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The lion prepares to roar again

Claasen’s J-Class Lionheart is already looking forward to a busy season: the 43.40-metre racer’s schedule is a who’s who of the major regattas in the western hemisphere in 2017.

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Kicking off the season will be St Barths Bucket from 16 to 19 March. Next it will be the turn of the Bermuda America’s Cup  – both the Superyacht Cup on 13-15 June and the J-Class event on 16 and 19-20 June.

The latter will see Lionheart return to her roots as the original design was created in the 1930s for the legendary Harold Vanderbilt, who owned the Js Enterprise and Ranger.

Lionheart will also be reliving history when the yacht participates in the Newport J-Class World Championships from 22 to 26 August. She may also ultimately make her way to other regattas closer to home – such as the Superyacht Cup on 21-24 June – although, the relevant decisions will be made as the dates approach. Launched in 2010 as the first J to be built with an aluminium hull, Lionheart has already  won some great races in her competitive career to date, including the J Class Falmouth Regatta.


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