Since its introduction in August 2010, the J/111 has quickly established itself worldwide with 90+ boats sailing in 12+ countries in 2012. So, far several regional one-design fleets have developed in the USA and in Europe. In addition, J/111s are sailing in Hong Kong, Columbia, South Africa and Australia. J/111 was granted International One-Design Class status by ISAF (International Sailing Federation) in November 2012.
The first one-design J/111 event was held in June 2011 when the Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago, Illinois hosted their annual "Colors Regatta". Six J/111s participated in that sunny, warm early summer regatta.
Since then, the Great Lakes J/111 fleet has grown considerably with nearly 17 boats in the region. In the Northeast, over a dozen J/111s are competing on a circuit that includes the American YC Spring/ Fall series, Block Island Week, New York Yacht Club events in Newport and the Chesapeake Bay fleet events. The California fleet (San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego) is growing with over a half-dozen boats racing offshore events. In Europe, the fleet has organized a circuit of five events for over a dozen active owners from France, United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland and Sweden.
The first J/111 North Americans will be hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club at its Belmont Station. The event will take place from August 14-18, 2013. As part of the Great Lakes series, J/111s will have one-design starts in the Chicago-Mackina Race, Bayview-Mackinac Race, Verve Cup and Chicago NOOD Regatta. Up to twenty boats are expected to compete.
The first J/111 Europeans will be hosted June 6-9, 2013 in Le Havre, France. This event also has a complete European Circuit for J/111s that includes SPI OUEST France, Cowes Week, Semaine Porquerolle and Breskens Week.
For more J/111 one-design class information, please visit- J/111 Class Association
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