The J/99 was designed for both shorthanded and fully crewed sailing and many clients had asked about a wheel option. The first J/99 with a wheel was delivered to a UK client in September.
Already over 50 J/99s have been delivered to J Boats clients with many more on order. Smaller crews and shorthanded sailing has been growing hugely with the announcement that a two-handed offshore boat will be included in the 2024 Olympic lineup. The J/99 is currently one of the boats under consideration.
The arrival of the COVID 19 pandemic has further pushed the case for shorthanded sailing with crews being able to keep apart more easily.
Here is a virtual tour of the J/99 with wheel steering that was on show at Hamble in September 2020.