Given the conditions for our test sail, most cruisers would've thrown two reefs in the mainsail, but we went with the youth-bashing-about-the-cans full-main approach, flogging our way to weather and reaching off with barreling ease. The steering remained light and responsive. The rig is indicative of the current trend toward small jibs combined with large off-wind sails, this one flown from the J's retractable sprit. As on Open 60s, the J/122's shroud chainplates tie to the rail, extending the spreaders and lightening the already light, top-of-the-line, autoclaved Hall Spars carbon mast. With this rig, there's no need for the complexity of big jibs and running backstays. Control is centered around the helm, where a big wheel hangs on a substantial pedestal that combines footrests, engine and hydraulic controls, and access to steering gear. The double-ended mainsheet exits from under the deck to the aft cockpit winches, handy, as is the manual bilge pump, to the helmsman (although when sailing off the wind, the mainsheet lies over the leeward winch). A high bridgedeck protects the cabin from downflooding. Cruisers will want to close off the back of the cockpit using the optional transom box, which will likely contain the life raft. Even racers might consider adding a lower lifeline across the opening. And cruisers will want to consider installing handrails forward of the mast and, definitely, some optional toerails aft.