Following recent registration with Irish Sailing and with a building momentum in Dublin, a group of J/80 owners and vested interests including representatives from clubs met in Howth on the 11th of October 2017 to form the Irish J/80 Class Association.
The newly appointed Class President Pat O’Neill told the association that he was keen to see an increase in the number of boats nationally and that he would encourage J/80 owners to participate in the initial and prospective schedule of events. It is expected that 6-8 boats will race in the upcoming Brass Monkey Series in Howth, but that the focus would be to rally owners and crew for some selectively chosen events in 2018.
A couple of the owners expressed a commitment to qualifying for the J/80 European Championships and World Championships in 2018 and it is expected that the class will grow in number during the winter months.
The inaugural meeting of the association was attended by owners and representatives from Howth and Dun Laoghaire clubs.