Jamestown's sailing fans are thrilled! Newport, Rhode Island is the final stop in the inaugural America’s Cup World Series (AC World Series). The event will take place June 23 - July 1, 2012.
This major sailing event currently is planned to race inside Narragansett Bay. The start/finish line would be just off Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown. Therefore, Jamestown will be the perfect place for spectators to watch the racing, as will the area along Newport's coast near Ft. Adams. This regatta will allow the public to see the world's top sailors compete in wing sailed catamarans. This is the first time these high-tech boats will be raced on the east coast.
For lots more information and to keep up with news as the event gets closer, check out the website: www.AmericasCup.com. And if you're looking forward to taking in the action during the day, but want to escape to quiet and relaxation during the evening, Jamestown is the place to stay! We are only 10 minutes to Newport (accessible by bridge or ferry) and offer a great selection of rentals. Visit www.IslandRealtyRI.com and click on the Rentals tab to view our properties.
*Photo by David Stoddart-Scott
There is going to be an exciting sailing regatta of the J Class yachts from June 15th to June 19th in Newport. Velsheda, Ranger and Shamrock V will be participating in what is the first of a series of global J Class events. I am only a novice sailor, but I do know that I don't want to miss seeing these magnificent yachts on Narragansett Bay. I would suggest going to either Beavertail or Fort Wetherill to catch a glimpse. Also, Castle Hill will be a great vantage point.
The starts and finishes are off of Fort Adams with viewing stands set up on the Northwestern corner of Fort Adams.
J Class is a rating for large sailing yachts desinged between 1930 and 1937. They were used to compete in three races of the America's Cup. According to jclassyachts.com, "Ten massive yachts conforming to J rule were built between 1930 and 1937, although more were designed and tank tested. They were all but extinct, however three English yachts survived. In 2000, the new J Class Association was formed to 'promote, protect and develop' the interests of these wonderful yachts."
The race schedule is as follows:
Wednesday, June 15: Race 1, start 1 PM
Thursday, June 16: Race 2, start 1 PM
Friday, June 17: Race 3, start 1 PM
Saturday, June 18: Race 4, start 1 PM
Sunday, June 19: Race 5, start 1 PM
So, when you are feeling overwhelmed and tired, and you just need a break, go to one of these vantage points with an iced coffee or a picnic and enjoy the beauty of these yachts.
*Photo titled 'Velsheda Solent' by Frank Crossley