J70 World Championships in Torquay 2019

A World-class sailing event is coming to Torbay on August 29 - September 6 2019

The J/70 World Championships 2019 will bring elite racing sailors from across the world to the top sailing destination of Torbay on the English Riviera.

Torbay is a world-renowned sailing venue hosting America’s Cup trials in the 1930’s, sailing events of the 1948 Olympics, the UK stopover for La Solitaire de Figaro in 2015 and numerous World, European and National Championships.

The Royal Torbay Yacht club has a long and distinguished history of hosting major International Events and is looking forward to welcoming the J/70 Class. The club and its many volunteers are gearing up to stage a top class event, an event that will place itself in Torquay’s maritime history.

J/70 events in Torquay start with the UK National Championships being held as part of the Torbay Royal Regatta from August 24th to 26th. This should prove to be the perfect warm up event for all worlds competitors and is expected to attract a strong entry.

Up to 125 boats with a crew of 4/5 are expected for the J/70 World Championships and racing will take place in Torbay over six days from September 1st to 6th.

Racing at the J70 World Championships

The J/70 Class represents the top echelon of competitive sailing in the UK, USA, Europe and Internationally and they can expect to enjoy a cordial welcome, first class racing and great hospitality.

Meet Bob Penfold of Royal Torbay Yacht Club

We managed to catch-up with Bob Penfold, ahead of this upcoming event. Bob is the Race Director as part of his role on the Sailing Committee at the Royal Torbay Yacht Club.

Bob has been a member of the Club for over 10 years and during that time served as Commodore for three years. He currently serves on the club's Sailing Committee, heading up major events and championships. As the Race Director for the J/70 World Championships 2019 he is ultimately responsible for the organisation and delivery of the event in conjunction with the J/70 International Class.

Why is this such a great event for the Club?

The J/70 World Championship is one of the most prestigious events in the International sailing calendar. This is the first time the event has been hosted in the UK and is set to be the biggest event of it’s type in the South West for a number of years.

Why should people visit the Bay to come and watch the championships?

Over 100 hundred boats will be racing over six days, with Official boats, competitor support boats, media and spectator boats, this should create a great spectacle for visitors to Torbay.

Where is the best place to watch the Championships?

Daddyhole Plain and Corbyn Head will offer great viewing points.

How many world class teams will be taking place?

We are expecting teams from 20+ countries, we already have confirmed entries from eight countries. All entries have to qualify from their own country. The J/70 represents the top echelon of competitive sailing from across the world. We can expect to see multiple World and European champions, Olympic medallists and previous winners of J/70 Championships. This event will have worldwide appeal across sailing media.

Who is the favourite for the event?

The event will be tightly contested with current World Champion Jud Smith (USA) and 2017 World Champion Peter Duncan (USA) both sure to be in contention. There will be a strong showing from the competitive Italian Fleet led by Alberto and Claudia Rossi both previous European Champions and the current Corinthian World Champion Luis Bugallo from Spain.

What exactly is Torbay's involvement and how can people get involved if they'd like to?

The Royal Torbay Yacht Club have been appointed by the J/70 International Class as the Organising Authority. This means that we have the overall responsibility for staging the event both on and off the water, all logistics, social, sponsorship and promotion of the event. This involves working with both the J/70 International and UK Class Associations, competitors etc.

In the region of 100 club volunteers will be involved in delivering this event. We would welcome further support and assistance, just contact me Bob Penfold by email at events@rtyc.org

Will there be any special events at the Club that are open to the general public?

There will be an official opening ceremony taking place on Torquay harbourside on Sunday 1st September with invited VIP guests and the Britannia Naval College Volunteer Band in attendance. This would be a great event for the public to view and be part of.

The J/70 Championship is truly in an International Class

Racing up close at the J70 Championships in Torquay

The J/70 International Class Association is recognised by World Sailing, with active fleets in 25 countries. In less than 4 years the J/70 worldwide fleet has grown to over 1,700 boats, attracting some of the most talented sailors in the world and helping to spark the growth of numerous sailing leagues across Europe.

The J/70 is the world’s fastest growing fleet and being sailed at an increasing number of yacht clubs in the UK, Europe and beyond; encouraging young sailors to participate in top-class and competitive fleet racing.

Over 20 countries will be represented including USA, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Monaco, Brazil, Ireland, France, Sweden, Germany and United Kingdom

The J/70 is the most exciting sportsboat class in the UK and the fastest growing sportsboat fleet in the World.

A bit more about the J/70 World Championships

Competing for the J70 World Championships Torquay

The J/70 introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70's 22-foot long waterline with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep, lifting bulb keel provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. Knifing through the water upwind with confidence and ease, the J70 has that legendary “J” feel - light, controllable with a wide-groove to sail consistently fast. With an adjustable cascading backstay, one has total control over sail shape and dynamic rig tension across the full range of conditions, making it not only easy to change gears on the J/70, but faster and safer. Off the wind, J/70 will simply light-up the crew with a smile! Set the masthead asymmetrical spinnaker off the retractable carbon bowsprit, point the J/70 where you want with its deep, high-aspect rudder and the J/70 pops up on a plane and takes off in a moderate breeze.     

J/70 Class Technical Specifications

Length: 6.93m (22.75ft)

Top Speed: 18+ Knots

Ballast: 635.03 kg

Displacement: 1,315.42 kg

The J/70 World Championships will attract great media attention to the Bay

  • You can expect to see breathtaking imagery with live video coverage directly from the race course

  • Huge social media reach - the J/70 Worlds 2018 had a Facebook reach of 97K over 28 days

  • Unique event website (j70worlds2019.com)

  • Sailing press - more than 30 websites and publications covered the J/70 Worlds 2018 in addition to local and regional media

Contact the Royal Torbay Yacht Club for further information;

Bob Penfold, Race Director, Royal Torbay Yacht Club

12 Beacon Terrace, Torquay, United Kingdom, TQ1 2BH

events@rtyc.org | +44 (0)1803 292 006


Royal Torbay Yacht Club
Royal Torbay Yacht Club

The Club hosts many prestigious sailing championships including inter alia, the One Ton Cup and the Dragon World Championship Torbay Regattand has managed to achieve a justified reputation (which it retains) as a leader in race management.



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