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J80 sailing in Helsinki
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Class Symbol
Current Specifications
Crew 3 – 5
Type Monohull
Design One-Design
Construction GRP
Rig Fractional rig
Keel Fixed
LOA 8 m (26 ft)
LWL 6.71 m (22.0 ft)
Beam 2.51 m (8 ft 3 in)
Draft 1.49 m (4 ft 11 in)
Hull weight 1,315 kg (2,899 lb)
Mast height 11.43 m (37.5 ft)
Mainsail area 17.42 m2 (187.5 sq ft)
Jib / Genoa area 13.9 m2 (150 sq ft)
Spinnaker area 65 m2 (700 sq ft)
Year 1992
Designer Rod Johnstone
Infobox last updated: 30/01/2013

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 (700 sq ft) 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 (746 lb) with no limit on crew numbers.

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]


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 4 metres (13 ft) 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 fewer tripping hazards on board.

World championships[edit]

Year Location Entries Winning Boat Country Skipper
2014 Annapolis, United States 32 Savasana  USA Brian Keane
2013 Marseille, France 117 New territoriess[2]  POR Hugo Rocha
2012 Dartmouth, UK 76 Nilfisk[3]  ESP José van der Ploeg
2011 Copenhagen, Denmark 67 Nextel Engineering[4]  ESP Ignacio Camino
2010 Newport, USA 61 ECC Viviendas[5]  ESP Jose Maria Torcida
2009 Santander, Spain 134 Princesa Yaiza[6]  ESP Rayco Tabares
2008 Kiel, Baltic Sea 64 Nextel Engineering[7]  ESP Ignacio Camino
2007 La Trinité sur Mer, France 125 ECC Viviendas  ESP Jose Maria Torcida
2006 Corpus Christi, TX, USA 34 L'Glide  USA Glenn Darden
2005 Falmouth, UK 52 Volvo  GBR Ruairidh Scott
2004 Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Stockholm 56 Out of Space  SWE Peder Arvefors
2003 Ft. Worth, Texas, USA 49 Synergy  USA Jay Lutz
2002 La Rochelle, France 46 TENDRISSE  FRA Pascal Abignoli

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sailing World Magazine J/80 Review". Sailing World Magazine. 2009-10-12. 
  2. ^ "J/80 World Championships 2013 - Overall Report". FFVoile. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "J/80 World Championships 2012 - Overall Report". Becci Eplett, J80 UK Class Association. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "J/80 World Championships 2011 - Results". Royal Danish Yachtclub & Dragør Sejlklub. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "J/80 World Championships 2010 - Results". Ida Lewis Yacht Club. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  6. ^ "J/80 World Championship 2009 - Results". Real Club Marítimo de Santander. Retrieved 29 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "J/80 World Championships 2008 - Results". Kieler Yacht-Club. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 

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