J/Newsletter December 23rd, 2009

The First 40 was awarded Boat of the Year
December 22, 2009
Sailing World: Birth of a Boat of the Year
December 24, 2009

J/Newsletter December 23rd, 2009

reprinted from J/Boats

Murray Yacht Sales


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SAILING WORLD Boat of the Year
J/95 Overall Boat-of-the-Year

Christmas came early for the J sailing community! The newest issue of
Sailing World magazine arrived with an action cover shot of the J/95
sailing upwind, and a feature article announcing the J/95 as the OVERALL
WINNER of Sailing World’s Boat of the Year for 2010!� Three pages later,
the J/97 is announced as the winner of the Best Club Racer.� This is the
first time in J history that two different J designs have won BOTY in the
same year; and much appreciated recognition for the huge effort by the
whole J network to bring these models to market in 2009.

Here are a few excerpts from the Sailing World website/ press release:

�Rodney Johnstone, the J/95’s designer, has been designing boats for
decades, and when he says this is his best boat yet, he’s not kidding,�
says Dave Read, Sailing World’s editor and Boat of the Year director. �The
judges were struck by how well it sails and how well it’s built. But what
cemented the J/95’s selection was its versatility. It’s a 31 footer that
sailors of all skill levels will love to race.� And because of its clever
centerboard keel and twin rudders, it can be raced or daysailed virtually
anywhere � shallow bays, lakes, or the open ocean.�

“It’s a radical change for J/Boats,” says Boat of the Year Judge Chuck
Allen, a professional sailmaker at North Sails.  ‘You can do anything with
this boat, and do it well.  They hit a homerun.”

Thanks to CCF and International Marine for their expertise and hard work on
the J/95 tooling and production.

Read more about the J/95 Sailing World BOTY Award

SAILING WORLD Boat of the Year
J/97 Wins Best Club Racer

In the words of the Sailing World Editors- “The J/97 sails beautifully and
has the volume, look and feel of a 40 footer.� Somehow in the populated
J/Boat world, designer Alan Johnstone has found himself a sweet spot
between the more racing oriented J/105 and the cruise-able J/109 and
J/122.� �This is a really versatile boat,� said Chuck Allen, who was most
impressed with its simplicity and comfort.� �The perfect sort of boat for
taking to an out-of-town regatta.� You could stay on it and race it.� It
definitely feels bigger than it really is.�

Thanks to J Europe for the successful introduction of the J/97, which is
currently a finalist in the European Boat of the Year awards (being
announced next month).

Read more about the  J/97 Sailing World Award.

Win a Free APPLE iPod Touch!
Sailing Anarchy and J/Boats have partnered to provide you a fun contest for
the holidays.  Take the challenge to identify the boats, the place and the
month in the new 2010 J Sailing Calendar and compete to win some sweeeet
swag.  Apple iPod Touch 8 GB, VISA Gift Cards, Hoodie sweatshirts, Polo
shirts, sailing T-shirts, sailing caps and more.  All you need to do is
read the contest rules, register and complete the contest questionnaire.
The contest ends Friday, January 15th, 2010.  Winners will be announced at
the J/Tent during Key West Race Week, January 18th, 2010.

Learn more about the J/Sailing Anarchy Contest.

J/111 Project Update

The hull plug is rapidly taking shape at CCF in Bristol.� The hull plug and
production mold will be complete in January 2010 with first hull molding in
February 2010.  The next available hull is #18.

With an initial base price of $229,900 and a reasonable factory option
list, it should be possible to put together attractive sail-away packages
in the $275k-$285k range.

J/111 Class Rules are presently in draft form and include a Owner/ Non-Pro
driver rule (like the J/109 class); factory weight certificate issued with
each boat; fairing restriction on foils (like the J/122 class); sail limit
of main, two jibs and two kites; crew number limit for low-key events plus
crew weight limit for championship events.

Learn more about the J/111.


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Michael James
Michael James
Michael James has been with Murray Yacht Sales since 1995 and is in the the New Orleans office.

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