J/112E: Sport Cruising and Family Sailing in a 36' Yacht
The J/112E is the newest addition to J/Boats’ “E” Series of versatile sport cruising yachts. The “E” is for elegance and evolution in performance cruising design. Why settle for anything less than sailing where and when you want to in comfort, style and speed?
36 feet is a magic size in the J/Boats line-up. With a spacious two-cabin accommodation plan and a comfortable, ergonomic cockpit, the all-new J/112E is as well suited for the annual cruise as she is sprinting to Mackinac Island or short-handing through rough weather. Versatility in sailboat design means not only a sailboat that can do many things, but one that can do them across a wide range of conditions, both fair and adverse.
Upwind is a Breeze – Downwind is a Blast
The J/112E joins her sisterships, the J/97E and J/122E, as an exceptional upwind performer. V-shaped bow sections provide superior directional stability and reduced slamming in waves. Freeboard forward and topside flare help to keep the deck dry. A long waterline combined with a low vertical center of gravity results in a smooth, sea-kindly motion - more like that of a 40 footer.
J/112E is a moderate displacement design with a high aspect, non-overlapping sailplan. This efficient set-up provides ample sail power in light winds (while most others are motoring), and easy to down-shift options when the wind builds. J’s are known for being able to sail well under mainsail alone, jib alone, and nearly any combination of mainsail and small jib. The J/112E is no exception. All one needs is a mainsail and 105% jib to enjoy easy, high performance sailing in winds from 5 to 25 knots. For downwind fun with minimal effort and crew, one can deploy the asymmetric spinnaker from the retractable carbon sprit.
Designed to Sail
Owners have been sailing their J’s offshore for years and their enthusiastic feedback has fueled J/Boats’ continuous pursuit of designing the world’s most comfortable sailing boats. Comfort at sea means more than nice backrests (which by the way the J/112E has). “Sailing comfort” means sailing without stress - like having clear visibility from the helm station; easy access to vital sail controls to allow short-handed sailing; a smooth sea-kindly motion that’s easier on the stomach; numerous handholds and foot braces both above and below decks for secure movement; and a highly maneuverable boat that is easy to dock or moor in tight places. Sailboats that inspire confidence (and reduce stress) inspire their owners to sail more. Maybe that’s why J/ sailors spend so much time sailing.
A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?
No question the J/112E is fast. How fast? While designed principally for "sport cruising", in the few major races it has participated in both Europe and in America, she's won her fair share of silverware.
In the 2016 Chicago to Mackinac Race, the J/112E finished 2nd in her 40-boat section, and was reported to have hit sustained speeds of 17.6 knots under spinnaker in just 25 kts of breeze.
In 2017, the J/112E sailed the Grand Prix du Crouesty in Crouesty, France, winning her IRC Class quite handily. Then, she placed 3rd in IRC class at SPI Ouest France.
For 2018, it has been a banner year for the J/112E. The season started out with a 1st in SPI Ouest France Regatta in IRC 2 Class in Les Sables d'Olonne, France; then winning IRC B Class in the Warsash Spring Series in England; followed by a 1st in IRC 3 Class and Overall in the IRC European Championship in Cowes, England; then being crowned both IRC C Class and Overall Champion of the Offshore Sailing World Championship in The Hague, Netherlands racing under combined scores of IRC and ORC!
If that were not enough, in recent United Kingdom events, two J/112E's took 1st and 2nd place IRC 4 Class at LENDY Cowes Week Regatta sailed on the Solent off Cowes; a J/112E won the J/CUP IRC Overall; and a J/112E won IRC 1 Class in the Around the Island race (65.0nm around the Isle of Wight).