J/70 Class Announces Helly Hansen Presenting Sponsorship of Inaugural World Championship                       

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NEWPORT, R.I. (June 30, 2014) –The J/70 Class Association is pleased to announce Helly Hansen as presenting sponsor for the 2014 J/70 World Championship that will be contested September 8-13, 2014, in Newport, Rhode Island, and hosted by New York Yacht Club from its Harbour Court clubhouse. Over 100 teams – representing up to 18 countries – are expected to compete for the championship title during the inaugural world championship of this exciting new one-design class.

"We are thrilled to present the first J/70 World Championship in Newport," said Filip Francke, Helly Hansen’s VP/General Manager Sport and Workwear-US. "Sailing has been a part of our cultural fiber since Norwegian sea captain Helly Juell Hansen created the first supple waterproof fabrics for his crew in 1877. As we re-launch in the USA with a revitalized Helly Hansen sailing line, new community and racing partnerships, and outstanding development programs, we're excited to showcase our long-term commitment throughout the event in front of a strong international field of teams and supporters, and a great location and host venue."

With nearly 600 boats sailing in 20 countries in the first 24 months since its introduction, the J/70 is the most popular new keelboat introduced since the J/24 in 1977. Approved for “International” status in November, 2013, by the International Sailing Federation, the J/70 Class is now authorized to conduct continental and world championship events. Known for its appeal to a wide age range of sailors, the J/70 is capable of reaching 20+ knots and is normally sailed by a crew of three to four. For more information about the inaugural J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen, please visit www.j70worlds.com

About Helly Hansen - Founded in Moss, Norway, in 1877, Helly Hansen continues to protect and enable professionals making their living on oceans and mountains around the world.  Their apparel developed through a blend of Scandinavian design and insights drawn from living in some of the harshest environments on earth, helps provide the confidence professionals need to step out into the elements and complete their jobs. The company invented the first supple, waterproof fabrics more than 137 years ago, created the first fleece fabrics in the 1960s and introduced the first technical base layers made with LIFA Stay Dry Technology in the 1970s. Today, the brand’s off-shore racing, inshore sailing, coastal cruising, rainwear and marine lifestyle apparel and footwear are sold in more than 40 countries. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s latest collections, visit www.hellyhansen.com/sailing.

About the J/70 - The J/70 introduces a new dimension of fun, fast sailing in a stable, easy to own boat. A natural evolution of its J pedigree, the J/70's 22-foot long waterline with high aspect, all carbon rig and deep, lifting bulb keel provides spirited performance and stability that feels like a much larger boat. Since its introduction, in March 2012, the J/70 has quickly established itself worldwide with 600+ boats sailing in 20+ countries. The J/70 Class was awarded ISAF One Design status in November 2013.  For more information:  www.jboats.com/j70-one-design-sailboat

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Welcome to the inaugural J/70 World Championship 2014.

NYYC clubhouseThe first J/70 Worlds will be held in Newport, Rhode Island and hosted by New York Yacht Club. The regatta will be held from September 8th to 13th, 2014. Races will be sailed on either Narragansett Bay or offshore on Rhode Island Sound, depending on weather conditions. Principal hosting partner for the event is Sail Newport, where boats will be docked each day as well as launched and retrieved.

All boat measurement and launching will take place at Sail Newport's Fort Adams facilities.

New York Yacht Club's Harbour Court and Sail Newport will be the sites for J/70 social events, cocktail hours, kick-off party, regatta dinner and also for the final awards.  Please see the Schedule here .

There is a fleet limit of 120 J/70's sailing in the event and the fleet will be split into four "flights". The regatta will have a set of qualifying races for two days with the aim to have each flight sail against one another equally. After the qualifying races, the top half will sail for the World Championship while the rest sail for Silver Fleet honors.

The regatta registration is on a "qualification" basis for all J/70 teams worldwide.   The U.S.A. has a "qualifying regattas" format, with 80 slots for American sailors. Please see the U.S.A. J/70 Class site for detailed information on qualifying regattas: www.j70class.com .  

The respective J/70 class organizations for Mexico & Canada (which have 10 total slots available) and the Rest of the World (Europe, Asia, South America, etc) have 30 total slots available.  Please refer to the International J/70 Class website for qualification and registration requirements at www.j70ica.org .

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