Norris Comer New Boats

J/99The celebrated J/Boat family has a new addition with the recently announced J/99, currently under development at J/Composites in Les Sables d’Olonne, France. Named after the build’s 9.9 meter length overall (32’ 6”), the J/99 is billed as an offshore speedster built off the successful elements of her sisterships—the J/121 and J/112E.

Racers will be drawn to the familiar recipe for J/Boat performance success, namely the touted versatile sail plan, balanced hull form, and efficient cockpit that seems to echo much of what racers like about J/Boats. The J/99 has been described by designer Alan Johnstone as suited for short-handed offshore sailing, although details on that remain scant at the time of this writing. The J/99 will be tiller-driven and hyper-responsiveness is likely. The carbon fiber bowsprit with bobstay is a prominent feature.

J/99 SpecsOne interesting standout is the not completely spartan interior, which is the norm on such race-oriented builds. With twin aft cabins, a large sit-down and forward-facing navigation station, a simple but perfectly serviceable L-shaped galley, and private forward head with sail locker, there’s certainly more going on down here than contemporaries like a Melges 32.

The spacious salon is built around a large folding table built around the mast. Even when taking on infamous races like the Fastnet or Chicago-Mackinac, crews should be well taken care of.

All in all, what we know about the J/99 is relatively limited as of now, but the racers among us will no doubt be keen on updates as the first hulls are built. If curious about the J/99 or J/Boats in general, the local dealer Sail Northwest may have more information.

Norris Comer

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Norris Comer is an award-winning writer and the former Managing Editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He was raised in Portland, Oregon and got his BS in Marine Science at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL where he lived aboard a 1973 Catalina 27 before moving to Washington and an Albin Vega. He has worked as a commercial fisherman, wandered aimlessly around the world, studied oil spills, and was a contestant on the Norwegian reality TV show "Alt for Norge."

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