J/80 Sportsboats

This page is intended to carry general information about the fleet of 8 matched J/80s owned and managed by Royal Thames Yacht Club.

These J/80s are boats that until 2009 formed the RYA's national match racing fleet. When in that year the RYA found that it could no longer fund either the fleet or the programme the boats were offered for sale. 6 boats were purchased initially by RYS and RTYC to enable them to develop their own keelboat team and match racing programmes.  In 2015 RTYC purchased the Squadron’s interest and became the sole owner of 6 and manages another 2 equalised boats from the same fleet.  RTYC engages heavily in keelboat team racing both in Britain and abroad, and having our own fleet of boats gives Members of RTYC the opportunity to gain more experience.

Royal Thames runs a variety of team, fleet and match racing in the fleet of J/80s, both to the benefit of Club members and other events such as the Cumberland Cup which sees teams travelling to Queen Mary from as far away as Australia.

The boats and the supporting Committee boat and RIBs are available to charter to member during the winter months: contact sailing@royalthames.com for more information.