The latest from the J/Design team and J/Composites is the J/97e, a 2015 “evolution” of the highly successful J/97 that has dominated offshore and around-the-cans events worldwide in the 28-33 foot category.
Several new features enhance the exceptional cruising and racing qualities of the design, including a T-shaped cockpit with floor mounted traveler, easier transom boarding, and option for large wheel. New style cabin ports and hull ports “bring the outdoors in” to create an elegant, spacious interior in the same spirit as the recently introduced J/122e. Demonstrating that cruising comfort can be added without sacrificing performance, the first J/97e, sailing in her first regatta at J/Cup in the UK, secured first place in the 8 boat J/97 Class.
The J/97 is no stranger to the winner’s circle. In 2013 the J/97 won its class at the UK IRC Nationals, Cowes Week, Plymouth Week, the South West IRC Nationals, Dartmouth Week, West Highland Week, Brighton Marina Yacht Cub Regatta and Abersoch Keelboat Week. A J/97 was also declared overall winner of the Scottish Series – in fact three different J/97s have taken this title for the last three years.
Look for the J/97e this September at the Southampton and La Rochelle shows.