26-30 June 2012. The first J-Class Regatta in the UK since the rebirth of the class is hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club in Falmouth. This will be the first time in history that more than four of these imposing yachts will race together in a fleet.
In their heyday during the 1930s, the beautiful J Class yachts were the ultimate sailing vessels, reserved for the wealthy elite and idolised by the general public. King George V owned one and was a regular competitor in his yacht Britannia.
Races will be held in Falmouth Bay and along the coastline. Six J Class yachts, each 140 feet in length, weighing around 200 tons and with a crew of up to thirty, are expecting to be ready and prepared for race in June. Enthusiasts from around the world will be coming to Falmouth to view the yachts and watch the racing, which will be reported live around the world. This will be a yachting event not to be missed.
The restoration of the original old J-Class vessels and the construction in Europe of new full-sized sailing replicas, is the rebirth of a once largely forgotten class and spectators will be the first in the UK to view this wonderful fleet. The waters around the bay offer exciting courses for the competitors and spectators will have a grandstand view from the many headlands surrounding the course.
The event lasts from Tuesday to Saturday and includes four racing days and one day off on the Thursday. Racing will start at 10.00am.