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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. 📸 Sportographytv

One of the common questions we get at North Sails is “Which jib is “better, the J-2 or the J-6?” 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’s 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’s 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. 📸 Zerogradinord


Here’s What Makes Each Jib Special:

J-6 J-2
  • Requires more inhaul
  • Slightly fuller entry
  • Straighter exit
  • Flatter in the head
  • Slightly more trim-sensitive
  • Requires less inhaul
  • Fuller in the head and foot
  • Less trim-sensitive, more user friendly
  • Powerful for accelerating out of maneuvers and off the start

    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’s 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. 📸 Sportographytv


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


    Story Contributors

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    Allan Terhune

    One Design 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 Etchells, J/70, J/80, J/88, J/105, J/111 with...

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    Tim Healy

    Sales Manager — Portsmouth, Rhode Island

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