Hanuman JK6

May 2009

Original lines: Charles E Nicholson / Modified lines: Dykstra Naval Architects

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Hanuman was launched by the Dutch yard Royal Huisman in 2009 and is a replica of the original 1937 Charles Nicholson designed Endeavour II which was commissioned by Thomas Sopwith. 

After the rebuilds of Endeavour, Shamrock and Velsheda, Hanuman was the first new-build boat designed by Dykstra Naval Architects who optimised the underwater hull shape. Hanuman is named after the son of the Hindu wind god and was built for an American owner who has kept the boat since new.

Hanuman was designed and built to the maximum performance rules of the J Class Association. She is a good all-rounder, with the second to lightest displacement after Rainbow of the regular racers, and, from the same America’s Cup generation as Rainbow, has a very similar, relatively short waterline length compared with the Super Js. Her overhangs are impressive and her tumblehome is obvious, designed to increase righting moment for a restricted beam at deck level. The hallmark black hull with gold cove line is complemented by matte burnished deck hardware. In 2017 Hanuman had a new lighter rig installed and set a high speed furling headstay.

Among her wins, Hanuman triumphed at the 2013 and 2017 Saint Barths Bucket and the 2013 Superyacht Cup Palma and shared the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup win in 2014 at the Superyacht Cup Palma, tied with Ranger.

For some years, America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race sailor Ken Read, President of North Sails, has been principal helmsman on Hanuman, usually sailing with navigator Stan Honey.

Since 2017 Hanuman has raced only occasionally and is mainly used for cruising and day sailing by her owners and their family and friends.


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Length at





171.8 tonnes

sail area

952.9 sq m

sail area

927.2 sq m

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2013 Saint Barths Bucket

Hanuman wins

2013 Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez

Hanuman 2nd

2014 Menorca Maxi

Hanuman 3rd

2014 Superyacht Cup Palma

Hanuman 3rd

2017 Saint Barths Bucket

Hanuman wins

2017 J Class World Championships, Newport

Hanuman 2nd

2022 Saint Barths Bucket

Hanuman 2nd