6 Seasons

J/70 is a 6.93-metre sailboat class designed by Alan Johnstone and first built in 2012. The boat is built by J Boats in the United States. More than 1100 had been constructed by 2017.

There’s no foredeck work, no hoisting at the mast, everything is done from the cockpit, which you’ll find surprisingly roomy. The spinnaker sits nicely in the hatch so that when you’re ready to launch, simply throw it up and wind in the furling jib. Finding crew is easy too, with no weight limits, just a minimum of three persons.

The J/70 will thrill you. But while you’ll feel as though you’re on the edge, you won’t feel as though you’re going over the edge. The J/70 is as stable as it is powerful.

Unlike some of its contemporaries, the J/70 will plane in 12 knots of wind without even trying. Fly the spinnaker and whizz around the race track at 14 knots or more.

The lifting keel means that you don’t have to pay expensive berthing fees, most marinas offer great drysail packages. Alternatively keep it on your driveway! The combined weight of the J/70 and its trailer is 1,250kg; a load that is suitable for most cars to tow home.

The J/70 will comfortably fit a family of 4 or 5, so is a great step from dinghy sailing to keelboats. The simple layout makes the J/70 a super boat for teaching youngsters.

  • The International Women's Keelboat Championship is Back

    Episode 1

    The 2016 International Women's Keelboat Championship, hosted by American Yacht Club in Rye, NY, featured a strong fleet of J/70 sailors racing on Long Island Sound over four days.

    Video Producer: US Sailing

  • Kiel Week 2016 - J/70 European Champ Highlights

    Episode 2

    Kiel Week 2016 hosted the J/70 European Championships with great racing throughout the week in Germany. Italian, Claudia Rossi, won overall with stunning consistency discarding his worst result - 5th!

    Video Producer: Kiel Yacht Club

  • Kiel Week 2016 - 25th June - Highlights - Tall ships parade

    Episode 3

    Kiel Week 2016 - 25th June - The Tallships Parade showcase what a diverse range of boats attend every year. The weather is looking grim but the 470, J/70 and 49er classes are still working hard through the rain.

    Video Producer: Kiel Yacht Club

  • Kiel Week 2016 - 26th June - Highlights - Medal Races

    Episode 4

    Kiel Week 2016 - 26th June - Highlights of the Men and Women 49er, 470, Laser and 2.4m teams finishing their medal races and the J/70's are working hard with the good breeze at Kiel.

    Video Producer: Kiel Yacht Club