Long Island Sound, “The Gorge”, Sarasota & Texas
(Newport, RI)- Recently, J/70s have been delivered to their happy customers in some great sailing areas around America. Dozens of new J/70 sailors are hopping aboard and fleets continue to sprout like kudzu weeds in even the remotest parts of the Midwest. Sailors young and old alike, girls and boys, Mom’s and Dad’s are discovering the joy of having a fun, easy-to-handle boat that can be towed by the family car, ramp-launched just about anywhere, and can handle just about any weather condition Mother Nature can throw at them.
Just ask the J/70 crews on the infamous “Gorge”, that remarkable body of water with a natural “wind tunnel” on the Columbia River east of Portland, Oregon that is the favorite of the world’s best kite-boarders and board-sailors. A current sweeping you upwind at 1.5 knots plus a sunny afternoon westerly breeze of 20-25 knots is a “normal” day. The J/70 sailors are lovin’it! SAIL NORTHWEST’s customer Scott Sutherland is having a ball flying around the Gorge.
Meanwhile, CROSSCURRENT MARINE proudly took possession of J/70 #10. Craig Crossley had this to report, “The 1,400 mile trip from Bristol, RI to Sarasota was a snap with the brand new Triad trailer doing a stellar job of transporting our new J in style and safety. Transporting in keel-up mode provides a very low distribution of weight and the trailer support points were perfectly laid out to cradle the boat properly.
The arrival at Sarasota Sailing Squadron this Friday created quite a buzz with numerous sea-trials going on. The consistent feedback is she’s a great sailing platform — easy, stable, quick and responsive. With the annual BIKINI CUP Regatta being held today, Squadron Board Officer Michelle Lee grabbed a few of her friends and got the J/70 out sailing with the gals for a great day of racing on Sarasota Bay!”
What are you waiting for? Get on down to your local J/Dealer and hop aboard a J/70 for one of the most enjoyable sailing experiences you’ve ever had. A gentle five kts breeze and flat water or nuking at 25 kts and blowing dogs off chains, it will be hard to wipe that “cheshire cat grin” off your face. We promise. For more J/70 sailing information