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01 October 2016
Velsheda Les Vainquers, Saint Tropez Victors

A constructive if slightly diversified 2016 season for the J Class finished on a high note today for Velsheda as they completed a narrow win over Lionheart to win the J Class match up at Les Voiles de St Tropez regatta. Velsheda also finish second overall in the IRC Class A. But Velsheda’s win came at the end of one of the closest and most spirited jousting matches of the European summer season. While they had eased away from Lionheart after another neatly executed start, on each downwind Lionheart came back at them hard. And it was only because the More...

30 September 2016
Press Play. Repeat

Lionheart © Sailing Shots
By winning the penultimate head-to-head for the two J Class yachts racing at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez today Velsheda moved the regatta scoreline to 2-1 and so sets up a repeat of the final day showdown in Porto Cervo. At the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup it was Lionheart which prevailed in the last race to clinch the series on a countback but today’s scenic coastal round the buoys race of two and half hours duration was won conclusively by the Velsheda crew who give themselves a small measure of winning momentum going into the final race of this season. More...

28 September 2016
Comme un air de déjà vu

Velsheda © Gilles Martin-Raget SNST
This summer’s special relationship between Lionheart and Velsheda continues to flourish at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez where the prevailing light winds and high proportion of reaching, round the buoys racing do not offer anything like the value and intensity of hard windward-leeward courses amidst an evenly matched, tight group of J Class Yachts. But like an enforced French Riviera romance both crews are making the very most of the fact that they are the only two J Class yachts here. The rivalry on the water is acute and hard fought but when the Saint Tropez courses offer so few More...

26 September 2016
Velsheda's day in St Tropez

A port tack start executed on a busy mixed fleet line, containing some of the most competitive maxi racers of the annual French regatta, proved conclusive today at the Les Voiles de Saint Tropez when the two rival J Class yachts Velsheda and Lionheart met up again for a spirited opening day skirmish. Velsheda’s port tack departure from the line was enough to give them a significant early jump ahead of Lionheart and the historic, navy hulled J Class held on to take first blood as the two stage a re-match at the hugely popular Saint Tropez showcase following Lionheart’s More...

10 September 2016
Lionheart Win Sardinia Duel on Countback

Lionheart & Velsheda © Martinez Studio
Lionheart won the final, deciding race of the the J Class duel at the Rolex Maxi Yacht Cup. Managing to hold arch rivals Velsheda behind them all the way around the 25 miles figure 4 shaped course on the Costa Smeralda, the Lionheart crew retain the Corinthian KIng’s Cup or the fourth time in a row. They previously won the Class’s most prestigious Owner-driver award in Saint Barths in 2013, in Palma in 2014 and last year in Falmouth. Once again the outcome of the race was largely decided off the start line. But today it was Lionheart which came More...