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Story Contributors: Eric Doyle, Allan Terhune, Alex Curtiss

LET’S TALK J/70

Downwind Boat Handling

With visual support from images and video, North experts Allan Terhune, Eric Doyle and Alex Curtiss analyze downwind techniques in different wind strengths, including displacement modes and planing in heavier air. Pick up new techniques to improve your J/70 racing experience!

Topics covered include:

  • 1:26 – Setting the J/70 spinnaker
  • 12:50 Soak VMG Jibing
  • 21:00 Jibe Kite to a Wing
  • 32:31 Jibing boom to wing on wing
  • 41:40 Lazy Planing Jibe
  • 47:25 Planing Jibe
  • 56:23 Blow Through Jibe
  • 1:01:28 Take Down

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Story Contributors

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Eric Doyle

One Design Expert — San Diego, California

Eric was raised in Pass Christian along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, where he learned at a ripe young that he was hooked on sailing. After attending Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL, he was scooped up by Hall of Famer...

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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. Allan is also a class expert in the J/70, J/80, J/88, J/105, J111 with many...

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Alex Curtiss

One Design Expert — Long Beach, California

A self-described “one design guy,” Alex Curtiss grew up in Chicago sailing Optis, 420s, and Lasers, as well as other one design and PHRF boats. In 2016, he graduated from St. Mary’s with an economics degree and two All-American awards,...