Sailing Off-shore

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Postby Guest » Mon Jan 19, 2004 7:07 pm

Has anyone experience in sailing the J-80 in off-shore coastal over night trips? Like 1-2 day trips. How did the boat handle bigger seas/swells?

Postby Guest » Wed Jan 21, 2004 4:17 pm

I have sailed mine offshore in very large swell and was very happy with the performance. Both with the chute in a big breeze and upwind. Safe, stable, responsive. Bow never dug in, even w/ occasional lapses in attention with the chute up coming off a big wave. Very little water in the cockpit, and the little that may come aboard in a knockdown with the chute was quickly drained via scuppers. Have not gone overnight but have covered 120 mile "day trips".

Postby Guest » Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:44 am

I did the Around Long Island Regatta in my J80. Its a 200 mile race (2 nights at sea) with half the race in the ocean and half in Long Island Sound. The boat was great! We rigged lee cloths so people could sleep. The boat was comfortable, performed well and was a pleasure to sail.

Postby Guest » Tue Dec 21, 2004 7:52 am

We have here in Sweden a double-handed sailing race in the Baltic Sea ( Baltic Sea Marathon). It´s a race over 600 nm and I will attend with my new J80 SWE 530 this summer. I have sailed twice before but with a 33 feet long keeled boat so this is a new experience. Have you guys any experiences from sprayhood or similar to avoid water coming into the boat and into the lee cloths.

Postby Guest » Mon Jan 02, 2006 4:15 pm

Can you tell me how you rigged lee cloths?

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