Boat International named as official media partner of J Class Association

2017-07-24By Chris Jefferies

Boat International has teamed up with the J Class Association to become its official media partner.

The agreement will see Boat International work closely with the J Class Association to celebrate these historic yachts, their enterprising owners and their stories.

The J Class recently made a spectacular return to the America's Cup. Credit: Giles Martin Raget

Fresh from their appearance in Bermuda during the recent America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta, the Js will now head to Newport for the upcoming J Class World Championship, which is due to run from August 21-26.

The crews of Velsheda and Hanuman will be looking to get one over on Lionheart, as the 43.4 metre Claasen-built sailing yacht took top honours in Bermuda with two wins from five races.

Nine J Class yachts are currently on the water and the fleet has never been stronger — 43.6 metre Svea is both the newest and largest, launched by Dutch yard Vitters earlier this year.

At the other end of the scale, Shamrock V is the earliest example of a J Class yacht, having been built in 1929 by Camper & Nicholsons.

And with designs for two further J Class yachts also surviving to this day, there’s every chance that this historic fleet could be growing even larger in the future.

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