Monday, September 14, 2015

Southampton Boat Show Time!

J/88 electrifying the Solent- sailing fast!(Southampton, England)- The show runs from September 11th to 20th at Mayflower Park, Town Quay, Southampton.  Featured on display at Stands M356 to 358 will be the J/70, J/88, J/11S and J/122E.

The J/70 One-Design Speedster
The J/70 is the fastest selling sportsboat ever, with 900+ hulls built in the three years since her launch. She introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat that all of your friends and family can enjoy. The J/70′s 22′ long waterline coupled with her high aspect, all carbon mast and boom provides extremely spirited performance with the kind of stability upwind that one would enjoy in a much larger boat.

J/88 family speedster- enjoys a daysail with women and girlsThe J/88 Family Speedster
As the mid-sized boat in the J/Sport range, she is a 29 ft family speedster with stability, style and sailing comfort. The J/88 hits the sweet-spot– large enough to provide the creature comforts of a sit-in cockpit (the girls @ right love it!), inboard diesel, overnighting interior and head; and small enough to be single-point lifted, owner-trailered and stored!

The 88 re-defines what versatility means in an under 30’ sailboat.  On deck, the daysailing comforts include a spacious T-shaped cockpit similar to the J/111, with seating and backrests forward of the floor-mounted traveller and a wide-open cockpit aft due to the tiller-steered, transom mounted high-aspect rudder. Adding to J/88’s ease-of-sailing characteristics is an in-deck jib furler, retractable carbon bowsprit and cockpit-led sail controls. Below decks, the J/88 sports a weekending layout with two full length settees, Igloo cooler, galley sink, private head forward of bulkhead and optional V-berth.

Key Yachting have sold ten J/88s into UK waters, with most of the fleet in Hamble. The reason our owners have chosen these boats is that they are not only great performers, but they are easy to own and move about!

J/11S Offshore sailboatThe J/11S Offshore
As the newest addition to the J/Sport range; the J/11S, will have its worldwide debut at the show. Answering demand for sailing without the need to assemble a large crew, the J/11S is a new 36’ (11 meter) double-handed, offshore boat designed to compete in the two-handed IRC circuit in Europe.

Built by J/Composites, the J/11S is based on the high performance hull of the J/111 and is then rating optimized for her length (from IRC 1.096 down to 1.050) with a shorter VCG optimized sail plan, increased stability, a twin rudder/single tiller steering system, and simplified deck and interior plan.

While most designs in this genre are focused on offwind sailing in windy conditions (i.e. max beam carried to the transom), the J/11S provides a versatile performance platform that’s ideally suited for most of the popular double-handed races in Europe, where wind and sea conditions vary widely, and where both upwind and downwind performance matters.

“J/Boat owners have had great success in short-handed offshore racing,” said J/Composites president and J/11S project leader Didier LeMoal. “Nearly all our models between 9 and 16 meters have thrived in very demanding events like the double-handed Fastnet, Round Britain and Middle Sea Races.  We’re excited to launch a boat that’s even further optimized for short-handed racing. We based our idea on hull designs that we know to perform well on every point of sail and in all the different conditions. At that point, all we had to do was design a fully dedicated deck layout, so we adopted the solution of a tiller rather than a wheel on this boat, with the notable addition of two rudders so as to simplify the handling for one or two people.”

J/122E cruiser racer sailboatThe J/122E Performance Cruiser
The J/122 is probably the most successful 40-foot IRC racer of her generation, with fully crewed regatta successes in Europe, America, the West Indies and Australia. Recently, 122s were the Overall winner of the 2014 Rolex Middle Sea Race and class winner of the 2014 Sevenstar RORC Round Britain & Ireland Race.

She has also proven immensely popular with the single-handed and double-handed fraternity; an easily-driven hull and powerful yet manageable sailplan, allow the solo sailor to maintain race winning pace. Now, for 2014, the J/122 has been given a new lease of life. The J/122 Evolution benefits from a new interior and exterior design that is both refined and modern. These changes have been made in collaboration with the Roséo Design studio.

J/122E cruiser racer sailboat interiorDidier Le Moal, of J/Composites in France, said, “The J/122 no longer needs an introduction. It’s a boat that has proven its worth in terms of fast cruising and boasts a series of fine race victories. Its seaworthiness remains unsurpassed, but it seemed important for us to adapt the J/122 to the current climate.  Together with the Roséo Design firm, we’ve given the J/122 a thorough re-design inside and out. Now, the interior has an uncluttered, clean Scandinavian-like design, giving a more luxurious feel, along with a revised bathroom and navigation station, and the exterior now features hull port lights. The J/122E is quite simply more modern and is sure to fulfill the needs of an ever more demanding clientele”.
For more Southampton Boat Show information