STATUS: SAILING (2017 - PRESENT)
I was exposed to J Boats from the moment I began sailing on the western Long Island Sound and New York Harbor in 2006. I learned to sail in the J/24, sailed my first North American championships in a J/105, delivered a J/160 to Maine, and almost bought the cherriest of J/109s in 2016. When it came time to buying my first "big" boat, although I was attracted to the consistent performance of the Js and their resoundingly classic lines, I eschewed their ubiquity, opting instead for the 21-foot beast that is the Pogo 2--one of only a handful of Mini Transats actively sailed between Annapolis and Newport.
In deciding to move on from the Pogo 2, my brief was simple: a fast boat that capable both on and off the race course--one that will deliver years of adventure with my family, but also deliver the type of solo and short-handed adventures to which I seem to be attracted despite my tendencies to hallucinate. In thinking about how this brief would transfer to real-world endeavors, I thought about what I sought to accomplish on the water over the next few years
- 2018: Cruising the waters from NYC to Cuttyhunk, including Newport, Shelter Island, and Block Island. Getting my almost 8-year-olds excited and comfortable about being on the water (away from the LYC pool), and get them to stand a night watch with me. Racing in at least two "4-person" distance events, including the Vineyard Race and Around Long Island Regatta. Racing in at least one solo event--either the New England Solo Twin or Offshore 160.
- 2019: The Bermuda 1-2. Cruising.
- 2020: Advanced cruising (Maine and beyond). Around Bermuda?
The J/120--in particular, hull #38--has the build quality, performance, and proven results to accommodate these goals, and more.
Home - Larchmont, New York
Hull - #38 (ex-Eagle)
Year - 1996
Designer - Rod Johnstone
Builder - TPI Composites
LOA - 40 feet
Beam - 12 feet
Draft - 7 feet
Air Draft - 56.75 feet
Displacement - 13,900 lbs.
Ballast - 6,000 lbs.
Mainsail - 478.7 sq. ft.
155% Genoa - 587.3 sq. ft.
135% Genoa - 511.5 sq. ft.
100% Jib - 378.9 sq. ft.
Cruising Spinnaker - 1,835 sq. ft.
Racing Spinnaker - 1,705.6 sq. ft.
Displacement to length (D/L) ratio - 99.0
Notable Results - First, 2009 J/120 North American Championships; First (PHRF 1), 2016 NYYC Annual Regatta (PHRF 1)
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