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As It Happened | J Class Regatta

Jul 7th, 2011 | Categories: As it happened, Autos, Jared Paul Stern | by Jared Paul Stern

While Michael was off gallivanting in Europe we headed down to Newport at the behest of Bentley to check out the J Class Regatta. Our whirlwind tour included a day on the water watching the yacht races, dinner and drinks at the historic Castle Hill Inn and some time behind the wheel of the new Bentley Continental GT the next day. The sleek J Class yachts, ranging from 119 – 135 ft., were constructed between 1930 – 1937 to compete in the America’s Cup; this was the first competitive J Class regatta in the U.S. since the ’37 Cup, when Ranger (funded by Harold S. Vanderbilt) successfully defended the trophy against the British challenger Endeavour II.

This time around a replica of Ranger built in 2003 competed against Velsheda (above), built in 1933, winning four races to Velsheda’s one. The shipyard at Newport was crowded with dozens of other yachts as well, including the 289-ft., $100 million Maltese Falcon which was preparing for the Transatlantic Race, but none rivaled the J Class craft on points of style. We got some photos both out on the water aboard the Pam, a 62-ft. mahogany motor launch from the 1920s, and out and about, picking up on details that caught our eye. Enjoy.

Jared Paul Stern is the editor of DRIVEN.

Gauges on Pam, Great Lakes Boat Building Company, 1921

Maltese Falcon, built by Perini Navi in 2006

Spectators in full tribal regalia

Flying the stars & stripes

Velsheda on course

Ranger and Velsheda rounding the mark

The local brew

Castle Hill from the water

Rose Island Lighthouse

Bean bags in a Ferrari Daytona dockside

Bentley Continental GT

At the wheel of the Bentley (photo by John Walder)

Sunset sail off Castle Hill

Comments: 14

14 Comments to “As It Happened | J Class Regatta”

  1. Paul
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 9:52 AM

    WOW – what a great post. Terrific photography.

  2. Cris
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 10:19 AM

    Pam has a Stewart-Warner gauge panel…fabulous.
    Must be from a later re-power of the boat though.


  3. Ramalhoni
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 11:50 AM

    Old wood sale boats are the epitome of elegance. I just can’t get enough….

  4. design elements
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 12:17 PM

    great! i can feel the freedom and the sea just looking at these photos…….

  5. Daniel Newman
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 3:06 PM

    Great pics! Did you get any more of that Ferrari Daytona?

  6. JPS
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 4:02 PM

    Thanks. It was very crowded and also extremely harsh sunlight at the dock so was hard to get great pix of the Daytona; this all taxed my far from professional skills and equipment as it is.

  7. Ray Hull
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 4:15 PM

    The tribal regalia shot appears to be aboard a Thompson 22, ca. 1960.

  8. bork
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 7:24 PM

    How the other 1% live…

  9. Old Man
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 11:02 PM

    If God intended us to have fiberglass boats he would have made fiberglass trees

  10. TMH
    on Jul 7th, 2011
    @ 11:58 PM

    About as good as it gets. Except the Inn at Castle Hill. Got pie faced
    there at a family wedding about a decade ago and the drive of shame the
    next day was brutal. Thanks for the memory. Beautiful shots.

  11. Helmstyle
    on Jul 8th, 2011
    @ 3:42 PM

    Can anyone shed any light on how the ‘Newport Storm Hurricane Amber Ale’ goes down? We’re intrigued! Great article.

  12. oldpolo
    on Jul 9th, 2011
    @ 6:39 PM

    Great photos of great subjects. Love the Ferrari and the Bentley. The boats are pretty cool also.

  13. David J. Cooper
    on Jul 13th, 2011
    @ 4:57 PM

    This is all good except for that hideous Maltese Falcon shot.

  14. Green and Golden
    on Jul 15th, 2011
    @ 8:28 AM

    Gawd, long live plutocracy!