9. June 2011 10:43
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