The Monotype J80 class was designed by Ron Johnston of JBoats Co, as a sports keel yacht for offshore sea-racing. Currently, the J80 yachts are the only sports boats with a length of 8 meters (26 feet), certified as “Class B”. This allows the J80 to compete in open water areas, with wind forces of up to 41 knots, and wave heights up to 3 meters. This has gained the J80 an excellent reputation, as a boat with an great margin of safety. Having incorporated this in its construction, Johnston simultaneously designed a high-speed boat which, not without reason, is becoming known as “the family rocket ship.” The maximum speed of 20 knots speaks for itself. With a favourable 15 knots tailwind and a 65 square meter gennaker, the boat can easily glide through the water.