From SpottingWorld, the Hub for the SpottingWorld network...
Specifications Under Current Rules
Number of crew 3-5
LOA 8.0m / 26.3 ft
LWL 6.71m / 22 ft
Draft 1.49m / 4.9 ft
Beam 2.51m / 8.3 ft
Hull weight (with fittings) 1315 kg / 2900 lb
Sail Area Total 31.4 m² / 338 ft²

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.

According to Sailing World Magazine, "The J/80 is easier to handle, less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sport boats tested."[1]


File:J80 SUVLM06 4.jpg
J80 sailing in Helsinki

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.

World championships

Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2010 Newport, USA
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

See also


External links

es:J/80 no:J/80 sv:J/80