The majesty of the J Class era will return to the America’s Cup 80 years after the class last raced for the oldest trophy in international sport.
The J Class Association (JCA) and the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) have agreed to stage a J Class regatta in Bermuda in June 2017 between the conclusion of the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the America’s Cup Match.
“The J Class era of the America’s Cup is widely recognized as being among the high points in Cup history,” said Russell Coutts, director of ACEA.
“When racing for the America’s Cup in the 1930s, the J Class boats embodied grace and power with cutting-edge design and engineering. Having the J Class join us in Bermuda will create a spectacular blend between the old and new.”
The J Class boats will be moored in the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard at Bermuda, providing as elegant a sight at rest as their beauty and power are impressive under sail.
Louise Morton from JCA commented: “The America’s Cup organizers have offered the J Class a unique opportunity to be part of the America’s Cup for the first time in 80 years. On behalf of the owners, captains and crew, we are delighted to be part of this spectacular event.”
Racing in the J Class regatta will be organized by the America’s Cup race management team with the final two days of racing expected to straddle the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match. The current J Class fleet comprises seven boats, including three original Js, two of which raced for the America’s Cup. The seven J Class boats currently sailing are: Endeavour, Hanuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V and Velsheda. An eighth J Class yacht is expected to be launched in May 2015.