The J-Cup 2011, which will once again be sponsored by B&G, Dubarry of Ireland, North Sails and Universal Marina, will take place in St Peter Port, Guernsey from Tuesday July 12th to Thursday July 14th. The J-Cup 2011 will also include the inaugural Lombard J/97 UK National Championship, which will be raced according to the J/97 One-Design Class Rules. The J/97 Class is thrilled to have won sponsorship support from Lombard, which reflects recognition of the rapid growth in the J/97 fleet in the UK and of the standard of competition within the class.
The J-Cup 2011 is the tenth anniversary of the regatta, and it is therefore fitting that the event is once again hosted by the Guernsey Combined Yacht Clubs and supported by Nautical Guernsey, who hosted the first ever J-Cup all those years ago. The J-Cup has grown in size beyond all reasonable expectation since that first event, both in terms of the number of competitors involved and also by reputation. All J Boat owners are invited to compete; the racing is first class and the shore-side socials are legendary.
There is likely to be a strong French entry joining the Brits at the J-Cup this year. It has not gone unnoticed that the final day of racing and the huge Gala Prizegiving Dinner will take place on Bastille Day. Some skilful planning by the event organisers has also ensured that the RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo race (which takes place on the weekend just before the J-Cup) will offer the perfect passage race to the regatta. In fact, the J/97s will be using this race to add points to their score-sheet for the Fever Trophy, which will be presented to the J/97 with the best cumulative score for the RORC Race and the Lombard J/97 UK Nationals. Other owners and crew may of course opt for a more leisurely ‘cruise in company’ to the Channel Islands.
There are also a number of new prizes and surprises in store for J-Cup competitors in this tenth year; an invitation to party in a castle, a Prix D’Elégance Trophy and a number of other such sparkling gems are all set to add to the excitement surrounding the J-Cup 2011. It’s no wonder that so many sailors are so keen to part of the J Boats family. The Notice of Race and the Entry Form for the J-Cup 2011 can be found online at www.keyyachting.com