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The J Class Association and the America’s Cup Event Authority have agreed to stage a J Class regatta in Bermuda in June 2017 between the conclusion of the America’s Cup Challenger Playoffs and the America’s Cup Match.

“When racing for the America’s Cup in the 1930s, the J Class boats embodied grace and power with cutting-edge design and engineering,” said Russell Coutts, director of the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA). “Having the J Class join us in Bermuda will create a spectacular blend between the old and new.”

The J Class boats will be moored in the America’s Cup Village in Dockyard at Bermuda.

“The America’s Cup organizers have offered the J Class a unique opportunity to be part of the America’s Cup for the first time in 80 years,” said Louise Morton from the J Class Association. “On behalf of the owners, captains and crew, we are delighted to be part of this spectacular event.”

The current J Class fleet comprises seven boats, including three original Js, two of which raced for the America’s Cup. The seven J Class boats currently sailing are: Endeavour, Hanuman, Lionheart, Rainbow, Ranger, Shamrock V, Velsheda. An eighth J Class yacht is expected to be launched in May.

In other America’s Cup news, NBC will air the America’s Cup races, including the World Series events (2015-16), and the qualifiers, playoffs and finals (2017). NBC televised the last America’s Cup, in which Oracle Team USA staged a comeback to retain the trophy for the United States. The on-screen graphics created for the event, AC LiveLine, won an Emmy Award.

The deal includes live coverage on NBC on both weekends of the finals, live coverage of the playoffs on NBC and NBCSN (NBC Sports News), coverage of World Series events on NBCSN, and live-streaming of all telecasts on NBC Sports Live Extra.

Competition in the next America’s Cup begins with the first World Series event in Italy on June 6-7.

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