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News: Series of J Class Classic Yacht Racing Regattas in England Announced for 2012

February 19, 2010 by john
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A spectacular yachting event is coming to the UK

The J Class Association is pleased to announce outline plans for a series of spectacular regattas in England during 2012 – the Olympic Year. This will be the first time in history that more than four of these imposing yachts will race together in a fleet.

The outline plan has received a positive response from J Class owners and event planning is now proceeding. Many yachts in the fleet are now preparing to be on the start line for these 2012 events.

FALMOUTH
The first regatta will be based in Falmouth, Cornwall, hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Races will be held in the bay and along the coastline.

SOLENT
The second regatta will be based in the Solent, the traditional home of J Class racing in the UK during the 1930s.

ROUND THE ISLAND
The last race will be held over the original course around the Isle of Wight, for the 1851 Hundred Guinea Cup Race, which is now known as the “America’s Cup”.

This J Class event will attract many thousands of spectators. There are numerous headlands and vantage points close to the race courses for viewing this spectacular fleet.

The J Class Yachts:

SHAMROCK
ENTERPRISE
VELSHEDA
ENDEAVOUR
RAINBOW
RANGER
HANUMAN
LIONHEART
ATLANTIS

J Class Yachts were born from the introduction of the ‘Universal Rule’ in 1930, which for the first time efficiently controlled the size and performance of yachts built to compete for the America’s Cup. Ten massive yachts conforming to the J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived.

In 2000 the new J Class Association was formed ” to promote, protect and develop” the interests of these wonderful yachts. Today, there are now four yachts sailing with four more under construction.

More J Class Association News & Info:

http://jclassyachts.blogspot.com/

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