Ireland's sailing, boating & maritime magazine

In association with ISA Logo Irish Sailing

Lionheart Win First America’s Cup J Class Regatta

21st June 2017
The winning crew of Lionheart in Bermuda yesterday The winning crew of Lionheart in Bermuda yesterday Photo: J Class/Carlo Borlenghi

#AmericasCup - Second place in a dramatic, high-stakes final race was enough to clinch victory for Lionheart in the inaugural America’s Cup J Class Regatta in Bermuda yesterday (Tuesday 20 June).

Fresh off their win in last week’s Superyacht Regatta, the Dutch yacht’s crew — whose longtime tactician is Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking — add their prize 3D relief map of Bermuda handmade by Latitude Kinsale to a string of major titles since 2014.

Lionheart went into the final with a slim single-point lead, jockeying for position with title rivals Hanuman from the off after a flat start.

But when that yacht was penalised for breaking race rules on approach to the last buoy, Lionheart pounced — extending their series lead to three points as they kept Hanuman behind and overtook Topaz to finish just behind race winners Velsheda, whose own result put them in second overall.

“As soon as Bermuda was announced, we just said that’s the one we’d like to win,” said Bekking after the final. “As always, I think you have to have an aim. You have to have a goal as a team.

“Every regatta you win is a nice one but here this is the one, with the America’s Cup going on and a record fleet of seven J Class yachts, it has been magic.”

Published in America's Cup
MacDara Conroy

About The Author

MacDara Conroy

Email The Author

MacDara Conroy is a contributor covering all things on the water, from boating and wildlife to science and business

Featured Sailing School

INSS sidebutton

Featured Clubs

Howth Yacht Club
Kinsale Yacht Club
National Yacht Club
Royal Cork Yacht Club
Royal Irish Yacht club

Featured Brokers

mgm sidebutton

Featured Associations

ISA sidebutton
isora sidebutton

Featured Events (2019)

corkweek sidebutton
tokyo sidebutton
roundireland sidebutton
wave regatta
sovscup sidebuttonvdlr sidebutton

Featured Chandleries

CHMarine Afloat logo
viking sidebutton

Featured Sailmakers

northsails sidebutton
uksails sidebutton

Featured Marinas

dlmarina sidebutton

Featured Blogs

W M Nixon - Sailing on Saturday
podcast sidebutton
BSB sidebutton
sellingboat sidebutton

Please show your support for Afloat by donating