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The J/80, a benchmark in sports sailboat history!

September 14th, 2020 news

The J/80 – a benchmark in sports sailboat history!

It is rare these days to observe on a start line such a large one-design fleet, launched over 25 years ago! Over the years, the J/80 has established itself in numerous regattas by its design, its performance and simplicity but also by its build quality – it’s made to last!

Launched in 1993 and with over 1,600 units sold worldwide, the J/80 is still selling this year – 22 new units! The next number (n° 1682), will be delivered in February 2021.

Famous with all clubs and racing sailors, this 8m monohull, designed by Rod Johnstone and widely built in France, is a real bestseller in the racing world.

Originally designed as a sporty dayboat offering a cabin for short cruising with its efficient hull, optimized deck layout, large cockpit, powerful ballast, over the years it has proven its ability to be fast, but robust and multi-purpose at the same time. It is today the most popular sailboat in the world of racing! The first hull built in 1993 still has every chance of winning a regatta against a newer boat.

The jib furler and the asymmetric spinnaker (revolutionary at the time) make this one-design sailboat easy to handle and adaptable. Indeed, it is suitable for all generations who wish to familiarize themselves with racing or simply enjoy sailing in complete confidence in all conditions.

Exported around the world and represented in more than 21 countries, the J/80 also benefits from very active owners’ associations. The J/80 Class is the largest monohull class in France. Every year World and European Championships are organized as well as the Coupe de France, which includes the Spi Ouest France. It is through these many competitions that you can meet, in a J/80, the young athletes of the French national team and weekend sailors, as well as the skippers of the Vendée Globe!

All of this makes the J/80 a reference point in the history of sports sailboats!


Le J/80, devient la référence du voilier de sport de l’histoire !

Il est rare de nos jours d’observer sur une ligne de départ, une si grande flotte de monotype, lancé il y a plus de 25 ans ! Au fil des années, le J/80 a su s’imposer dans les nombreuses régates de par son design, ses performances, sa simplicité mais également par la qualité de ses matériaux, construit pour durer.

Lancé en 1993 et vendu à plus de 1 600 unités dans le monde entier, le J/80 s’est encore vendu cette année, 22 exemplaires neufs ! Le prochain numéro (n°1682), sera notamment livré en février 2021.

Prisé par tous les clubs et régatiers, ce monotype de 8m, dessiné par Rod Johnstone et fabriqué très largement en France est un véritable best-seller du monde de la régate. A l’origine conçu comme un dayboat sportif offrant une cabine pour la petite croisière avec sa carène performante, son plan de pont optimisé, grand cockpit, lest puissant…, il a prouvé au fil des années sa capacité à être à la fois performant, polyvalent et robuste. C’est aujourd’hui devenu le voilier le plus prisé des compétitions !

L’enrouleur de foc et le spi asymétrique révolutionnaire à l’époque, font de ce monotype un voilier maniable, facile à prendre en main et polyvalent. Il est en effet, adapté à toutes les générations qui souhaitent se familiariser avec la régate ou tout simplement au plaisir de la voile en toute sécurité, quel que soit le parcours.

Diffusé dans le monde entier et présent dans plus de 21 pays, le J/80 bénéficie également de classes de propriétaires très actives. La Classe J/80 est la plus importante classe monotype habitable en France. Chaque année sont organisés des Championnats du Monde et d’Europe ainsi que la Coupe de France, qui comprend le Spi Ouest France. C’est à travers ces nombreuses compétitions que l’on peut côtoyer en J/80, à la fois les jeunes coureurs de l’équipe de France, les « régatiers du dimanche » mais aussi les skippers du Vendée Globe !

Le premier modèle construit en 1993 a encore toutes ses chances de remporter une régate face à un modèle récent. Tout cela confère au J/80 le titre de voilier de sport de référence dans l’histoire !

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