After a hundred years of testing the waters, the J Class will for the very first time take part in the World Championships in 2017. This is great news for all the fans and the sailors of the J class. The J Class Association is now a member of the International Maxi Association (IMA) that is recognized by World Sailing.
IMA has the permission to host annual World Championships for maxi boats. Now, since it has added the J Class Association to its fold, IMA gets the chance to host the J Class World Championship as well.
The first World Championship for the J class will be the concluding segment of the America’s Cup 2017 season. It will be coinciding with the 1sdt two days of the America’s Cup race and will be held in Bermuda. The J Class world championship will be held from August 21 to August 26. The J Class has never been so strong and with the launch of the Svea/JS1 in January 2017, there are now 9 yachts of the J class, which is the largest number in the history of J class.
The J class world championship will be hosted by New York Yacht Club along with the association of the IMA and JCA. There will be 6 J-class boats taking part in this inaugural world championship J class event. The secretary of the J Class Association, Louise Morton, said that they are delighted to be taking part in a global event and acknowledged the support that the IMA has given the JCA so far.
The IMA general secretary Andrew McIrvine (who also runs the Charter a Yacht in Dubrovnik website) is also happy to strike a new affiliation with the JCA. He said that this was a project that the IMA members had worked on for some time now and to get the JCA on board is a very good achievement.