October 22, 2016
The 42nd Winter Championship of Anzio and Nettuno had 21 J/24 crews take to the water. It was a tight battle between LA SUPERBA skippered by Ignazio Bonanno and BLACK LEATHER (Paul Cecamore) skippered by the 2014 Soling World Champion Farkas Litkey. “It’s been a good start for the regatta,” commented SUPERBA’s skipper Bonanno. “In the opening race, won by Farkas Litkey and Paul Cecamore, we finished in second place because of a slight collision with the J/24 skippered by Federico Miccio (ITA 216 Jumpin’jack Flash). In the second race, however, we won with a good gap from the second place boat, Black Leather. For this regatta, the J/24 fleet was a little less numerous than recent years, but the competition was always on a good level.” The provisional rankings have LA SUPERBA in first, followed by BLACK LEATHER in second, DAIQUIRI in third (with skipper Fabrizio Sabatini), AMERICAN PASSAGE in fourth (with Paul Rinaldi as skipper/owner), and GREEN RAY in fifth (with Carmelo Savastano as skipper). For more Italian J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.
Watch out traditional ladies days, the high heels and questionable dress codes of Ascot, Cheltenham and Goodwood, and all of the Yacht Club coffee and tea sessions called ‘ladies days,’ The Magenta project has rewritten the rules. Annie Lush and her team at the Magenta project are using their experiences on the Olympic circuit, Volvo Ocean Race, M32 World Match race series and GC32 Extreme Series to prove that ladies are not just supporting men sailing, but doing it themselves, so no excuses for the Parkstone Yacht Club ‘ladies.’ For many years, the Club, under the cheerful guidance and enthusiasm of member Nigel Pearce, has had a large group of ladies racing and training in a variety of single handed boats from Picos to Lasers. Annie, a Parkstone member, organized a highly acclaimed and enjoyable day introducing 31 women and 8 youth sailors to keelboat sailing. The local J/24 fleet kindly lent eight boats with their owners, and Kate Macgregor (London 2012 Olympian and Team Magenta match racer) and Abby Ehler (twice a Volvo Ocean Race sailor and Magenta project director) joined Annie as on-the-water coaches. The day started with a dockside introduction to the J/24, and as the new teams motored out in bright sun and zero wind, the Magenta Magic started with a warm southerly gently increasing through the day. Learning to tack and gybe (encouraged by coaches and owners) was quickly followed by various drills, with the crews rotating positions, and ended with a pre-lunch race. The Club hosted a lunch whilst the Magenta girls entertained the children, relieving the fathers of baby-sitting duties for a while, with tales of racing and sailing. The girls were joined by two-time Paralympic medalist Alex Rickman. Top job was being medal monitor as Alex kindly let the children hold her medals, guaranteeing some disbelief in various Poole schools show-and-tell sessions. Lunch was followed by Saturday J racing, and the new crews volunteered to join the owners and some of their team for the race. The wind increased to a strong breeze as the rain lurked over the Purbeck hills, but the race officer shortened the course just in time so the Js were safely back in the marina before the skies opened. The happy teams returned to the Club house for a Magenta tea party and prizegiving. Thanks to the owners, the Club’s super supportive Commodore Bryan Drake, Roam photography, and Spinnaker Watches, Musto and Team SCA for great prizes. A women’s team has already formed to race next year on the J/24 Zaphod, and another team is keen to use one of Parkstone’s three Club-owned J/24s for evening racing. The J/24 Class has a great resource of good new crew, and everyone enjoyed the teamwork and new skills (no shouting, no tears, just huge smiles). Well done Magenta! You have to come back and make this an annual event. (Written by an anonymous J/24 owner.) Event images are at www.roamphotography.com/blog.
October 17, 2016
The Circolo Nautico Brenzone ran the penultimate event for the season-long Italian J/24 National Championship series—a six-event program that runs from April to November. Winning the latest event was VALHALLA HOTEL VERONA skippered by Fabio De Rossi with crew of Enrico Perbellini, Massimiliano D’Elia, Marco Fiorini and Petra Kurutz. The races in Cervia ensured fun and entertainment for everyone. Taking advantage of the conditions to take second place was MAGIC FAIRY skippered by John Brescia Bonzio and owned by Viscardo Brusori. Third was CAPTAIN NEMO sailed by owner/skipper Guido Guadagni. Pending the fifth regatta, the provisional classification overall for Helmsmen-Owners (based on the scores from events in Nettuno, Livorno, Carrara and Brenzone) shows that Pietro Diamante, the Italian J/24 Class President, is leading the event by a wide margin on JAMAICA. They are followed by CAPTAIN NEMO (Guido Guadagni) in second, VALHALLA HOTEL VERONA (Fabio De Rossi) in third, J-OC (Fabio Apollonio) in fourth and RED LEATHER (Gianni Riccobono) in fifth place. In the waters off Cervia, the Circolo Nautico Amici della Vela (www.circolonauticocervia.it) will be hosting the finale of the Italian J/24 circuit from October 15-16. For more J/24 Italia Cup sailing information, visit http://www.ycpr.it/.
On the Gublusk Bay in Ireland, the Lough Erne YC hosted the Autumn J/24 Series. Sailing this fall were a record 11 J/24s. Their first weekend saw SSE winds, 13 kts gusting to 25 kts, and plenty of sunshine. The fleet went out to race in a brisk gusty breeze for four exciting races on well-set fair courses set by Race Officer Michael Whaley. Course lengths and timing were very efficient. Four full length, tightly contested races were fitted neatly into four hours. After four races on October 2, Luke McBride’s JIGALO had a 2-3-1-1 for 7 points, Finbarr Ryan’s JELIGNITE had a 1-1-2-5 for 9 points and Gerry Gilligan’s JANA a 3-2-3-2 for 10 points. Mick Clarke’s JERIATRIX held the fourth position with a 5-5-4-4 for 18 points, and standing in fifth place was John Buckley’s JOTA with a 6-4-6-3 for 19 points. On the following Sunday, October 9, Michael Whaley was again Race Officer with a skilled LEYC team setting and resetting four good courses in very light and shifty winds (three races were shortened to one round; the fourth was full two rounds). The standings shuffled substantially from the previous weekend. Winning the day was JAMAIS ENCORE with 7 points, followed by JIGALO with 10 points and JERIATRIX in third. The final four races are planned for October 15. For more J/24 sailing information at Lough Erne Yacht Club, visit http://www.leyc.net/.
October 5, 2016
With a month to go, entries have started flowing in for what just could be the largest gathering of J/24s in Australia for some years. The first entry came from the ever keen Ron Thomson from Melbourne—that’s correct, the Victorians have drawn first blood. Simon Grain, another Sandringham Yacht Club stalwart, will also be making the journey to Cronulla with possible others (Mr. J/24 himself Hugo Ottaway?). Defending the high ground of the Cronulla Sailing Club will be the forever young David Mckay (Yachtsman of the Year 1970-71, who continues to celebrate his Moth World Championship win 1969/70), Barry Ryan (a strong contender with his local crew) and Clinton Hood with his strong and loyal crew who have been sailing to success in many club races. As always, more competition will be heading to Cronulla from the rest of NSW: Authur Crothers, John Crawford, Terry Wise and also reports of Sean Kirkjian gathering teams and making the journey south, as well as the always-present Marc Van Dinther from Botany Bay Sailing Club, bringing his gun crew and practicing constantly. This Championship will be a fantastic event, held within the forever friendly Cronulla Sailing Club that prides itself on being run by volunteers and not by employees. Those volunteers are led by Fiona Campbell and David Mclachlan, who can remember the last time a NSW State Championships was held in Cronulla. If you own a J/24 and are interested in dusting it off and getting involved, there’s still time. Contact the NSW J/24 Committee to find out just what you need to do. The J/24 Class has and is continuing to resurface not only in Cronulla but NSW and beyond. What other keelboat Class offers competitive racing at a bargain price? Enjoying the close one-design racing and also the after-race action of the BBQ, refreshments and hospitality the club is renowned for! Contact the Australian JCA at http://j24.com.au/.
October 1, 2016
Kelly Wayne Holmes-Moon, 53, of Denton, formerly of Greenwood, died Wednesday September 28, 2016 in his home. Funeral services will be held October 1 at the First Baptist Church of Denton, 1100 Malone St, Denton, TX 76201 with burial at the Greenwood Cemetery in Greenwood. Kelly was born February 5, 1963 in Perryton, Texas to Beth Montgomery and Harold Wayne Holmes. He was adopted as an adult by Jimmy Wayne Moon. Kelly is survived by his wife Tonja Holmes-Moon, his parents Beth and Jimmy Moon, his father Harold Holmes, his remarkable children Christopher Holmes (wife Johanna) of Aledo; Ashleigh Holmes of Granbury, Robbie Rae Holmes of Lake Worth, and Rebekah Holmes of Carrollton. Also survived by his grandchildren who brought him such joy Aleczander, Derick (preceded in death), Hailey, Tyler, Autumn, Aniya, and Tommy. Other survivors include his brother &best friend Monty Moon and his wife Jennifer of Paradise, his brother Scott Holmes his wife April of Bastrop, his Aunt Robbie Smith of Cottondale, and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and “special sisters and brothers”. Kelly was preceded in death by his grandson Derick, his grandparents Colonel& Sue Montgomery, of Greenwood; Roy & Vergie Binion, of Booker, TX. Pallbearers are David Meek, Darrin Ditmer, Drake Ditmer, Charles Smith, Troy Riedel, Chris Rousseau, David Hayslip, and Terry Moon. Kelly graduated from L.D. Bell High School in 1982 where he was a member of the gymnastics and rodeo teams. After graduation, he joined the US Navy where he proudly served as an Interior Communications Technician (IC3) aboard the USS Haddo submarine from 1982 to 1985 based out of San Diego, then serving in the Naval Reserve until 1989. Kelly went on to obtain an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice from Cooke County Junior College in 1993. After the Navy, Kelly worked for Brinks Security then General Dynamics until 1991 when he founded the Rocking KM Rodeo Company operating out of Greenwood with his brother, Monty Moon. The Rocking KM contracted rodeos and rough stock for the North Texas High School Rodeo Assoc. and TRA events until 1997.
Kelly became the founder/owner of BoatSpeed Marine Services in 1998 specializing in racing sailboat repairs and optimized racing rudders/bottoms/keels until the time of his death. Kelly also worked as a corrections officer in Bridgeport, and served as a Police Officer for the cities of Trophy Club and Rhome. He later joined Peterbilt as an assemblyman for the past 14 years where he made many lasting and supportive friendships. Kelly had a true joy for riding bulls and broncs as a member of the Texas Rodeo Association eventually earning his PRCA card in 1989. While in Wise County, Kelly served the community as a member of the Wise County Sherriff’s Posse and the Greenwood/Slidell Volunteer Fire Department.
Kelly became a dynamic competitor and leader in the Texas sailing community when he began racing a J/24 sailboat in the J/24 Texas Circuit, first as crew in 1998, then on to owning his pride and joy, BadMoon #267. He raced in and supported the circuit until the week prior to his death. Kelly also served as the J/24 District 14 Governorand lead organizer and promoter of the J/24 Texas Circuit. Due to his leadership and passion for the J/24 class, Kelly was honored to be selected to serve as the J/24 U.S. Class President from 2011 to 2012 and in 2013 was designated the Copyright Holder’s Representative by Rod Johnstone, the maker of the J/24, a title he held at the time of his death. He has also served many years as the Captain of Fleet 5 and Governor at Large of the J/24 Class. Kelly had a passion for teaching kids which began with his coaching of the LD Bell High School Rodeo Team (NTHSA) from 1987 to 1996. He served as an avid volunteer sailing coach for the University of North Texas sailing team and the Aqua Monkey’s youth program at the Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to www.texascattledogrescue.com or www.lonestarlabs.org. Kelly was a lucky man who loved and served others, who never met a stranger and was known mostly by his profound Christian faith who worshiped a great and powerful God.
September 24, 2016
Daniel Frost’s German team of Timo Chorrosch, Felix Leupold, Jeronimo Landauer and Daniel Schwarze on JJOne placed 26th in race 7, putting the pressure on themselves going into race 8, the final of the 2016 J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. With their previous 12-point advantage reduced to six, the team did not want to give up the lead they held since the very first race of the Championship. After multiple general recalls, the last meeting started under black flag with just minutes to spare before the time limit, in 8 knots of breeze. JJOne needed to cover the nearest competition, and they did, finishing 10th in the final contest to lock in the Championship. Two Japanese teams took Silver and Bronze: Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan with 47 points and Keiji Kondo’s Fox with 48 points. “Today was a tricky day. We went in with a 12-point lead, and the first race went really bad for us,” recapped Frost, who has been sailing with the JJOne team for five years. “The last race was very tricky as well. We found ourselves in front of our competitors, and we just sailed safe. We are incredibly happy. It’s a very special day!” The 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA started the day in fresh breeze but it fizzled near the end of race 7. Kato Fumiya’s Lull won both races, followed by Naoto Kitazumeon’s Maril and Stephan Mais’s Running Men in Friday’s first battle, and by Vladimir Borsthar’s Singapore and Will Welles Cougar in the last race of the event.
The top five:
1) Daniel Frost, JJOne, Germany, 34 points
2) Demichi Kousuke, Ichimokusan, Japan, 47 points
3) Keiji Kondo, Fox, Japan, 48 points
4) Vladimir Borstnar, Singapore, Singapore, 53 points
5) Urara Fujii, Kanaloa, Japan, 65 points
Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 23, 2016
Daniel Frost’s German team on JJOne placed seventh on Thursday’s only race, but holds a firm advantage heading into the final day of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan on Friday. Two Japanese teams hold second and third: Keiji Kondo’s Fox and Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan, both with 25 points. The 41 teams were postponed onshore for three hours, waiting for the wind to fill in. When it did at 6 knots, Tomomi Hatekeyama’s Gekko Diana won the lone race, trailed by Vladimir Borsthar’s Singapore and Kousuke’s Ichimokusan. Racing concludes Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 21, 2016
Five races are now in the books at the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan, and the German team on JJOne has strengthened their lead over the 41-boat fleet. Daniel Frost’s crew now tallies just 6 net points, able to drop an 11 in race three and keep a skinny tally of 1,2,1,2. Keiji Kondo’s Fox of Japan moved up to second place after a solid 1,2,4 on Wednesday for 15 net points. Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan, also of Japan, rests in third with 22. Following Tuesday’s tropical storm, winds calmed to 5-8 knots over Wednesday’s three contests. Following Fox in the opening race were Ichimokusan and American Will Welles on Cougar. JJOne earned their second bullet of the regatta in the day’s middle battle, trailed by Fox and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie of the USA. Einosuke Morita’s Wailea won Wednesday’s final duel, with JJOne and Kato Fumiya’s Lull rounding out the top trio. Racing continues through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 20, 2016
A slow-moving tropical storm dampened day two of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA were kept ashore as heavy rains and winds were blanketing the area on Tuesday. Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday and continue through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 19, 2016
It was the calm before the storm on day one of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. With a tropical storm heading toward the area, 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA kicked off the Championship in winds of 4-6 knots over two races. Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany mastered the conditions with a 1,2 to grab the early advantage in the five-day event. Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan of Japan holds a slim lead on second place, just one ahead of Peru’s Javier Arribas on Hawky. The day’s race winners were Frost in race one and Naoto Kitazume’s Maril in race two. Racing continues through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 15, 2016
Steve Tupper, an IJ from Vancouver who was a tremendous help to the J/24 Class, passed away in August. There will be an internment at sea service at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on October 15 at 1:30 PT. Steve was on the jury for the World Championship held in Puerto Vallarta. We were trying to introduce the scoring penalty to the Class and encountered difficulties with the sailors and other Jury members. Steve helped us get the procedures worked out and how to put them into effect. Lorne Chapman spent a number of breakfasts with Steve as they refined the details that carried over into the next North American Championship. Steve Chaired the ISAF Rules Committee for a number of years and influenced many improvements.
September 12, 2016
Forty-four J/24 teams are gathering for racing at the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The competition begins Monday, September 19 and continues through Friday, September 23 for the entrants representing Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA. Keep up with all the action from Wakayama Sailing Club at the regatta website https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
It couldn’t have been any tighter at the top of the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. After all nine races, Will Welles’ Cougar and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team were tied at 28 points, with Welles winning the tie-breaker and the Championship. Local Rossi Milev on Clear Air placed third with 49 points. Race 8 started in shifty northwesterly winds building through 15 knots, with Welles taking the bullet to move into first overall. Race Committee PRO Pat Lymburner, with one more race available, posted course number 5 with the fleet finishing in front of Port Credit Yacht Club. Race 9 saw Todd Fedysyzn first, Odenbach in third and Welles in sixth—just enough to secure the overall victory. The Masters Trophy went to Chris Stone’s Velocidad. Top female was Natalie Harden’s Giggles. Top Junior was Michael Howarth’s Mr. H.
Top Five Overall:
• 1st Place: Will Welles, Cougar (28 points)
• 2nd Place: Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (28 points)
• 3rd Place: Rossi Milev, Clear Air (49 points)
• 4th Place: Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted (53 points)
• 5th Place: Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss (60 points)
The IJCA and Port Credit Yacht Club look forward to seeing everyone for the 2017 J/24 World Championship. Forty-six boats competed in this three-day event, and complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.
September 11, 2016
Saturday saw building winds and waves over the four races which provided exciting surfing finishes and changes to the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Travis Odenbach on Honey Badger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (20 points) moved into first place by just one point over Will Welles on Cougar (21 Points). There is a tie for third place between Evan Petley-Jones on Lifted and Rossi Milev on Clear Air with 34 points. Racing concludes Sunday with three race planned. Complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.