The first-ever J Class World Championship
21 - 26 AUGUST 2017
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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PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
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
(for competitors only)