World Championship 5.5m JI
29 august to 9 september 2017

Championnat du monde 5.5m JI
The International 5.5 meter Class Association is bringing together 14 national associations from across Europe, America and Australia, and has entrusted the Yacht Club de l’Odet with organizing the 2017 World Cup .
The 2017 5.5 meter World Cup will take place from the 4th-9th September 2017 in Benodet. Three additional Cups will be arranged before this event from the 29th August to the 3rd September.

Join Benodet Harbour :

Accomodation in Benodet :

Notice of Race Cups

The NOR for Cups (29/08 – 03/09) can be downloaded here.

Notice of Race World

The NOR for the 2017 World Cups (4/09 – 09/09) can be downloaded here.

World practice races

4 races will be run on Friday September 1 and Saturday September 2 with Evolution Cup and Classic Cup:
same sailing area and same Race Comitee but separate Racing Instructions.
Entry fee 250€: see Entry Form below : « How to Register »

How to register

We recommend you to register directly online on the Yacht Club website.

Alternatively you can download the entry form available here.

Entry list

A short history of the 5.5m JI Class

After World War II, the 6m JI Class declined in popularity due to the high price to produce and maintain the vessels. In response, the famous naval architect Charles Nicholson developed a new transportable boat design that was easier to navigate and more affordable than the 6 m JI.
The first 5.5 JI was launched during winter ‘48/ ‘49. Shortly thereafter, the 5.5 JI Class became an Olympic series class in the 1952 games in Helsinki. The 5.5 JI design was a breakthrough (especially the hull and rigging), and fostered innovation and development of other monohull designs. The 5.5 JI Class inspired other famous naval architects, including those designing 12 meter vessels for the America’s Cup.

Famous personalities who have navigated the 5.5 JI include:

  • King Olav V and Prince Harald of Norway
  • Aga Kahn, Robin Aisher (bronze medal in Acapulco)
  • Comedian Yul Brynner
  • Robert Symonette, politician and business man, two time 5.5 JI World Champion
  • Albert Fay, US ambassador
  • Britton Chance, Biophysics professor at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) and Olympic champion
  • Robert Mosbacher, US Trade secretary
  • Paul Elvström (World Champion)
  • Beppe Crocce, former ISAF president (Italy)
  • Glen Foster (USA – silver medal, Munich Olympics)
  • Gordon Ingate, Gretel II skipper, Australian challenger for the America’s Cup
  • Ted Turner, founder of CNN
  • Jochen Schumann, Olympic champion in Finn and Soling
  • Flavio Marazzi, European champion in Star
  • Christian Wahl, European champion in 505, Alinghi skipper for the America’s Cup
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