The Canterbury J Class

Canterbury J Class Match Racing Championships Saturday 17th March 2018 @ Lake Victoria Christchurch
Canterbury J Class Fleet Racing Championships Sunday 18th March 2018 @ Lake Victoria Christchurch
Canterbury J Class North Island Championships Saturday 14th April 2018 @ Lake Gilmore Waihi
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Wooden J Class

NOTE the plans are not yet available publicly as they are not of sufficient accuracy.

Peter Vincent and Hugh Hobden , after some protracted negotiations, purchased hulls and built up boats. With three boats sailing, others saw the potential and the rest is history – and an active Owners’ Association has been formed, a set of rules drawn up and Championships sailed.

The basic philosophy was to have an easily sailed and built ‘entry-point RC yacht’ based on a one design principles to provide good resale value, and with racing dependant more on the skipper rather than designer/builder skill. These objects have been attained and the Class has attracted many first time sailors, mostly from the retired ranks who share the common creed, “it sure beats gardening!”

The boat can be transported easily in the average car or station wagon – sometimes fully rigged. many boats have features of the original J Class.
Perhaps the main following of the Class is by “The Wednesday Windlers”, who can muster fleets of 20 plus for their around-the-lake sailing on Lake Victoria. Why not visit the lake on a Wednesday? Members turn out, except in the most atrocious weather, and are pleased to “turn over the controls” to any interested spectator.
312 hulls [November 2017] have been sold and they are to be found in all areas of New Zealand and as far afield as the USA, Canada and the UK. It is a one-design yacht and all hull shells, keels and trim weights are made from molds officially approved by the Canterbury J Association with an identification number molded into the hull.
There are rules that, prohibit exotic materials, define a fixed minimum weight, strictly control dimensions in the three sizes of sail rigs.
The yacht can be bought as a kit or in separate pieces and assembled as the budget allows. This also allows members handy at making small components to make many of the parts and keep the price down.
All parts are available: hulls white polyester, keels, brass fittings, and computer-generated sails, winches and radio gear. If you cannot find the part you want we will find it or we can make it at reasonable costs.