News items

17 April 2018
​John Williams, Owner of Ranger, Passes Away

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The J Class is deeply saddened by the news that John A Williams, the enthusiastic owner of Ranger, passed away suddenly on Monday, 16th April. John, a prominent property developer in Atlanta, Georgia, was a leading light in the J Class for many years. His vision and passion for Ranger, the J Class and its long history was instrumental in the formation of the J Class Association and the consequent renaissance the class is enjoying presently. After being inspired by seeing Velsehda and Endeavour racing in the Caribbean in the late 1990s, he chartered Endeavour to race in Antigua. That More...

18 March 2018
​Success Is Super Sweet for Svea, J Class Winners in St Barths

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One year ago when the J Class fleet was at it hammer and tongs, racing their first regatta of a historic season, the newly launched Svea was in Europe still completing first sea trials. Today they secured their first regatta victory together when they won the J Class at the popular Caribbean seasonal raiser, the St Barths Bucket. Showing benefits from a winter of work rebalancing and optimising, as well as ever-improving crew work and cohesion, Svea won four of the event’s five races and were only denied a clean sweep by the wily, benchmark crew on Velsheda who won More...

17 March 2018
​Velsheda Finishing Error Grants Svea Their Fourth Win

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Velsheda appeared to have done all they needed to win around today’s 25. 43 nautical miles ‘wiggly’ J Class coastal race at the 2018 St Barths Bucket, but an error in their misreading of amendment to the instructions for the finish line robbed themselves of what would have been their first win of this 2018 St Barths Bucket Regatta. Their mistake handed the Race 4 victory to Svea, which looks set to win their first J Class Regatta together. As the wind faded and shifted during the later stages of the multi leg course off the north west of the More...

16 March 2018
Unbeaten Svea Win Their First Round the Island Race at St Barths Bucket

Svea bounced back from one small error to retain their unbeaten record in the three boat J Class fleet at the first regatta of the season, the St Barth’s Bucket. It was the first ever round the island style coastal race for the Svea crew which is lead by their tactician, 2004 Olympic silver medallist Charlie Ogletree with Kenny Read sailing as strategist. Though Velsheda sailed impeccably in the 12-17 kts SE’ly breeze and lead all the way around the scenic 23 nautical miles counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of St Barths, Svea was close enough at the finish line More...

15 March 2018
​Dream Double is the Perfect St Barths Bucket Debut for Svea

Svea may be the J Class’ ‘newcomers’ launched last year and racing at their first St Barths Bucket, but their two hard won first places from today’s two windward-leeward races is a perfect opening to the popular Caribbean regatta. Racing remained typically close and Svea had to battle hard and sail smart for their first day double. On the finish line of the second race, Topaz crossed first ahead of Velsheda by only one single second, and eleven seconds separated first from third. All three boats lead at different stages of the second race. Svea corrected out from third across More...