The inaugural J Class World Championships drew to a close in Newport over the weekend (August 26), with Lionheart (pictured above, left) coming out on top. The owner-skipped yacht was a worthy winner, finishing in the top three for all seven races of the regatta.
Tactician Bouwe Bekking led the crew to the title with consecutive second-place finishes in the final two races. “It is a special title, one for the owner who gives us so much confidence in ourselves and who gives us carte blanche in how we set the boat up and how we sail,” he said.
Lionheart’s victory, combined with previous triumphs at the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta and America’s Cup J Class Regatta, means that the 43.4 metre Claasen yacht also took home the Terry Kohler Trophy for the overall season champion.
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Photo: Onne van der Wal