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Story Contributors: Allan Terhune, Tim Healy


North Experts Explain The Advantages of the J-2 and J-6

2019 J/70 World Champions powered by the J-6 jib, F-1 mainsail and AP-1 spinnaker. 馃摳 Sportographytv

One of the common questions we get at North Sails is 鈥淲hich jib is better, the J-2 or the J-6?鈥 The answer is: Both jibs are great, but they fill different roles. We sail in different venues, have different sailing styles, and have different teams and equipment. So, after a lot of development and testing, we have two amazing jibs in our inventory. Understanding how the sails perform will help you make the right choice on your next order.

First, let鈥檚 start with what the sails have in common. Both are made out of our exclusive NPC Radian fabric. North NPC Radian makes possible a more sophisticated radial panel construction and offers superior shape holding over all other materials. Both the J-2 and the J-6 have been designed to take advantage of NPC Radian鈥檚 benefits.

Both jibs are constructed with a high clew, to allow for in-hauling and proper jib trim.

The other commonality is the results they produce. These jibs are fast and deliver top performance on the race course. In 2019, the J-2 won the Europeans, while the J-6 was used to win the Worlds and the North Americans. At the NA’s we saw both jibs finishing in the top four and winning races.

2019 European Champions powered by the J-2 jib, XCS-2 mainsail and AP-1 spinnaker. 馃摳 Zerogradinord


Here鈥檚 What Makes Each Jib Special:

We repeat: Both jibs are great, but they fill different roles. Which will be right for you depends on where you sail, your team, and your style. We can confidently recommend either, because no matter which jib you choose, the top guys are translating all that development and testing into success on the race course.

Read also: Which mainsail is best for your J/70 team?

For more info on the world鈥檚 fastest J/70 sails, visit the J/70 Inventory page.

2019 J/70 World Corinthian Champions powered by the J-2 jib, XCS-2 mainsail and AP-1 spinnaker. 馃摳 Sportographytv


Oivind Lorentzen鈥檚 Team Nine, 2019 North American Champions powered by the J-6 jib, XCS-2 mainsail and AP-1 spinnaker. 馃摳 Chris Howell /J/70 Class Association


Story Contributors

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Allan Terhune

Sail Expert — Annapolis, Maryland

Allan Terhune, Jr., has won eleven North American Championships (in the Lightning, Flying Scot and Thistle Classes) and was crowned the 2013 J/22 World Champion.聽Allan is a resident of Annapolis, MD and graduate of the US Merchant Marine Academy. In...

How To Choose The Best J/70 Jib headshot
Tim Healy

One Design Expert — Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Tim has won 18 major titles including two World Championships in the J/24 class. A聽three-time All-American Sailor at St. Mary鈥檚 College in Maryland, Healy also won a Gold Medal at the 2003 Pan American Games. His recent success in the...