(Newport, RI)— Since the J/88’s debut in July 2013, numerous test rides and sailing media reviews have produced some fun videos of the J/88 sailing in a variety of modes from Rhode Island’s Narragansett Bay to waters far and wide. Outlined below are selected video “summaries” from these various sources that may help you better understand the tremendous fun sailors are having with their J/88s already!
Richie Stearns, the Midwestern J/Dealer based in Chicago, had a chance to sail the J/88 in Newport on a gorgeous summer day in late July on Narragansett Bay. With a sharp, crisp NNW breeze blowing 12-20 kts, Richie took her for a spin and managed to hit 13.8 kts boat speed sailing doublehanded! Please view this nice intro and explanation of the J/88!
To further whet your whistle, Terry Spurlin’s most recent video creation involving their J/88 #007 at J/Boats Southwest can be enjoyed for your couch-potato viewing pleasure. Terry did a nice overview of the boat with explanation of its features for family daysailing and cruising.
During the summer, the North Sails Team that included Chuck Allen, Kimo Worthington, Andreas Josenhans and others took the J/88 for several sail-design testing sessions. Here’s a nice segment of the J/88 sailing downwind on Narragansett Bay off Fort Adams.
During August, the team from Boats.com with renowned yachting journalist John Burnham (Editorial Director at boats.com) had a chance to take their rodeo ride onboard the J/88 and find out what the excitement was all about with Jeff Johnstone from J/Boats. Here’s their boats.com test ride video summary.
Even later in the summer, SAIL Magazine with Adam Cort and crew hopped aboard the J/88 to determine whether or not the boat was actually living up to its hype and was able to sail as the designers (Al & Rod) were expecting for their “next generation” 29er! Here’s the outcome of that amazingly fun test sailing experience.
While there were several dozens “test sails” by customers & dealers from July to September, here’s a sample of the experience of sailing the J/88 in moderate breezes while planing under spinnaker in remarkably benign conditions.
J/88 Gybe J/88 Downwind
Finally, don’t forget Peter Gustafsson’s BLUR.SE review of the J/88 in late June. A thorough overview of the boat that started on a foggy day off New York YC’s Harbour Court that ultimately turned into a spectacular day of sailing on Narragansett Bay as the fog cleared and the mighty southwest sea-breeze blew in for a perfectly sunny sail offshore.