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21 August 2017
Simply Irresistible

Historic Six Strong J Class Line Up for Inaugural World Championship in Newport. In the long and storied history of the J Class, Newport Rhode Island is a very special place. It was when the event moved from New York City to Narrangansett Bay for the 1930 regatta that the America’s Cup was first raced for the very first time in J Class yachts. The Vanderbilt syndicate’s Enterprise prevailed against Shamrock V. Harold S Vanderbilt won again in the colours of the New York Yacht Club on Rainbow in 1934 and then once more in 1937, winning 4-0 on the More...

21 June 2017
Big Hearted Lionheart Crew Wins America's Cup J Class Regatta

Crew of Lionheart © J Class/Carlo Borlenghi.jpg
Emerging in second place from a dramatic, high stakes final race which was laden with tension until the final run to the finish on a tight, compact race course off Bermuda’s Saint Georges, Lionheart clinched the first ever America’s Cup J Class Regatta. Carrying a one point lead and with the regatta title in their grasp, they started flat footed off the line, looking to have done all they could to hand the regatta win to title rivals Hanuman. But the Lionheart crew stuck to their task in the fickle, shifty breeze to climb back into contention at the last More...

20 June 2017
Hanuman and Ranger Tied At the Top

© J Class/Studio Borlenghi.jpg
In the historic first ever America’s Cup J Class Regatta in Bermuda three different crews won races on the opening day. Just one point separates the top two boats, Hanuman and Ranger on seven apiece with Lionheart poised for three way final day showdown on eight. The record fleet of seven J Class yachts, the biggest ever mustered in the 87 year history of the class, may have been forced to wait an extra few days after Friday’s opening races fell victim to winds which were too light and fickle, but on National Heroes Day, Bermuda rewarded the magnificent gathering More...

18 June 2017
J Class Yachts Open The Show

J Class Fleet © ACEA 2017/Ricardo Pinto .jpg
The seven J Class yachts which are in Bermuda to compete in the America’s Cup J Class Regatta provided the perfect, spectacular curtain raiser to a picture postcard first day of the 35th America’s Cup Match, presented by Louis Vuitton as they staged an exhibition on the Great Sound, on the same race course. The compact, two leg course used for the exhibition set by Race Officer Iain Murray, was flanked on both sides by hundreds of spectator boats. The carefully choreographed event saw the yachts set off at thirty second intervals, the ‘youngest’ JS1 Svea, launched early this year More...

17 June 2017
America's Cup J Class Regatta Race 1 Falls Victim to Light Airs

Historic Seven J Class Exhibition Race is America’s Cup Prelude Next Best Place To Be. Kiwi Seven Time Cup Campaigner Tony Rae Reflects…. Despite a huge spectator fleet mustered off NE Bermuda’s north shore ready and waiting attentively to see the record fleet of seven J Class yachts in action for the first two scheduled races of the America’s Cup J Class Regatta, the winds did not cooperate and no racing could be run. The fickle breezes did not build above five knots for any length of time, averaging no more than two or three knots as the J Class More...