"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 J/70 World Championship presented by Helly Hansen