Shortly after the end of the St Barths Regatta, Hanuman, who had come last of the four Js by the smallest of margins, was withdrawn from the 2012 UK events programme; a big disappointment to all those looking forward to seeing her in UK waters.
Endeavour has now announced that the owner has business elsewhere in June and cannot attend the Falmouth Regatta, so just four yachts are expected to attend, not the six that have been expected and planned for. Even though this is a big disappointment, four of these massive yachts sailing in Falmouth bay will still offer a spectacular sight - not to be missed.
Velsheda is due to arrive in Falmouth within seven days. Her support ship MY Bystander has already arrived. Ranger will very shortly berth in Ocean Village, Southampton, before repositioning to Falmouth by early June. The new yacht Rainbow, launched just before Christmas 2011, is now on sail trials in Holland in preparation for the event. She will be supported by the 57 metre ship, MV Holland. Lionheart is also scheduled to arrive in Falmouth shortly.
The Js are planning to leave at the end of the Falmouth event, and reposition at Solent Refit, in preparation for the Solent regattas. Endeavour is currently still planning to compete, together with the other four yachts, making a fleet of five.