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Thrilling grand finale at the j/70 european championship in cala galera.

After several hours of waiting onshore due to a lack of wind, the fleet of nearly 90 boats from over 20 countries completed the 11th and final race

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Knowledge of the Chesapeake Bay and its light, shifty winds paid off for local sailors in the Helly Hansen Sailing World Regatta Series Annapolis

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J/70 – World’s Fastest Growing One Design, Trailerable Speedster!

Easier to trailer, rig and ramp launch. The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats’ first fully ramp-launchable, keelboat – designed to fulfill a growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough for the entire family, easy to tow behind the family vehicle, to rig in the parking lot, ramp launch and sail.  Plus, J/70 is built to last.

In less than 48 months the J/70 worldwide fleet is over 1,300 boats strong, attracting some of the most talented sailors in the world and helping to spark growth of numerous sailing leagues across Europe. J/70 is replacing tired old keelboat fleets at a number of sailing clubs and helping to reinvigorate membership by attracting younger sailors into the ranks.  There are fleet discussions underway now around the world both for new leagues and for established clubs.  The Sailing World Overall Boat of the Year J/70 has taken the world by storm and future growth for this fantastic boat looks very bright, indeed!  These days it is safe to say  there is some J/70 event happening on almost any given weekend somewhere around the world!

Key J/70 Features.

  • Large comfortable cockpit with open transom.
  • Deck-stepped lightweight carbon mast for easy rigging & stepping.
  • Inexpensive three sail inventory with masthead A-Sail.
  • Vertical lifting keel.
  • Small cabin for storage and personal privacy.
  • Easy to trailer to regattas, ramp launch and store at home for winter.
  • Only 1,750 lbs & low road height so most 6 cyl vehicles can easily tow.
  • Fits inside most standard garage doors!

More comfortable to sail on deck. The 11′ long cockpit and moderate height boom in the J/70 allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, large cockpit floor mounted toe-rails for secure foot bracing and comfortable seat height and ergonomics makes J/70 one of the most comfortable small keelboats to helm.  No need for hiking straps to keep you in the boat. Plus there are strict class limits on how to hike to make the boat less physical to sail.

Easy for the entire family to join in! With mandatory on-board jib/spinnaker sheet winches, a feather light responsive helm and confidence building stability, you can enjoy sailing with friends and family more often.  Kids or seniors will feel as comfortable and in control steering or trimming sails, whether for daysailing or evening sunset races, the J/70 will be both exciting and forgiving.  When you are ready to take it to the next competitive level, the competition at national events won’t disappoint.

On-board privacy, protection, storage & auxiliary power The small cabin below is a bonus in any small keelboat, and the J/70 cabin is just large enough to provide weather & sun protection, a place to nap and/or for personal privacy… essential to keeping the whole crew happy if spending a day on the water.

The J/70 one-design class rules provide for a 2.5 hp outboard engine (gas or electric). This means one can sail further away from homeport without worrying about paddling home or hailing for a tow. Race Committees can start races on time and finish them later in the day without having to arrange tow boats.

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J-70 Boat Reviews

Boat Review Date: October 2014 Author: Mike Brown Overview

There is a steadily growing number of sports boats on the Swan; sail craft around six metres long, essentially big racing dinghies with ballast keels. Terrific fun, but needing athletic dinghy-style crews to sail them well. And they are purely racing boats where most racing is done by keel boats that have other careers as cruisers. A new entrant to the scene goes some way to bridge the gap.

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The J70 is the latest product of the builder that gave the world the extremely successful J24, so it has a respected pedigree. A shade under the seven metres suggested by its name, it combines 21 square metres of working sail area with a displacement of 794 kilos. 36 percent of that is ballast on the end of a 1.45m keel; these are figures that suggest an easily driven, stable and fast boat. A clue to the easily driven nature of the J70 was provided by the choice of auxiliary power: a 2.5hp Suzuki that was far from working hard when called into use.

WA’s first J70 had its maiden voyage on Fremantle Sailing Club’s opening day, with everything new to its crew. It was launched off a trailer, its lifting keel making this possible and simple. The routine of lowering and securing the keel, stepping the featherweight carbon fibre mast, tensioning the standing rigging and bending on the sails was quickly mastered. The routine is so straightforward it could probably be achieved in 20 minutes if money were at stake.

Winds on the day were flukey, with some respectable gusts. As soon as anything near ten knots cropped up the J70 was up and boogying, impersonating a lightweight dinghy. The crew for the day comprised four sizeable males, adding substantially to the displacement. The performance suggested adjusting crew numbers to wind strength would be a useful ploy.

It is illuminating to do a few sums on displacement and sail area with a lightweight vessel like this. We have all seen the pictures of seriously large racers with a dozen or more crew members sitting on the weather rail as organic ballast. Compare their vast sail area with the J70’s and see how much more affect a couple of 80 kilo people sitting on the J’s rail has. And the J70 has the shape and equipment to make this a natural and comfortable position.

But the J70 can have a life away from racing. Overseas, where this is a runaway big selling boat, it is a popular family or married couple craft for weekend fun with the occasional race. Loners can enjoy single handing in it. For the most social and laid back racing – twilights – the cockpit can accommodate eight or more as well as the esky.

The small fore cabin has V-berths long enough for use by humans, and weekending is very much an option. Overseas experience says a big use of the cabin is for children, sated with sailing, who can migrate there to play with electronic toys rather than asking if they are there yet.

The layout is uncomplicated allowing single handing; from one position the skipper can control the adjustable backstay, main and jib sheets. Extending the bowsprit and setting the asymmetric spinnaker, though, will call for few more hands. There is a pair of sheet winches that are likely only to get much use in stronger winds. These and all the other hardware are satisfyingly beefy items, well up to their jobs.

So far there is just the one J70 afloat in WA, but more were ordered at the Mandurah show. If overseas experience is any guide there should soon be enough here for one-design racing. The worldwide numbers grew so fast that less than 18 months after launching the International Sailing Federation approved the J70 as an ISAF class. The first world championship was held last month the entries capped at 120.

Price from                  $66,000

Length overall           6.93m

Beam                          2.25m

Draught                     1.45m

Displacement           794kg

Ballast                        286kg

Sail area                    21sqm

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