No, not some story about Grandmaster Flash from back in the day, but an interesting bit of of info from two of the very best playas in our sport…
J/Boats announced today that McConaghy Boats has been named the J/70 builder for the Asian and Pacific Rim markets. This is following the recent news of the J/70 receiving International Class status from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF). Nearly 500 boats are already sailing in 20+ countries within 20 months of launch. McConaghy Boats joins J/Composites (France) and CCF Composites (USA) as part of the J/70 world building team.
“McConaghy Boats and the J/70 are a perfect fit,” said Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats. “McConaghy is world renowned for building high performance custom racing yachts (such as the famous 8-time Rolex Sydney-Hobart winner WILD OATS XI), and they’re also highly regarded for producing one-designs to exacting tolerances. We look forward to working with Mark Evans, Stephen Oliver and their team in Zhuhai to build on the momentum the J/70 is already generating in the Pacific Rim.”
“The rapid growth of the J/70 has been nothing short of phenomenal and we’re proud to become a building partner with J/Boats,” commented Mark Evans, Director of McConaghy Boats. “The J/70 represents the next-generation of fun, easy-to-sail sportboats— a perfect match for the Asia/ Pacific Rim markets we’re supporting.”
New tooling arrives at McConaghy in late January and production is expected to begin this spring. The J/70 will be distributed in the Pacific Rim region by J/Boats Asia. For more information, please contact Jim Johnstone of J/Boats Asia at [email protected] or J/Boats USA headquarters at [email protected].