J80 News

CVSAE Win French J/80 Sailing League Finale
(La Rochelle, France)- Three and a half months after the first stage in Brest, the eighteen sailing clubs gathered in La Rochelle for the 3rd edition of the French National Sailing League, sailing in a fleet of matched J/80 one-design class sailboats. Host for the regatta was the Société des Régates Rochelaises.After the Brest regatta, it was the APCC Voile Sportive Team from Nantes that was leading, just ahead of the Normans of the CV Saint Aubin Elbeuf (CVSAE). The teams were recruiting top talent to help them improve their performance, including such French sailing superstars like Kévin Péponnet (470...
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Spectacular J/Fest Southwest!
(Houston, TX)- J/Fest Southwest was a spectacular success this year! Sixty-two boats total; the J/22’s and J/24’s really came out in force! The sailors were treated to awesome sailing conditions both days; in particular, it was windy on Saturday with gusts in the high 20’s, which was tough on humans, sails, and boats. Reported Scott Spurlin- J/Boats Southwest dealer- “we had a nice sustained downhill ride on the J/88! Held 17.2kts for a loong time. Crew was hooting and hollering!”The J/FEST Southwest Regatta took place from October 12th to 14th, hosted by Lakewood YC. The event started out with the...
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Pink J/24’s Sailing in Arizona Deserts?
(Lake Pleasant, AZ)- You bet! On a gorgeous body of water northwest of downtown Phoenix, it’s actually a huge lake- called Lake Pleasant. For years, the past Commodore of the Arizona YC, Victor Felice, has been promoting sailing of all kinds on the lake- ranging from J/24s to J/80s to Hobie 16s and anything in between.Recently, we find that Victor’s “Tiller and Kites- Exceptional Sailing” program has continued to gain passionate, enthusiastic sailors to the lake. His latest recruit is the sweet, attractive Brooke Miller from downtown Phoenix, AZ. Here is a sailing video of Brooke’s recent sailing escapades, skippering...
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Hamble Winter Series Announcement
(Hamble, England)- Hamble Yacht Services (HYS) and the Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) announce a three-year partnership for the HYS Hamble Winter Series. Well over 1,000 sailors will be taking part in the UK's most popular winter series, all of which will benefit from the long-term partnership.The 2018 HYS Hamble Winter Series will be the 37th edition run by the HRSC, the event is organized by a very experienced team, led by PRO Kathy Smalley, and supported by around 40 dedicated volunteers every race day.“Organising racing for the series requires resources, and whilst we have the tremendous support of enthusiastic...
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Fun Atlantic Telegramme Regatta
(Lorient, France)- For the 19th edition of the Atlantic Telegramme Regatta, hosted by the CN Lorient from September 21st to 23rd, a fleet of J/70s and J/80s enjoyed a friendly and sporting atmosphere of offshore sailing. The event is renowned for conviviality and the bar along the pontoons, and the Saturday evening crew dinner.Winning the ten-boat J/70 fleet was Bruno James team on LE MDCO CHERBOURG with a 2-1-1-1-4 tally for 9 pts total. His crew was comprised of Hugues Dorriere, Olivier Fantou, and Sebastien Metivier. Taking the silver was Philippe Guigne’s VIRTUAL REGATTA 70, with crew of Damien Scelo,...
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Pink Boat Regattas Raise 1/2 Million Dollars!
(Seattle, WA)- Kurt Hoehne, an active sailor and writer of the popular blog- SAILISH.com- in the Pacific Northwest offered some thoughts on their popular charity sailing event held each summer- the “Pink Boat Regattas”.Said Kurt, “The Pink Boat Regattas have proven an effective and extremely fun fundraiser for sailors to help fight breast cancer. The final tallies aren’t in for this year’s three Pacific Northwest events (Bellingham, Seattle, Tacoma), but Jennifer Mathis of the Pink Boat Regatta reports that more than a half million dollars have been raised over seven years, and that Tacoma exceeded their goal of $20,000.Jan Anderson...
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The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) is delighted to be hosting next year's J/80 Class World Championships, with racing from Monday 10th to Friday 14th July. The Hamble-based

Club, which is organising the Championships in conjunction with the J/80 UK Class Association, published the Notice of Race (NoR) today. This is available for download, along with other related information, on the event website: www.j80worlds2017.com.

Around 50 entries are expected with more than 30 expressions of interest received so far. The formalities of measuring, crew weighing and inspections will begin on Friday 7th July and all boats will be moored in the Prince Philip Yacht Haven. There will be a briefing and a welcome party for all skippers and crews on Sunday 9th July. A crew dinner is planned for Thursday 13th with Prize-giving scheduled for the early evening on Friday 14th and prizes being awarded to the top five.

Race Officer Stuart Childerley said: “We are looking forward to welcoming competitors and providing them with the opportunity to compete prior to the Worlds in the J/80 UK National Championships in June. At the Worlds, the intention is to run a 15 race series over the five days in the Central Solent area – it should be pretty spectacular.”

Commenting on behalf of the J/80 UK Class Association, Mike Lewis said: "The Royal Southern has fantastic facilities on the River Hamble and top-class race management. Having just completed a successful 2016 UK Nationals on the same waters, we are sure everyone in the Class will enjoy great racing in the Solent at our 2017 Nationals in June and the World Championships a month later."

The Championships are open to the Members of the J/80 Class as defined by the J/80 Class Rule (C3.3). Entries will only be accepted via the event website: http://www.j80worlds2017.com and the closing time and date for entries is 23:59 on Friday 12th May 2017.

The Sailing Instructions will be published on the RSrnYC event website before Monday 3rd July 2017.

Those new to the Class, or wishing to purchase or charter a boat, please contact: Gemma Dunn, Key Yachting, Tel: +44 (0)2380 455669 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For further information, please contact:

Royal Southern Yacht Club Sailing Office, Tel: +44 (0)23 8045 0302 or Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.