Could the latest design from J Boats, the new J/99, a 9.9 meter (32.6') 'crew-friendly', 'offshore-capable' speedster be on its way to Dublin Bay this season?
J/Boats launched the new boat the under development at J/Composites in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. Afloat.ie sources say that at least one will be based in Dun Laoghaire for 2019. It brings to three the number of new designs entering the Bay's yacht racing scene; two Sunfast 3600s and a new Grand Soleil 34 are already competing on the capital's waters.
The J/99 is the newest addition to the J/Sport range, combining headroom and comfortable interior accommodation with the tiller-driven responsiveness of a sports boat. The sail and deck plan are optimized for easy handling with fewer crew, and incorporate the latest developments from the award-winning J/121 and the new Offshore Sailing World champion J/112E.
"Now more than ever, sailors are attracted to adventure-filled, signature events"
The interior features twin aft cabins, a proper sit-down forward facing nav station, an L-shaped galley, and a private forward head with sail locker.
Now more than ever, sailors are attracted to adventure-filled, signature events (Fastnet, Middle Sea, Chicago-Mac, etc.) where straight-line speed, sail handling, strategy and weather routing are all equally put to the test. The J/99 is designed to excel in these events (both fully crewed and short-handed) while delivering the exhilarating, family-friendly experience the J Sport range is known for.
"The J/99 opens up a wide range of sailing possibilities," commented designer Alan Johnstone. "The versatile sail plan, balanced hull form and efficient cockpit will work as well for short-handed offshore sailing as for weekend sailing with friends. The J/99 packs a lot of performance and versatility into a manageable size and budget."