Nobody knows what will happen to BMW ORACLE’s America’s Cup winning trimaran USA17 or Alinghi’s sleek catamaran Alinghi 5. Chances are they will never see another race. The boats were built for a purpose, the 33rd America’s Cup DOG match, but they weren’t built for the purpose in the way the J Class Yachts were.
[cleeng_content id=”222886813″ description=”99 cents or 10,000 hours. The path to being an expert can be easy or hard. ” price=”0.99″]Perhaps the two giant multihulls will go down in history. They are definitely innovative and some would say beautiful, but they won’t still be racing in 50 years time and it is unlikely that many people will hold the same nostalgia for them as the J Class yachts.
For those who continue to be captivated by the J Class, the J Class Association has plans for a series of spectacular regattas in England during 2012 – the Olympic Year. This will be the first time in history that more than four of these imposing yachts will race together in a fleet.
The outline plan has received a positive response from J Class owners and event planning is now proceeding. Many yachts in the fleet are now preparing to be on the start line for these 2012 events.
According the to the Offical website of the class, the events will include:
- FALMOUTH – The first regatta will be based in Falmouth, Cornwall, hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club. Races will be held in the bay and along the coastline.
- SOLENT – The second regatta will be based in the Solent, the traditional home of J Class racing in the UK during the 1930s.
- ROUND THE ISLAND – The last race will be held over the original course around the Isle of Wight, for the 1851 Hundred Guinea Cup Race, which is now known as the “America’s Cup”.
More information at http://jclassyachts.blogspot.com/2010/02/2012-j-class-regatta.html