Lionheart wins America’s Cup J Class regatta
Published: Thursday, 22 June 2017
Lionheart has won the America’s Cup J Class Regatta. The win comes after her triumphant performance in the America’s Superyacht Regatta where she was awarded the Boat International America's Cup Superyacht Regatta Trophy.
(Photos: Ingridabery / Claasen Shipyard - Lionheart)
The final day of competition is fierce, with the record fleet of seven J Class yachts battling to take the title home. Hanuman and Ranger were at the top of the leaderboard with seven points apiece and Lionheart just behind them and primed to pounce on eight.
The crew of Lionheart showed their courage as they came back from a flat-footed start to roar down the last run. A penalty for a rules infringement as she approached the last buoy saw Hanuman’s hopes for the title dashed, while Lionheart kept focused in the fickle breeze.
Overhauling the leader, Topaz, and with Velsheda winning the second of the two races of the day, Lionheart was named the winner of the regatta – clear in front by three points.
She also won the earlier J Class regatta, competing among a wider fleet of 20 superyachts racing across several classes in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta. Her performance was enough to not only be named winner of the J Classes, but winner of the America’s Cup Superyacht Yacht Regatta overall.
Lionheart has won titles at the Menorca Maxi J Class, Palma’s Superyacht Cup and the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup for the J Class.
She will head to the J Class World Championships in Newport soon.