The J Class Regattas in the UK this Summer.
This summer saw the return of J Class Yachts racing in two Regattas, with the first in Falmouth hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, from 26th -30th June, and the second in the Solent from the 18th-21st July, hosted by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club, and both regattas were huge successes with thousands of J Class enthusiasts following the races, and I was one of them.
It is difficult to explain the thrill of watching these monsters racing at close quarters, and they are, quite simply, the most elegant yachts ever devised, designed and built.
Painting by Stephen Renard of “Whirlwind being passed by Enterprise to windward, with Yankees Weetamoe”
competing for The America’s Cup Selection 1930
(available from Objects of Desire Gallery – THIS PAINTING HAS NOW BEEN SOLD)
The Origins of the J Class
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 Guineas Cup. An overseas yacht was allowed to participate for the first time in 1851. The yacht, ‘America’, was built that year to an innovative new design and sailed to the Solent in search of racing.
Initially excluded from racing against British yachts she was finally allowed to enter the Round the Island Race for the 100 Guineas Cup which she won and the trophy became known as the America’s cup and was taken back to the USA.
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