Easier to trailer, rig and ramp launch.
The J/70 Speedster (22.75 feet) is J/Boats' first fully ramp-launchable, keelboat - designed to fulfill a growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough for the entire family, easy to tow behind the family vehicle, to rig in the parking lot, ramp launch and sail. Plus, J/70 is built to last.
In less than 48 months the J/70 worldwide fleet is over 1,100 boats strong, attracting some of the most talented sailors in the world and helping to spark growth of numerous sailing leagues across Europe. J/70 is replacing tired old keelboat fleets at a number of sailing clubs and helping to reinvigorate membership by attracting younger sailors into the ranks. There are fleet discussions underway now around the world both for new leagues and for established clubs. The Sailing World Overall Boat of the Year J/70 has taken the world by storm and future growth for this fantastic boat looks very bright, indeed!
Key J/70 Features.
- Large comfortable cockpit with open transom.
- Deck-stepped lightweight carbon mast for easy rigging & stepping.
- Inexpensive three sail inventory with masthead A-Sail.
- Vertical lifting keel.
- Small cabin for storage and personal privacy.
- Easy to trailer to regattas, ramp launch and store at home for winter.
- Only 1,750 lbs & low road height so most 6 cyl vehicles can easily tow.
- Fits inside most standard garage doors!
More comfortable to sail on deck.
The 11' long cockpit and moderate height boom in the J/70 allow easy crew movement across the cockpit while tacking and jibing. For sitting and hiking comfort, mid-height padded backrests/lifelines run cockpit length, large cockpit floor mounted toe-rails for secure foot bracing and comfortable seat height and ergonomics makes J/70 one of the most comfortable small keelboats to helm. No need for hiking straps to keep you in the boat. Plus there are strict class limits on how to hike to make the boat less physical to sail.
Easy for the entire family to join in!
With mandatory on-board jib/spinnaker sheet winches, a feather light responsive helm and confidence building stability, you can enjoy sailing with friends and family more often. Kids or seniors will feel as comfortable and in control steering or trimming sails, whether for daysailing or evening sunset races, the J/70 will be both exciting and forgiving. When you are ready to take it to the next competitive level, the competition at national events won't disappoint.
On-board privacy, protection, storage & auxiliary power
The small cabin below is a bonus in any small keelboat, and the J/70 cabin is just large enough to provide weather & sun protection, a place to nap and/or for personal privacy... essential to keeping the whole crew happy if spending a day on the water.
The J/70 one-design class rules provide for a 2.5 hp outboard engine (gas or electric). This means one can sail further away from homeport without worrying about paddling home or hailing for a tow. Race Committees can start races on time and finish them later in the day without having to arrange tow boats.
J/70 International Class Association
The J/70 International Class Association is recognized by World Sailing with active fleets in 20 countries and over 1,100 boats worldwide. There are established national and world championship regattas, strict class rules and measurements and a very active group of volunteers. For 2016 the Women's Keelboat Championship returns to American Yacht Club in August sailing J/70s, the class World Championship will be hosted at St.Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco in late Sept. and several more national class regattas and events will take place including the final act of the Italian national championship, more sailing league events across Europe and Russia this summer and fall and then it's to Monaco for the Winter Series and a look down under toward winter/summer class racing in Australia. These days it is safe to say that there is some big J/70 event happening on almost any given weekend somewhere around the world!