J Class Yachts to be part of the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda



Showcasing the tradition of the event, the majestic titans of the 1930s are set to return to the America’s Cup after an absence of 80 years

J Class Regatta scheduled for June 201

The J Class Association (JCA) has accepted an invitation from the Organisers of the 2017 America’s Cup to participate in a J Class regatta during the AC35 event.

All eight J Class yachts are expected in Bermuda, with a minimum of six anticipated to compete in the J Class regatta – the first time in history more than five J Class yachts have ever raced against each other.

The current J Class fleet comprises seven yachts, including two of the original Js that raced for the America’s Cup. The seven J Class yachts sailing are:

  • Endeavour
  • Hanuman
  • Lionheart
  • Rainbow
  • Ranger
  • Shamrock V
  • Velsheda

J8 is due to be launched in May 2015, taking fleet strength to eight – the first time that eight Js have been sailing since 1934.

Berthed at the centre of the Race Village, the J Class fleet will showcase the heritage and tradition of the America’s Cup. The yachts will also be at the heart of the action with their own exclusive four day regatta.

Racing in the J Class regatta will be organized by the America’s Cup race management team with the final two days of racing expected to straddle the opening weekend of the America’s Cup Match.