The original heyday of the J class was 1930’s. At the Super yacht Cup in Palma, Majorca, five J’s lined up looking as they would have in the 30’s but on board it is now state of the art carbon fibre and they are skippered and crewed by the who’s who of the professional yachting world.
Ten J’s were originally built, Valsheda is still racing but the other four are replicas based on the original designs. For J class purest like Elizabeth Myer who rescued Endeavour from a mud flat in Southampton in 1984, the boats are no longer classic due to their modern twist. However, it can not be denied that the class is healthy and the mixture of history and modernity is attracting new owners who are as competitive as the original class owners.
No matter which side of this emotive subject you sit on, no-one can deny the beauty of these yachts, that are considered to be representational of the ultimate sail boat.
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Is the modern J Class still a classic?