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VIDEO: Born to run

The J Class has its roots in the oldest sporting race in the world — the America’s Cup. The renowned international event was born in the 19th century from an annual race around the Isle of Wight called the 100 Guinea Cup.

America’s Cup racing continues to this day, albeit with multihulls, and so does J Class racing.

The J Class Association was founded in 2000 to protect the interests of the class, present and future, and it holds several international regattas each year to showcase these magnificent sailing machines.

Take a look at some J Class highlights from 2015.

The 2016 season for the J Class kicks off this month with the St. Barths Bucket.

Velsheda, Ranger and the new J8 Topaz will be in this regatta, set for March 17-20 off one of the most beautiful spots in the French West Indies. If you want to follow the action live, go to The first signal for Race 1 will be fired at 10 a.m. EST on March 18.