J/121 Awarded SAIL Best Boats - Performance 30 to 40 ft!


Sail Magazine has announced the winners of SAILs 2018 Best Boats Awards. If theres one word that sums up the Best Boats Class of 2018, it would have to be performance. The boat review team at SAIL magazine determined the new J/121 offshore speedster was SAILs choice for Best Boats- Performance 30 to 40 feet. Here is Adam Cort's commentary:

The J/Boats team are obviously good designers and boat builders. Their record in this area stands for itself. The latest in this long line of outside-the-box designs is the new 40 foot J/121, a boat specifically tailored to appeal to skippers who are 1) tired of having to round up eight to 10 people to go racing and 2) are looking for something other the usual windward-leeward sausage courses that now dominate inshore racing.

To this end, the boat carries a five-sail rig that includes a main, jib and removable staysail (like the IMOCA 60 class), to make shifting gears with a crew of as little as five a snap, whether sailing inshore or off soundings. (A Code 0 or A-sailsails #4 and 5can be flown off the boats retractable sprit). To keep the boat on its feet, designer Al Johnstone has also included an easy-to-use water ballast system that can shift 104 gallons of water (880 lbs. worth) from side-to-side."

The new J/121 (pronounced 1-2-1) is a 40 offshore speedster that can be day raced or distance sailed by just 5 or fewer crew. the best short-handed J ever. capable of winning on any race track while also excelling in daysailing and weekend mode. Heres a boat, class and program that redefines sailboat racing as a recreation and shared adventure with friends, reducing the focus on specialization and athletic short-course W/L racing. The J/121 fulfills the growing need to simplify life and reconnect with those you really want to sail with on a boat thats pure magic to sail.

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