JK7: Velsheda

39.4 m

6.6 m

4.57 m

Camper & Nicholson/Southampton Yacht Services


Designed by Charles Nicholson and built by Camper & Nicholson in 1933 for Mr W.L. Stephenson, Owner of Woolworth chain of shops, she was built in 1933 at Gosport. She was Nicholson’s second design for a J Class and Stephenson’s second big yacht. “Velsheda” was named after Stephenson’s three daughters, Velma, Sheila and Daphne. Stephenson never planned to compete for the America’s Cup but rather her raced with the greatest names in classic yachting including “Britannia”, “Endeavour” and “Shamrock” between 1933 and 1936.In her second season she won more than 40 races and achieved an outstanding record of success at Regattas from Southend to Dartmouth. Other venues included Torbay, Swanage and the Solent, all under the control of the famous Captain Mountifield.In her day – around the late 1930’s, she represented the most advanced technical design for spars, rigging, sails, deck gear and ropes. Her masts were aluminium, made by bending plates and riveting them together. Sails were made from the new Terylene threads and deck gear now included winches for easier handling of sheets. The standing rigging in the 30s was solid rod.Below decks accommodation was limited to just the main saloon, owners quarters aft, and storage for sails and equipment forward.By 1937 she was laid up in a mud berth on the Hamble and became derelict. Many sailors remember visiting her – one recalls sailing in the annual Warming Pan race at Hamble River Sailing Club, and all the visiting crew being taken up the river to their overnight accommodation – Velsheda! This unique yacht was rescued in 1984 by Terry Brabant, who economically refitted her for charter work with a new steel mast and limited interior. Still without an engine she sailed regularly along the UK South Coast on charter and occasionally ventured to the Mediterranean and Caribbean.

Yacht Rebuild

Velsheda was purchased in 1996 as a bare hull lying at mooring in Portsmouth Harbour, and was taken to Southampton Yacht Services, on the River Itchen where a two year comprehensive rebuild was completed to bring her back into immaculate racing condition. She was fitted with the tallest one piece carbon mast in the world and a comprehensive suit of racing sails were produced, developed from wind tunnel testing at Southampton University. She was re-launched in November 1997. Dykstra Naval Architects were employed for the refit and also of other J Class yachts in the current racing field, including “Shamrock V”, “Endeavour” and “Ranger”.

Racing History

2017 J Class World Championship, Newport RI  
2017 America’s Cup J Class Regatta  
2017 America’s Cup Superyacht Regatta  
2017 St Barths Bucket Won the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup  
2016 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2016 Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup  
2016 St Barths Bucket Regatta  
2015 Royal Yacht Squadron Bicentenary International Regatta Class Winner  
2015 Falmouth J Class Regatta Won the Kings Hundred Guinea Cup  
2014 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2014 Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo  
2014 Superyacht Cup, Palma  
2013 Les Voiles de St Tropez Class Winner  
2013 Maxi Rolex Cup, Porto Cervo Class Winner  
2013 Superyacht Cup, Palma  
2013 St Barths Bucket Regatta  
2012 J Class Falmouth Regatta  
2012 J Class Solent Regatta Class Winner  
2012 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2012 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2011 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2011 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2010 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2010 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2010 Round the Island Race, Isle of Wight, UK Class Winner  
2009 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2009 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2008 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2008 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2007 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2007 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2006 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2006 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2005 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2005 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2004 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2004 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2003 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2003 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2002 Les Voiles de St Tropez  
2002 Maxi Yacht Regatta, Sardinia  
2001 America’s Cup Jubilee Regatta in the Solent  
2001 J Class Regatta, Solent  
1998 Antigua Classic Regatta Winner  

JK7: Velsheda Videos

Velsheda Start
Sep 28, 2016

Onboard J Class Velsheda at Les Voiles de St Tropez, 2016
Oct 6, 2016