From the 26th - 30th June the first of a series of J Class Regattas for 2012 will be held in Falmouth, hosted by the Royal Cornwall Yacht Club.
Falmouth is perfect for these 140 foot long yachts. Falmouth Harbour is deep and the Bay is large enough to set great courses as well as having many vantage points around the shores for spectators alike. This is the first time in many years that more than four yachts will be racing together. Six yachts are expected in Falmouth, including the newly built Lionheart, launched in 2010.
J-Class Yachts are experiencing a revival following the Associations decision to allow aluminium for hull construction. Only three of the original ten yachts but in the 1930's remain today, Endeavour, Velsheda and Shamrock V - the only remaining J to have been built in wood. Ranger is a replica from the original design and was launched in 2003.
Yacht racing a J Class boat is like no other, described as follows: "No other class requires a crew of 30 plus experienced sailors, handling more than 10,000 square feet of sail, driving a 200 ton hull at 16 knots around the course". In anyones book that's pretty epic racing!
There will be four races over 5 days in Falmouth Harbour, covering up to 30 nautical miles a day starting at 10am. Spectators are expected to line the shores from St Anthony Lighthouse round through St Mawes Castle on the Roseland side. Falmouth Headland, Gyllygnvase Beach, Maenporth round to the Helford River are all expected to be lined with spectators.
The last world class event held in Falmouth was the Tall Ships Race in 2008 which saw the water literally bubbling due to the mass of spectator boats littering the harbour. Both commercial boat trips and pleasure craft turned out for this fantastic event. It is expected similar interest will be generated for just the six J Class yachts visiting this year.
For more information on J Class Yachts do visit their blogspot for up to date information and news. Do also visit the J Class Regatta Falmouth 2012 website to view some amazing photos and help plan the best place to watch the event. To give you an idea of what to expect The Return of the Js short video below gives you a quick blast of the event.
For those of you wishing to come down and stay in Cornwall for the event the following selection of properties are situated in the best locations for accessing the event, currently showing availability:
New Quay Lodge, Flushing, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 7, £949.00 for the week.
White Lodge, St Mawes, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 7, £1699.00 for the week.
Top Sails, St Mawes, arrival Friday 22nd June, sleeps 4, £629.00 for the week.
Swallows, Falmouth, arrival Saturday 23rd June, sleeps 2, £469.00 for the week.
Cherry Cottage, Falmouth, arrival Saturday 23rd June, sleeps 6, £718.00 for the week.
Downholm, St Mawes, arrival Sunday 24th June, sleeps 12, £3999.00 for the week.
Pirate Cottage, St Mawes, arrival Sunday 24th June, sleeps 8 £949.00 for the week.
To view all our available cottages in Cornwall please visit our website Cornwalls Cottages for full details on availability, to place a booking, or send us an email.