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43rd annual Gortmore Bell Race winners on Lough Derg: (from left to right) Stefan Uhlemann, Robert Bourke, Donie O'Donnell, Stephen O'Mullan and John Lawless
A local Limerick sailing team has emerged victorious in the 43rd annual Gortmore Bell Race, held on September 9th on Lough Derg. The race is considered the longest inland sailing race in Ireland and attracted 18 entries from various sailing…
Pat O'Neill, skipper of Mojo (second from left), is presented with the J Cup Ireland after his four wins from five races in the J80 class. Pictured with O'Neill is Mark Mansfield J Boats Ireland and Royal Irish Yacht Club Commodore Jerry Dowling
The first overall J Cup Ireland winner was awarded to Pat O’Neill’s J/80 ‘Mojo’ on Sunday afternoon for scoring four out of five wins across two days of racing at Dun Laoghaire. All J Cup One Design classes completed three…
J24 action from day one of the Key Yachting J Cup Ireland on Dublin Bay hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club
Day one of the inaugural Key Yachting J Cup Ireland was successfully completed on Saturday. An impressive 40 boats entered the brand-new regatta at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire on Dublin Bay. Boats are fairly equally split…
Early Arrival - Robin Young's Jings from the Clyde in Scotland moored at the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire. Jings is one of ten J109s competing in this weekend's inaugural Irish J Cup on Dublin Bay
J boat enthusiasts are gearing up for the first-ever Irish J Cup, set to take place this weekend at the Royal Irish Yacht Club at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Organised by Key Yachting, agents for J/boats and Grand Soleil yachts, the…
Jonathan Craig's J80 Lisney Sotheby's competing in the J80 class of the 2023 Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta
The Royal Irish's Austin Kenny, Simon Redden and Austin Burke were the overall winners of the J80 class at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta. In an all-star Irish fleet, that included Clontarf's Pat O'Neill, the 2021 J80 World Bronze medalist, 12…
The International Yacht Club Challenge is an invitational event organised as an amateur regatta between yacht club members, and this year was hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Pierrik Devic from the Yacht Club of Monaco was the overall winner of the International Yacht Club Challenge (IYCC) hosted by the Royal Irish Yacht Club on Dublin Bay over the weekend. With five race wins from seven races sailed, Devic…
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is preparing for the arrival of a new fleet of eight J80 keelboats
The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School is preparing for the arrival of eight J80 keelboats in January, growing capacity for training, group events and competition. After carefully reviewing the requirements for the next phase of sail training, the team…
Mixed J Boats IRC class start at the J Cup UK in 2022
Key Yachting is pleased to announce that the inaugural J Cup Ireland will take place from 26th to 27th of August at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on Dublin Bay. The J/Cup Regatta is a highly successful event…
Pat O’Neill (second left) and his Bronze-winning crew-members at Newport Rhode Island
Pat O’Neill of Howth and his Mojo J/80 team are well known for their success in major events across Europe. But taking on the J/80 Worlds in the class heartlands at Newport, Rhode Island was a challenge which raised the…
Pat O'Neill of Howth YC and his team on the J80 world championships podium. See vid below.
When bad weather hampered the final stages of preparation for the J/80 Worlds at Newport, Rhode Island last week, the pessimists wondered if it was stretching things too far, in an Autumn of unsettled weather, to have racing scheduled right…
Close racing, improving weather - first-class competition and conditions for the J80 Worlds, which concluded last night at Newport, Rhode Island with Ireland on the podium
As reported in Afloat.ie, the showing by Pat O'Neill and his Howth crew in the J/80 Worlds at Newport, Rhode Island during the past five days seemed to be improving in tandem with the improvement with the weather, and having…
One of this week's better sailing days for the J/80 Worlds 2022 at Newport
Pat O'Neill of Howth is a seasoned international campaigner with his championship crew in the J/80 fleet. But until now, most of his successes overseas have been achieved on the European circuit. This week, however, Team O'Neill have made the…
The mixed DBSC cruiser fleet racing from the West Pier starters hut at Dun Laoghaire Harbour
Overall Sportboat division leader Jonathan Craig's J80 George 7 won last Tuesday night's DBSC AIB race on Dublin Bay.  Winds were six knots from the southeast, giving a spinnaker start for the mixed cruiser fleet from the DBSC Hut on the…
After a three-year pandemic lay-off, the IUSA Keelboat Nats come back to colourful life in the club-owned J/80s at Howth
The last weekend of March in Ireland is usually not noted for an almost-dangerous amount of highly-radiated sunshine and light breezes. But Race Officer Scorie Walls had to cope with both at Howth in putting through the full 18-race programme…
The Beneteau First 21 class will race for National Championship honours as part of the RIYC's Dun Laoghaire Cup in May
The Royal Irish Yacht Club will host a four-class Dun Laoghaire Cup for sportsboats in May with racing for 1720, SB20, J80 and Beneteau First 21 classes.  The 1720 East Coast Championship, the J80 East Coast Championship and First 21 National…
Alan McClernon's Jezebel from Carrickfergus SC competing at the East Antrim Boat Club Regatta Weekend
Despite a smaller than usual turnout at Larne last weekend for the East Antrim Boat Club Regatta, racing was keen, and on Saturday, the fleet enjoyed perfect conditions, with the breeze picking up for the second race on the Sunday.…

About J/80 Sailing

Easy to handle the J/80 is said to be less intimidating, safer and better suited for sailing offshore than other modern sport boats. 

It even has a full-length V-berth and 12-foot-long cockpit.

Thanks to its combination of stability, speed, durability, low maintenance and age-friendly deck layout, the J/80 has proved to be a great club boat around Irish yacht clubs with fleets popular in Dublin on both sides of the Bay at Howth and Dun Laoghaire. 

The key to a racing keelboat is that it holds the attention and interest of many types of sailors, young and old.  The J80 does it all, with thrilling 15-knot rides under spinnaker or relaxed sunset cruises with mainsail only. 

The Irish J/80 Class Association was formed in 2017 to represent owners, sailors, associated clubs and to help develop J/80 racing in Ireland.