|Specifications Under Current Rules|
The International J/80 is a fixed keel one design sportsboat certified for offshore sailing, normally crewed by 3 to 5 people. As well as its mainsail & headsail, the J/80 has a 65 m² gennaker for downwind sailing, which when the wind rises over 15 knots, gets the boat on the plane downwind.
With over 1300 J/80's worldwide, the J/80 is one of Europe's and North America's best selling sportsboats. Recognized by the ISAF, the International J/80 Class Association promotes activities and regattas worldwide. For class racing, sails are restricted to only a main, headsail and gennaker with total crew weight at 338.6 kg (With no limit on number of crew) or unlimited weight if only 3 crew.
The J/80 was designed by J/Boats' Rod Johnstone, and was designed to be a one-design sportsboat that was both easy to sail and safe, but capable of reaching 20 knots downwind.
The J/80 is the only sportsboat to be certified for Design Category 'B' of the EU Recreational Craft Directive, which means it can withstand waves that are 13 feet high and in winds up to 41 knots. This gives the J/80 a reputation of being a very well built boat for its size, capable of extreme weather conditions.
Due to the J/80 having an asymmetrical spinnaker with a retractable bowsprit, there is little clutter on the deck and in the cockpit, giving the crew more space and less tripping hazards onboard.
|2009||Santander, Spain||134||Princesa Yaiza||Template:Country data Canary Islands||Rayco Tabares|
|2008||La Trinité sur Mer, France||125||Nextel Engineering||Template:Country data ESP||Ignacio Camino Rodriguez|
|2007||Kieler Förde, Baltic Sea||64||ECC Viviendas||Template:Country data ESP||Torcida Seghers|
|2006||Corpus Christi, TX, USA||34||L'Glide||USA||Glenn Darden|
|2005||Falmouth, UK||52||Volvo||Template:Country data GBR||Ruairidh Scott|
|2004||Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Stockholm||56||Out of Space||Template:Country data SWE||Peder Arvefors|
|2003||Ft. Worth, Texas, USA||49||Synergy||USA||Jay Lutz|
|2002||La Rochelle, France||46||TENDRISSE||22x20px FRA||Pascal Abignoli|