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J121 Overview

The J121 is the answer for those seeking a boat that offers compelling performance with less crew, all-around sailing versatility, low maintenance, and is fully ocean capable.

The J121 is a return to the shared adventure, sail-with-friends style of sailing and racing that’s more memorable and meaningful.

Measuring out at 40 feet, the J121 can take you places and does so quickly.

Straight-line speed is the name of the game and is achieved by having a low drag, efficient hull with high form stability and exceptional balance.  Add to this a highly engineered carbon rig package, an L- shaped low VCG keel, infused composite construction, and a water-ballast assist system and you have the J121.

 

J121 – Design

Handling a 40 footer with 5 or fewer crew requires a rig, sail and deck plan that simplifies sail handling as well as an exacting buildout.

The Hull was modeled by Symmetrix Composite Tooling in Bristol, Rhode Island.  They have wicked skills with design refinement and hull plug construction. We could write pages on their technology since it it is the same on Elon Musk utilizes at Space-X.

J121 Cockpit Design

J/121’s ergonomic cockpit builds upon the award-winning J/111 design, with excellent working space, protection from the elements behind a soft dodger, and exceptional twin steering stations that allow the driver to straddle the wheel and reach all the mainsail controls while driving.

The Sails

The J/121 class sail inventory features an AP furling J1 jib, a hoistable furling J4 inside the forestay, a furling Code Zero with top-down furler flown from the bowsprit, and an all-purpose A2 asymmetric spinnaker with a snuffer.

Each headsail is dedicated to its own furler/snuffer, meaning fewer hands on the foredeck and more compact sail stowage below.

Combine that with a mainsail on slides that can be quickly adjusted to three different sizes (via a double reef system) and you have a versatile, manageable sail combination across most wind/sea conditions.

J121 Below Decks

When the team needs moments of respite, the J/121 interior is clean and simple but beautifully finished with a feeling of space not often found in fast offshore racers.

The interior is offered in Herreshoff classic white with varnished trim accents. For the “armchair navigator,” both onshore and offshore, there is no substitute for a comfortable nav station to house all of today’s modern electronics and entertainment systems.

The L-shaped galley features a two-burner stove, SS sink, icebox, storage drawers and shelves. The amidships settees are full-length for sleeping and are offered in over/under configuration. The head is aft to starboard near the companionway, perfect for offshore sailing. Forward of the main bulkhead is sail storage with an option for a removable V-berth.

Put simply, this is the most exciting new keelboat I’ve seen in some time. The simple fact of its sleek lines and performance potential would make it worth paying attention to under any circumstances.

However, the emphasis on shorthanded sailing in combination with the Open Course style racing at which it should excel make it something truly special—just the boat to create a whole new kind of excitement in the sport of keelboat racing.

Adam Cort

Sail Magazine

Simply put, the J/121 is a bucket-list boat, designed to tackle adventure-style races where it’s more about the experience than winning.

This is your classic J Boat in that everything is well-thought-out and works well, and it sails really nicely, says Rich.

You can race the boat with five people, no problem, although I’m sure you’ll end up with more people who want to go.

Dave Reed

Sailing World

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