We’ve had a very good year watching remarkable yachts race (Antigua Classic week, America’s Cup and J-Class regatta in Bermuda, Marblehead – Halifax Race…) and when the J-Class Worlds were hosted by the New York Yacht Club in Newport, RI, we knew we had to be there.
The winds were light and the races very close. We listened to the commentators on channel 85 and were impressed by how close these very large sailboats got together at the start. In the end, Lionheart (from Holland) won the World Championship with Hanuman (Newport-based with local, Ken Read, at the helm) in second place and Ranger in third.
The other boats on the line were Topaz, Svea and Velsheda. A good summary after the final day be found here.
Equally impressive was the fleet of spectator boats surrounding the event and the helicopters in the air.
Thanks to Dan and Bob for making it down to Newport for this event.
First YouTube videos about this event:
A few more photos can be found here.