The new laser-cut deck houses and gear are pictured below.
HISTORY OF J CLASS: J Class yachts were always on a grand scale, huge
spreads of canvas on hulls of 120 feet or more, large crew numbers of up to 35, and most of all multi-millionaires able to
afford them. It is this class of boat that epitomizes the peak of yachting competitiveness - racing for The America's Cup.
The class came into being with the
creation of the Universal Rule in 1920 for building classes that would be similar in length, sail area and hull shape to produce
seaworthy boats that could race without complicated handicapping. Waterline length was to be between 76 and 87 feet with controlled
scantlings and sail area to suit the rule. Only 10 boats were purpose built to the rule, 6 in the USA and 4 in the UK. They
Enterprise, Whirlwind, Weetamoe, Yankee, Rainbow, Ranger
Shamrock V, Velsheda, Endeavour, Endeavour II
converted to the J Rule were: Vanitie, Resolute, White Heather, Britannia, Astra, Candida
launching of the class coincided with the 1929 Wall Street crash and following Depression, which initially, did not effect
the millionaire owners such as Sir Thomas Lipton, Tom. Sopwith or Harold Vanderbilt, but the change in the economic climate
and World War II would spell the end of these mighty racing machines
The first match for The America's
Cup in J Class was between Enterprise and Shamrock V (Lipton) in 1930. Enterprise was technically superior to Shamrock, the
hull was developed through scale models and tank testing and sail design developed in a wind tunnel by the designer Starling
Burgess who had an aviation background and training in aerodynamics. The adjustable "Park Avenue " boom was first seen on
this boat - the draught of the sail could be controlled by slides across the wide base of the boom.
The next match in 1934 was between
Endeavour and the defender, Rainbow. Rainbow was a light weather boat and Endeavour came close to lifting the Cup, a vital
tactical error by Sopwith lost them a "certain" 3rd race. (He did not cover the boat behind !) The 1937 challenge was with
Endeavour II against the Olin Stevens designed Ranger which again proved superior in all departments. This was the last match
of the J Class for the "auld Mug". Ranger was broken up for the War effort but Shamrock, Endeavour and Velsheda survived the
war on mud births and all have been refurbished at great cost and today sail in major regattas around the world. Both Endeavour
and Velsheda were at Auckland during the America's Cup series. (Courtesy of the J Class Model Racing Association)
following dimensions are approximate because each model is made by hand, and may be the work of one or more people. Accordingly
there will be slight variations in size, color, and weight which in no way will effect their quality or value.
Beam: 5 1/4 in
Weight of model: 2 1/2 lbs
exclusive of special packaging.
ASSEMBLY REQUIRED: To save cost, this model is shipped with its mast down. All rigging is pre-attached and sails
are separate. For most people, it is a simple affair to step the mast and tighten all the stays and shrouds since they
are pre-measured and hook in place. If you have a problem, email or call us for guidance.
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