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27 August 2017
Lionheart are the Toast of Newport

On the same Newport, Rhode Island waters where the legendary Ranger cleaned up 4-0 in 1937, the last time ever that the mighty J Class raced for the America’s Cup, the first J Class World Champions are Lionheart, the owner driven Dutch-flagged modern day Ranger descendent. Displaying solid consistency across all seven races sailed by the six boat inaugural world championship fleet, Lionheart won the world title by three clear points when they crossed the finish line second today, behind nearest rivals Hanuman. Low risk strategies employed on a fast, fully optimised, well travelled owner driven J Class sailed by More...

26 August 2017
Patience Rewarded As Seconds Separate J Class Contenders

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The long, five and a half hour wait for the Newport sea breeze to arrive proved to be well worth it as the six J Class World Championship teams were rewarded with their closest race yet. Ranger put their first win of the regatta on their fast improving scoreline, but their delta over second placed Lionheart was down to only one second. And the margin between Svea in third and fourth placed Velsheda was also one tiny second. With Lionheart crossing in second and Hanuman languishing in sixth, unable to come back from a poor start and being manacled to More...

25 August 2017
Thanks and A Warm Tribute to Elizabeth Meyer

In his welcome to the J Class World Championship at the Rolex supported reception at Harbour Court, the 65th Commodore of the New York Yacht Club Philip A. Lotz paid a rich tribute to Elizabeth L Meyer who planted the seeds for the renaissance of the J Class. “I would like to recognise one person who is from Newport and who is a member of the New York Yacht Club who had a large impact on the answer to Commodore Venderbilt’s question, (I wonder how long it will be before five J boats will meet again. Was Ranger so good More...

25 August 2017
Evens but at Odds

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Lionheart Draws Level With World Championship Leader Hanuman. The sizeable spectator fleet on the waters off Newport, Rhode Island were treated to another pair of engaging, exciting races at the inaugural J Class World Championship, witnessing the return of one of the pre-regatta title favourites, Lionheart. Already counting three third places Lionheart were prowling, poised only three points behind regatta leaders Hanuman going into today’s Races 4 and 5 of the championship. The team lead by Bouwe Bekking won the first windward-leeward and then battled to third place in a second race which saw Hanuman, skippered and steered by Kenny More...

24 August 2017

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Hanuman Extend Their World Championship Lead in Newport. After winning Tuesday’s 20 nautical miles opening race, Hanuman paired an initial fourth place to victory in the second of the two windward-leeward races today. They open up their leading margin at the J Class World Championship in Newport RI to three points ahead of the consistent Lionheart which has scored now three third places. Although Hanuman were a close second across the finish line at the conclusion of a thrillingly tight first windward-leeward of the day, so closely were the chasing pack snapping at their heels that they dropped to fourth More...