J80 sailing in Helsinki
|Crew||3 – 5|
|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)|
|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."
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.
|2014||Annapolis, United States||32||Savasana||USA||Brian Keane|
|2013||Marseille, France||117||New territoriess||POR||Hugo Rocha|
|2012||Dartmouth, UK||76||Nilfisk||ESP||José van der Ploeg|
|2011||Copenhagen, Denmark||67||Nextel Engineering||ESP||Ignacio Camino|
|2010||Newport, USA||61||ECC Viviendas||ESP||Jose Maria Torcida|
|2009||Santander, Spain||134||Princesa Yaiza||ESP||Rayco Tabares|
|2008||Kiel, Baltic Sea||64||Nextel Engineering||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|
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- "J/80 World Championships 2012 - Overall Report". Becci Eplett, J80 UK Class Association. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "J/80 World Championships 2011 - Results". Royal Danish Yachtclub & Dragør Sejlklub. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- "J/80 World Championships 2010 - Results". Ida Lewis Yacht Club. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
- "J/80 World Championship 2009 - Results". Real Club Marítimo de Santander. Retrieved 29 January 2013.
- "J/80 World Championships 2008 - Results". Kieler Yacht-Club. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
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