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Tie For The Top On First Day Of America’s Cup J Class Regatta

20th June 2017
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The J Class fleet in action in their first dedicated America’s Cup regatta The J Class fleet in action in their first dedicated America’s Cup regatta Photo: J Class/Carlo Borlenghi

#AmericasCup - Three crews enjoyed race victories on the first day of the inaugural America’s Cup J Class Regatta on Monday (19 June).

Hanuman and Ranger top the seven-boat fleet with Lionheart, the top performer among the class in last week’s Superyacht Regatta, only one point adrift, while Velsheda also claim a victory in the day’s second race.

Originally scheduled for last Friday (16 June) but postponed due to light winds, the J Class Regatta finally got underway on the occasion of Bermuda’s National Heroes Day with three close races on Murray’s Anchorage off the island’s north-east – with all crews' eyes on the prizes commissioned from 3D relief map specialists Latitide Kinsale.

Lionheart set the pace with a win in the first race, pouncing on the fleet leaders Hanuman after they missed their final gybe. They would score a third place in races two and three, the latter a tremendous effort after a premature start lost them valuable time.

Racing was set to conclude with two windward-leeward races today (Tuesday 20 June), with a reduced fleet after a rig failure on Svea — results to come.

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