The Success Story Continues
Introduced in 1992 as the first modern day keelboat with bow sprit and asymmetric spinnaker, J/105 today is the most successful one-design keelboat class over 30′ in the USA with over 680 boats sailing worldwide. The class association is an owner managed organization with strict one-design rules, a world class web site, and offers the best and most active one-design racing in the USA today. The class rules include an owner-driver rule, tight restrictions on Category 3 professionals (read none), and annual sail purchase restrictions to keep racing affordable and as Corinthian as modern one-design can be. In Europe, J/105 has proven to be the double handed boat of choice for offshore sailors and recently won the RORC Yacht of the Year and scored notable double-handed wins in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race etc… Owners rave about how well the boat sails in even the most extreme of conditions.
Less Demands + Fun to Own = Best Sailing Value
A fun and forgiving performance boat that is easy to sail, J/105 offers low maintenance with a simple layout, has great performance, a large cockpit, predictable handling characteristics and makes no pretences of being a distance cruiser or live-aboard. There is less to maintain as all the extra cabinetry and weight of things you won’t use aren’t there. So instead of varnishing toe-rails and troubleshooting systems you’ll be enjoying a sail with friends. With less demands placed on you and your crew J105 is more fun to own.
Considering how you will actually use your boat, no other choice of sailboat today makes as much practical sense to own as the J/105. It is simply the best sailing value available and as an added bonus it offers instant access to a whole new network of sailing friends and events throughout the US and Europe.
J-105 Leads the Pack
J/105 is way ahead of the pack when compared with any of the modern ‘retro’ daysailors in terms of performance, ease of handling, construction, sailing comfort and great looks. Plus it offers offshore capability and weekend accommodations for the occasional overnight. The bowsprit and asymmetric spinnaker system make downwind sailing simple for two people and requires fewer crew for racing. No need to organize (or feed) a football team of crew to get out there and have fun.
New US Builder – Some Great Improvements
In 2008, we were excited to announce that new J/105 production commenced at the US Watercraft facility in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. Randy Borges and his team have extensive experience building weight controlled one-designs and also specialize in racing bottom and foil preparation. US Watercraft is also the official builder for the International J/22 (since 2001) and International J/24 (since 1999) and the company maintains a thorough parts inventory for all three of these popular J/Boat models.
The NEW 2009 J/105 has some great standard features including:
Complete Race Ready US Watercraft Keel & Rudder
New Composite Tiller
Class Approved Mainsheet Upgrade includes split 6:1 & 24:1 systems
Class Approved Sparcraft One-Design Spar Package
L-Shaped Euro Style Galley layout with Improved Storage
Exciting Outlook for 2009
A record 69 boats competed in the 2007 North Americans in Annapolis, MD and 34 made the trip to Key West for the 2008 Midwinters in January. Annual class events include starts at most of the Sailing World NOOD Regattas, a North American Championships, starts at all West Coast J/Fest events as well as the Chicago-Mac Race. Come join the fun!
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