Comprised of three refitted original yachts and six new yachts built to original hull lines from the 1930s, there are currently nine J Class yachts active worldwide. The fleet includes Endeavour, Topaz, Ranger, Svea, Velsheda, Shamrock V, Rainbow, Hanuman and Lionheart, some of which raced in the original America's Cup in the 1930s.
Grant Dalton, CEO of America’s Cup Events said: "The J-Class are integral to the history, legend and fascination of the America’s Cup. Seeing those boats being raced just off the Barcelona waterfront will be a spectacle for everyone on the water or watching from the shoreline – we cannot wait to see them in action".
Stuart Childerley, Class Secretary of the J Class, added: "We are extremely grateful to Grant and his team for smoothing the passage to be included in the America’s Cup regatta where the DNA of our fleet essentially lies, and we look forward to playing a central part in the programme both on and off the water. The boats will arrive to Port Vell and be situated right in the heart of the superyacht basin giving spectators a fantastic opportunity to see these historic yachts up close.”
The Class Association said it is seeking a commitment from as many J Class owners as possible for the 2024 event, with five confirmed to date.Read More/The ultimate J Class yachtspotter’s guide