Just launched in La Rochelle, France this week is a new 36’ (11 meter) double-handed, offshore J/Boat
designed to compete in the double-handed IRC circuit in Europe. Built by J Composites, the “J/11-S”
starts with the high performance hull of the J/111 and is then rating optimized for its length (from IRC
1.096 down to 1.050) with a shorter VCG optimized sail plan, increased stability, a twin rudder/single
tiller steering system, and simplified deck and interior plan.
While most designs in this genre are focused on offwind sailing in windy conditions (i.e. max beam
carried to the transom), the J/11-S provides a versatile performance platform that’s ideally suited for
most of the popular double-handed races in Europe and North America, where wind and sea conditions
vary widely, and where both upwind and downwind performance matters.
“J/Boat owners have had great success in short-handed offshore racing,” said J Composites president
and J/11-S project leader Didier LeMoal. “Nearly all our models between 9 and 16 meters have thrived
in very demanding events like the double-handed Fastnet, Round Britain and Middle Sea Races. We’re
excited to launch a boat that’s even further optimized for short-handed racing.”
The J/11-S “J-Lance” will be sea-trialing in the coming weeks off the Brittany coast before joining the
double-handed circuit towards the end of the summer.