The J/122 is probably the most successful 40 foot IRC racer of her generation, with fully crewed regatta successes in Europe, America, the West Indies and Australia. She has also proven immensely popular with the single handed and double handed fraternity; an easily driven hull and powerful yet manageable sailplan, allow the solo sailor to maintain race winning pace. Now, the J/122 has been given a new lease of life. The J/122 Evolution benefits from a new interior and exterior design that is both refined and modern. These changes have been made in collaboration with the Roséo Design studio.
Didier Le Moal, CEO of J Composites, the European J Boats builder, said “The J/122 no longer needs an introduction. It’s a boat that has proven its worth in terms of fast cruising and boasts a series of fine race victories. Its seaworthiness remains unsurpassed, but it seemed important for us to adapt the J/122 to the current climate. It’s been a tough mission as it’s not easy to alter the style of an existing boat. The hull, the deck and the structure are identical. For the rest, together with the Roséo firm, who are renowned designers in the watersports industry, we’ve given the J/122 a thorough review inside and out. In this way, the inside of the boat has an uncluttered design thanks to decisions made with the colour schemes and choice of materials, giving a more luxurious feel, along with a revised bathroom and navigation station, and the exterior now features hull portlights, that are a minor revolution for our yard. It certainly hasn’t been about designing to the detriment of functionality. The J122 E is quite simply more modern and is sure to correspond with the needs of an ever more demanding clientele”.
Stéphane Roséo: “The aim of ‘J Composites’ was to modernise the boat’s interior. We’ve gone for a more contemporary atmosphere with colours like white and chestnut brown for the upholstery and walnut panelling, on the principle of timeless appeal. For the exterior, I quickly suggested portlights to Didier Le Moal. It was essential to have increased natural light in the saloon”.
The J/122 is distinguished by its high aspect, non-overlapping sailplan (maximum size 110% jib) which simplifies the deck plan and sail selection. The setback headstay with furler are recessed into the deck to maximize the jib luff length while retaining the convenience of jib furling from the cockpit. When combined with the simplicity of an asymmetric spinnaker flown from a retractable carbon bow sprit, it’s easy to achieve near peak performance with minimal crew effort.
The J/122 cockpit is ergonomically optimized with a floor mounted traveller, below decks mainsheet system, offshore seatbacks, remote backstay adjuster and a removable transom dock box option that allows one to convert from race mode to cruise mode in a matter of minutes.
Several of her key features include:
• A generous rig with 110% LP headsail and below deck jib furling. Most owners choose the optional Hallspars carbon mast.
• Carbon fibre bow sprit and A-sail for short-handed performance ease.
• Low VCG 7.2’ (2.2m) keel with swept leading edge for short-handed stability.
• Low maintenance deck configuration with minimized use of wood, large protected cockpit with long seats and high backrests combined with floor mounted mainsail traveler, below-deck mainsheet system, and large diameter wheel steering for comfortable daysailing.
• Choice of three cabin/single head or two cabin/two head interior layout with full headroom for live-aboard cruising, complete galley, proper navigation station, opening ports for ventilation and plenty of storage.
• Removable dock box at transom for easy race/cruise conversion.
Two interior plans are available; a three cabin/forward head layout and the more traditional two cabin/two head cruising layout. Several option packages, tailored to specific cruising and racing needs are available.
In 2014 a J/122E was declared overall winner of the Rolex Middle Sea Race and class winner of the Sevenstar Round Britain & Ireland Race.
- LOA: 40.00 – 12.19 m
- LWL: 34.61 – 10.55 m
- BEAM: 11.90 ft – 3.63 m
- DRAFT: 7.22 ft – 2.20 m
- DISPLACEMENT:14,911 lbs – 6,800 kg
- UPWIND SAIL AREA: 1,022 sq ft – 97 m²
- SPINNAKER AREA: 1.614 sq ft – 150 m²
- CE APPROVAL: Category A
- ENGINE: Volvo 30hp or 40hp