Sailing can be the world’s best family sport and the Club makes it incredibly easy and convenient. The key is a boat that holds the attention and interest of many types of sailors – without the hassles of slip fees, maintenance, insurance and trailers. The Club’s fleet of J/80 sailboats offer it all, with thrilling 15 knot rides under spinnaker or relaxed sunset cruises with mainsail only. SAILING WORLD rated the J/80 as easier to handle, less intimidating, and safer – an ideal boat for day sailing on the Chesapeake Bay.
Thanks to its 1400 pound fixed lead keel, the Club’s J/80’s have a big-boat feel but require less crew – although there’s plenty of room for the whole family or crew of friends. The boom is high for safety and good visibility. No one has to clamber over a cabin top because everyone sits in the 12 ft. long cockpit. Even toddlers are contained by playpen-high cockpit sides.
The Club makes it so easy to get out for a day sail. Reserve your J/80 using the Club’s website, jump aboard, and you can be sailing in minutes. Take off the boom cover and hoist the mainsail, attached to the mast with slides. You’re now sailing faster than other boats with full canvas. Ready for more speed? Uncleat the furler line and pull on the jib sheet. Presto! Now you’re really flying! Time for the afterburners? Pull the sprit launch control line, hoist the asymmetric spinnaker and trim. To jibe, simply let off the old sheet and pull in the new. No one on the foredeck! And to think, prior to the J/80, this kind of performance was rarely achieved, even with a full crew of 4-5 athletic experts.
Join the Club and discover how well our fleet of J/80’s fulfills the dream of sailing on the Chesapeake Bay. Come experience how the J/80’s combine simplicity of operation, confidence building stability and sparkling performance.
Lead Ballast: 1400
100% Sail Area: 378
SPL or Sprit: 6.25