Ruling the waves – Endeavour was the first J-Class yacht to be restored from a wreck by Elizabeth Meyer, who is credited with a resurgence in classic yachting.
Ruling the waves – Meyer, a keen sailor who had started out in house building, took on the project of restoring Endeavour in the 1980s.
Ruling the waves – Restored, and often modified, they take part in modern-day regattas such as the Superyacht Cup in Palma.
Ruling the waves – Here Endeavour, which dates back to 1934, takes part in a jubilee regatta in 2001 to mark the 150th anniversary of the first America's Cup race.
Ruling the waves – Meyer was also brought in to help restore Shamrock V, the very first British J-Class boat which was launched in 1930.
Ruling the waves – It was a labor of love for the American, who moved to England to restore the 130-foot Endeavour, which had been left berthed on a mud flat. Meyer spotted it while sailing on Velsheda, at the time the only active J-Class yacht.
Ruling the waves – Here Meyer talks to Mainsail host Shirley Robertson at her home in Newport, Rhode Island, to talk about her history with the J-Class boats.
Ruling the waves – Shamrock V (left) races Velsheda, built in 1933, at the America's Cup jubilee regatta off the southern coast of England in 2001.
Ruling the waves – Hanuman, pictured here, is a modernized rebuild of Endeavour II -- an original J-Class that was scrapped in 1968.
Ruling the waves – Meyer says the J-Class is "the most extraordinary example of a sailboat that would ever exist," though she is less enamored with some of the modified modern versions.