International J/24 Class Association

European Championship Kicks Off September 24 from Lake Balaton in Hungary

September 23, 2017

The European Championship of the most popular one-design keelboat Class is to be held between the 24th of September and the 1st of October at Lake Balaton in Hungary. Altogether, 250 sailors and 49 boats entered the exciting continental regatta from eight countries. A strong competition is expected indeed since the German World Champion will be sailing too. Concerning the Hungarian sailors, Farkas Litkey (multiple Hungarian Champion, 13 times Blue Ribbon winner and Soling European and World Champion) entered, as well as several Hungarian champions, who are internationally well-known sailors in other Classes. Hungary held a European Championship for the first time in 2008 with 35 entries. Since then, the popularity of the Class is continuously increasing, and it did become the largest one-design boat Class of the Hungarian Sailing Association. The J/24 is a general favorite due to the strict and standard Class regulations: the boats are completely the same therefore providing real competition. The regulations do not only concern the boats and the equipment but the weight of the crew as well. “We are really delighted that so many European teams entered the regatta, and we are also excited about welcoming the US Champion Keith Whittemore. He entered since this an open championship. J/24s do have a serious reputation at Lake Balaton by now. Our regattas are drawing a lot of attention every year—serious field, great battles and quality sailing are provided for those who chose a J/24,” said Erik Hercsel, captain of the Hungarian J/24 Class. The Principal Race Officer of the European Championship, Bendek Fluck, is Hungarian. He is quite an experienced professional, as he was the PRO at several World Championships and he managed the Finn Gold Cup in Balatonfoldvar at the beginning of September. While the main sponsor of the European Championship is Audi Hungary, many international brands decided to support the event: Quantum Sails Hungary, Jet Travel, Julius Meinl, International, Ricky Sport and Bravo Boats. Follow along at http://j24europeans2017.hu/j24-european-championship-starts-weekend-lake-balaton/.


Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet Back on Top on Penultimate Day of J/24 World Championship

Light winds continued at the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, as just one race was accomplished on day four. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet returned to the top of the leaderboard, placing eighth today, leaving him with 40 net points heading into the final day of competition on Saturday. A fourth by Rossi Milev’s Clear Air moved him into second overall, five points off Parker’s pace. Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted scored a 28 in Friday’s lone battle, dipping him to third place with 49 points. Parker, from Washington D.C., has remained in the top two each day of the Championship. He is the most seasoned racer on the course, sailing 1978 hull #58, a testimony to the J/24’s quality and ruggedness, and the skill and consistency of the crew at this event. Parker is a five-time winner of the J/24 US East Coast Championship (which he has sailed 38 times). Friday’s race winner was Ted Bartlewski’s Drivers Wanted, shadowed by Mark Laura’s Baba Louie and Carter White’s YouRegatta. Sixty-three teams from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA conclude racing on Saturday from Port Credit Yacht Club. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2934, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted Rewarded for Patience on Middle Day of J/24 World Championship

September 22, 2017

If good things come to those who wait, then Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted is the perfect example on day three of the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Sixty-three teams waited out multiple hours of an on-water postponement, hoping for enough breeze to get a start off. Finally around 3:30 p.m., light winds allowed two more races to be completed, which brought into effect the discard. Petley-Jones’ Lifted tallied a 7,1 on Thursday to leap into first place overall, able to drop a 39 from race 1. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet fell to second place with 32 points. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen launched up to the third spot with 33 net points after tossing a 52 from Tuesday. Six races are now finalized. The competitors from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA started race 5 in about 5 knots, when Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta collected the win. Mollicone and Ted Bartlewski’s Drivers Wanted followed. Looking at Petley-Jones cross the finish line first in the next meeting were David Klatt’s Jaded and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger when winds increased slightly. Racing continues through Saturday from Port Credit Yacht Club. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2934, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet Extends Lead at J/24 World Championship

September 21, 2017

To the delight of 63 teams at the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, Mother Nature provided more consistent breeze and sunshine on the second day of racing. As the conditions improved, so did the lead for Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, who notched a 5,8 on Wednesday to bring him to 22 overall points after four races. Scott Milne’s Tremendous Slouch moved into second place with 48 points, and James Freedman’s Miss Conduct slipped to third with 51. Look for a shake-up in the standings when five or more races have been completed, as the discard kicks in. The competitors from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA appreciated Wednesday’s 8-10 knots as another two contests went in the books. Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted won race three, trailed by Freedman’s Miss Conduct and Ariko Murohashi’s Lull. Local Rossi Milev’s Clear Air took the next victory, with Petley-Jones and David Klatt’s Jaded completing the top three. Racing continues through Saturday from Port Credit Yacht Club. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2934, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Light and Shifty Conditions Greet 63 Boats at J/24 World Championship

September 20, 2017

While major storms continue to batter coastal regions of North America, fickle breeze was the theme of the opening day at the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Sixty-three teams from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA endured winds around 6 knots to complete two races. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and James Freedman’s Miss Conduct are tied on points at 9, with Parker holding that tie-breaker by way of a 7,2 on Tuesday (Freedman earned a 4,5) for the early advantage. David Klatt’s Jaded and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie sit tied at 21 for third and fourth place, respectively. A big wind shift in the opening contest doomed teams to the left, but benefited Klatt’s Jaded and two Japanese teams (Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta and Einosuke Morita’s Wailea) who comprised the top three. Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss took line honors in the second race, ahead of Parker’s Bangor Packet and Blair Dinsdale’s Journey. Racing continues through Saturday from Port Credit Yacht Club. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=2934, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


J/24 World Championship Kicks Off Tuesday, September 19 from Canada

September 17, 2017

Sixty-five J/24 teams are gathering for racing at the J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The competition begins Tuesday, September 19 and continues through Saturday, September 23. Look for photos on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from Port Credit Yacht Club at the regatta website: https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=2934.


Windy Chester Race Week

August 24, 2017

Rain, cold and expected gusts of 30+ knots per hour held back some Chester Race Week fleets, but others headed out on the water to finish their races on the fourth and final day of the regatta hosted by Chester Yacht Club in Nova Scotia, Canada from August 16-19. In the four-boat J/24 one-design fleet, HypeWave led by Chris Veinot posted impressive scores of [2] -2 -1 -2 -1 -1 -1 -2 -2 -1 -1 -2 for 16 net points, but still narrowly beat Jonathan Reid’s Barely Legal who tallied 1 -1 -[3] -1 -2 -2 -2 -3 -1 -2 -2 -1 for 18 points. Caroline Muselet’s Codfather took third with 31 points. For complete results, visit https://yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=4139.


JP McCaldin Secures J/24 Irish National Championship

Lough Erne Yacht Club’s JP McCaldin emerged overall winner after a blustery three-day regatta for the Mespil Hotel J/24 National Championship at Sligo Yacht Club. Sailing against a 26-strong fleet (a record turnout for recent times) plus a match-race challenge from runner-up Stefan Hyde, McCaldin scored all first and second places for the eight-race series. His principal challenger was almost as consistent with four wins as well, but the Cork skipper also had to count a fourth and a third to admit defeat by just three points. The dueling leaders were followed by a closely bunched pack of followers led by Martin Reilly on Crazy Horse who comfortably secured third place going into the final thanks to a consistent run of mostly top five results. Howth’s Derek Bothwell returned to Sligo with the J/24s once more and delivered the series in challenging weather, particularly for the first two days that saw strong winds whip big seas that provided thrilling surfing conditions for the fleet. The National Championship also marked the retirement of Class maestro Flor O’Driscoll as Class President to great acclaim and a standing ovation at Saturday evening’s dinner not only for his service to the fleet but also his persistence and continuing success afloat. Thanks to David Branigan for this report. For more event details, visit www.sligoyachtclub.ie.


Füred Cup in Balaton, Hungary

August 18, 2017

The Füred Cup, the final series of the One Design Trophy, was held in a strong wind this weekend at the venue of the J/24 European Championship in Hungary. Balaton showed its windy and varied sides to the sailors. The first day, races were postponed due to the strong gusts exceeding 35 knots. The wind was still puffy in the morning, but the forecast looked well for the rest of the day so after a short delay the fleet started the regatta under strong but fair conditions. Jinge won the first race—a newcomer in the Class who started only last year, but they have been improving very well this season. The defending Hungarian Champion IJroncat finished second in the first race, and JBond037 arrived as third. The wind decreased for the second start, but the fleet still used the jib to keep upright. IJroncat won the race just a couple of centimetres ahead of Jukebox, and Jinge finished third in this race. For the last race of the regatta, the wind dropped to 8-18 knots, and half of the fleet changed their jibs to genoas. The north wind was still tricky, and a former Hungarian Champion Tamás Madarász made a good decision after the start and won the race well ahead of JBond037 and IJroncat. See you at J/24 Europeans 2017! For information, visit http://j24europeans2017.hu/.


J/24 National Championship at the Port of Plymouth Regatta

July 22, 2017

Report by Johnny Allen: Returning to the J/24 Class after winning the 2015 World Championship and taking time off from the Class, Ian Southworth sailing Chris McLaughlin’s II Ricco showed no loss of form with an impressive set of consistent results to win the 2017 J/24 National Championship in Plymouth. Sailed as part of the Port of Plymouth Regatta, race officer Mike Johnstone and his crew ran an immaculate set of windward/leeward races in conditions ranging from 17 down to 6 knots over the three-day, nine-race competition, sailed outside the breakwater of Plymouth sound. With five different race winners, consistency was the name of the game, with Quinton Hall in Ju Ju, Matthew Conyers in Unity Lets and Roger Morris in Jolly Roger all showing excellent turns of speed, but all unable to maintain the performance throughout the weekend, finishing sixth, fifth and fourth respectively. In the end, second and third place were decided in the last leg of the event, following neck and neck racing in the lighter winds of Sunday morning. It was Class chairman Dave Cooper in Jawbreaker who pipped Nick Mcdonald’s Cacoon to take second place at the end of an excellent event, thoroughly enjoyed by all the competitors. The J/24 fleet is now preparing for a series of high profile championships, including 2018 the Worlds in Garda, Italy and the 2020 Worlds in Poole, UK. The local championships are already raising interest in the Class, with top quality competition available at a fraction of the cost of other Classes. The 2018 event is proving extremely popular with many teams already in training and using the events throughout Europe as an opportunity to prepare for the upcoming World Championships.

Pos Sail No Boat Name Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 R10 Pts
1 5219 Il Riccio Ian Southworth 1 2 3 1 1 1 1 3 1 (DNS) 14
2 4271 Jawbreaker David Cooper ‑7 6 1 4 3 2 4 4 2 4 30
3 5432 Cacoon Nick McDonald 2 5 5 3 2 3 ‑7 1 7 3 31
4 4270 Jolly Roger Roger Morris 5 1 8 5 7 6 2 ‑9 3 5 42
5 4245 Unity Lets Matthews Conyers 6 3 ‑9 6 8 9 8 2 6 1 49
6 4254 Juju Quinton Hall 3 4 2 14 4 10 ‑15 10 5 2 54
7 7207 Dogs Jorrocks Steve Wassell 8 7 4 ‑13 6 4 6 6 9 9 59
8 4213 Hijinks Mark Lewers 12 8 13 10 ‑15 5 5 12 4 11 80
9 4236 Team Impact Racing George Kennedy 4 9 7 9 12 (RET) 10 5 11 15 82
10 4100 Midnight Express Sam Marshall 11 (DSQ) 11 2 10 11 14 16 10 6 91
11 4206 Jam Too Austen Davies 10 10 12 ‑15 14 14 3 13 8 8 92
12 4026 Just the Tonic Adrian Bennett 13 13 6 12 13 12 9 8 ‑14 10 96
13 4153 Jam Ben Maddaford (DNS) 14 10 7 11 7 12 11 16 13 101
14 4260 Jeli George Kerr 9 11 ‑14 8 9 13 13 14 12 14 103
15 4103 Jojo James Torr 14 12 15 ‑16 5 8 16 7 15 12 104
16 4251 Italian Job John Gorman 15 15 ‑16 11 16 15 11 15 13 7 118


2017 World Council Meeting in October

July 3, 2017

The 2017 IJCA World Council Meeting will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at Fraglia Vela of Riva del Garda in Italy (home of the 2018 J/24 World Championship). Make sure a representative from your NJCA plans to attend. The preliminary schedule includes a welcome drink on Friday, October 20 and dinner in town at local restaurants, ahead of the day-long meeting on Saturday, October 21. Attendees should send confirmation of their participation to the IJCA Class Office at director@j24class.org. As established in the IJCA regatta rotation, a country from a continent “Other than Europe or North America” will host the 2021 J/24 World Championship. The World Council will vote on the host at this meeting. Interested parties should submit a proposal by September 1, 2017 to director@j24class.org, following the IJCA Regatta Regulations posted at http://www.j24class.org/rules-regulations/regatta-regulations/.


Kiel Week

July 1, 2017

This year’s Kiel Week was marked by a variety of weather fronts that came rolling through, producing strong winds some days and light winds on others. Kieler YC had its hands full managing the fleets and getting in a full slate of races. The J/24s started earlier in the week and were fortunate to sail in good winds and complete 10 races. At 26 boats, the J/24 fleet had fantastic competition for their event. It was a battle for the top two slots on the leaderboard between two Americans from upstate New York: Mike Ingham and Travis Odenbach. In the end, Ingham’s USA 5443 team (Max Holzer, Quinn Schwenker, Marianne Schoke and Paul Abdullah) won with 29 points net. In the silver spot was Odenbach’s USA 5432 crew (Ian Coleman, Hugh Ward, Annabel Cuttermole and Jack Sharland) with 38 points net. GBR 4222 with Andrew Taylor’s crew (Izzy Savage, Robert Clark, Paul Williams and Zoe Dunne) took the bronze with 43 points net. Filling out the top five were the top two German teams: Frank Schonfeld’s GER 5412 in fourth and Stefan Karsunke’s GER 5381 in fifth place. For more Kiel Week information, visit http://www.kieler-woche.de/.


Wet Tech Rigging J/24 Short Course Championships

June 28, 2017

Thank you to Mick Reynolds for this report: The June long weekend saw the running of the Cronulla Sailing Club J/24 Short Course Regatta in cold though fine (almost) conditions with wind ranging from 18-3 knots over the two days of sailing. Competitors arrived from as far afield as Sandringham Yacht Club, the southern home of J/24 yacht racing in Australia, with one boat Jet (Simon Grain) and another crew lead by ‘Mr. J/24’ Hugo Ottaway (both J/24 supporters of the Cronulla event for many years), and also Wildfire (Janette Syme) and Marc Van Dinther (Pinot) made the journey from the Harbour and Botany Bay to sail in the challenging inshore conditions of Bate Bay, Cronulla. Our focus this year was to welcome new J/24 crews to the Cronulla family. Sailmates (Steve Arnold) competed in their first regatta after purchasing their J/24 locally, also Boudicca (John Zagame), an offshore crew member and now a proud J/24 owner, enthusiastically listening and improving as the weekend progressed. Wes Batty, another local from Cronulla, brought out Pandamonium, the ever popular mooring minder to race and be involved again. So to the results: Hugo Ottaway again proved too good on scratch scoring a consistent 12 with many bullets and second places. Second for the regatta was Vertigo (Clinton Hood), the current South Australian J/24 State Champion, with Renaissance (Stephen Wright) the current Jubilee Champion and Cronulla campaigner. Performance Handicap saw Vertigo pop up one place to first, Stockcar with the forever young David Mckay in second and Renaissance in third place. The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank all the events supporters: Wet Tech Rigging, Macquart Marine, Aussea Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht Photography, Newton Real Estate, Short Marine, CJ Construction, Cronulla Marina and Ryan Short Marine Services for your ongoing support to this grass roots event. Hope to see you all again at Cronulla next June for the Mid-Winter Championship. Race results are available at cronullasc.com/race-results?page=J24SC16-17/SGrp66.htm


J/24 UK Southern Areas Report

June 20, 2017

Thanks to Rob Clark for this report: Being a bank holiday weekend, we knew what to expect… wind and rain! We got them both, but not at the same time. The UK J/24 Fleet converged on Parkstone Yacht Club for the bank holiday weekend to contest the Southern Areas, however glancing around the boat park whilst final preparations were taking place, indications were that things had gone up a gear or two for most teams. Past event winners, Olympic Coaches, Youth, National, European and World Champions filled crew spots across the fleet and certainly left you feeling that, whichever team was to rise to the top, they would have been pushed all the way. As PRO David Lush and his race team readied the course, teams began to familiarize themselves with the conditions, knowing that with five races scheduled for day one and a forecast for a freshening breeze, some energy needed to be preserved. Genoas were deemed to be the smart choice, however this was to be a brief outing for the shiny sails. Soon, the jibs were deployed by race two, and teams settled in for a day when ‘the breeze’ became ‘the wind’ and ‘the wind’ became ‘strong’! Competition was fierce as always with the U-flag quickly replaced by the black one to encourage some semblance of order. Through this, two teams showed consistent pace and good decision making, and by the end of the day their counting scores each consisted of two firsts and two seconds—Duncan McCarthy’s MADELEINE and Nick Phillips’ CHAOTIC. There was, however, a glimmer of hope for the rest of the teams with both of these standouts holding a high score discard. Behind them, the scores were extremely close with many teams showing good pace and boat handling, but not having the ability to punch clear. By the time race five started, we had gusts well into the high 20s, and had seen high octane planing downwind legs, a few wipe-outs, a broken boom, a small altercation between two J/24s and the committee boat, and a growing collection of bumps and bruises, which are the J/24 sailors’ badges of honor! After an evening recovering in front of the America’s Cup, day two offered a much gentler face of Poole Bay. Teams headed out knowing that they would need to do something special to upset the top two, and only then if assisted by a capitulation or match race between Phillips and McCarthy allowing the rest of the fleet to sneak through. Unfortunately, for the hopeful this was not to be. And, despite Andy Taylor’s PHOENIX team (Paul Williams, Rob Clark, Zoe Dunne, Izzy Savage) posting a 1,1,2 for the day, they were only able to secure the bottom step of the podium. The silver medal went to MADELEINE (Steve Phelps, Charlie Fisher, Josh Irons and Hannah McCarthy), who presumably rued the keen eye of Saturday’s race team with their Black Flag. However, having compiled the scores it was clear the top step belonged to Nick Phillips and his CHAOTIC team (Jules Scott, Rachel Montgomery, Matt Hardy and Hugh Styles). With only one counting score outside the top two, their consistent pace and good decision-making made them worthy champions.


Irish J/24 Western Championship

Eighty five sailors on 16 J/24s from around Ireland gathered in Limerick with all provinces being represented at the two-day Yachtsman Euromarine J/24 Western Championship. Crews were welcomed by their host with a complimentary bottle of beer/soft drink supplied by Gala Supermarkets. BCS Crane Hire LTD made short work of lifting the boats in and out, much to the delight of all participants in this year’s Irish Westerns. The J/24 Western Championship weekend was characterized by great racing, fantastic sailing conditions and extraordinary hospitality by the Foynes Yacht Club. The Championship, which saw boats from all around the island of Ireland take part, culminated in a great two final races in southerly breeze of 25 knots with gusts up to 30 knots.

Day 1: The Championship dawned to overcast skies with a westerly 8-10 knots of breeze. Race area one, west of the clubhouse, was chosen, which paid dividend for anyone travelling the coast road during the races as they were sailing close to the shore at Mount Trenchard that made for a spectacular sight between Foynes and Glin. Finbarr Ryan of LRYC/HYC commented, “Race one, after battling with the pin end, the fleet headed left up the beat, hugging the shore, which led to several port-starboard incidents across the fleet. Both windward marks were incident-rich, with many suffering from tide and port raiders. Race two, HARD ON PORT nailed the pin end, hugged the shore, and led from start to finish, oblivious to the battles going on astern. A similar format at the front followed for race three. In race four, with an ebbing tide, eager beavers led to a general recall. HARD ON PORT was taken out at the start, leaving JELIGNITE, SCANDAL and JAMAIS ENCORE in a battle up the first beat. With the breeze shifting right and the tide having turned, the right side of the course was favored, catching much of the fleet off guard after the swelling flood tide. More pressure and an early gybe allowed JAMAIS to move from third to first & dominated the rest of the race to take the bullet. All the fleet were met with a pontoon beer reception which was a perfect finish to a great day’s sailing!” The day’s racing concluded with JP McCaldin’S JAMAIS ENCORE leading with Flor O’Driscoll’s HARD ON PORT from Royal Saint George YC in second, and in third place was Mark Usher’s JUMPIN JIVE from Greystones Sailing Club. The Silver Fleet was all tied with Howth YC U25 Keelboat Team joint first with Fergus Kelliher on JIBE from Tralee Bay Sailing Club, with Sinéad Enright and Dave Lane’s YAGOTTAWANNA from Royal Cork YC in third.
Day Two: For the second day of racing, PRO Raymond McGibney chose Race Area Two and set a course east off Foynes Island. The penultimate race got underway on schedule with JAMAIS ENCORE and HARD ON PORT dueling for the title. After a difficult first beat, only about 25% of the fleet flew spinnakers on the first downwind leg resulting in a big change in the leaders on that leg. In the testing conditions, HARD ON PORT fell outside the top three giving the title to the Lough Erne boat with one race to spare. The last race of the day got underway with a clear start with the boats taking the right hand side of the course gaining at the top. Three rounds of the course were completed with the Howth YC U25 Team leading from the start to the finish followed in second place by Flor O’Driscoll, and Finbarr Ryan on JELIGNITE in third. Battles continued throughout the rest of the fleet with JUMPIN JIVE from Greystones YC representing the east coast on the podium in third place.
Irish J/24 Class President, Flor O’Driscoll, commented with delight about the rejuvenation in the J/24 fleet, “This event had two newcomers to our regional events, the new Howth YC U25 Team on SCANDAL sailing a superb event and finishing first in the Silver Fleet, three points ahead of another newcomer Fergus Kelliher on JIBE from Tralee Bay Sailing Club. Third place went to Dave Lane & Sinéad Enright on YAGOTTAWANNA from the Royal Cork Yacht Club. The local contingent was led by GALA RACING from Foynes YC, coming in fifth in Gold & seventh place overall.” For more Irish J/24 Class information, visit https://j24ireland.wordpress.com/.

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