Classic J Class Yachting Regatta returns to UK
The J Class Sailing Regatta is in Falmouth UK from 23rd to 27th June 2015 and in Cowes UK from 27th to 31st July 2015.
The J Class Association has announced that at least three J Class will compete at the regattas in the UK.
The classic sailing yachts Lionheart, Ranger and Velsheda are expected to be on the start line.
The J Class Falmouth Regatta will be hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, which is situated on its own 17th century private quayside overlooking the harbour. Falmouth’s deep water bay offers the opportunity of challenging courses and great racing, all under the JCA handicap rules.
The J Class Association (JCA) is pleased to confirm at least three J Class yachts will compete at the Royal Yacht Squadron (RYS) Bicentenary International Regatta at Cowes, Isle Of Wight. Lionheart, Ranger and Velsheda will arrive in the Solent on or around 20th July and will be moored in Ocean Village, Southampton.
Racing is scheduled from the RYS line in and around the Solent and will be ‘round the cans’ courses. The event is also expected to include a clockwise round the island race, or coastal course of a similar distance.
Jonathan Peel, PRO of the RYS Bicentenary International Regatta, said: “The J Class yachts are a magnificent addition to a regatta that promises to be a memorable spectacle to celebrate 200 years of the Royal Yacht Squadron.”
The Js will race as a fleet under the JCA handicap rules, with challenging two to three hour courses in and beyond the Solent, depending on conditions.
Close, competitive racing is a signature of all J Class racing and the fleet consistently delivers a great display for spectators and followers on and off the water.
J Class Yachting images: Ranger and Velsheda © Ian Roman / Velsheda © Ian Roman From left to right - Lionheart, Ranger, Rainbow and Velsheda © Maria Muina
John Grandy, Race Officer for the J Class, said: “We are delighted that the J Class will be so well represented at our 200th Anniversary Regatta. This historic class has a deep heritage with the RYS and it has been wonderful to see it revived and raced so competitively in recent years.”
The J Class has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup. This international event was born from an annual race around the Isle of Wight, hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron and called the ‘100 Guinea Cup’.
Looking to the present day, the J Class Association (JCA) was founded in 2000 to protect the interests of the Class, present and future. To keep the J-Class fleet and races alive and to encourage new build yachts to enter the field, new Class rules were established for the construction of replica rebuilds from original plans.
Source: J Class Association 2015
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