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The four superb J Class yachts got the party started with their own fleet start
The entire Superyacht Cup fleet made the Bay of Palma their arena today as Europe's longest-running superyacht regatta hit its stride with another day of sparkling Mallorcan sailing conditions. Pantaenius Race Day saw a slightly lighter breeze than Wednesday's opening…
Stuart Childerley - Double Olympian turned offshore and one-design keelboat champion
Highly regarded international sailor, race officer and administrator Stuart Childerley will be the new Secretary of the J Class Association and is set to play a key role in delivering a bright, stable long-term future for one of sailing’s most…
J Class yacht Velsheda, (Charles Nicholson/Dykstra, Camper & Nicholson, 39,5m) competing at The Superyacht Cup Palma in 2019
Numerous prospective entries from both newcomers and SYC regulars have been received, joining the trio of confirmed J Class entries Topaz, Ranger and Velsheda at the June 29 to July 2 festival of sail, with a 12-15 strong fleet expected.…
JK7 Velsheda will be amongst the J Class yachts competing in 2022 Photo: Les Voiles des Saint Tropez Gilles Martin Raget
After a 2021 season which comprised only mixed fleet racing under various handicap rules, the J Class have made provisional plans to convene at three key events this season as activity and interest ramps up and key owners and teams…
MENORCA MAXI 2014, © Jesus Renedo
The J Class will be joining the fun at Europe’s longest-running superyacht regatta in 2022. The J Class Association and owners unanimously chose the high-profile Mallorcan festival of sail as one of three events planned for their racing season next…
Racing for the J Class yachts at Les Voiles de Saint Tropez is under IRC handicap
The enduring, friendly rivalry between J Class duo Velsheda and Topaz resumes Tuesday 5th to Saturday 9th October at the famous Les Voiles de Saint Tropez regatta in the south of France. The crew of the Frank C. Paine designed,…
The J Class fleet in action in their first dedicated America’s Cup regatta
#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…
Lionheart’s consistent sailing in the three-day regatta paid off
#AmericasCup - Lionheart sailed to the top place in the J Class in yesterday’s final round of the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda. The team behind the Dutch yacht – which features Volvo Ocean Race veteran Bouwe Bekking as…
The J Class at sail off Bermuda for the America's Cup Superyacht Regatta
#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 J Class in its full majesty
Just over one hundred years on from the advent of the Universal Rule, to which they were originally built, the J Class will this year get to race its first ever World Championship. The J Class Association has recently become…

About J Class Yachts

The J Class has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world, The America’s Cup.

The founding of the J Class Association (JCA) in 2000 to protect the interests of the Class, present and future, accelerated a real revival. 

Class Rules were established for the construction of replica rebuilds from original plans and several replicas and original designs were subsequently built. 

The class, which today comprises nine boats, now has an annual calendar highlighted by the Caribbean and Mediterranean sailing seasons.

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