March 12, 2012 became a historic day for the J-Boats company.
The 1st J/70 hull # 1 made her debut on the Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island on a unseasonably warm day. Eight days later hull #2 made her way into the water and they spent the week in sail trials.
“Now, there are 350 boats sailing in 18+ countries including the USA, UK, France,
Germany, Switzerland, Sweden, Chile, Italy, Netherlands, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Australia, Hong Kong, Peru, Norway, Spain and Togo. The builders in the USA (CCF Composites) and France (J Composites) are at full capacity, and we are working on adding a third builder for the Pacific Rim. The J/70’s rapid acceptance around the globe is second only to the J/24 in our company’s 36-year history. What a great thrill to see a new design resonate so strongly with so many sailors across so many markets. J/70 owners have been responsible for significantly impacting the sailing scene in 2013. The J/70 led all classes in participation at Key West Race Week (39 teams), St. Petersburg NOOD Regatta (21 boats), Charleston Race Week (58 teams) and Annapolis NOOD Regatta (49 teams). The inaugural J/70 North Americans in Annapolis, USA with 90 boats pre-registered, actually eclipses the J/24’s inaugural North Americans that drew 64 boats to Newport in 1978. Our thanks to everyone for their enthusiastic support of the Class and for making it so much fun.” – Jeff Johnstone, President of J-Boats
Tim Healy wins inaugural J/70 World Championship
Exert From J 70 World:
…When Healy’s Helly Hansen team (crew Gordon Borges, Geoffrey Becker and Paul Abdullah) crossed the finish line in the last race, there was little outward excitement onboard. “Our caveat is we’re still waiting for protest time to elapse,” explained Healy. “There’s potential that someone could file a protest and we just want to make sure that’s totally wrapped up. It was close enough that we wanted to wait until we could check and then we could celebrate once everything is 100%.”
Except for one day, the conditions over the five days of racing had been strenuous and exhausting. “It was a fun week,” said Healy. “The nice part is there was wind the whole time; we enjoyed that, but because there’s wind you have to work hard and at this point everybody is tired but also excited at the same time.” This is Healy’s third world championship title as he adds the J/70 title to two he has won in the J/24 class (2013, 2010)….
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