International J/24 Class Association

Keith Whittemore’s Furio Triumphs at J/24 North American Championship

June 21, 2021

Keith Whittemore’s Furio needed only seven of the eight races to secure the title of 2021 Good Samaritan Hospital J/24 North American Champion. With crew Shelby Milne, Mark Rodgers, Brian Thomas and Willem van Waay, Seattle-based skipper Whittemore racked up four bullets and kept all top-four finishes for 13 net points. Mike Marshall’s American Garage also scored only top-four finishes and was able to take a DNS in the last race, earning second place at 17 net points. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger rounded out the top three with 26 net points. Congratulations to Mark Hillman’s Sisu for winning the Corinthian division (fourth overall). Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, New York hosted 32 teams from June 18-20. Whittemore won the last major J/24 Championship pre-pandemic at the October 2019 J/24 World Championship in Miami, Florida. “Long awaited fun to come to Sayville,” he said. “Everybody said this is one of the greatest places to sail in the United States. It’s an unbelievable venue, and the sailing is extraordinary. Perfect races…when do you ever get that in three days?”

Top Five overall:

  1. Furio, Keith Whittemore, 1 -1 -4 -2 -1 -1 -3 -[33] ; 13
  2. American Garage, Mike Marshall, 4 -3 -3 -1 -3 -2 -1 -[33] ; 17
  3. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach, 2 -5 -1 -3 -9 -4 -2 -[11] ; 26
  4. SISU, Mark Hillman, 5 -6 -2 -6 -7 -5 -[33] -3 ; 34
  5. YouRegatta, Carter White, 7 -4 -6 -4 -2 -[9] -7 -5 ; 35
    Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=13168, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Spectacular Start to J/24 North American Championship

June 18, 2021

Thirty-two J/24s kicked off the 2021 Good Samaritan Hospital J/24 North American Championship hosted by Sayville Yacht Club in Blue Point, New York. Conditions were beautiful on Great South Bay, as winds began around 8 knots and increased into the teens throughout the three races in a light chop. Reigning J/24 World Champion Keith Whittemore on Furio controlled the day with two bullets and a fourth for 6 points. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger closed Friday with a victory, securing second-place overall with 8 points. Mike Marshall’s American Garage posted consistent finishes of 4,3,3 for 10 points and third place. Leading the Corinthian division is Mark Hillman’s Sisu. Seattle-based Whittemore won the opening two contests, first ahead of Odenbach’s Honeybadger and Al Constants’ Blitz, then besting Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and Marshall’s American Garage in the second race. Following Odenbach in the last battle were Hillman’s Sisu and Marshall. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=13168, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


J/24s Celebrate Mexican Navy’s 200th Anniversary

May 3, 2021

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the foundation of the Mexican Navy, there was a gala yachting event held in Acapulco, Mexico for this milestone. The Mexican Navy personnel helped transport many of the J/24s from the lake at Valle de Bravo to Acapulco’s harbor at no cost. The Acapulco Yacht Club hosted the event in which a fleet of 96 boats participated from different Classes. Sixteen J/24s took advantage of this opportunity to sail the calm waters of Acapulco Bay from April 20-22. The teams enjoyed amazing sailing conditions all three days. “We had so much fun that we are seriously considering making this an annual event where all our friends from around the world will be welcome. We hope to see you soon in warm sunny Acapulco Bay,” said J/24 owner Leopoldo Farias.


CHECKMATE Crowned J/24 Victoria State Champions

April 11, 2021

The Sandringham Yacht Club hosted their annual Victoria States J/24 Championship. The fleet was blessed with sunny weather, winds ranging from 4 to 18 kts and breeze starting northwest and shifting to the southwest on both days. Choppy seas made for difficult steering conditions upwind, with teams making the hard choice of which jib to use in the upper wind ranges. The fleet was unusually over-eager and aggressive on the starting line, with lots of general recalls, restarts, U-flags and even several U-flag DSQs. After an eight-race series, it was Brendan Lee’s CHECKMATE that consistently powered their way to victory, winning four races and counting only podium finishes to win by a significant margin. Taking the silver was Warren Campbell’s J-FORCE, posting all top five finishes for a cumulative score of 22 points. The bronze went to Adam Keyes-Tilley’s BAILE DE LUNA with 28 points total. Rounding out the top five were Hugo Ottoway’s BRUSCHETTA VI and Warren Slater’s JAB in fourth and fifth, respectively. Winning the PHS handicap division was Darren Cuttsy’s JOYRIDE, followed by Richard Taylor’s HAYWIRE in second and Chris Ravesi’s PANAREA in third position. Thank you to Sandringham YC Race Management and PRO Warren Campbell and the Committee for putting on a fabulous event. Thanks to contributors Carina Tomietto, Craig Wiley & Adam Keyes-Tilley. For more Australia J/24 Class information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


Cubria Wins J/24 Campeonato del Centro de la Republica

As part of their traditional summer series, the Argentina J/24 Class takes their boats to the base of the Andes Mountain range to a lake in the foothills known as Lago San Roque. This year, the occasion was the ninth anniversary of the Campeonato Central hosted by the Club Nautico Cordoba in Villa Carlos Paz in the mountains. Twenty teams from across the country showed up for some fun in the sun in the mountains. There were three days of mild winds from the northeast. Seven races were managed by Race Officer Leo Rivas. In the end, the winner of the event was Nico Cubria’s RINA and his crew of Mario Cubria, Guille Aporszegui and Guillermo Bellinotto. Taking the silver was Javier Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO with crew of Hugo Camele, Adrian Berelejs and Javier Macheu. Third was Ramiro Camilotta’s PURA VIDA with team of Carlos Trigo, Pablo Fabre and Martin Caruso. Taking fourth and the top women’s team was Trixi Agusti’s CARNBURY with team of Lucrecia Arrambide, Rocio Agusti, Candelani Berbenian and Mariana Felix. For more Argentinean J/24 information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


2022 J/24 World Championship in Corpus Christi, Texas USA

April 1, 2021

The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) will hold its 2022 World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas USA on July 14-22, 2022. The scheduled host in Mendoza Argentina will move to a later year, due to pandemic-related concerns. Brad Stokes, Regatta Chair, said, “Corpus Christi Yacht Club, host of the 1988, 1982 and 1979 J/24 North American Championships and recipient of the US Sailing St. Petersburg trophy for excellence in race management is pleased to welcome J/24 sailors to experience our favorable wind conditions and our southern hospitality.” IJCA Chair Will Welles added, “We are very pleased that Corpus Christi will host the 2022 Worlds, and we are hoping that many teams will come and compete in this great sailing venue!”


2021 J/24 World Championship Cancellation

March 29, 2021

The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole United Kingdom today announced that the 2021 J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 26-October 1, 2021 has been cancelled. The Organizing Committee (OC) had hoped that it would be possible to hold the much-anticipated regatta this autumn. However, despite the encouraging progress that is being made toward the UK’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is clear that even if the UK lockdown continues in line with the UK Government’s current timetable, there will continue to be uncertainty regarding International travel for some time. Regatta Chairman Bryan Drake commented, “We know that this will cause a great deal of disappointment, not only to the OC who have worked hard for over four years to deliver a superb event but also to the J/24 community across the world. Both the OC and the J/24 crews were hoping that the pandemic would be behind us all by now so that we could have looked forward to a fabulous fortnight later this year, but there is too much uncertainty to make this viable.” The IJCA and its members worldwide look forward to resuming World Championship sailing in 2022.


International J/24 Class Adjusts European Championship Schedule

March 15, 2021

 

The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA), in cooperation with the Italian Federation of Sailing (F.I.V.) who delegates Yacht Club Adriaco, Triestina della Vela and Yacht Club Porto San Rocco have agreed to cancel the 2021 J/24 European Championship. The Italian J/24 Class will now host the J/24 European Championship in Trieste, Italy in 2024. “Most of the European Class representatives do not think that crew will be safe and able to travel across Europe to participate in the event. We agreed that, all considered, it is not safe or wise to go on with the organization in 2021. Trieste 2024 is the best option,” said Roberto Sponza, the 2021 J/24 European Championship Event Chairperson. The IJCA and its members worldwide look forward to resuming the European Championship schedule in 2022 and beyond:
• 2022 J/24 European Championship, August 29-September 3, 2022 at Howth Yacht Club, Howth, Ireland
• 2023 J/24 European Championship, August 20-27, 2023 at Balatonfüred Yacht Club, Lake Balaton Hungary
• 2024 J/24 European Championship in Trieste Italy


CONVICTS REVENGE Wins J/24 NSW Champs

November 10, 2020

Thanks for this contribution from Stephen Wright: The Australian J/24 NSW Championships was hosted by Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Pittwater from October 31 to November 1 on the gorgeous Sydney Harbour. Ten entries participated, but Paul Donnelly’s CALYPSO suffered a trailer-related incident and did not compete (it’s a long story but a good one…. ask Paul about it when you’ve got a few minutes to spare). Those regular boats who chose not to compete missed out on a great event, notwithstanding the weather which threw everything at us from warm and sunny to thunder and lightning and at times LOTS of rain! The venue and facilities were excellent, lots of hardstand space, cranes, a very professional race crew and helpful, welcoming staff. COVID rules were obviously in place and restricted social activities a little, but it all ran very well. The RPYC PRO Stephen Merrington managed to get all six heats run on a difficult stormy weekend when a lot of other club racing around Sydney was cancelled. Saturday started with a Northeasterly breeze around 10 knots, but later shifted southerly. Two races had to be abandoned halfway through which was unfortunate (especially for Steve Wright’s TINTO, leading both times), but that’s sailing! Steve Quigley’s CONVICTS REVENGE won Race 1, followed by TINTO and Clinton Hood’s EL FIDELDO. Then, Race 2 was won by Dave West’s ACE from John Crawford’s INNAMINCKA and David McKay’s STAMPED URGENT. Another race was started, but then the storm closed in and competitors were sent home in the pouring rain. With the forecast for an early southerly expected to get up to 30 knots, hopes were not high for much sailing on Sunday. But, we were fortunate to get all four races run, in a wind moving from SW to S and increasing from 8-10 knots to well over 20 knots. Wright’s TINTO won Race 3 after a poor first leg, coming from fourth at the last mark to the final margin of 24 seconds from Quigley’s CONVICTS REVENGE and West’s ACE. Race 4 went to Crawford’s INNAMINCKA from CONVICTS REVENGE and ACE. With the strengthening wind, all boats we were on jibs for Race 5. This race had the closest finish of the series, with the first five finishing in six seconds! ACE taking first from INNAMINCKA, then TINTO. The final race was getting tough with the strong and gusty Southerly really testing everyone. CONVICTS REVENGE got the better of ACE in a tight tactical battle up the second work to win, with TINTO taking third. Racing overall was very tight and competitive, with most finishing within two or three minutes each race. However, there were no protests and no (bad) collisions, so a good weekend all round. Congratulations to Quigley’s CONVICTS REVENGE team that won the series on a tiebreaker/countback from West’s ACE team on 10 points. Wright’s TINTO rounded out the podium with the bronze medal. The balance of the top five included Crawford’s INNAMINCKA in fourth and McKay’s STAMPED URGENT in fifth position.

OVANGA DELTA Wins PHS: The handicap-based PHS sub-division results gave the win to woman skipper Janette Syme’s OKAVANGO DELTA crew. Second was Marc Tromp’s WATERBORNE AGAIN and third went to Clinton Hood’s EL FIDELDO. A “Resilience Prize” was awarded to Steve Arnold’s SAILMATES. Competing in their first State Champs, they finished every race and flew a kite on every run. Well done! Finally, special “Thanks” to Bryce at Infinity Rigging, and Shane at Doyle Sails who donated prizes for the event. For more Australian J/24 Class information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


LA SUPERBA Five-peats J/24 Coppa Italia

Thanks for this contribution from Italian J/24 Class secretary Paola Zanoni: With a trio of victories and a second place for the series, the Italian Navy’s Ignazio Bonnano sailed their ITA 416 LA SUPERBA to victory in the Coppa Italia J/24 off Nettuno, south of Rome along the Mediterranean coastline. Bonanno’s crew included Simone Scontrino, Francesco Linares and Vincenzo Vano. Hosting the event was the Nettuno Yacht Club and the Circolo of Vela Anzio Tirrena, with the technical and logistic collaboration of the Marina di Nettuno, the Circolo Canottieri Nettuno and the Italian Class J/24, and the sponsor support of Margutta Che Frutta!, Life Soup, Bontà Verde Agroama and Mille Gomme. Taking the silver medal was Luca Silvestri and his ITA 458 team on ENJOY TWO. Then, sitting in third, just one point from the second, was Massimo Mariotti’s ITA 502 AVOLTORE. After the first four National Regattas (Marina di Carrara, Mandello del Lario, Cervia, & Nettuno), Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA is leading with Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA team in second. Eleven J/24s have competed so far in the four-event series. “Maximum attention was paid to the provisions on containing the spread of COVID-19, thanks also to the active collaboration of the Port Authority and the naval sector of the Guardia di Finanza, who were present and available for every need,” explained Valerio Taveri of Nettuno Yacht Club. The President of the Marina di Nettuno Ugo Lori, the NYC President Mariano Manenti and the CVAT President Andrea Sanzone, strongly wanted to host this edition of the Coppa Italia. The Race Committee was composed of Costanzo Villa, Livia Serafini, Emanuela Proietti, Enrico Ragno—very willing to participate in the event, despite the period we are going through. We also wish to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Anzio Maritime District Office and the brilliant assistance of the Maritime Finance.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/coppa-italia-la-superba-della-marina-militare-si-aggiudica-il-trofeo/.


World Council Meeting Minutes Posted

October 27, 2020

Thank you to all National Class Associations that participated in the two-part virtual World Council Meetings in October. The minutes are posted at http://www.j24class.org/organization/class-documents/wcm-minutes/.


139th Kiel Week

September 29, 2020

In its 139th year, Kiel Week focused on its roots again. From 5 to 13 September, the sport of sailing moved into the center of attention. It was an extraordinary atmosphere at one of the largest sailing events in the world—and in 2020, almost the only one. Teams enjoyed sailing at the highest level with unbeatable Class diversity. Wind ranged from 8-24 knots, with rain, hail and temperatures from 12-18 degrees. The J/24 fleet featured 18 boats who completed 11 races. Despite an OCS in the opening contest (later discarded), Stefan Karsunke controlled the competition, ending with 36 net points. The battle for second place was won by Frank Schonfeld with 49 points to Fabian Damm’s 50. For complete event details, visit https://www.kieler-woche.de/index.php.


World Qualifying Berths for the 2021 J/24 World Championship

June 15, 2020

The IJCA Executive Committee (EC) has put together the following guidance to NJCAs in regard to World qualifying berths for the 2021 J/24 World Championship. In general, the EC believes we should recognize all those drivers who qualified for 2020 Worlds in 2019 and provide them the opportunity to enter the 2021 Worlds. For the 2021 J/24 World Championship, each NJCA shall have the number of World qualifying berths they were previously entitled to for the 2020 World Championship. For the 2021 J/24 World Championship only, the U-25 Worlds berth specification regarding age restriction is changed to read:

RR18.1 One under-25 years crew as selected and nominated by their NJCA will be eligible to enter the World Championship and compete for the Under-25 Turner Trophy. All crew members shall be under 26 years of age on the first day of championship racing.
NJCAs are encouraged to support their 2019 qualifiers and invite them to enter the 2021 World Championship. The final decision on how each NJCA’s available berths are distributed rests solely with the NJCA. Parkstone YC can accommodate a maximum of 60 entries in the World Championship. The NOR has the specific entry process (registration and fees). The first 60 drivers (boats) that complete the entry process will have a berth at Worlds. It is “first come, first serve” based on what each NJCA reports as their qualification list. After the 60 berths are filled, the OA will run a waiting list.


2020 J/24 World Championship Postponed to September 2021

April 21, 2020

The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole United Kingdom today announced that the 2020 J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 12-18, 2020 will be postponed until September 24-October 2, 2021.

“With the current COVID-19 situation, it is looking very likely that the lockdown in the UK is going to carry on for some time yet, and at this time no indication has been given on how an exit policy will work,” commented Bryan Drake, Regatta Chair. In addition to health and safety concerns, travel restrictions are likely to remain for some time as well as limited access to yacht clubs and marinas.

“The IJCA is extremely fortunate to have incredible World Championship hosts committed to the next four years that allow for this scheduling change,” said Nancy Zangerle, IJCA Chair. “We hope this approach will allow our Class members and our hosts to plan accordingly. At this time, of greatest importance is the health and well-being of our J/24 family. We all long for the time when we can return to the water.”

The IJCA World Council met via phone conference on April 20, and is able to confirm that all previously approved World Championships for 2020 through 2023 have agreed to shift as follows:
2021 World Championship, September 24-October 2, Parkstone Yacht Club, Poole UK
2022 World Championship, March (exact dates To Be Announced), Mendoza, Argentina
2023 World Championship, July 16-23, Corpus Christi, Texas USA
2024 World Championship, dates and exact location To Be Announced, Greece


2020 J/24 North American Championship Rescheduled for August

April 1, 2020

The organizing committee, the J/24 Class, the Sayville Yacht Club and all of the sponsors of the Good Samaritan Hospital 2020 J/24 North American Championship have decided in the best interest of public health and in accordance with the Federal, New York state and local government guidelines to reschedule the regatta for August 11-16, 2020. All competitors already registered will be allowed to maintain their slots for the new August dates. If a competitor decides to withdraw for any reason, a full refund will be returned as long as it has been done before June 30. (Any withdrawals after June 30 will be returned less a $75.00 processing fee.) The special hotel rates at the Hyatt Regency Long Island have been rescheduled for August 9-16. All other questions should be sent via email to Regatta Chairperson/Rear Commodore Joe Buonasera at jbuona29@gmail.com. We hope to see you in August!

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