J Class’ Origins Recognised At America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta
A record fleet of six J Class yachts are set to compete in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta starting Tuesday 14thJune, fleet racing around coastal courses over three days until Thursday. Although light winds are widely predicted for the opening races the atmosphere among the assembled crews is a heady mix of excitement and anticipation.
To be part of the incredible 35thAmerica’s Cup show on the beautiful island of Bermuda, the competing crews are eager to fully embrace every opportunity to remind the world of the J Class’ association with the America’s Cup.
The origins of the class date back to 1929 when Sir Thomas Lipton issued his fifth challenge for the America’s Cup.
Lipton commissioned the building of the first J Class Yacht, Shamrock V, which arrived in Bermuda today (Tuesday) and will compete (in next week’s America’s Cup J Class Regatta).
Along with Shamrock V, the only other ‘original’ built J Class yacht set to compete in Bermuda is the 1933 Charles Nicholson designed Velsheda. Both yachts, Shamrock V and Velsheda have been substantially rebuilt and rerigged over the years, most notably in the late 1990s.