Lion­heart reigns supreme in New­port

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Lion­heart won the first ever J Class World Cham­pi­onship in New­port in late Au­gust against a six-strong fleet. Lion­heart’s tri­umph fol­lows the crew’s win at the Amer­ica’s Cup J Class event in Ber­muda and is a tes­ta­ment to the con­sis­tent per­for­mance of her owner-driver and crew.

This has been a his­toric year for this revered class. Today’s rac­ing fleet is the largest in its 87-year his­tory. In ad­di­tion the J Class’s re­cent in­cor­po­ra­tion as a mem­ber group of the In­ter­na­tional Maxi Class As­so­ci­a­tion al­lows the Js to com­pete for their own world ti­tle.

It was par­tic­u­larly fit­ting that this in­au­gu­ral world cham­pi­onship was gov­erned by the New York Yacht Club

Glo­ri­ous New­port scenes as world champs Lion­heart fly-by the crowd (left), while lo­cal favourites Hanu­man lead the fleet down­wind

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