VITTER’S NEW LAUNCH J CLASS, SVEA, SECURES A WIN IN HER FIRST REGATTA
Our new launch, and the first J Class yacht ever built at Vitters, Svea, has performed well in her first regatta. Competing in the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta between the 13 and 15 June, she took out first place on the third day of racing.
The event hosted superyachts over 24-metres LOA and J Class yachts in only the second time superyachts have raced alongside an America’s Cup Regatta.
The J Class fleet displayed its hallmark competitiveness with six of the nine active J Class yachts in Bermuda to compete. Svea is the longest of the fleet and the whole Vitters team was excited to see what she could do on the course. During her build, Vitters incorporated many new features while retaining the heritage of her J Class lines, originally sketched in 1937 by Thore Holm.
All eyes were on her as she made her debut on the regatta course, in conditions which onboard tactician Charlie Ogletree described as perfect.
Day two’s racing saw Svea shine as she took advantage of the brisk winds to secure third place. Lionheart was to prove unstoppable out in front with a clever call at the start line seeing her reap the reward of extra wind pressure. Ranger, with four time America’s Cup tactician Brad Butterworth onboard, was next over the line with Svea behind her.
On the final day of racing, and in only her second race ever, Svea secured victory over her seasoned competitors. It was also her second downwind start – a manoeuvre her crew hadn’t practiced before the regatta – with Ogletree describing the start pragmatically as ‘chaotic’
A crew member falling overboard 40 seconds before the start could definitely be seen as chaotic, but they were scooped up by the chase boat, delivered back onboard and Svea was off and racing. A gybe saw them find more wind than the rest of the fleet and achieve 9.5knots to pack’s 8 knots.
That was enough to push Svea to her first victory; a feat which was cheered by the rest of the J Classes as she returned to the dock.
From here she’ll compete in the America’s Cup J Class regatta, and then will go on to the J Class World Championships in Newport in August.