J Class Regatta at Newport Puts Big Power, Precision and Majesty on Display

J Class Regatta at Newport Puts Big Power, Precision and Majesty on Display

Here are our first selects of photos from the J Class Regatta held in Newport June 15 thru Sunday June 19. The white hulled Ranger won over the dark-blue Velsheda in what was a match race 4 races to one. But the results were not the real story.

The story was that these magnificent anachronisms were there. And there are more on the way. Newport marked the dawn of a new, modern era for the Js, and the excitement is just beginning to build. All photos by David Lott ©2011.

C both boats
A rare sight during the J Class Regatta at Newport, Velsheda in front.

A Ranger crew
With a crew of more than 35 men and women, teamwork is a skill prized above all others.

B Ranger stern
Ranger is a replica, with modern adjustments, of the 1930s America's Cup competitor.

D Velsheda
The 129-foot Velsheda is one of three original J Class boats to survive to present day.

BB vel clos
Today's J Class competitors must be able to weather tough seas and transatlantic crossings.

E velshda bowman
One of the key members of the crew, the bowman, keeps his eye on his opponent.

G boats crossing
Ranger crosses Velsheda's bow as the super yachts vie for an advantage.

H Vel bow
The chase boat keeps the throttle open as it matches Velsheda at 18 knots and more.

I deck ranger
Captain and crew wear no life jackets despite the lack of life lines or railings.

N ranger foredeck
Ranger pounds the waves on its way to another victory.

S Vel bow
Swells outside of Narragansett Bay rose to 6-8 feet on Saturday.

O ranger full
Ranger's carbon-fiber sails reflect like mirrors in the sunlight.

R vel good
Bow crew work the spinnaker.

Q fog
Out on the Atlantic, fog quickly engulfed both super yachts, creating a ghostly tableau.

Read all the posts in the J Class Regatta series of articles:

Off to Newport & the J Class Regatta

Cruise to Newport & J Class Regatta Begins with a Run to (a Quiet) Cuttyhunk

Cruise to Newport/J Class Regatta: Sakonnet's Elegant Clubhouse & Warm Welcome

J Class Regatta at Newport Puts Big Power, Precision and Majesty on Display

Everything Is Big on a J Class Yacht: Crews, Sails, Accessories & Maintenance

In Newport for J Class Regatta, World's Most Beautiful Yachts Compete for Attention

Final Day of J Class Newport Regatta Has Moments of Drama & a Velsheda Win

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