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The J Class are among the biggest racing yachts of this, or any other period (I know there are some exceptions, such as "Reliance", the 1903 America's Cup defender, but she was always considered a "freak", and even so, was only a few metres longer overall). The Universal Rule governed the size of a yacht, determined by waterline length and this was shown as an alphabetical list. “J” signified yachts with a waterline length of between 75 to 87 feet. Only 10 yachts were built to this rule between 1930 and 1937, after which the War intervened. Thereafter J's were considered far too costly to be realistic, and the America's Cup was then raced in much smaller 12 metre yachts. However 4 original 1930s J's survived and were gradually refitted and got sailing again. The hulk of "Endeavour", rotting in a mud berth, was sold for £10! Then in around 2000, a group of wealthy owners decided to revive the class, get the 4 rebuilt survivors together for competition, and build some new ones. It was agreed that new boats would have to be built to existing designs, which meant building to 1930s plans.
Seen here are two of the "new" J's, racing in the Solent earlier this year. Just in the lead is "Lionheart", from "Rainbow". They have both just rounded the windward mark and are in the middle of setting their huge white spinnakers for the run downwind back towards Cowes.
My post of a couple of months ago shows them careering downwind with spinnakers flying a few minutes later.

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