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6 of the best photos from the 2017 J Class World Championships

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Lionheart completes the treble

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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.

Read on to see our favourite photos from the week’s sailing action...

Photo: Onne van der Wal

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The fleet

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The sight of J Class yachts racing in Newport was a truly historic one, as this is the first time these classic yachts have graced the Rhode Island waters together since 1937 America's Cup. The J Class Association assembled a truly impressive fleet for the regatta, with the newest J Class yacht Svea joined by restored original Velsheda and modern replicas Ranger, Lionheart, Topaz and Hanuman. Another new-era J Class yacht, Rainbow, which is currently offered for sale, was also in attendance.

Photo: Onne van der Wal

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On board Svea

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Delivered by Dutch yard Vitters earlier this year, Svea turned heads in Newport with her bright red spinnaker. This dramatic on-board photo was taken on Day Five by Onne van der Wal and gives an idea of the co-ordinated effort required to sail such a monumental yacht to the best of her abilities.

Photo: Onne van der Wal

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