of the exciting Northeast Circuit is just a few weeks away. The J/80 East Coast Championships is August 24th to 26th and is being held for the first time at Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club. Fourteen boats are now registered for what promises to be excellent racing on the beautiful Maine Coast with an active social lineup including a Lobster Bake on Saturday evening. Launching/haul out and the social events for your crew of 4 are included in the $275 entry fee. Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club is working on housing for visiting boats. The entry fee goes up by $50 as of 2000 this Friday, August 3, so get your entries in.
You can enter at https://www.regattaman.com/def_event_page.php?race_id=517&cancel_dest=calendar.php
Please direct any questions to the event co-chairs:
Ken Colburn or Jen Baker
The Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, MA announced the Principal Race Officer for J/80 North Americans. It is Sam Vineyard. Sam has a history with the class, running the very successful 2010 North Americans.
That Championship, also in Marion, featured 44 boats. Sam and his race committee managed to get off 13 races over three days. At the awards ceremony, he was hailed by a well known veteran competitor, This is the best regatta I have ever been to.
BYC, this year's host club, always provides excellent race management and their choice of Sam Vineyard emphasizes this. The all volunteer committee invites you to register now at yachtscoring.com
The 2018 J/80 East Coast Championship will be hosted by Fleet 14 and the BoothBay Harbor Yacht Club in BoothBay, Maine August 25, 26. Ken Colburn, and Jen Baker, the event co-chairs, have offered free housing to travel teams on a first come, first served basis. Register now!
J/80 East Coasts
This year's NOOD in Annapolis was won by Gary Panariello in USA 1313 Courageous! It was a closely contested 8-race match with Courageous just edging out Thomas Kopps, Kopp-Out by a single point. Sailing World editor, Dave Reed, wrote a nice article about the J/80's, named "The Class That Came Before", which can be found on the Sailing World site.
David Neasmith from the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa invites J/80 racers to the 20th Annual Nepean One Design Regatta June 16-17. Already confirming 4 boats registered at this early stage, Neasmith hopes to attract boats from Toronto, Lake Ontario, Montreal and beyond. This marks the second year of J/80's racing at the regatta for the growing 5-boat local fleet.
Nepean Sailing Club is host to over 500 keel boats and is one of the largest clubs by boat count in Canada.
Click on The J/80 championship page above to access the 2018 race calendar of J/80 one-design events with links to local registration of each event.
Five new J/80's in the last two years on Gatineau mix it up in PHRF too.
Buy a raffle ticket to support the Class and a chance to win a choice of J/80 or J/70 set of Quantum Sails - Main/Jib or Spinnaker; winner gets choice. Drawing to be held during Annapolis NOODS 2018 or shortly after 50 tickets are sold; whichever comes first.
Note: Raffle to abide by all appropriate process and procedures as dictated by law. Class tags or any tax or related implications not included. Class reserves the right to postpone drawing or cancel raffle at any time due to any unexpected circumstances.
Mark your calendars, the 2018 J/80 North American Class Championships will be held September 7-9, 2018 at the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion MA... Registration Just Opened on yacht scoring!
The International J/80 Executive Committee has awarded the 2020 J/80 World Championship to the J/80 North American Class Association! A short list of five (5) potential venues is being explored then announced at the end of this coming Summer 2018. Please share your nomination through Facebook or our J/80 web site to where you would like to see the event to be held to ensure your participation. Stay tuned for more news on this topic here our J/80 web site www.j80na.com.
The J/80 North American Class announces J/World partnership to include all 2018 Class members get one complementary spinnaker training class for skipper, crew or anyone they choose. J/World Annapolis and the J/80 North American Class continue to enjoy a strong partnership and promote benefit for its alumni and members. Join the Class today! https://www.j80na.com/membership.html
Click here to see the new class rules effective March 2018 that address three (3) major changes:
1) Backstay Flicker now allowed
2) On-Board Camera allowed
3) Total Crew weight increased to 350kg