International J/24 Class Association

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/.


VITESSE Crowned J/24 Pfingst Cup Champion

June 17, 2017

The Flensburger Segel-Club held their annual Pfingst Cup in Glucksburg, Germany for a fleet of J/24s in the first week of June. Many of the teams were of European and World Championship caliber in the dozen-boat fleet. In the end, winning the event was Manfred Konig’s VITESSE from Muhlenberger Sailing Club, winning three races on their way to a narrow win on 13 points (crew consisted of Nils GLOCKOW, Tina LÜLFING, Rollo BÖHM, Olaf SCHMIDT). Taking second was Daniel Frost’s JJONE with 15 points (crew was Benjamin VOIGT, Daniel SCHWARZE, Jeronimo LANDAUER, Cynthia SASSENROTH). Then, taking third was Till Pomarius’s crew from SVAOE with 17 points (crew of Ole WITTENBERG, Maximilian BISCHOF, Bele SCHÜTT, Christian WARNECKE). Rounding out the top five was Frank Schonfeldt’s HENK just one point back with 18 points, and in fifth was Jannik Barop’s QUICK & DIRTY with 27 points. All three women’s’ teams finished together in the standings overall. First women’s crew was Lynn Wolgast’s crew on GER 5266 (Svea WREDE (MSC) Isabel SPRANDEL, Jette LYSSEWSKI, Lynn THORNS), followed by Emily Kern’s ROTOGIRL team 4 points behind them (Corinna THIERMANN, Maike HASS, Naomi KOSMEHL, Janne SCHLEIFER, Gesa GÖLLNER), and Ann-Kathrin Frank’s JUELSSAND team only three points further back (Lisa RASCHDORF, Carlotta MEEVES, Lea TORRNOW, Caren RAMIEN, Janne HÖPKEN). For more German J/24 Class information, visit http://www.j24.de/.


Italian J/24 Nationals

June 4, 2017

The waters of the La Maddalena archipelago for the 37th Italian J/24 Nationals saw the dominating performance of LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. After winning the US J/24 Nationals just two weeks earlier, the team on FURIO (skipper Keith Whittemore with Kevin Downey, Brian Thomas, Mark Rogers, & Shelley Milne) flew over 15 hours from Seattle to Rome, Italy in order to participate in the Italian Open J/24 Nationals on the island of Sardinia. The FURIO team took the silver in the Open division behind LA SUPERBA. Third overall and second in the Italian championship was VIGNE SURRAU, a team comprised of skipper Aurelio Nini with crew Evero Niccolini, Danilo Deiana, Roberta Piras, M. Mario Pisanu and Fabrizio Zuddas. Rounding out the top five were the German crew of SUELLBERG in fourth place skippered by Stefan Karsunke, and in fifth place was the Italian crew of AVOLTORE skippered by Francesco Cruciani. “I am sure to interpret the thought of all the crews and their friends and family,” explained the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti. “Maddalena is a wonderful place to host great events. The gorgeous sea, the welcome and the unique hospitality, the lovely resorts and breathtaking views have made our stay in La Maddalena very special. A heartfelt thank you to all those who have made efforts to organize our Championship in the best way possible. An advice? Back to Maddalena! I am also very pleased with the pleasant climate among our crews: so much competition and fairness in the water, great friendliness and friendship on the ground are among the winning secrets of a constantly growing Class, also appreciated by young people.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Will Welles Three-Peats as J/24 North American Champion

May 29, 2017

For the third consecutive year, Will Welles holds the title of J/24 North American Champion. With crew Jeff Linton, Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan and Erik Rexford, team Bogus bested 28 other J/24s at the Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club in Texas. Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics entered Sunday with a shot at the victory, however they lodged a 12, 3 on the day, compared to Welles’ 7, 2, leaving Ingham and crew in the silver position with 31 points. Welles finished with 22 points. Despite a bullet in the tenth and final contest, Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger settled for third, just one point behind Ingham. Over the three-day regatta, all races were completed on schedule each day in solid breeze. Welles relished the conditions, especially on Saturday when they had four firsts, saying,” We really had the boat dialed in to the conditions, getting off the line with good speed at the upper end of the genoa in short chop.” Welles summarized that going into Sunday with a three-point advantage on Ingham, he wanted Bogus to focus on its own destiny. “If an opportunity presented itself to win, we would go for it, but we just made sure to hang around the competition while we did our own thing.” Sunday’s race winners were James Freedman’s Miss Conduct (in winds at 6-8 knots), and Odenbach (as the breeze increased to 10-14).

The top five:

  1. Will Welles, Bogus, [30/OCS], 4, 2 , 3, 1, 1, 1, 1, 7, 2 = 22
  2. Mike Ingham, Nautalytics, [30/OCS], 2, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 6, 12, 3 = 31
  3. Travis Odenbach, Honeybadger, 4, 3, 3, 2, [11/20%], 3, 4, 3, 9, 1 = 32
  4. Nobuyuki Imai, Siesta, 8, 1, 5, 4, [11], 6, 3, 2, 6, 4 = 39
  5. Carter White, Sea Bags Sailing Team, 5/10%, 5, 9, 5, 6, 4, [10], 4, 10, 5 = 53
    Photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at https://www.regattatech.com/websites/action/showEventHome?clubCode=HoustonYC&eventCode=J24NA17.


Will Welles Perfect on Day 2 of J/24 North American Championship

May 28, 2017

Will Welles’ Bogus went four for four on Saturday at the J/24 North American Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club. The Newport, RI-based skipper made a strong case in defending his title by winning all four meetings in winds at 12-18 knots. Welles is now able to discard an OCS from race 1, leaving him a scoreline of 4,2,3,1,1,1,1 for 13 points. Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics, also now dropping an OCS from race 1, moved up to second with a solid day including three runner-up finishes. A sixth in the day’s final contest, paired with Welles perfect afternoon, prevented him from taking the overall lead in the 29-boat fleet. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger dropped to third with 22 points. Welles and Ingham placed first and second, respectively, in each of Saturday’s first three races. The bronze position was taken by Todd Fedyszyn’s Spoony Tactics in race 5, Odenbach’s Honeybadger in race 6 and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta in race 7. Following Welles in race 8 were Imai and Odenbach. Racing concludes Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://www.regattatech.com/websites/action/showEventHome?clubCode=HoustonYC&eventCode=J24NA17, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Day One Goes to Travis Odenbach at J/24 North American Championship

May 27, 2017

Twenty-nine J/24s took to the waters of Galveston Bay on Friday, where 12-18 knots of breeze allowed four races at the J/24 North American Championship at Houston Yacht Club. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger has collected the early advantage with scores of 4,3,3,2 for 12 points. The Japanese team Siesta, led by Nobuyuki Imai, holds second place with 18 points. The opening contest had Patricio Sly’s Muy Muy in the top spot. Imai’s Siesta took line honors in race two, ahead of Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics and Odenbach’s Honeybadger. It was the same winning trio in the third and fourth battles: Ingham, Will Welles’ Bogus and Odenbach in race three, and then Ingham, Odenbach and Welles in race four. Brendan Feeney, the first recipient of the Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Scholarship Boat, is crewing on Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss before he takes on his own program this summer. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://www.regattatech.com/websites/action/showEventHome?clubCode=HoustonYC&eventCode=J24NA17, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


J/24 40th Anniversary Race Friday, August 11, 2017

May 26, 2017

There’s no more iconic a race course in J/24 Class history than the 18-mile track around Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay that helped decide the outcome of the first J/24 North Americans in 1978, and then the first J/24 World Championship in 1979. It would be impossible to count how many times J/24s have circumnavigated Conanicut Island since, but it would be safe to say the “Around the Island Race” is the all-time favorite for generations of J/24 Fleet 50 sailors, not to mention a big income generator for local boat repair shops. If you’ve never raced along a rocky coastline interspersed with beautiful beaches, a cool summer sea breeze and lots of current, then this is the race for you!

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the J/24 Class, J/Fest New England and Sail Newport invite all J/24 sailors, past and present, to enter the Around the Island Race with the first gun at 1300 on Friday, August 11. To make a whole weekend of it, there’s W/L buoy racing Saturday and Sunday as part of J/Fest New England. For more info: www.jfestnewengland.com


Italian J/24 Report Week 18

May 15, 2017

The Sardinia J/24 fleet completed their spring series in Arzachena/Palau, finishing with a total of nine races in the series. For the finale, three races were sailed on the first day, but the second day’s racing was canceled due to extreme winds. Sardinia J/24 Fleet Captain Marco Frullio described how it all went down for the weekend: On Saturday, there were three races with a cool fresh grecce wind. The first race was won by our team ITA 443 ARIA. Second was ITA 497 BOOMERANG skippered by Enrico Strazzera, and third was ITA 4121 SANTA LUCIA helmed by Lucio Balzano. In the second race of the day, ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU from CN Arzachena took off and won easily over ITA 443 ARIA. Third was ITA 318 NORD OESTE skippered by Salvatore Orecchioni and Tonino Chessa. The last race saw the wind change to the expected western quadrant. The ‘dancer’s wind’ caused a shortening of the final race. The shift rewarded the ever-attentive ITA 406 BOTTA DRITTA sailed by the proven duo of Mariolino Di Fraia/Luca Montella. As a result of the weekend’s racing, VIGNE SURRAU won with 15 points net, followed by SANTA LUCIA with 20 points in second place, and BOTTA DRITTA in third place with 23 points. For more Italian J/24 information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


J/24 Fleet Regatta: Season Opener for the 2017 J/24 Hungarian Sailing Series

May 9, 2017

Maximum number of eight races sailed in perfect conditions was a result of the three-day Balatonfüred J/24 Fleet Regatta – the season opener for the 2017 J/24 Hungarian Sailing Series. Gábor Sallai and his team on BIGFIVE was the winner with 21 points. In second place was ST.JAMES skippered by Farkas Litkey with 24 points. Litkey was the helmsman and tactician of the Italian Team Pelle Nero, who won third place of the Italian J/24 Winter Series. Following in third place, was JUKEBOX (the second overall of the Italian J/24 Winter Series) skippered by Miklós Rauchenberger with 24 points total. What a perfect regatta: wonderful weather with blue skies and sunshine, various North and East winds 6 to 16 knots and happy J/24 sailors enjoying all of it at the first regatta of the Hungarian sailing season. The final results show a high level, strong and very even competition, as teams from second through sixth place were quite close to each other. Results: http://j24europeans2017.hu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/j24_melges24_fb2017_results_final_v2.pdf


Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta

April 30, 2017

With rain, sun and above all plenty of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the over 100+ registered sailing teams in the Benelux region (The Netherlands). In the ORC Class, the J/24 JOOL skippered by Dirk Olyslagers crushed their class, taking it with a 2-3-2-2-1-1 for 8 points net. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.


Italy J/24 Report – Week 17

The second “act” of the Italian J/24 National Circuit took place in Livorno, Italy. The regatta was hosted by the Italian Naval Academy and the City of Livorno. Nine races were sailed over the three days in a wide variety of sailing conditions. After dominating virtually every day, the winner of this act was none other than the star of the Italian Naval Academy Sailing Team—ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Francesco Ciccio Linares, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. After the first day of racing, LA SUPERBA had a commanding lead with three straight bullets. Behind them in second was Fabio Apollonio’s ITA 371 J-OK, and in third was ITA 400 CAPTAIN NEMO co-skippered by Domenico Brighi and Guido Guadagni. In fourth and fifth positions, respectively, were ITA 212 JAMAICA skippered by Pietro Diamanti and ITA 489 VALHALLA sailed by Fabio De Rossi. “This first day was characterized by weak winds and so many waves: difficult conditions for the crews, but at the same time it made the races tough, unpredictable, and exciting,” commented Mr Diamanti. On the second day, three more races were sailed with largely the same outcome. The day was sunny with winds in the 14 to 16 knots range. LA SUPERBA added three more bullets to their scoreline for a perfect record so far. After a great performance with 6-2-2 on his scoreline, Diamanti’s JAMAICA jumped into second overall in the provisional standings. Also climbing quickly in the standings was De Rossi’s VALHALLA, scoring a 2-3-8 to finish third overall after two days on the water. After three Sunday races and three on Monday, the final day just two races were run in big waves and 18-24 knot winds. “There have been three beautiful sailing days, challenging but very good, without any protest,” commented Alessandra Virdis, Chairman of the Regatta Committee, assisted by Riccardo Incerti, Gabriella Matteucci and Mario Forgion. LA SUPERBA posted two more firsts to win the regatta with just 7 points net in eight races. Second was Diamanti’s JAMAICA team (Fabrizio Ginesi, Paolo Governato, Giuseppe Garofalo and Antonio Lupo) after they posted two more seconds to finish with 20 points net. Taking the bronze position was De Rossi’s VALHALLA-HOTEL VERONA with 27 points net. His crew was Marco Belotti, Alberto Zandomeneghi and Andrea Fronti.

Arzachena/Palau- Sardinia: A cool wind accompanied the Sardinian J/24 fleet on the second day of racing of their spring circuit. Here is the report of Sardinia J/24 Fleet Captain Marco Frullio: “The organizing club, the Club Nautico Arzachena was able to opt for the race course near Spargi to allow the crews to run three quick races. The Race Committee, led by Sandro Ricetto, however, waited until the breeze was up to 16-18 knots. In the wavy, windy conditions, it was Aurelio Bini’s ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU with crew of Evero Niccolini, Pietro Alvisa, Roberta Piras, Mauro Pisanu and Danilo Deiana who proved to be the “boat to beat.” Their scores of 1-3-2 for the day meant they easily led the fleet in the series after this weekend. The other race winners were Mariolino Di Fraia’s ITA 460 BOTTA DRITTA and Filippo Masia’s ITA 497 BOOMERANG. At the end of racing, the excellent performance of Gianluca Manca’s crew on SANTA LUCIA enabled them to take second in the series (just four points back from VIGNE SURRAU). Then, sitting in third place is Davide Gorgerino’s ITA 431 LNI CARLOFORTE-AUTO A. After racing, the crews were all treated to the wonderful hospitality of the CAN, and the refreshing meal and tasty wines at the end of the regatta were offered at Hotel La Vecchia Fonte…thank you!” For more Italian J/24 information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


J/24 Girls RULE @ WISC Regatta

April 24, 2017

Hugo Ottaway, a long-time champion of introducing women to sailing on J/24s, put a team together on his own J/24 recently to compete in the Women In Sailing Regatta held at Sandringham Yacht Club in Australia. Here is Hugo’s report on the proceedings: “Despite only one J/24 entry in the Sandringham YC Women In Sailing regatta 2017, the result sheet was full of our ‘J/Girls’ winning every division and first, second and third in the Doris Little Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Amongst the entries were Krystal Weir, dual Olympic representative, Kirsty Harris, and Sophie Cisek, Volvo Round the World competitor and 2016 Victorian Female Sailor of the Year. The regatta was sailed over four heats on Port Phillip Bay in ideal conditions with sunny skies and a breeze that freshened to 12 knots. J/24 BRUSCHETTA VI won the AMS division and placed third in the Doris Little PHS trophy sailed by a mixture of girls from our Sandy J/24 fleet: skipper Madeline Linton (Jet), Trim Paulina Mattila (Bruschetta VI), Kirby O’Brien and Maria Vasardani (both from Kicking). Kirsty Harris and her crew from J/24 HYPERACTIVE sailed a modified Adams 10 to win IRC and come second in the Doris Little PHS trophy and Janet Dean, Past Commodore of RMYS and owner of Adams 10 Jungle Juice and crew member on J/24 Kicking, winner of the Doris Little perpetual trophy and PHS division. There were also many other women J/24 sailors amongst the competitors. The talent amongst our J/24 female sailors has risen to a point where they have repeatedly won almost all the women’s sailing events in Victoria over the past few years. The number of women sailing J’s has risen to 30% + of our overall crew group, with the Class focused hard on fostering growth in this area. These results are a reminder of the strength and depth of talent of our female J/24 sailors. Well done girls, you make us proud!” For more information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/j24-girls-rule-at-the-wisc-regatta/.


INDIGO Wins Campeonato Centro Republica / Pereira’s CARRERA Becomes Triple Crown Winner

The Argentinean J/24 Class hosts the Triple Corona (triple crown), an event that encompasses three regattas starting in Buenos Aires/Rio de la Plata, then transitioning to Lago Potrerillos/Mendoza and Lago San Roque/Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba. This year saw 27 boats participate in the complete series. The third and final regatta in the “triple crown” recently took place on Lago San Roque at Villa Carlos Paz- the Campeonato Centro de Republica. The event produced dramatic changes in the overall series standings. By winning the final regatta, Ezequiel Despontin’s INDIGO from Club Nautico Cordoba and his crew of Martin Costa, Marcelo Freytes, Franca Pesci and Carolina Lorenzon, managed to leap up the standings in the overall series—taking second for the Triple Crown. After winning the Potrerillos event in Mendoza, Javier Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO from Club Nautico Cordoba was hoping to post high enough finishes to get onto the series podium. His crew of Francisco Agusti, Pablo Avila Gray and Adrian Berelejis sailed well, but not well enough to overcome the fact they did not sail the first event at CUBA in Buenos Aires. Nevertheless, they won two races in the finale and took the silver in the Lago San Roque event. In a similar situation, Sebastien Halpern’s team on BELUGA (Federico Roser, Franco Monetti, and Yael Malem) sailed the last two regattas well, taking the bronze in the San Roque event with most finishes in the top five. After winning Buenos Aires, Matias Pereira’s crew on CARRERA (Andres Guerra, Guillermo Bellinotto and Emilliano Homps) held on for a fifth place finish on Lago San Roque, enough for them to be declared the overall Triple Crown Winner! Nicolas Cubria’s crew from Club Nautico Olivos (Mario Cubria, Gonzalo Frejenal and Fernando Bertrand) had also gathered enough points in the first two events so their sixth place finish on Lago San Roque was good enough for them to earn the bronze for the Triple Crown. For more Argentina J/24 information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/2017/03/campeonato-del-centro-de-la-republica-y.html.


Italy J/24 Report

This past weekend saw sailing activity taking place in two of the Italian peninsula’s signature resort/yachting destinations. One was on the alpine lake of Lago di Caldonazzo in the north and the other was off Arzachena on the island of Sardinia.
Lago di Caldonazzo/ Valcanover: They were two beautiful sailing days for the dozen J/24s that were sailing on Lake Caldonazzo for the Trofeo Autopergine. The Associazione Velica Trentino hosted the event. Commented Ale Ferrara from the host club, “As usual, after Saturday’s races, there was a big party where all the sailors share their ‘war stories’ from their day of sailing on the water. Fine wines augmented the conversations and an equally excellent dinner offered by the club, thanks to the excellent catering offered by the Hotel Valcanover next door. The sailors clearly enjoyed the entire evening!” After posting a record of two firsts and three seconds in six races, it was an easy victory for Dario Cattarozzi’s crew on ITA 182 J-JAM, claiming the title for the Trofeo Autopergine. In second and third place, respectively, were Giuliano Cattarozzi on ITA 432 KASTER with 11 points and Giuseppe De Mori on ITA 49 EOS with 14 points.
Arzachena/Palau: The Club Nautico Arzachena, situated on the harbor of Palau, played host to the talented fleet of local crews. “After the customary preparations, the boats were heading towards the sailing area located between the islands of La Maddalena, Spargi and Santa Maria,” explained Fleet Captain Marco Whirring. “The light wind from the northeast permitted three races to take place on the first day. There was no favored side of the course due to the tremendous wind shifts. As a result, three races produced three different winners. The RC Chairman Sandro Ricetto and his team (Giovanni Porcu, Karin Paternost, Francesca Campus and Salvatore Corda) waited patiently for all boats to finish each race, made quick adjustments, then fired off another race quickly. They are to be commended for their first-class management of the races!” The star of the weekend was Davide Gorgerion’s ITA 431 LIN CARLISLE with just 8 points. Second was ITA 318 NORTEOESTE with 10 points, and third was Lucio Balzano’s ITA 4 SAINT LUCIA with 12 points. Just behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively, were ITA 405 SURRAU VIGNE and ITA 460 BOTTA LIGNE. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.

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