North Sails: News Details


Key Yachting New UK Dealer

Judith wilkinson

For J/70 & J/80 products

North One Design Europe are pleased to welcome Key Yachting Ltd as a UK dealer for our J/80 and new J/70 class products.

Paul Heys, Managing Director of Key Yachting Ltd, the agent for J-Boats in the UK , has a wealth of experience of racing in the various J Boat classes and has been selling them since 1994 from his offices in Hamble.  Along with our sail designer Ruairidh Scott and our European Salesman Hugo Rocha, based in Spain, they make up the team who specialise in North One Design sails for the J/70 and J/80 classes.
Ruairidh Scott
Hugo Rocha
Paul Heys

The new J/70 has become one of the fastest growing one design classes in the world. It is J/Boats' first slipway -launchable keelboat  and has been designed to fulfill the growing need for an easy-to-own, high performance one-design that is exciting to sail, stable enough sailboat for the family, and built to last. North Sails in the States had the opportunity to be in on the “ground floor” of the project with J/Boats and Southern Spars on rigging and setups which would optimize the performance and fun factor for new J70 owners. Using the North Design Suite our team was able to develop the rig and sail plan for the boat as well as provide us, from the Flow program, tuning numbers, including rake, rig tensions and mast placement. With only these computer generated “virtual” numbers the North designed sails hit the water and, from the word go, our clients are having great success. Already this year North powered J/70's have taken 1,2,3 at Key West and 2nd at the Primo Cup in Monaco.

North Sails powered boats have also proven themselves in the long established J/80 class having topped the podium at many UK and International regattas over the years. The J/80 is the perfect combination of family dayboat and one-design raceboat. Thanks to its simplicity, its strength and its performance record it has become a worldwide reference, and remains so despite being launched two decades ago. In 2013 North boats have taken 1st and 2nd positions at the recent Key West Regatta.

Key Yachting will be organising the 2013 J/80 UK National Championship and the inaugural J/70 UK National Championship, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron in June (more information at We will also be present at these regattas and will be based at the Sailcare loft in Cowes Yacht Haven for the duration of the event, where we will stock new sails, battens and other parts, as well as be able to carry out repairs big or small.

We look forward to working with Paul Heys and his team at Key Yachting.

For more information please contact or see our dedicated class pages; J/70 and J/80.