North Sails NEWS

June 16, 2017

The second installation of the Kohler Cup presented by North Sails will take place when the 35th America’s Cup hosts the J Class Regatta June 16, 19-20 in Bermuda. The Kohler Cup is a season long cumulative point championship. Throughout 2017, each yacht will accumulate points based on their results, with events bearing more significance in the lead up to the class Worlds in Newport, RI, August 21-26, 2017. Bermuda will see 2017’s largest fleet and the overall J Class Regatta winner will add 12 points to their series tally.

Jim and Kristy Clark’s JK6 Hanuman leads the Kohler Cup series, collecting six points in St Barth’s. JK7 Velsheda and JK1 Lionheart round out the leaderboard with four and five points respectively. America’s Cup veteran and North Technology Group CEO Tom Whidden joins JS1 Svea in her regatta debut and will be looking to capitalize on the bonus points for winning in Bermuda.


Although the J Class is considered a Superyacht, a betting man (and J Class crews!) will tell you the gloves are off and these boats will be sailed more like small dinghies. Just as modern innovation has delivered the foiling America’s Cup Class, today’s generation of J Class yachts are more responsive and have better boat handling, allowing skipper and crews to race with more confidence. Close racing, close calls and a few choice words are sure to be heard on the racecourse.

Introduced during the 2017 St Barth’s Bucket, the Kohler Cup is named in memory of Terry Kohler, former owner of North Sails, who passed away in September 2016. North Sails is proud to be an Official Partner to the J Class Association and the presenting sponsor of the Kohler Cup.

Join @North_Sails on Instagram Stories for live updates from the J Class Regatta in Bermuda.

J Class run downwind at the America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta in Bermuda.


Ranger, a replica of the original “Super J” that successfully defended the cup from Endeavor II, chases the 1935 design, J-Class Topaz, launched in 2015.


The crew handle sails on the deck of Hanuman, a replica of the biggest J-Class ever built to date: Thomas Sopwith’s 1936 J Class, Endeavour II.


Terry Kohler, owner of North Sails from 1984 – 2014, worked to maintain and reinforce the company’s position as the technological leader in sailmaking.
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