J/70 One-Design Class
Since its introduction in March 2012, the J/70 has quickly established itself worldwide with 900+ boats sailing in 20+ countries in 2015. So, far over a dozen fleets have developed in the USA and over a dozen countries in Europe have one-design fleets. In addition, fleets are developing in South America (Chile, Brazil & Argentina) and the Pacific Rim (China and Australia).
The first one-design J/70 event was held in September, 2012 when the New York Yacht Club chose the J/70 to participate in the NYYC Invitational Cup US Qualifying Series held in Newport, Rhode Island. Twelve boats sailed with twenty-four yacht club teams participating in the event.
Since then, J/70 Midwinters have been held in January in conjunction with Quantum Key West Race Week in Key West, Florida. The Midwinters have attracted over 50 boats per event, with numerous World, European, National and Regional champion sailors from various class participating. For 2016, the J/70 Midwinters will be held in St Petersburg, FL from February 25 - 28 at St Petersburg YC- register here.
The first J/70 North Americans was held in September 2013 in Annapolis, Maryland with a record 80 boats on the start line. Since then it has been sailed in Rochester, NY (2014) and San Diego, CA (2015). For 2016, the NA's will be hosted May 19-22 at Lakewood YC in Seabrook, TX- register here.
The first J/70 European Championship was just held at YC Monaco, sailing on beautiful Hercules Bay off Monte Carlo, Monaco. The 2016 J/70 Europeans will be sailed in Kiel, Germany from June 21-26 at Kieler YC.
The first J/70 World Championship was held in Newport, RI, hosted by New York YC and SailNewport in September 2014. The 2015 J/70 Worlds took place in La Rochelle, France, hosted by SR Rochelaise in early July. The 2016 J/70 Worlds will take place in San Francisco Bay, hosted by St Francis YC- register here.
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