International J/24 Class Association

World Council Meeting Minutes Posted

October 31, 2017

Thank you to the Italian Class for hosting the 2017 J/24 World Council Meeting at Fraglia Vela, Riva del Garda, Italy on October 21. The meeting minutes are now posted at http://www.j24class.org/organization/class-documents/wcm-minutes/.


J/24 Italy National Circuit October Report

October 28, 2017

The Italian J/24 Class continues to complete a combination of their summer series and upcoming fall events. Here are the latest reports from the Cervia Fleet in Sardinia and from the Genovese fleet sailing their annual Lantern Regatta. CERVIA: For the fifth leg of the Italian J/24 National Circuit, the Race Committee and PRO at Circolo Nautico de Cervia managed to provide the 23 J/24 teams with six races over the two-day weekend. Thanks to a very steady series scoreline of 5-3-2-2-3-3, J-OC sailed by Fabio Apollonio ended up winning the Cervia stage of the National J/24 Circuit with 13 points total. Just off the pace behind them and taking second place was Italian J/24 Class President, Pietro Diamanti, racing ITA 212 JAMAICA to a record of 4-1-5-3-1-2 for 15 points. Rounding out the podium was ITA 424 KISMET owned by Francesca Focardi and skippered by Dario Luciani, with a record of 10-2-1-6-4-9 for 22 points. For the balance of the top five, it was ITA 505 JORE owned by Alessandro Errani and helmed by Marco Pantano that took fourth place. Finishing in fifth place was Ignacio Bonanno and his Italian Navy crew on ITA 416 LA SUPERBA. The Cervia event also qualified another boat for the 2018 World Championship that will take place in Riva del Garda at the end of August 2018—ITA 424 KISMET won that slot. As a result of this regatta, the National Circuit series continues to be led by Diamanti’s JAMAICA, followed by ITA 473 MAGIC FAIRY sailed by Massimo Frigerio in second and ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING J sits in third, sailed by the young Eugenia De Giacomo.

GENOA/ PORTOFINO Campionato Della Lanterna: The Marina Genova Airport Nautical Club completed the second and third events of the Campionato Della Lanterna for the fleet of eight J/24s. The fleet had to contend with uncertain weather on day one, almost a “glass-out” in the morning, but followed up with a southwest breeze of 5-7 knots in the afternoon, enough to get in two races. The second day’s racing was defined by winds of 15-18 knots plus a short, steep chop. It was close racing for everyone over the weekend. In the end, it was JAWS that won the regatta, followed by JUST A JOKE in second, FINALLY in third, FOR FIVE (A. Criscuolo – P. Ghibaudi) in fourth, and LANDFALL (Simone and Andrea Moretti) in fifth. “I am very happy with the way this championship is going,” Sr Buffa explained. “Above all, it is the rebirth and the fervor of our fleet of Portofino/Genoa, constantly searching for new J/24 owners who wish to join us.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


UK Autumn Cup October 14-15 – Chaotic Win

Thanks to Johnny Allen for this report: The weekend of the 14th to 15th of October saw 12 J/24s take part in the Autumn Cup, hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole, UK (the venue for the 2020 J/24 World Championship). The Parkstone Yacht Club is undergoing the largest sailing club build in Europe with an impressive new clubhouse nearing completion ready for some of the largest sailing events in the UK. Saturday brought a light southwesterly breeze with four races being sailed out of a scheduled five. Apart from race one, won by Roger Morris’ Jolly Roger, Nick Philips and his team on Chaotic could not put a foot wrong, winning the remaining three races of the day, with the rest of the fleet having a mixed day. Jolly Roger was the overnight leader before the discard kicked in. Sunday morning’s start of race five at 09.30 saw most of the fleet changing to jibs minutes before the start as the breeze built…only for a number of the fleet to do a headsail change back to genoas on the first downwind leg. Duncan McCarthy on Madeleine was first to finish, only to find out that they had been disqualified by the ‘U’ Flag Rule, within one minute of the start (along with Team Impact and Flying Colours), thus handing the lead to Nick McDonald’s Cacoon. Race six and all the fleet were back on genoas with Mark Lewers’ Hijinks quick out of the blocks finding the left hand side of the beat to be favoured and never challenged once they reached the windward mark of lap one. Race seven was won by Madeleine, and race eight by Andy Taylor’s Phoenix. However, consistency paid, and the Chaotic team are worthy winners of this year’s America’s Autumn Cup. Of note is the ever-improving youth team on Team Impact who regularly pushed at the top of the fleet, perhaps not surprising with the Kuzyk brothers on board—past Topper World, European and National Champions. Also Jack Butters, ex Spitfire National Champion, sailing with his brothers Pete and Steve, and their father Dave on Crackerjack. At the prize-giving, Chaotic thanked the race officer Bryan Drake and his team for an excellent regatta, managing to get in all eight races in what were sometimes tricky conditions.

Rank Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Nett
1st Chaotic 4177 Parkstone Yacht Club Nick Phillips Matt Hardy, Tom Montgomery, Charlie Montgomery, Hugh Styles 15.0
2nd Phoenix 4222 Parkstone Yacht Club Andy Taylor Paul Williams, Jack Sharland, Sam Shrive, Izzy Savage 29.0
3rd Madeleine 4265 Parkstone Yacht Club Duncan McCarthy Steve Phelps, Charlie Fisher, Spencer Whitworth, Kiersten Metcalfe 31.0
4th Jolly Roger 4270 Parkstone Yacht Club Roger Morris Andrew Morris, Daniel Sparrow, John Sparrow, David Sparrow 32.0
5th Team Impact 4236 Parkstone Yacht Club George Kennedy Eden Luke, Harry Gilchrist, Giles Kuzyk, Elliott Kuzyk 35.0
6th Crackerjack 4074 Parkstone Yacht Club Jack Butters Dave Butters, Pete Butters, Ian Millard, Steve Butters 36.0
7th Jawbreaker 4271 Saltash Sailing Club James Torr Abi Smith, Stuart Hammond, Nick Triscott, David Cooper 38.0
8th Cacoon 5432 RYA Nick McDonald Paddy Hutchins, John Allen, Sam Spencer, Lorna Graham 42.0
9th HiJinks 4213 RWYC Mark Lewers Neil Appleton, Helen Timpson, Emily Mulligan, Katie Moore 44.0
10th Flying Colours 4266 Parkstone Yacht Club Alex Pollock Barney Pollock, Richard Popper, Tilo Pepe, Vivian Allen/William Pollock 59.0
11th Jam 4153 SSC Ben Maddaford Sam Nicholson, Matthew Maddaford, James Randall, Jess Jarvis 60.0
12th JuJu 4254 Poole Yacht Club Quinton Hall Yvonne Hall, Miles DeSa, Thomas Clayton, James Walker 71.0


Robert Bakoczy and Team Become 2017 J/24 European Champions / Open European Championship Won by American Keith Whittemore

October 1, 2017

Hungarian victory crowned the J/24 European Championship which was held in Balatonfüred between September 24 and October 1. The title was decided during the very last race of the 10-race competition. The continental trophy was won by young Robert Bakoczy and his dynamic team after four days of consistent sailing. The Open Champion title was won by American Keith Whittemore. 250 competitors on 48 boats from eight countries sailed the waters around Balatonfüred during the European Championship on board of the world’s most popular one-design keelboat. Light wind continued to be the theme during the last race day, but despite the challengingly shifty conditions, the Race Committee, headed by Bence Fluck, managed to run two races on the final day. Race 9 was sailed in 7-8 knot northeasterly winds, during which three German teams gathered BFD penalties due to jumping out early. LUV was the first boat to reach the first upwind gate, shadowed by the young girls-only team on GER5266, while Django turned third. By the end of the second leg, leading positions shifted as the left side of the course proved faster, but LUV and GER5266 managed to hold onto their leads while Greek Evniki completed the leg third. The second upwind leg was accomplished by again LUV first while two teams came in from the right: Jukebox in second place and Furio in third. Tom Stiry and his team won Race 9 before Jukebox and upcoming FGF Sailing Team. Race 10 was a nerve-wracking course, testing the endurance of the teams with its dropping, shifty winds. Evniki was the first to round the first upwind mark followed by Dutch team JOOL and Jmania. This order was kept at the downwind mark, except Evniki swapped positions with JOOL. Dropping winds clustered up the teams at the mark, and there were fierce struggles for inside positions coupled by loud protest calls. Team JOOL struggled up first to the second upwind mark, followed by Evniki and Vitesse. The Dutch ended up winning the race on board JOOL, beating Evniki and Vitesse. The Race Committee was determined to do an 11th race which had to be started by 4 pm. The wind was picking up to 7-8 knots and shifting east, but the first start attempt had to be interrupted by an AP due to a sudden wind shift. The 11th race started clear on the second start attempt, though shifting conditions forced an abandonment. Therefore, the European Championship closed after 10 races. FGF Sailing Team helmed by Robert Bakoczy became European Champions. “The J/24 European Championship was a great adventure for us, as this is not our Class. We sail in a different Class. It was great that there was no pressure on us, and this brought us victory. We are extremely delighted. I don’t know, I am just overwhelmed right now. It hasn’t yet sunk in that this has happened to us and we won,” said Bakoczy after his win. Silver went to Farkas Litkey with his mixed Hungarian/Italian team on board Pelle Nera, while the bronze was earned by Balazs Tomai and his team on Jenesis. The Open Trophy was taken home by American Keith Whittemore and his team on Furio. “It was amazing to race on this beautiful Lake where, to our surprise and biggest delight, powerboats are banned. You cannot believe how lucky you are with this. We had 10 great races, great organization and fair start lines,” said Whittemore after the races. Jukebox helmed by Miklos Rauschenberger, who was leading the regatta during two days, finished fourth. They received a standing ovation at the prize-giving ceremony, as they earned three wins during the regatta and offered very consistent sailing all throughout the week. German Süllberg with Stefan Karsunke finished fifth, followed by Evniki helmed by Athimos Nikolaidis at sixth. Three more Hungarian teams made it to the top 10 which is a great achievement considering the strength of the fleet. Dutch team JOOL (Dirk Olyslagers) finished seventh, followed by Jbond (Robert Sarina) in eighth, iJroncat (Gabor Sallai) ninth and Jinge (Imre Scholtz) closing the top 10. Following the J/24 Class’ legacy, there were also special prizes distributed. The “Old Boat Trophy” was earned by Just a Big Dinghy helmed by Annamári Sabján. The boat had been used by a Swiss fisherman who shortened the mast by 6 cm. The mast had to be restored to its original length before the European Championship in order to comply with Class Rules. The girls-only team went to lengths to make their boat race compliant. The “Ladies Trophy” special prize was won by Emily Kern and her team on Rotogirl. “The Top Youth Boat Trophy” was won by the GER3634 team, Fast F, helmed by Johanne Maske. The “Top Senior Boat” title went to Italian Attilio De Battista on ITA498 named Pilgrim. Erik Hercsel, the President of the Hungarian J/24 Class, concluded the event as follows, “I am grateful that I had a chance to sail the same course with such great sailors during this regatta. Seeing the Hungarian fleet, the teams, the helms achieving such great results makes me even more happy. Long months of organization and many late nights preceded this event. Big thank you to my entire team who made this event such a success, to the many supporters, volunteers, J/24 Class members, to Balatonfüred Yacht Club, and of course to our sponsors whose support was inevitable in the realization of this great event.”

Further event information: http://j24europeans2017.hu/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hunj24class/


Farkas Litkey is Leading After Eight Races at the J/24 European Championship

September 30, 2017

Teams sailed four races Friday on the third day of the J/24 European Championship, having accomplished eight races in total. It was a busy day, not only in race numbers but also in number of protests, so the international jury was kept busy as well. Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera) took over the lead though tied on points with second Keith Whittemore (Furio), while Balazs Tomai (Jenesis) sits at third after Rauschenberger Miklos (Jukebox) was disqualified from race 8 by the technical committee for faulty sailing. The top league has reorganized, competition is tight and spots on the podium are still up for grabs. The day started out with shore postponement. After a short wait, the fleet headed out to the course area. The fleet sailed Race 5 in 6-8-knot easterly winds. Leading Miklos Rauschenberger (Jukebox) won Race 5, followed by Frank Schönfeldt (Henk). Greek Anthimos Nikolaidis (Evniki) finished third though due to being over the line early they earned a BFD, therefore Peer Kook (Bockdrauf) moved up a notch to third, and Balazs Tomai (Jenesis) could claim fourth. Winds dropped by Race 6 though it was an even 5-6 knots at the beginning. Winds dropped further during the race forcing the RC to shortened the length of the second upwind leg. Race 5 finished with five Hungarian teams occupying the top five league. Order of finish: Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera), Robert Sarina (Jbond), Balazs Tomai (Jenesis), Robert Bakoczy (FGF Sailing Team), Gabor Sallai (iJroncat). Race 7 was preceded by a lengthy on-water postponement as the Race Committee decided to move the course southward in hope of more steady winds. The new course was set, and Race 7 started in an 8-knot northeasterly. The start for Race 7 had to be repeated due to a general recall three teams, including leading Jukebox collected a BFD. The second start for Race7 was clear. Swedish For Fun rounded the upwind mark first, followed by Vitesse and iJroncat. The order somewhat shifted by the downwind mark which was rounded first by FGF Sailing Team, followed by Furio and Evniki. FGF ended up winning race 7 by consistent sailing. Vitesse came in second, Furio third. Greek Evniki finished fourth while Hungarian Jinge fifth. The wind dropped to 5-6 knots by Race 8 while keeping its direction, so no course change was needed for the last race of the day. Teams really had to be alert and decide which side to choose that would bring them fresh breeze. Balazs Tomai on Jenesis opted for the left and rounded the first upwind mark first, beating Vitesse and Pelle Nera. At the end of the first lap, Jörn Harms took over the lead with Vitesse overcoming Balazs Tomai (Jenesis). Vitesse held onto his leading position until finish. Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera) finished second, Keith Whittemore (Furio) came in third, Jenesis landed fourth, while FGF Sailing Team nailed the fifth spot. The winner of the day was definitely Farkas Litkey whose consistent sailing paid him with taking the lead in the regatta. Litkey told us after the races, “We sailed four races today out of the total eight. Successful four races for us. I am satisfied with all races. There are light winds which benefit us as we are fast in light winds. We have enough speed there to stay among or ahead of the best. The regatta organization is fantastic. It is incredible that there are 48 boats. I’m truly impressed. Shore events are perfect. New videos, edited every night, the day’s photos displayed is really unique. I haven’t seen this at any other regattas. This is the best organization, I’ve ever seen.”

Opening Ceremony: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7YmCso-mo8
First racing day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HT4b1eqop8
Second racing day:https://www.facebook.com/hunj24class/videos/1574942895896260/
Results: http://j24europeans2017.hu/results/


Three Hungarian Teams on Top of Leaderboard After Four Races at J/24 European Championship

September 29, 2017

The second race day continued with two further races at the J/24 European Championship on Lake Balaton. After four races, three Hungarian teams rule the top league. Jukebox is leading with Miklos Rauschenberger at the helm, shadowed by Jenesis, helmed by Balázs Tomai, while Pelle Nera helmed by Farkas Litkey is third. Due to the black flag start rules, yesterday’s favorites, the American Keith Whittemore on Furio and the German Daniel Frost on JJone lost their positions as they haven’t been able to drop their BFDs. The day started out beautifully in 7-9 knots of easterly winds. The first three teams to round the first upwind mark during the third race was German Tom Stryi (LUV), Hungarian Gabor Sallai (iJroncat) and also fellow Hungarian Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera), keeping their positions until the finish of that race. German Stefan Karsunke on Süllberg finished fourth, while the current overall leader Miklos Rauschenberger on Jukebox crossed the finish line fifth. The middle of the fleet pretty much clustered up due to dropping winds and finished really close to each other so the Race Committee decided to shorten the course on the third and fourth legs. Race 4, the second race of the day, was preceded by an on-water postponement as the wind started shifting and it also dropped well below 5 knots. After a bit of waiting, the regatta moved southwards, a new course was set and racing continued. Excited teams were unable to hold their horses well enough, being Black Flag starts for six teams, including yesterday’s favorites Furio and JJone who were forced to watch the race from the sidelines. Repeated start for Race 4 was clear. The rounding order at the first upwind mark was Jörn Harms on Vitesse, Balazs Tomai on Jenesis and Miklos Rauschenberger with Jukebox. The order pretty much remained the same at the end of the first round at the downwind gate…only Jukebox turned a bit before Jenesis. Miklos Rauschenberger on Jukebox decided to take the left-hand mark and continue upwind on the right, while Tomai on Jenesis opted for the right-hand mark and sailed on the left upwind. The second upwind mark was rounded by Vitesse first, followed by Jenesis, then Fast F. The race was won by Jörn Harms on Vitesse, Jenesis with Balazs Tomai finished second, while the third was taken by a female helm Johanne Maske. Race 5 started in somewhat annoyingly shifty 5-6-knot easterly winds which later completely died, so the race committee decided to abandon the race to the biggest disappointment for leading Keith Whittemore (Furio) and Farkas Litkey (Pelle Nera). After the race, Balazs Tomai admitted that, “We expected to finish in the top 10. We are awaiting further races from the second spot though we are only half-way through with the regatta. This is the second time that I helm a J/24 on such a prestigious regatta. I believe that teamwork is key in this Class.” For more information and complete results, visit http://j24europeans2017.hu/.

Videos:
Opening day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j7YmCso-mo8
First Racing day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HT4b1eqop8


Hungarian Dominance at the J/24 European Championship: Miklós Rauschenberger with his crew on Jukebox Leading with Two Wins

September 28, 2017

Two races were sailed on September 27, the first day of the 2017 J/24 European Championship. Both races were ruled by the Hungarian teams occupying 10 spots in the top 20. Jukebox, helmed by local Miklos Rauschenberger, has secured two wins by confident sailing, followed by the current American National Champion Keith Whittemore on Furio, while last year’s World Champion, JJone helmed by Daniel Frost and his crew came in third. The first race on the first race day of the Continent Championship started out in light, easterly 7-9 knot winds at 10 am as scheduled. First start was under U flag, but loads of excited competitors went over the start line early, so the second start was under the Black Flag. Seemingly the teams were more careful at the second start in order not to be disqualified, so only two boats, HUN2 and GER5467, were over early therefore each earned a BFD. Jukebox, helmed by Miklós Rauschenberger and his team, took over the lead after the first upwind leg and won the race. Daniel Frost and his team came in second on JJone, followed by fellow German LUV, helmed by Tom Stryi. The wind lost power by the second race, dropping to 5-7 knots, further boosting the Hungarian teams’ self-confidence on the start line. Dropping, tricky winds require expert starting technique, where choosing one’s starting position is key to a successful race. Those starting closer to the pin end proved to be faster coming up the first upwind mark. Six Hungarian teams got there fastest. First to round the mark was Tamas Madarasz and his team on Rebel. The first downwind leg was fastest on the right side. After the first round, the already weakening wind was also shifting northward forcing a course alteration. The frontrunners split into two. The two leading teams, Jukebox and Farkas Litkey helmed Pelle Nera, chose to remain on the left while the rest of the fleet kept to the right hoping to find stronger breezes. By the end of the second race, winds died almost completely though the spinnakers were still holding up nicely. Patience and focus were the strongest virtue to finish the race. The second race was also ruled by Miklós Rauschenberger and his team on Jukebox, while now three-time Soling World Champion Farkas Litkey came in second on Pelle Nera followed by also fellow Hungarian Tamas Madarasz and his team on Rebel. As the wind completely died, there was no chance to do the third race. After shore postponement, the day was called after two successful races. So after two races, Jukebox helmed by Miklos Rauschenberger is leading the regatta with two wins. He summarized the day as follows, “In today’s light winds, local knowledge was definitely an advantage. We knew at both starts that we must choose the pin side, and it proved right. It is very good to see that the Hungarian teams are doing well, though today’s tricky conditions haven’t given foreign competitors the chance to really prove how good they are.” Furio, helmed by Keith Whittemore, is second with two fourth places at both races, while the German World Champion Daniel Frost on JJOne is looking forward to getting ahead from the third place. Results and more info: http://j24europeans2017.hu/.


J/24 European Championship Kicks Off with the Participation of 48 teams, 8 nationalities and 250 crew

250 competitors of 8 nations on 48 boats have registered for the 2017 J/24 European Championship which is organized by the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club in Balatonfüred, Hungary between September 24 and October 1. The Europeans has been preceded by a three-day registration session where all the boats and sails have been measured. Though the practice race had to be cancelled due to lack of wind, competitors have been compensated by a fantastic Opening Ceremony in the club followed by an awesome party with good food and plenty of drinks. The Opening Day kicked off with beautiful sunshine and pleasant easterly wind which some of the competitors took advantage of for training. Unfortunately, the wind completely died down by the afternoon, so the practice race needed to be called off by the Race Committee. The Opening Ceremony was a truly remarkable event where the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club’s young Optimist competitors sailed into the marina each carrying the flag of a competing nation while music characteristic to each nation played in the background. The Triumphal March from Verdi’s Aida played on while the flags were being raised. A spectacular RG dance performance performed on a floating pontoon followed the flag raising. The International J/24 Class was often referred to as a ‘Big Family’ in the opening speeches as most Class members know each other quite well. The iconic Stuart Jardine was the first to greet the competitors and also announced that he intends to retire soon and pass over his legacy to Michael Peters. Stuart is a member of the Technical Committee of the International J/24 Class, also a seasoned and successful sailor who finished fourth during the 2008 European Championship in Hungary. It is amazing that though being over 80 years old, he has personally managed the measurement procedure and the entire measurement team. Local measurement preparations for the J/24 Europeans were coordinated by Zsolt Baranyai. Ákos Pécsváradi, Gábor Csernussi and a handful of volunteers also supported the measurement team. Károly Simon, as a life member of the organizing Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, greeted the competitors wishing them fair winds and fair racing. Andras Holczhauser represented the Hungarian Yachting Association and also greeted the competitors. Erik Hercsel, Head of the Hungarian J/24 Class, expressed his gratitude toward the sponsors of the event: Audi being the main sponsor, plus Quantum Sails Hungary, Julius Meinl, International (Ricky Sport), Jet Travel, Bravo Boats also supporting the event. Bence Fluck’s, international Jury, was also introduced to competitors as well as Dusan Vanicky (SVK) as Chariman, Pedro Rodrigues (POR), Judit Bodnár (HUN), Gábor Oroszlán (HUN). The Opening Ceremony was followed by a leisurely dinner catering to both local and international taste. Good wines and superb atmosphere were an integral part of the evening.


Rossi Milev’s Clear Air Crowned J/24 World Champion

September 24, 2017

For those who place in the bottom third in the first race of a World Championship, look to Rossi Milev’s Clear Air for inspiration. The local team overcame double-digit finishes in the first three of eight races to become the 2017 victors at the driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Going into Saturday’s final day of competition, Milev trailed Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet by 5 points. Nailing a second-place in today’s only light-air contest earned Clear Air the title with 47 net points. Parker ended just one notch back, settling for the silver position after a very consistent week of sailing. Ariko Murohashi’s Lull of Japan claimed the bronze spot with 62 points. Nicolas Cubria’s Elvis won Saturday’s meeting, and although the Race Committee attempted a ninth race, conditions forced an abandonment. Milev was an integral player in his club—Port Credit Yacht Club—earning hosting duties for this Championship. “It hasn’t sunk it,” beamed Milev. “The first race went against us, but I said ‘don’t give up, it’s a long regatta.’ We just plugged away.” Crew Gayle Gray (mast), Mark Goodyear (trim), Jon Messenger (tactics) and Jeremy Edwards (bow) were up to the challenge in the persistently light air affair. Milev continued, “We had great speed all around, and could hold the lane. We sailed the rig a little bit lighter than what the tuning guide says. You never know when your time will come. You try to figure out what’s going on, but it wasn’t easy!”

The IJCA also awarded its perpetual trophies:
• Jaeger Women’s Trophy to Erica Beck Spencer, Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team
• Under-25 Turner Trophy to Finn Hadlock, Boreas

The top five overall:

  1. Clear Air, Rossi Milev, Mississauga, ON, CAN – [46] -11 -13 -1 -11 -5 -4 -2; 47
  2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker, Washington, DC, USA – 7 -2 -5 -8 -9 – [15] -8 -9; 48
  3. Lull, Ariko Murohashi, Koto-ku, Tokyo, JPN – [40] -14 -3 -6 -12 -8 -15 -4; 62
  4. Lifted, Evan Petley-Jones, Halifax, NS, CAN – [39] -10 -1 -2 -6 -1 -28 -20; 68
  5. YouRegatta, Carter White, Portland, ME, USA – 11 – [25] -6 -13 -19 -4 -3 -12; 68

Sixty-three teams from Argentina, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru and the USA competed. 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.


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.

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