J80 News

Landsail Tyres J-Cup Announcement
(Hamble, England)- The Landsail Tyres J-Cup, organized by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, by invitation of Key Yachting UK, is set to be a special event. The 2019 edition will run alongside the J/70 UK Class Training Event, incorporating the UK Grand Slam Series, part of the build up to the first J/70 World Championship to be held in the UK. Racing action is expected to be exciting and highly competitive, especially in the J/109 and J/88 Classes, which will decide their respective UK National Championships. From July 18th to 20th, up to nine races are scheduled on tight Solent...
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Record Set @ CaixaBank Trofeo Conde de Godó
(Barcelona, Spain)- The prestigious regatta organized by the Real Club Nautico de Barcelona since 1974, the CaixaBank Conde de Godó Trophy, saw a new record set this past weekend. On the final day of the 46th edition of the event, the J/80 BRIBON-MOVISTAR of Marc de Antonio and Sofia Bertrand became the most successful team in the history of the event. It was the 16th victory for the BRIBON MOVISTAR team in the Conde de Godó, adding eleven titles in Offshore Racing and five in one-design classes.While the J/80 Class saw domination from the BRIBON-MOVISTAR team, the team of Pepequin...
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J/Crews Love The FIGAWI Memorial Day Race
J’s Sweep PHRF S1 & S2 Classes!(Hyannisport, MA)- The most popular offshore Memorial Day event in New England has to be the “The Figawi”. Saturday morning, the PHRF pursuit-style race started off Hyannis at 10:00am and sent the fleet off on a 25.0nm adventure to Nantucket. While it was a gorgeous day on Saturday, the wing Gods did not cooperate, making it a longer than normal cruise across Nantucket Sound to the finish line off the harbor entrance. Most boats took around 6+ hours to make the crossing, about a 4.2 kts average! Nevertheless, the breeze angles seemed favorable to...
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Delta Ditch Run Preview : 01-Jun-2019 10pm
Delta Ditch Run Preview
(Richmond, CA)- This year is the 29th annual Point Richmond to Stockton Race, also known infamously as the “Delta Ditch Run”. The course is from the starting area in San Francisco Bay, between the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge and the Brothers Islands, to the finish line at the Stockton Sailing Club, a distance of approximately 65.0nm. The scheduled first warning is at 10:25 A.M. on Saturday.There are a number of J/Teams that are participating in this fun-loving adventure, a truly awesome, crazy, over-the-top downwind blast going past buoys, islands, and sand bars in an endless “chicane” from start to finish. Those...
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Beautiful, but Light Almere Regatta
(Almere, The Netherlands)- The 9th Almere Regatta was a great sailing challenge for the teams that had assembled in Almere, The Netherlands. Like many other places in Europe, a big High pressure system meant there was not much “gradient winds” flowing down around it, with isobars spread out so far it was a wonder there was any wind for the weekend. On Saturday, that was certainly the case, with gorgeous sunny weather, but little to no wind. Sunday improved bit with winds hitting 8 kts, wonder of wonders! In the end, the J/80 and J/109 fleets both managed to sail...
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Spectacular PalmaVela Regatta
J/97E Dominates ORC Class, Big Battle in J/80s(Palma Mallorca, Spain)- The first major offshore sailing event on the Mediterranean calendar took place this past weekend- the 16th edition of Sail Racing PalmaVela. Organized by the Real Club Náutico de Palma, the regatta for 124 teams from 23 countries was held from the 8th to 12th of May. The sailors were treated to four spectacular days of sailing on the beautiful Bay of Palma.In the ORC 2 Class, the Frenchman Olivier Parchet & Russian Andrey Kochnev’s joined forces on the J/122 NOISY OYSTER to take fifth place with a 4-3-5-5-4 record...
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The proposed J/80 Class Rule Amendments, previously approved by the J/80 Class Association in June 2017, have formally been adopted by World Sailing and now posted on their website. These rules are

The approved proposals were:

1. Increasing the maximum crew weight to 350kg.

2. Permitting the installation and use of video and still cameras and their associated mounting hardware.

3. Permitting the addition of a fiberglass backstay flicker on the mast crane to help the backstay clear the mainsail.

4. Updating all references of "ISAF" to "World Sailing."

Link to J/80 Class Rules

Rayco Tabares (ESP) is the 2017 J/80 World Champion, retaining the title for the third consecutive year, Racing Hotel Princesa Yaiza, with a crew of: Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Afredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Laiyin Francisca Ley Torres Jorge.

Rayco Tabares has now won the J/80 World Championship four times! The Spanish team from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, led the regatta from the first day to the last, but did survive a jitter on the penultimate day. On the last day of racing, the team scored two second place finishes to clinch the world title. A northerly breeze ranging from 10-18 knots, with shifts both to the west and the east, provided yet another testing race course in the Central Solent. All fourteen scheduled races were completed, much to the satisfaction of the competitors, which roundly showed their approval for a World Championship that was extremely well run.

J/80 World Championship Results

Eric Brezellec (FRA) had an outstanding fourth day at the J/80 World Championship, scoring a scintillating 1-7-1-2, and is now within striking distance of Rayco Tabares (ESP). The defending world champion, from Lanzarote, is still in pole position, but a 4-1-16-18, has cut his championship lead to just seven points, with two races remaining. Tomorrow is the 14th July, French National Day, and Brezellec will be coming out with all guns blazing.

J/80 World Championship Results

Rayco Tabares (ESP) has retained his lead in the J/80 World Championship, but a crack has appeared in the Spanish team's seemingly invincible armour, scoring eighth in the last race of a tricky day in the Solent. Luke Patience (GBR) took his first race win, to move up to second place, and Eric Brezellec (FRA) had the best day of all, scoring a 3-3-1 to move up to third for the championship. Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) scored 10-10-2 to move up to fourth.

J/80 World Championship Results

PRO Stuart Childerley and his team, set three good races, resulting in a highly competitive starts and mark roundings. It was a tough day on the Solent for the 48 competitors in the J/80 World Championship, a low pressure system brought poor visibility and rain for much of the day. With the wind oscillating in speed and direction, making the correct tactical decisions was difficult.
“We had good speed today, especially downwind, and we made the right tactical choices.” commented Simon Moriceau. “Today we worked well as a team, and there was good communication. When we were down in the fleet we remained calm, and just concentrated on passing one boat at a time. Coming from Brittany, we are used to this kind of weather; it is not a problem for us.”

The 16th edition of the J/80 World Championship got off to a flying start with two spectacular championship races for the 48 boat fleet. A southwesterly wind of 12 knots built during the afternoon, piping up to over 20 knots in the gusts. With wind over tide shortly after the start, the combat zone boiled up with the J/80s powering upwind, then surfing downwind, in a full on foam up. Rayco Tavares (ESP) leads the championship, Kevin Sproul (GBR) is second and Luke Patience (GBR) third.

J/80 World Championship Results