J/112E . . . Win the Worlds and Cruise Home
It would be hard to imagine a more successful sailing season than the summer the J/112E has enjoyed in Europe, and there’s still plenty of summer left! Our congratulations to Didier LeMoal, Fred Bouvier and the J/Composites team for organizing a great campaign with J/LANCE – capturing both the IRC European Championship and the IRC/ORC World Championship (with Netherlands J/Dealer Gideon Messink skippering). Check out this partial list of J/112E results from some of the top events in Europe:
- 1st Place – Spi Ouest – IRC 2
- 1st Place – 2018 J/CUP – IRC Overall
- 1st Place – IRC European Championship – Overall and IRC 3
- 1st Place – Around the Island Race (Isle of Wight) – IRC 1
- 1st Place – Offshore Sailing World Championships – Class C
- 1st Place, 2nd Place – Lendy Cowes Week – IRC 4
Even more impressive, the J/112E has been one of the few boats in each event carrying a cruising interior. As Paul Heys of J-UK reported – midway through the IRC European Championship, after seeing how fast the J/112E passed their boat on the race course, one competitor hopped aboard J/LANCE to see what was below. To his great surprise he discovered a V-berth cabin, main cabin table, sit-down nav station, marine head with holding tank, and a galley with stove – everything his current, purpose-built race boat was lacking. The next day he put a deposit on J/LANCE – and recently celebrated by winning the IRC 4 Class at Cowes Week.
Designing and building high quality sailboats that compete at the highest levels AND pass the family sailing test is no small task, which explains why so few companies do it. From the ramp launch-able J/70 to the open-course J/121, every J/ can be pushed or dialed back to the style and pace of sailing that best suits the owner. Sure, every design strikes a compromise between performance and accommodation to reach a specific design objective, but with a J/Boat there’s a big difference – we never compromise when it comes to the pure joy of sailing.