The J Class Association has announced its plans to hold two regattas and a race around the Isle of Wight on England’s south coast in 2012.
In plans announced by the association, the series will start with a three-day regatta held off Falmouth between the 27th and 29th of June, followed by a costal race on the 30th to Fowey in the Solent.
The next two-day regatta, starting on the 19th of July, will see two Solent-based races, before the Hundred Guinea Cup Race on the 21st. This race will use the original 1851 course around the Isle of Wight and is the first racecourse to be used in the competition now know as the America’s Cup.
Up to nine J Class yachts could be on the start line for 2012. However, the organisers say that, “five yachts sailing together would be magnificent.” The J Class Association goes on to explain: “An event of this magnitude could have a profound effect on yacht racing worldwide.”
Of the nine possible entries, three were built between 1930 and 1934, while the other six have launch dates between 2002 and 2011.