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J/80 Fleet


Photo Credit: Bryan McSweeny

Photo Credit: Anne Converse

Photo Credit: Bryan McSweeny

J80 Fleet

The J/80 fleet races on Thursday evenings from June through August. Most boats are dry-sailed (launched with a crane on the day of racing and hauled out the following day). You don’t have to be a member to race as an owner or crew: All are invited.

The Boat: The J/80 is the most modern boat at the Beverly Yacht Club; it has a planing hull with weight concentrated in a lead bulb at the bottom of the keel. There’s a retractable bowsprit used when sailing under its large spinnaker or “gennaker.” It’s generally sailed with a skipper and three or four crew.

The Organization: The BYC fleet of 7 boats is part of Fleet 12 of the J/80 north American class association, which includes boats in Newport, Pocasset/Bourne, and Jubilee YC in Beverly, MA. There are also boats affiliated with New Bedford YC. Apart from Thursday night racing, J/80s are expected to race at the Annapolis NOOD (National Offshore and One-design) regatta, Block Island Race Week in June, and the North Americans at Lake Winnipesaukee in early October. Take a look and come sailing! As we did last year, we plan to hold a “Get to know the J/80” event during the summer so that new—and old—members can inspect the boat and go for a sail. We’re always looking to expand the fleet.

Thursday Twilight Racing:
  • Series 1: June 1 – July 13
  • Series 2: July 20 – August 31
  • June to Mid-August: 6:00pm race start time; Launch at 5:00pm. Generally, two races are held.
  • August 17, 24, and 31: 5:30pm start time; Launch at 4:30pm. Check the NOR and SIs for exact times and race information.

** Please register on the BYC Racing Page. All are invited! **


Class Website: www.J80na.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/j80na

Want to crew on a J/80? Contact the fleet representatives listed below. There’s always a need for eager crew who want to have fun and you don’t have to be a Club member.

Gregg Nourjian: [email protected]