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J Class Hanuman Tops America’s Cup Superyachts In First Round

14th June 2017
The J Class at sail off Bermuda for the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta The J Class at sail off Bermuda for the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta Photo: America's Cup/YouTube

#AmericasCup - Hanuman rebounded from a false start to claim victory in the first round of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda yesterday (Tuesday 13 June).

Optimised for expected light conditions, the J Class fleet leader was quick despite the patchy breeze of 5-9 knots, catching up with classmate Velsheda after the first windward mark when their kite-setting failed, and passing Ranger to take the line.

Topaz, who also started near the committee boat with Velsheda and Hanuman, slipped down to fifth, while Lionheart overcame early struggles to place fourth.

All five yachts — plus Svea, expected to join the fleet today (Wednesday 14 June) — will be competing for their own J Class prizes next week, represented by exquisitely detailed 3D maps of Bermuda commissioned from relief chart specialists Latitude Kinsale.

Racing for the J Class among the larger superyacht fleet continues this afternoon with round two, and concludes with the third and final round tomorrow (Thursday 15 June).

In other news from Bermuda, Land Rover BAR Academy placed second in the final standings of the Pool B qualifiers in the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup.

The handpicked team now have a few days to prepare before the final series races from Tuesday 20 to Wednesday 21 June.

Update 20/6: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that the J Class Prize was being contested in the Superyacht Regatta; instead, the J Class have their own regatta which began on Monday 19 June.

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