The 2017 J Class World Championship

Published by MM Editor on Wednesday, 9th August 2017 - 1:42PM


The first-ever J Class World Championship

Newport, RI

21 - 26 AUGUST 2017

Shamrock leading 1935 Beken of the Cowes

The inaugural J Class World Championship, which is being organized by the New York Yacht Club in association with the International Maxi Association and the J Class Association, will feature a mix of coastal races and windward leeward racing off Newport.

The race headquarters and media center will be based at Newport Shipyard.

Six Js will vie for top honors. Considering nine Js are on the water, it’s pretty significant. Furthermore, it makes for “a magnificent starting-line spectacle for spectators,” says Louise Morton, secretary for the J Class Association.

Spectators won’t just be along Narragansett Bay, either. The J Class World Championship will be “broadcast” on TracTrac. TracTrac provides live GPS tracking for regattas, among other sporting events. This will let fans worldwide follow the racing action. No matter where fans will be, the racing should be quite close. Regattas among the J Class yachts in recent years have been incredibly close.

Not only is the inaugural World Championship noteworthy, so, too, is the location. After all, Newport’s Narragansett Bay is where the Js fought it out for the America’s Cup back in the 1930s. In fact, the J Class rule was the official rule for the America’s Cup matches in 1930, 1934, and 1937.

The J Class Association selected the New York Yacht Club as the host for the J Class World Championship. Philip A. Lotz, the club’s commodore, says that of all the events it’s hosting this cruising season, the championship holds special significance. “Seeing these yachts thunder en masse through Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay will truly be a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” he says.

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Monday 21 August NYYC

1200 Practice Race

1500 - 1800 Registration NYYC Sailing Center

1800 - 1830 Competitor Briefing NYYC Sailing Center

1830 - 2000 Opening Ceremony, hosted by Rolex

(for competitors only)

Tuesday 22 August

1100 Race Day 1 - first warning signal

Wednesday 23 August

1100 Race Day 2 - first warning signal

Thursday 24 August

1100 Race Day 3 - first warning signal

Friday 25 August

1100 Race Day 4 - first warning signal

Saturday 26 August NYYC

1100 Race Day 5 - first warning signal

1800 Prizegiving

(for competitors only)

The Yachts

Svea JS-1 © Carlo Borlenghi Svea
Hanuman JK-6, Newport Bucket 2009 © Onne van der Wal
Lionheart JH-1 © Ingrid Abery
Ranger J5, Newport, Rhode Island © Peter McNaughton
Topaz J8 © Claire Matches Topaz © Claire Matches
Velsheda JK-7, Antigua Classics 2010 © Onne van der Wal

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