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Louise Morton back at the helm of the J Class, returns as secretary

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After an 18 month break Louise Morton has returned as Secretary to the J Class and is charged with helping the fleet rebuild towards a pinnacle invitational event in early 2021 in New Zealand during the 36th America's Cup.


There has been a period of flux since a series of exciting back-to-back events in 2017 which coincided with the 35th America's Cup in Bermuda, followed by the J Class World Championship which attracted a fleet of six boats to Newport RI in September of that year.

Reflecting an upsurge of interest after owners took some downtime to cruise and/or pursue other sailing projects, the J Class will convene in Antigua in March 2020 for the Superyacht Challenge there, followed by participation as a class in the popular St Barths Bucket.

At least five J's are expected to then sail to New Zealand through the Panama Canal and across the Pacific.

"I am pleased to be back on board with the Class." Commented Louise Morton, "Hopefully the experience I accumulated during the 6 years to 2017 will provide some stability and renewed impetus and I look forward to working closely with the J Class owners and crews to ensure we can deliver a diet of good, fair racing according to a common goal." 

Bill O'Hara (IRL) has been confirmed as Chief Umpire and will work closely with the Class.


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