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More news from America's Cup

The America's Cup Jubilee, organized by the Royal Yacht Squadron and the New York Yacht Club in association with Louis Vuitton, will run from the 19th to 25th August. It will be one of many major events taking place in the Solent this year including Skandia Life Cowes Week, the Admiral's Cup, the International Festival of the Sea and the Volvo Ocean Race start.

The Isle of Wight sailing Mecca will be hosting the largest ever big boat regatta staged in this country to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the America's Cup. It represents the entire history of the America's Cup Challenges and the fleet will include many original yachts or their replicas.

The mighty Js - which raced for the Cup from 1930 to 1937 - will be there with the three existing 135 ft yachts racing, Endeavour, Velsheda and Shamrock.

The 12-Metre Class, which raced for the Cup from 1958 to 1987, is expected to have twenty-five to thirty boats - the largest collection of these yachts ever to race together. And there could be up to nine of the current modern International America's Cup Class boats, including the winners from 1992 and 1995.

In addition Vintage, Classic and Spirit of Tradition classes along with a modern class (IRC/IRM of 45ft+) will be racing, which is only open to members of the forty-eight clubs that have challenged for the Cup.


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