Wednesday, January 14, 2015

J/88 UK National Championships Announcement!

J/88 family speedster- sailing Solent (Cowes, Isle of Wight, England)- The rapid expansion of the new J/88 fleet means they will enjoy their first National Championships at The Landsail Tyres J-Cup in Partnership with B&G, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes from 11th – 13th June 2015.

The newly formed J/88 Class Association is chaired by Dirk Van Beek, owner of SABRIEL JR, his first J/Boat. Dirk is keen to help expand the class in 2015 and commented, “The J/88 Class Association and One-Design Rules have been set up by the owners and Key Yachting to promote fast, fun sailing, and we have a full season of one-design racing in the Solent this year. Come and join us for our first J/88 UK Nationals at The Landsail Tyres J-Cup, we are all looking forward to racing at the Island Sailing Club in June.”

The J/88 is the latest addition to J/Boats’ Sport range. Designed to be versatile and easy to handle, she is also a sleek and super-quick combination of sail-power and stability, with a huge social cockpit, push-button diesel engine, below-decks head, deck-stepped carbon mast, single-point lift and much more.

Founding member of the J/88 UK Class Association is Paul Ward, owner of Brighton-based EAT SLEEP J REPEAT. Paul says of the boat, “We love the J/88. It’s a great fun boat, challenging the good sailors and offering top class close racing and fun for all of the fleet. Downwind it just takes off! 17.5 knots is our fastest so far.”

The fifteenth edition of the J-Cup will also incorporate the National Championships for the J/97 and J/109. One of the few regattas which has seen steady or increased entry numbers in recent years, the J-Cup is exclusively for yachts of the J/Boats brand, and entails three days of racing coupled with lively socials. The unrivaled spirit of the regatta is largely credited to the close-knit community of owners who enjoy long relationships with their boats.  For more J/88 UK Nationals and J/Cup sailing info.