PHOTO OF THE WEEK. The misadventure of a J/105 at Liverpool’s Marina
These pictures show the embarrassing moment a J/105 became stranded at Liverpool’s Marina. The photographs, published by a Liverpool ECHO reader, show how the sailboat became ‘high and dry’ after attempting to enter the marina while water levels were too low.
Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said the Marine Rescue Unit had been deployed at around 4:30pm on Sunday, May 28 after reports a yacht had become stranded with four passengers on board. No-one was injured.
About the J/105
Introduced in 1991 as the first modern-day keelboat with bow-sprit and asymmetric spinnaker, J/Boats J/105 today is the most successful one-design keelboat class over 30′ in the USA with over 680 boats sailing worldwide. The class association is an owner-managed organization with strict one-design rules, a world-class website, and offers the best and most active one-design racing in the USA today.
The class rules include an owner-driver rule, tight restrictions on Category 3 professionals, and annual sail purchase restrictions to keep racing affordable and as Corinthian as modern one-design can be.
In Europe, J/105 has proven to be the double-handed boat of choice for offshore sailors and has won the RORC Yacht of the Year and scored notable double-handed wins in the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race and the 2007 Rolex Middle Sea Race.
Owners rave about how well the boat sails in even the most extreme of conditions– Trans-Atlantic Race Winners can attest to its seaworthiness!