The latest in the Sportboat range- the J/99 Shorthanded Offshore Speedster- was launched at the Southampton Boatshow and Paris Boatshow in the fall of 2018 to widespread critical acclaim. In less than three months from introduction, over 50 J/99’s were on the order books.
The J/121 continued to garner accolades, winning SAILING WORLD’s Boat of the Year “Best Crossover Award. In addition, the J/121 also earned the “Performance Yacht” Award at the annual British Yachting Awards in London, England. Winning the Bermuda Race Gibbs Hill Lighthouse Division 12 was the J/121 APOLLO, and she finished 6th overall. Fourth in class behind them was the J/121 INCOGNITO.
It was THE year for the J/112E’s. It started with a dominating IRC 2 Class win/ IRC Overall 2nd in a field of 100+ boats at SPI OUEST Regatta in La Trinite sur Mer, France. That performance was followed up by a crushing victory by the same J/112E J-LANCE 12 team in the IRC European Championship sailed on the Solent, England. That was followed by another stunning win for the J/112E J-LANCE 12 in the Offshore World Sailing Championship for 90 yachts sailing off The Hague, The Netherlands (in an “offshore first”, the J/112E won class/overall in both IRC/ ORC handicap scoring). After those amazing performances, two J/112E’s dominated Cowes Week IRC Class 4 of two-dozen boats, with LEON 1st and DAVANTI TYRES 2nd!
The J/122E JOYRIDE won PHRF Class 7 and was 2nd overall in the Three Tree Point Race in Seattle, WA. Later in July, the J/122 BLITZKRIEG won both Class E and Overall Winner in the 256.0nm Bayview Mackinac Race for 199 boats. In the 700.0nm Volvo Round Ireland Race, winning IRC 2 Class and 3rd IRC Overall was the J/122 AURELIA. About the same time, the J/122E JOYRIDE won Class I PHRF and Overall in the epic 2,309.0nm Vic-Maui Race from Victoria, BC to Maui, Hawaii. In the Chicago to Mackinac Race, the J/122 BLITZKRIEG pulled off a rare “Mac Double”, winning ORR Section 4 in the Mackinac Cup Division. The Dutch J/122 JUNIQUE/ RAYMARINE team sailed the 1,805.0nm RORC Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race, taking 3rd in both IRC Double Class and IRC 2 Class and 5th IRC Overall- an impressive achievement for a double-handed crew.
The J/70 World Championship was hosted by Eastern YC for a fleet of 100 boats from 20+ nations, winning was Jud Smith’s AFRICA. J/70 Sailor Peter Duncan from American YC was named Rolex Yachtsman of the Year for 2017. The J/70 Europeans were sailed on the Atlantic Ocean off Bilbao, Spain, with yet another Rossi family member winning the event- this time Alberto Rossi (father of previous winner Claudia) sailed ENFANT TERRIBLE- ADRIA FERRIES to the top of the podium. Winning the J/70 North American Championship in Valle de Bravo, Mexico was Tom Bowen’s REACH AROUND.
The J/70 “sailing leagues” continued to grow and expand in Europe and across the Continent, adding on France, Portugal, and Spain to their 21-country program. The SAILING Champions League Finale was held in St. Moritz, Switzerland, high in the Swiss Alps. Winning the finale was the Italian club- Circolo Della Vela Bari, the second year in a row an Italian club has won the event (the first in 2017 was YC Costa Smeralda).
The J/80 World Championship was held in Les Sables d’Olonne, France for a 70-boat fleet; yet again, a Spanish team won- HOTEL PRINCESS YAIZA. Wining the J/80 North American Championship held in Marion, MA by Beverly YC was Chip Johns’ CAVITICA.
J/111s swept the podium at the annual Festival of Sails in Geelong, Australia (near Melbourne). Another J/111 dominated the SoCal Offshore Series “Islands Race”. For the third time, the J/111 WICKED 2.0 won the Edgartown YC’s 54.0nm Round Island Race (Martha’s Vineyard). Later, the J/111 WICKED 2.0 was crowned New England PHRF Champion at Buzzards Bay Regatta off South Dartmouth, MA. Martin Dent’s J/111 JELVIS repeated as the J/111 World Champion in Breskens, The Netherlands, hosted by the Royal YC of Belgium. Earning more silver was Peter Wagner’s SKELETON KEY, this time crowned J/111 North American Champion over a 16-boat fleet at Macatawa Bay, MI.
Notably, the J/97E won her class in the British J/Cup, in the Round Island Race, Cowes Week, and the Hamble Winter Series.
The J/88s grew as a one-design class in the USA and the United Kingdom. With spirited racing on both side of the Atlantic. In addition, the J/88 HOKEY SMOKES won the Mackinac Solo Challenge, a singlehanded race of 289.0nm from Chicago, IL to Mackinac Island, MI- the entire length of Lake Michigan. Winning the J/88 North American Championship off Chicago, IL was HIJINKS
Winning the 2018 J/24 World Championship on Lake Garda, Italy was the American Will Welles sailing KASTER. Mike Ingham’s NAUTALYTICS won the J/24 North American Championship in Charleston, SC. Then, Robby Brown’s ANGELS OF HARLEM won the J/24 USA National title in Falmouth Foreside, ME.
The J/22 World Championship was held in Annapolis, MD for sixty-three teams from five nations, hosted by Annapolis YC. Winning was Zeke Horowitz’s UNCLE FLUFFY.
For the third time in five years, the Canadian MANDATE team won the J/105 North American Championship held in Harbor Springs, MI and hosted by Little Traverse YC.
The J/125s continued their winning ways, with two J/125s taking 1st- TIMESHAVER and 2nd- DERIVATIVE in class in the 1,000nm Puerto Vallarta Race and they also took 2nd and 4th in fleet!
There was a three-peat win in the RORC Cervantes Race for the J/133 PINTIA.
J/Crews swept the podium in the ORC/IRC Two-handed Class in the North Sea Regatta sailed off Scheveningen, The Netherlands; 1st was the J/122E AJETO, 2nd J/122 JUNIQUE/ RAYMARINE, 3rd J/109 FIRESTORM.
In the Bermuda Race, the J/120s took the top four spots in the St. David’s Lighthouse Division 7, with ROCKET SCIENCE 1st, WINDBORN 2nd, SLEEPING TIGER 3rd and MADISON 4th.
An classic J/41 IOR boat called SOUAY1 won the Samui Regatta Overall in Racing Class; the sailing took place off Samui, Thailand. Another classic J/44 MAXINE won the New York YC’s famous Queen’s Cup off Newport, RI.
In the 2,275.0nm Pacific Cup from San Francisco, CA to Hawaii, the J/35 SHEARWATER won PHRF B Class, while the J/92 ZAFF won PHRF C class.
Winning the Clyde Cruising Club’s famous Scottish Series Trophy Overall in Tarbert, Scotland was the J/109 STORM. In the same series, the J/133 SPIRIT OF JACANA won the IRC 1 Series. Speaking of J/109s, David Rosow’s LOKI won the J/109 North American Championship sailed off Larchmont, NY and hosted by Larchmont YC.
Winning IRC 2 Class in the annual Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club Around the Island Race was the J/145 REDEYE.
The debut of the new J/121 Offshore Speedster was met with critical acclaim and tremendous enthusiasm from the marketplace. A “revolutionary” boat from the J/Design team produced a unique concept for offshore sailing that was the “right boat at the right time”. With crew limited to five or less people, water-ballasted, and with all sail-handling systems designed for double-handing, experienced offshore sailors welcomed the simplicity and minimizing logistical challenges associated with 40 footers. The J/121 was awarded SAIL Magazine’s Best Boat “Performance 30 to 40 Feet” category as well as SAILING WORLD’s Boat of the Year “Best Crossover” boat category. The Women’s Keelboat Worlds were again sailed in J/70s, this time in the mountains west of Mexico City on beautiful Valle de Bravo; meanwhile the J/70 Worlds were hosted by YC Costa Smeralda and sailed off Porto Cervo, Sardinia, Italy- the world’s largest sportboat fleet ever with 165 boats registered. The J/70 Europeans were sailed on the Solent in England, with Italy’s famous woman skipper- Claudia Rossi winning for the second time (she previously won in Kiel, Germany). The J/70 “sailing leagues” continued to grow and expand in Europe and across the Continent. The J/111s held their fourth World Championship on San Francisco Bay, sailing in epic Bay conditions on the Berkeley Circle and hosted by St Francis YC. Notably, the J/97E won her class in the British J/Cup, in the Round Island Race, Cowes Week, and the Hamble Winter Series. Also, the J/112E continued here winning ways, taking 2nd in SPI OUEST France, winning J/Cup IRC 1 Class and also the Hamble Winter Series IRC 1 Class by a convincing margin. The J/88s grew as a one-design class in the USA and the United Kingdom. With spirited racing on both side of the Atlantic.
The debut of the new J/112E Grand Prix Sport Cruiser saw her win class at SPI Ouest France Regatta in La Trinite sur Mer, France and the famous Grand Prix du Crouesty. J/112E also won SAIL Magazine’s “Best Performance Boat Over 30 Ft” and won SAILING WORLD’s Boat of the Year “Best Crossover Boat Category”. The introduction of the J/122E version of the famous J/122 was also met with critical acclaim. Plus, she also performed on the water, winning the Dutch Double-handed Championship as well as taking 2nd in the RORC Fastnet Race Doublehanded Class. Yes, it is possible to marry comfort with speed as the Dutch AJETO team proved over the course of a season of sailing offshore. Out West in America, the J/122E JOYRIDE also garnered her fair share of silverware in major offshore races in the Pacific Northwest. J/Boats co-founders, Bob and Rod Johnstone, were honored by the Mystic Seaport Museum- garnering the “American & the Sea Award”; they were also honored by the USA National Sailing Hall of Fame as 2016 inductees. The J/70 phenomenon continued, with growing momentum in places like South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil) and in Europe, especially. The “sailing league” concept has now taken over the Continent- with over 100+ events taking place in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, Russia, Denmark, The Netherlands, England, France, Italy, Germany, and Monaco…500+ sailing clubs participate with over 5,000 sailors. The J/70s held their third World Championship on breezy, cool San Francisco Bay, hosted by St Francis YC. The Women’s Keelboat Worlds were hosted for the first time in J/70s on western Long Island Sound, hosted by American YC in Rye, New York. A number of J/teams participate in the first two yacht races to Havana, Cuba- one from Miami, the other from Key West, Florida. J/111s held their third World Championship on the Solent, hosted by the Island Sailing Club in Cowes, England- a very windy series. The J/88 class continued to evolve with great racing at Key West, Youngstown’s CanAm Regatta, AYC Spring/Fall Series, Block Island, Charleston Race Week, and their first North American Championship at American YC in Rye, NY.
The J/70 explosion continues with 900+ boats delivered worldwide by year-end, and the first Worlds in European waters (LaRochelle, FRA). The Sailing League phenomenon spreads across Europe, featuring the J/70, and culminates in the Champions League finale held at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in Porto Cervo, Italy. The J/111 Class celebrates its 2nd World Championship in Newport, RI and 25% of the world’s J/111s attend. George Gamble and teamaboard My Sharona prevail in the 25 boat fleet. The new J/11S, a purpose-built 36’ double-handed, offshore racer is launching in LaRochelle, France. J/122 “Artie” wins second Rolex Middle Sea Race in a row this time it’s Class 5 and both IRC and ORC. J/122 has now won it’s class three years in a row. The J/88 class kicks off with racing at Key West, Hamble, UK and the inaugural Great Lakes and New England Championship held in Youngstown, NY and Greenwich, CT respectively. The first ever electric powered J/Boat is launched with the J/88 Oceanvolt SEA at the Newport Boat Show along with the brand new J/122E and J/97E built by J/Composites. The new "E" range with brighter interiors and modern styling is joined by the all-new 36' J/112E sport cruiser launched in November and sea-trialed in Narragansett Bay.
J/122 “Artie” wins Rolex Middle Sea Race Overall in both IRC and ORC. Sistership J/122 Otra Vez follows up 2013 win with a second in class. The J/88 wins Sailing World’s Boat of the Year “Best Overall One-Design” and one week later is announced as Yachts & Yachting Boat of the Year at the London Boatshow. J/88 is the January cover girl for Sailing World Magazine and production begins in France to meet demand in Europe. The new International J/111 Class holds its first ever World Championship in Cowes, England and hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. J/70 growth explodes at the grass roots level with fleets developing across the USA, Europe, South America and elsewhere. By year end over 700 J/70s are sailing worldwide with event highlights including the Sportboat Winter Series at the Monaco Yacht Club, a new European J/70 Circuit, the North Americans at Rochester Yacht Club, and the inaugural World Championship in Newport, Rhode Island. J/70 production for the Asian market begins at McConaghy Boats in China. J/70 is awarded Sweden’s Boat of the Year by the Swedish yachting press. German Sailing League takes off with the J/70 at the heart of this success. Denmark follows suit with the Danish Sailing League. J/122 El Ocaso wins class at the Heineken Regatta and “Most Worthy Performance Overall” trophy. The new J/97E sport cruiser is introduced at the Southampton Show as a model year upgrade of the J/97 with a redesigned cockpit to accommodate a wheel option along with J/122E inspired styling. J/133 Wins the RORC Trans-Atlantic Race from the Canary Islands to Grenada in the Caribbean. The J/24 Worlds comes “home” to Newport, Rhode Island, site of the first Worlds held in 1979. Will Wells of the USA prevails over 70 boats representing 12+ countries. Red Dragon Yachts of Xiamen, China begins J/80 production for the Asian market. The J/80 is the featured boat in the 2014 Inter-Collegiate Sailing Worlds in France and World Championship heads to Annapolis, MD in September.
The J/70 hits center stage with an incredible 60 boats at it’s first Midwinter Championship in Key West, nine months after Hull #1 launched. J/70 is voted Best Performance Boat by Yachts and Yachting Magazine… “The Clear Winner” The J/70 is named European Yacht of the Year under the Special Yachts category, after swaying the judging panel with a flawless showing over several test days. 91 boats compete for first North American Championship in Annapolis with Heather Gregg Earl and her team winning against a very competitive fleet of sailors. J/70 Awarded International One Design Status by ISAF. Hugo Rocha of Portugal tops a 117 boat fleet to win the J/80 Worlds in Marseilles, France. J/80 hull #1500 competes. The new 29’ J/88 Speedster is launched in late July. J/120 wins Pineapple Cup from Miami to Montego Bay Jamaica. J/97 one design action heats up in the UK and J/97 is class winner at RORC IRC Nationals and the 2013 Scottish Series. J/111 Class has break-out year with first Euro Cup held in La Trinite, France and first North American Championship in Chicago. J/122 “Otra Vez” & J/133 “Oiltanking Juno” win respective IRC classes at 2013 Rolex Middle Sea Race with J/133 taking first under ORC as well. The new J/122E Sport Cruiser debuts at Grand Pavois Boatshow in La Rochelle France. J/42 “CEOL MOR“ completes global circumnavigation.
This year may well go down in history as one of J's better years on record. The big news was the successful launch of the J/70. The first pair of J/70s launched in March with a record number of 100+ boats ordered before its maiden voyage, a feat un-equalled in J/Boats history. And, it was chosen for New York Yacht Club's US Qualifying Series for a fleet of dozen boats, plus its second one-design regatta was held in Annapolis, MD with DIESEL winning over 24 other boats. By end of the year, over 300 boats are on order and 40 boats are sailing Key West Race Week in January 2013. J/111 is VOILES Magazine's BOAT OF THE YEAR 2012 and it's chosen YACHTS & YACHTING'S READER'S YACHT OF THE YEAR! J/111s win Sydney, Australia's Short Ocean Series (JAKE), take 2nd at Key West Race Week (MENTAL), win IRC class in Warsash Spring Series (J-DREAM), win IRC Class in North Sea Regatta (XCENTRIC RIPPER), are 1-2-3 in PHRF B in Charleston Race Week (WICKED 2.0/ FLEETWING/ VELOCITY), wins Marstrand Big Boat Race in IRC Class (BLUR), wins epic Round Island Race in IRC Class (J-DREAM), take 9 of top 10 in Chicago-Mackinac Race ORR Handicap OVERALL (first time ever by any class of boat) and KASHMIR is awarded the Mackinac Trophy as Overall Winner, wins Bayview-Mackinac Race PHRF C class (NO SURPRISE), wins Nova Scotia Opener Regatta in Halifax, wins Bayview Regatta in Detroit, wins Tri-State Race Overall (MENTAL), 1st overall PHRF Class in Chester Race Week- Nova Scotia (BLAST), is third overall in Tjorn-Runt Race in Sweden (BLUR III sailing in largest race in Sweden with 436 boats!), wins Nova Scotia Offshore Championship overall (BLAST) and wins Netherlands IRC Championship Overall (J-XCENTRIC RIPPER). J/111's sail one-design at SPI Ouest France Regatta, Cowes Race Week, Chicago-Mackinac Race, Verve Cup, Chicago SW NOOD Regatta, Annapolis SW NOOD Regatta, Ugotta Regatta/ Harbor Springs, Vice Admiral's Cup and GARMIN Hamble Winter Series. J/145 wins San Diego YC's "Yacht of the Year 2011" (BAD PAK) for her epic offshore racing success and takes PHRF A in the Newport-Ensenada Race (RADIO FLYER). J/133 JIVARO wins Tour de Belle'Ile off La Trinite sur Mer, France over 600+ boats and HOT WATER smokes IRC Canadian Championship. J/125s crush Puerto Vallarta and Cabo Races, DOUBLE TROUBLE "three-peats" Spinnaker Cup and Big Boat Series in San Francisco, California, and DOUBLE TROUBLE crushes TransPac Pacific Cup overall. J/122s continue to win, taking Key West Race Week PHRF A (TEAMWORK), wins Corsica Race in IRC (650nm sailed by CHRISTINA III), wins Block Island Race and STC Stamford-Vineyard Race (CHRISTOPHER DRAGON), takes 3rd in St Tropez 900 Race (900nm sailed by NOISY OYSTER), 1st & 2nd in US IRC Championships (WINGS & CHRIS DRAGON), 2nd class in RORC North Sea Race, win Rolex Middle Sea Race IRC Class (ARTIE RTFX) again, win Garmin Hamble Winter Series IRC 1 (JOLOU) and in Australia (LITHIUM). The J/120 EL OCASO does another "Caribbean Tour" and walks off with every major regatta, winning class at St Maarten, Rolex St Thomas, BVI and Antigua Race Weeks. J/109s and J/105 sweep Round Ireland 700nm race overall and in IRC 3 class; sweep IRC 2 Class at CORK Week in Cork, Ireland; and sweep French Pornic Cup Race to Gijon, Spain. J/97s continue their winning ways, taking Warsash Spring Series IRC class, Cowes Week IRC Class, Scottish Race Week, 2nd in Garmin Hamble Winter Series, SAILING FOR JESUS wins class in the Hermano Runt in Sweden and KNOCKABOUT wins in Sydney, Australia. In the one-design world, the J/105 class continues to expand into South America and is growing in Chile with its first South American Championships off Algarrobo, Chile on the Pacific coast. And, J/105s had an unprecedented four regattas in a row in Southern California, with San Diego YC hosting the Southern California Championships, North American Championships, International Masters Championship and the Lipton Cup in October/November-- the first two events featured new J/105 owner- Mr America's Cup- Dennis Conner! The J/22 Worlds were sailed in Le Crouesty, France and won by a Frenchman (Jean Queveau) for the first time ever. The J/24 Worlds had a record turn-out in Rochester, New York (over 100 boats) with Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz winning an unprecedented fourth worlds (just one away from Ken Read's famous mark of five J/24 Worlds!). The J/80 Worlds were sailed in Dartmouth, England and the Spanish teams, yet again, sweep with Jose Maria van der Ploeg on NILFISK winning. The J/80s also hosted the World Police Sailing Championships in Hong Kong, China.
As the world economy continued to bounce along and slowly improve, the prospects for J sailors continually improved. The successful introduction of the J/111 led to world-acclaim and to some remarkable performances offshore. For starters, the J/111 KONTIKI V wins Key West Race Week in PHRF A; INVISIBLE HAND was 2nd in ORR Class D and 3rd in fleet in Cabo Race (after winning most of the race!); VELOCITY gets 2nd in Charleston Race Week PHRF B; SHMOKING JOE wins IRC Class in its maiden voyage on the famous Round Island Race and 5th overall in 450 boat IRC Class (the famous America's Cup Course around the Isle of Wight- England); JAKE wins its maiden voyage in Sydney, Australia in the Short Offshore Points Series; J/111s win both the Chicago-Mackinac Race (KASHMIR) in class and sweep the Bayview-Mackinac Race (NO SURPRISE); and J/111 gets third overall in the RORC Fastnet Race Double-handed Class (J-XCENTRIC was winning with 100 meters to go at the finish line, but wind died and they "parked" for 7 hours before finishing!). The J/145 BAD PAK gets 2nd class C and 4th in fleet in the Cabo Race, later wins the Ensenada Race and also the TransPac Race in Division 4! J/145 also wins Hong Kong- San Fernando Race to the Phillipines. J/122s continued their winning ways, taking the Fastnet Race IRC 2 class (the French NUTMEG IV) and, for the 3rd time, wins the Storm Trysail Club's Stamford-Vineyard Race (CHRISTOPHER DRAGON) and again takes the IRC East Coasts in Annapolis, Maryland (CATAPULT)! The J/109 wins Double-handed Farallones Race off San Francisco, the Vancouver Isle 360 Race of 800nm+ off Vancouver, BC, the Lake Ontario 300 race (300nm) and the Bayview-Mackinac Race-- plus it's the Irish IRC Boat of the Year! The J/97 wins SPI Ouest France and JIKA-JIKA wins Cowes Week and J/97 is also selected RORC's IRC Boat of the Year! In the one-design world, the J/22 Women's Worlds sailed in Rochester, New York was won by local sailor Cory Sertl. The J/22 Worlds sailed in New Orleans, is won by Rob Johnston from Heath, Texas. The J/24 Worlds were sailed in Buenos Aires, Argentina and won by the Argentinean Team LUCA with skipper Alejo Rigoni. And, in the J/24 Pan Am Games, past J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil wins the Gold Medal. The J/80 Worlds were held in Copenhagen, Denmark with Spanish teams sweeping the top three, again, with Ignacio Camino winning a second time on NEXTEL ENGINEERING. And, the J/80 North Americans were again won by Glenn Darden on LE TIGRE. Plus, J/80 wins BEST SAILBOAT AWARD UNDER 40 FEET at the Shanghai China Boatshow.
The year of 2010 was characterized by an on-going recession worldwide, but unlike its competitors in the sailing industry, the J/Team continued to execute and expand the business worldwide. Two more new models were launched in 2010- the J/111 one-design speedster and the J/108 shoal performance cruiser. The J/111 was launched in August by CCF Composites in Bristol, Rhode Island and after a successful fall boatshow circuit in Newport and Annapolis, it garners the SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR "Best One-Design Keelboat" Award and SAIL Magazine BEST BOATS AWARD - Performance Category-- the second year in a row that a J/Design has won the category! The J/108 was launched in October in Les Sables d'Olonne, France by JB Composites, the next generation of performance, shoal-draft cruising boats in the line after the successful introduction of the J/95. In the offshore sailing world, the J/122s win both racing divisions in the Chicago-Mackinac Race, the first and only time that feat has ever been accomplished, with FLYING JENNY IV winning the Mackinac Trophy Overall and SKYE winning the Double-handed Division. J/122s repeat winning the Storm Trysail Club Stamford-Vineyard Race Overall, the IRC East Coasts in Annapolis and the Rolex Middle Sea Race off Malta. Plus, the J/122s were winning in Australia, winning the IRC 1 Class offshore in Sydney Harbour series. The classic J/125s win Key West Race Week, Coastal Cup off California and the Cabo Race to Mexico. And, the Queen of the J/Fleet, the J/65 BRAND NEW DAY wins Bermuda Race Class serving home-cooked meals with red wine and cold white wine from the on-board wine cooler each night and sailing in air-conditioned comfort "off-watch" below decks! In the one-design world, the Americans re-assert their domination atop the J/24 class with American Tim Healy winning the J/24 Worlds in Malmo, Sweden (America's Cup sailor Ed Baird last won it there in 1981!). A number of J/80 regattas in France and Spain affected by the monstrous volcanic ash cloud that swept across Europe in April, affecting traffic everywhere. This didn't stop the Spanish from, again, winning a very windy, epic J/80 Worlds in Newport, RI with Spaniard Pichu Torcida taking it for a second time!
The year of 2009 was marked by a continuing, persistent economic climate that bordered on "heavy recession", particularly in North America and Europe. The Asian and South American markets maintained a relative degree of prosperity by comparison. Nevertheless, 2009 was a remarkable year for the J/Team worldwide. For the first time ever, J/Boats introduced three new models in one year- the J/95 and J/97 in the spring and the J/111 in the fall. Launched in April in Bristol, Rhode Island by CCF Composites, the J/95 was the first shoal-draft performance cruising sailboat ever launched by J/Boats. With twin-rudders, wheel-steering and a fully-functioning keel-centerboard, the J/95 broke new ground. And, it won a lot of hearts, selling nearly two dozen boats by year-end and winning the first "triple-crown" of sailing industry awards ever-- the CRUISING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR, the SAILING WORLD BOAT OF THE YEAR and the SAIL BEST BOATS "Performance Cruising" Category. In the first weekend of May, the performance IRC cruiser-racer J/97 was launched by JB Composites in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. The J/97 open, innovative interior design, aft head, six foot standing headroom and sleeping for six made it an immediate success in the European market. J/97 quickly demonstrated its capabilities offshore, sweeping its class in Cowes Week in August. Later in the fall, the somewhat revolutionary J/111 was first announced to the world and by year-end over 25 boats had been sold-- the most successful launch of a new 35 foot boat ever by J/Boats! On the sailing front, the J/122 J-BELLINO sailed by Rob Craigie from England wins the 2009 OSTAR. Plus, the J/105 KING OF SHAVES sailed by Oscare Meade was 2nd his class and youngest finisher ever in this 2,900nm race. The J/122s continued to win many offshore contests, including a three-peat in the Chicago-Mackinac Race. The J/122 SKYE led a sweep of the Chicago-Mac Double-handed Division, with a J/35 and J/29 coming in 2nd and 3rd, respectively! Other big J's continued to perform as well, with the J/133 BATFISH taking the RORC Offshore Season Points Championship Overall! In the one-design world, the balance of power in the major J one-design classes had clearly moved away from the Americans. J/24s held their Worlds in Annapolis in May with Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz winning his 3rd Worlds title. The J/22 Worlds were held on Lago di Garda, Italy in June and the Dutch teams from the Netherlands swept all top three spots. The J/80s had a record 133 boats for their Worlds in Santander, Spain in July which saw all top three spots swept by the Spanish teams.
Despite the economy slowing down, it was another great year of sailing for J owners. Starting with Key West, good turnouts for the J/80, J/105 and J/109s all hosting their Midwinters. Of the six handicap divisions that included at least one J Boat (5 PHRF divisions and 1 IRC division), J owners dominated the leader board, winning 44% of the top three class trophies. Experienced offshore sailor Ned Cabot recently published a story of the latest adventure aboard his J/46 ‘Cielita’ in Ocean Navigator magazine (Jan/Feb ’08 issue). The J/24 celebrated its 30th birthday at the J/24 Midwinters with 42 teams sailing a tough 11 race, no throw-out series- brothers Waldek and Chris Zaleski aboard TWINS won-- they also won the J/24 Nationals later in the year! 32 J/109s had a fun time sailing the J/UK J/109 Nationals. For the STC Bermuda Race, J owners turned out in record numbers and represented 22% of the 210 boat fleet - the first time J has surpassed Swan (14%) for the most popular brand/design in a Bermuda Race. And, J owners made the most of it. 52% of the top 25 overall finishers sailing IRC were J’s, and owners collected 26% of the top three places in all divisions and overall combined. Andrea Casale of Italy won the J/24 World Championship with 76 boats and an incredible 17 countries represented. Philippe Delaporte’s J/122 PEN AZEN was named the 2008 Yacht of the Year by the Royal Ocean Racing Club, dominating the IRC Classes in most all events. This success in IRC was repeated by the J/122 TKO winning Rolex Big Boat Series in San Francisco. Greg Fisher of Annapolis, MD won the J/22 World Championship in Rochester, NY over a record 103 sailing teams. Over in the Mediterranean, the J/133 CHESTRESS won IRC Class 3 and a 2nd Overall in the 2008 Rolex Middle Sea Race. 8 teams from 8 countries sailed the first International J/80 Invitational Regatta in Xiamen, China-- the first ever J/80 one-design event in the Pacific Rim
A record year for J/Boat owners with major offshore racing wins across the US and Europe. The introduction of the new J/122 built by J/Europe taking the IRC circuit in France, the UK, the Netherlands and the USA by storm achieving several overall wins both inshore and offshore. J/Boat owners are class and overall champions of numerous offshore events including Ft. Lauderdale-Key West Race, Pineapple Cup, Bayview Mac Race, Annapolis-Newport Race, Charleston Bermuda Race, Transpac, Chicago Mac, and several RORC offshore races. J/133 is awarded “Best Series Produced Yacht” and J/122 wins IRC 1 class overall for the entire season in the 2007 RORC series. J/80 production races by the 1,000 hull milestone with over 1050 boats built. A record 120 J/80s sail at the World Championships in La Trinite France. The J/105 Class sets attendance records on both US coasts culminating in a 69 boat fleet at the North American Champs in Annapolis. J/105 also wins RORC 2-handed season trophy. J/109 class activity thrives in the US and UK. Clay Burkhalter successfully sails his Rod Johnstone designed Mini 6.5 ‘Acadia’ across the Atlantic from France to Brazil finishing 12th overall out of 89 entries. The J/80 debuts at the Asian Sportboat Championship placing 1st and 2nd overall. J/Europe increases factory capacity by 40% thanks to increasing demand worldwide for new J/Boats. Several J/Owners actively engaged cruising their boats through the oceans of the world. Congratulations to J/Owners for an incredible year!
The J/92S makes its USA debut. The J/100 reaches 100 boat milestone and production begins in Europe. New 40’ J/122 development begins with J/Europe. J/ owners win 12 trophies in the Centennial Newport to Bermuda Race with the J/44 and J/42 classes the largest in the fleet. Glenn Darden captures the J/80 World title in Galveston Bay, TX, while fellow Texan Jon Halbert wins the inaugural J/109 North American Championships at New York Yacht Club. J/109 and double-handed J/105 finish 1-2 in Rolex Middle Sea Race. The York family completes a circumnavigation aboard their J/46 Aragorn. The J/22 North Americans returns to Fleet #1 Lake Minnetonka, MN with Terry Flynn crowned champion. The J/80 reaches 900 boat milestone and new fleets are established in Spain & Italy. The J/105 is awarded the Serendip Trophy for the Best Series-Produced Yacht in IRC by RORC for 2006 and Shaun Murphy’s Slingshot is named RORC 2006 Yacht of the Year and wins the Somerset Memorial Trophy for outstanding achievement of a 2-handed yacht. The J/122 is introduced and displayed at the Paris Show to rave reviews with a December launch in Hamble, UK and successful sea-trials.
The new J/65 launches in San Diego. Scotsman Ruairidh Scott wins the Silva J/80 Worlds in Falmouth, UK. The J/105 class sets new milestones with a 40 boat fleet at Key West and the first Canadian hosting of a North American Championship. The J/100 rolls out of the factory at nearly 2 boats per week to meet the high demand. The J/133 notches impressive IRC class wins at Spi Ouest and Block Island Race Week. The rapidly growing J/109 class sees one-design starts at Spi Ouest, Block Island and Cowes Week. Anthony Kotoun of Newport, RI wins the J/24 Worlds in Weymouth, England and the J/24 North Americans in Marblehead, MA. The new J/92S, a family-friendly sprit boat with large cockpit and non-overlapping headsail launches in Europe. J/125 'Rienrag' takes class honors again in the Transpac. Sally Barkow wins the Rolex Int’l Women’s Keelboat Champs in J/22s in Annapolis, and the Women's Match Racing Worlds in J/24's in Bermuda. Henry Morgan, sailing his J/42 'Dolphin', wins the Annapolis-Bermuda Race fleet. Short-handed J-sailors celebrate as Pascal Loison wins the 2-Handed Rolex Fastnet Race in his J/105 and Sam and Gordon Vineyard win Marion- to Bermuda Race in their J/46. The new J/124, a 41’ follow-up sensation to the J/100, launches in Rhode Island.
The J/133 Raincloud wins its debut regatta at Key West and production begins in both the US and France. J109s sweep IRC 4 at Spi Ouest, the UK J/109 Jeronimo is on the winning team of the Rolex Commodore’s Cup, and the J/109 class gets underway with 11 fleets formed, a class website and several class events held. Alec Cutler wins the J/22 Worlds in Annapolis over a fleet of 130 boats, an all-time J attendance record! Three J’s (J/35, J/46 and J/160) set sail in the 2004 Blue Water World Rally. The new J/100 (33’) is launched in Newport to rave reviews, is named Sailing World Magazine’s Overall Boat of the Year, and quickly reaches a six month backlog. J/145s enjoy class wins in the Newport to Bermuda and Port Huron-Mackinac races. Dave McConaughy wins the 25th Anniversary J/30 North Americans in Barrington, RI. Glen Darden of TX wins both the J/80 North Americans in Sag Harbor, NY and the 52 boat J/105 North Americans in Marion, MA. Wow! Jens Hookanson outduels Jeff Johnstone on the last leg of the final race to win the J/24 Worlds in Noroton, CT. The new J/65 (65‘) is announced as J Boats’ entry into the luxury performance sailing market with a custom bay set up at Pearson Composites and a highly anticipated 05 launching.
The J/24 class celebrates its Silver 25th Anniversary in Newport, while the J/35 class has its 20th in Toronto with 27 boats racing for the North American Championship. The J/105 class continues to set attendance records and is the only class present at all 9 NOOD Regattas. Dr. Mike Finn’s J/160 ‘Kativa’ wins the Charleston to Bermuda Race; J/125 'Rienrag' that takes line and class honors for Division 3 in the Tranpac. J/42 owners create a new owner association. J/Boats continue to thrive under IRC with J/145 winning the Overall IRC Season Championship in UK (1-2 in class at Fastnet), and the J/109 winning its class at Fastnet as well as at Cowes and Spi Ouest. J/Europe is formed as new European builder (France). Jay Lutz wins J/80 Worlds in Fort Worth Texas as class breaks the hull #600 barrier. Sally Barkow wins the Rolex Women’s Keelboat Champs in J/22s in Annapolis. J/133 is awarded the Overall Boat of the Year award by Sailing World Magazine and Best Performance Cruiser by Cruising World.
J/109 results roll in all year with wins at Spi-Ouest, Cowes Week, Breskens Race Week, Double-handed Round Britain Race and the prestigious Atlantic Trophy. J/109 plugs are shipped to the US and TPI begins production. ISAF selects the J/22 (women’s keelboat division) and J/80 (men’s keelboat division) for the World Sailing Games in Marseilles. J/105 explosion continues with 50 boats at the North Americans in Chicago, hull #600 built, and selected for UBS Challenge Pro Match-Racing. J/80 earns class start at Kiel Week and J/80 Worlds are held in La Rochelle, France. The J/Fest Regatta Series goes national with sponsors and five great events. Brad Read wins J/24 Worlds on its return to Newport. J/109 and J/105 are 1st and 2nd overall in Rolex Middle Sea Race. Terry Flynn wins 60-boat J/22 Worlds in Texas.
J/145 is selected as a Sail Magazine Top 10 winner and wins class at Key West. J/80 class hosts its first World Championships in Newport. J Boats introduces the 35’ J/109 in Europe. Waterline Systems begins building J/22s, helping to revitalize J/22 class growth. J/130 BONKERS is overall winner in the Pineapple Cup race to Jamaica. J/160s win in Newport-Ensenada, Puerto-Vallarta, Marblehead-Halifax and Swiftsure races. J/125 wins overall at Middle Sea Race in Malta. The Rolex Int’l Women’s Keelboat Champs is held in J22s in Annapolis, with Cory Sertl’s team crowned champion.
J/46 earns double honors, first as a Sail Magazine Top 10 winner; and as a category winner in Sailing World Magazine's Boat of the Year Awards. New carbon fiber J/145 (48') is launched. 92 boats attend the J/22 Worlds in Holland. J/105 production accelerates with hull #400 launched and European production underway. Waterline Systems becomes new US builder for J/24 and the World Championship returns to Newport for its 22nd running. New "L" version (L for liveaboard) is introduced for the popular J/42.
J/35 inducted into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame ceremonies in Atlantic City. J/125 wins "Sportboat of the Year" from Sailing World. J/120 J BIRD clean sweeps the Puerta-Vallarta race with 1st to finish, 1st in class and 1st overall- only the 3rd boat in history to do so (other two were 70' sleds). J/46 performance-cruising yacht is launched. J/22 featured in Santa-Maria Cup (women's match racing) and for the ISAF Women's Match Racing Worlds. J/30 and J/35 classes combine efforts to run their 20th and 15th North American Championships in Annapolis. 25 J/105s sail one design at Block Island. Over 275 J/105s now sailing in 15 fleets worldwide. The Rolex Int'l Women's Keelboat Champs return to Newport in J/24s.
J/160 PIPEDREAM wins Round-the-World Rally (American division) with a crew of five. Owner Scott Piper departs on cruise around the world in opposite direction! High tech built J/90 and J/125 usher in new wave of technology - carbon composite construction with 50% ballast/displacement ratios. J/90 wins "Sportboat of the Year" from Sailing World. J/125 wins at Block Island Race Week and St. Francis Big Boat Series. J/120s sweep top 3 spots in Newport to Ensenada Race. J/22 featured in ISAF World Championship in Dubai for women's match-racing and fleet disciplines. US Master's Championship held in J/105s in San Francisco. J/80 becomes fastest growing one-design in Sweden with 20 boats sailing. J/120 reaches hull #100, with 28 boats sailing in Southern California.
100 J/24s attend the 20th anniversary J/24 Midwinters in Key West, Florida. Johnstone Family receives The Industry Leadership Award from SAIL Magazine. Harry Smith wins 1100nm Marina Del Rey to Puerto-Vallarta Race on his J/160 'Bushwacker' and J/160 Hull #3 PIPEDREAM begins the 'Round the World Rally'. The Moorings Company purchases a fleet of J/120s for an innovative "race weeks" charter program in Tortola.
The first two of six J/160s are launched in early May. These deluxe flagships go on to win several offshore point-to-point races including a course record from Annapolis to Bermuda! J/44 Class returns for the 1996 Bermuda Race in force with 11 starters. J/105 reaches critical mass for class racing throughout the US with over 165 boats numerous regional events and a successful North American Championship. The new production J/32 Cruiser, designed by Alan Johnstone, is launched in July with over 20 sold in the first six months. J/Boats web site is expanded with a growing on-line class association presence, owner forums and monthly updates.
J/120 named Cruising World Magazine's Overall Boat-of-the-Year and Best Value in a Full-Size Cruiser. J/24 is first of five inductees into the American Sailboat Hall of Fame. J/130 STARLIGHT EXPRESS takes line honors in Newport-Ensenada Race. New J/42 Cruiser is introduced. Hull #1 GANNET wins two New York Yacht Club events and Class A Downeast Racing Circuit with a cruising asymmetric spinnaker and short-handed crew. J/35 class rebounds in participation with 35 entries at its North American Championship. J/105s are featured on ESPN in the Brut Cup professional match-racing circuit. J Composite of France begins European production of the J/80 and J/92.
J/130 named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among Racer-Cruisers. J/22 & J/24 selected for inaugural IYRU World Sailing Championships, J/44 is first one-design class ever given start in Bermuda Race. J/120 introduced at SAIL EXPO with carbon mast and wins New England Solo-Twin. J/110 introduced at Annapolis Boat Show.
J/92 is Sailing World's Overall Boat-of-the-Year. J/80 One-Design is launched- the first J model to be built with TPI's patented SCRIMP molding technology. J/22 celebrates its 10th anniversary by becoming an IYRU International Class with 1200 boats. J/33 DAYBREAK overall winner of Chicago-Mackinac. Newly launched J/130 and J92 sweep Andaman Sea Race in Asia.
J/105 becomes Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among racer-cruisers, and ushers in the sport boat revolution. J/92 is introduced and destined for the 1992 Readers Choice Award from Sailing World. J/24 #5000 and J/35 #300 are launched. Rod Johnstone is inducted into the Sailing World Hall of Fame.
Nick Brown's J/44 IONA wins Fastnet in IMS. Fortune Magazine names J Boats as one of the world's 100 best American made products. J/39s and J/35s sweep top 4 positions in CHS at Cowes Week. J Boats pioneers carbon-fiber retractable bowsprits and asymmetric spinnakers on offshore boats, introducing the first of its new "sprit" series, the J/105.
J/35c named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among 30-35 footers. J/44 wins NYYC Cruise. Motor Boating & Sailing names J/24 as 1 of 2 best sailboats of all time. New J/39 wins MBYC Fall Series. J/35 wins class in Sydney-Hobart Race. J/44 J-HAWK wins CHS class at Cowes Week.
New J/44 wins New York Yacht Club Queen's Cup and Cowes Week on way to becoming Sailing World's Overall Boat-of-the-Year.
J/34c named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year. New J/33 wins Class at Block Island Race Week. Jeff, Stuart, Drake, & Alan Johnstone commence management of company operations at J/Boat office in Newport, RI. TPI (J Builder) introduces industry-leading 10 year blister warranty.
J/35 becomes America's fastest growing big-boat one-design with 24 sailing in Class at Block Island. J/37s win Class in 3 major race weeks.
J/40 named Sailing World's Boat-of-the-Year among US designs. J/35 is lst Overall in Miami-Montego Bay and New England Solo-Twin. J/28 and J/37 Cruisers introduced.
Charley Scott's J/41 SMILES wins SORC Overall. J boats introduces it's first purpose built cruising boat, the J/40, that then goes on to win Class in Chicago -Mackinac. J/34 becomes best selling IOR design in America.
New J/27 is overall winner of MORC Internationals with J/29 winning Class A. J/35 is 1st Overall MHS in Chicago - Mackinac. J/41 has 1-2-3 sweep of One Ton North Americans and Bermuda Race class.
J/22 and J/35 introduced. J/22 wins Class at MORC Internationals.
New J/29s finish 1-2-3 to sweep Class in Block Island Race Week
Stu, Drake & Jeff Johnstone start J/World Performance Sailing School. J/36 Wins Class A in Antigua.
Nissan Motors becomes Japanese builder. J/24 wins Caribbean Ocean Racing Circuit, becomes IYRU International Class and named by SAIL (10th Anniversary) as "best keelboat in 30 years."
J/30 #1 WARHOOP finishes 3rd in SORC Class. First J/24 Worlds in Newport with 78 boats.
20 boats attend first J/24 one-design event at Key West. 68 boats attend North Americans in Newport. 1000 boats are sold with builders set up in UK, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and US West Coast where Trask family joins Johnstones to build J/24's.
Brothers Bob and Rod Johnstone finish 1-2 in J/24s in MORC Division at Block Island Week. J/24s go on to dominate the MORC Internationals in Annapolis.