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07 October 2018
Topaz tops J Class in St Tropez as Svea swings the season

Saturday’s conclusion of Les Voiles de St Tropez brought the 2018 season to a close for the magnificent J Class yachts. The fourth and final regatta of the J Class season was a two horse race between the 1933 Charles Nicholson designed Velsheda, one of the three original surviving J’s, and Topaz, launched new in 2015 to a previously unbuilt 1935 Frank C Paine design. At Les Voiles de St Tropez, the two J’s were competing in the Modern IRC A fleet, against 21 of the world’s top contemporary Supermaxi, Maxi and Mini Maxi yachts. After the first day of More...

08 September 2018
Svea seals the deal at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

Costa Smeralda once again delivered on the concluding day of the maxi yacht Rolex Cup with brilliant sunshine and 10-15 knots westerly winds. The J Class, racing within the event’s Supermaxi class, sailed a tricky course with a beat up ‘Bomb Alley’, looping around the island of Spargi before a run back down the area’s notorious passage between Sardinia and the off-lying La Maddalena archipelago. Under JCA corrected time, today it was the turn of Topaz to collect the race win, but this was not enough for them to prevent Svea from clinching overall victory in Porto Cervo. Svea’s tactician More...

07 September 2018
Svea wins JCA handicap regatta with a day to spare at Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup

While a mistral had been forecast for the penultimate day of the 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, the westerly wind gusting only into the early 20’s, still made for a lively, challenging day out on the water. The course took the trio of Js on a 34. 5 mile clock-wise lap of La Maddalena, northwest to round the island of Spargi. Today under JCA , Svea beat Topaz on corrected time. She also claimed the overall J Class prize, finishing today on five points to Topaz’ seven. In today’s bigger conditions, both Svea and Topaz suffered sail damage from which More...

06 September 2018
Topaz awarded redress after erroneous OCS call

Two thirds of the way through 2018 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the trio of Js remain tightly grouped on their leaderboards. Under the class’ JCA rating system Svea leads Topaz on four points to five, while under the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup’s ORCsy rating for the Supermaxi class, Topaz holds a two point advantage over Velsheda, in turn on a point ahead of Svea. Today the Js sailed a coastal course this time to the south of Porto Cervo around the islands of Soffi, Mortorio and Mortoriotto. This was short compared to previous days, to ensure the boats would More...

05 September 2018
Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup: Velsheda prevails on Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup coastal course

The J Class raced a 34. 5 miles anti-clockwise lap of the La Maddalena archipelago in northeasterly to easterly winds that rarely exceeded 10 knots on day three of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup. Since 1980, this event has been the highlight of the maxi yacht calendar, run by the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda in conjunction with the International Maxi Association, the officially-recognised body that promotes maxi yacht racing globally and to which the J Class is affiliated. Today the J Class yachts, competing within the Super Maxi class, were the second start after the Maxi 72’s. In reality all More...