International J/24 Class Association

Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics Wins J/24 North American Championship By a Nose

May 6, 2018

Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics came on strong down the stretch of the J/24 North American Championship to edge out reigning Champion Will Welles’ Bogus and win on a tie-breaker. With crew Marianne Schoke, Max Holzer, Justin Coplan and Quinn Schwenker, Ingham entered Sunday’s racing seven points behind Welles. A Nautalytics bullet in the day’s first race, followed by a third, put the pressure on Welles, who recorded a 17 with a scoring penalty (his discard) and then a 5 to tie the two teams on points at 24. Ingham broke Welles three-year North American Championship winning streak from 2015-2017, and it was actually Ingham who held the title prior to that in 2014. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen completed the top three overall with 30 points in the 35-boat fleet competing at Charleston Yacht Club. “We were third and Will was fourth at the last rounding of the last race,” recalled Ingham, knowing he needed to put one more boat in between them to secure the Championship. “We match raced the final leg. John Mollicone passed Will, and we maintained!” Ingham noted how tough a venue like Charleston can be due to the current and big shifts. “It’s a heads-up venue. You’ll have bad moments, but the teams who survive those moments will excel. We definitely picked a bad side a bunch of times, but we recognized it and got out. The key is reacting quicker than the next guy.” Two more races took place Sunday, bringing the total to eight. The breeze was light and tricky in the first contest, won by Ingham. Winds picked up to the top end of the genoa in the final battle, won by Nicolas Cubria’s Elvis.
The top five:

Nautalytics, Mike Ingham – 1 -4 -[11] -7 -7 -1 -1 -3 ; 24
Bogus, Will Welles – 3 -5 -1 -1 -6 -3 -[17] -5 ; 24
Helly Hansen, John Mollicone – 2 -6 -4 -6 -[10] -2 -6 -4 ; 30
YouRegatta, Carter White – 4 -1 -3 -8 -4 -14 -[16] -7 ; 41
Elvis, Nicolas Cubria – 17 -7 -10 -4 -8 -[25] -17 -1 ; 64
Complete results may be found at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4496, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Van Uden Reco Regatta

April 27, 2018

The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/24 was a rule-beater under ORC handicap measurement. Dirk Olyslagers’ J/24 JOOL walked away with class honors in the ORC 3 Division, counting just firsts in five races. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/mr/.


Matias Pereyra’s Carrera Takes J/24 South American Championship

April 6, 2018

18 boats registered for the J/24 South American Championship in Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba—17 from Argentina and one from Chile. Among the Argentinians, there were four coming from Buenos Aires and one from Mendoza. The Championship started off as expected with Indigo (Ezequiel Despontin) and Carrera (Matias Pereyra) battling for the lead, and Morrucho (Sebastian Halpern, ARG J/24 Class Chairman) following close. Indigo, as local, tried everything in their power to use the home court advantage, but six straight wins from Carrera made it impossible to withstand. Carrera, the last Pan Am Champion and South American Champion, made their dominance pretty clear although they were sailing in a lake they have not visited often. In the end, due to the discard where Carrera could lose 19 points and Indigo could only discard a fifth place, it was clear who would win the trophy this time (still there were only three points difference between them with the third crew coming in 14 point behind the second). Congratulation to all crews that made this Championship a hit.


Argentina J/24 Fall Report

March 17, 2018

It is the fall in South America, and in Argentina, that means there are three highly competitive events taking place over a short period of time. There is the Campeonato del Oeste that takes place in Potrerillos, Mendoza in the far southwestern part of Argentina. Then, the second event is the PIMMS CUP hosted by Club Nautico Olivos in Buenos Aires on the Rio de La Plata. The third event is the J/24 South American Championship taking place on Lago San Roque at the base of the Andes Mountain range. For the first event, of what is known as “the Triple Crown” in Argentina, 17 teams participated from across the country including the Salta, Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza fleets and some boats from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Among the giants of Argentinian sailing that was racing was Matías Pereira and his crew on CARRERA from Buenos Aires. Last year, he won his fifth consecutive Argentine J/24 title, a record unbroken in the history of the J/24 Class for Argentina. Perrera’s crew included Guillermo Bellinotto, Juan Ignacio Pereyra and Andrés Guerra, also winners of the Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hosting the event was the Mendocina Windsurf Association (AMW). Winning was Matias Pereira’s CARRERA with a record of 2-4-1-4-4–7-4-2 for 22 points net in nine races. Just three points back was Ezequil Despontin’s INDIGO with a 1-7-7-1-1-4-13-3-1 for 25 points net. Then, securing the final spot on the podium was Pablo Despontin’s CAMBURY with a 4-5-2-2-3-6-1-7-10 for 30 points net. For the PIMMS CUP, there were just eight entries due to the fact that many teams trailered their best boats to Potrerillos, then north to Villa Carlos Paz for the J/24 South American Championship. Nevertheless, many top teams borrowed/chartered boats from their own fleet so that they could sail locally in Buenos Aires. Winning the PIMMS CUP was the HAIK/THOMPSON REUTERS team skippered by Rodrigo Benedeto with a 3-1-1-2-1 tally for 5 points net. Second was Hernan & Nico Cubria’s MENDIETA with a 1-2-3-3-DNC for 9 points. Then, taking the bronze was Guille Aporszegui’s SHARK with a 2-3-6-5-3 scoreline for 13 points net. The South American J/24 Championship starts March 28. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


CONVICTS Crowned Vic State J/24 Champs

Previous National Champion Steve Girdis and his mixed crew of Victorians and New South Welshmen sailing CONVICTS REVENGE are the new 2018 MONJON J/24 Victorian State Champions. Second was Dave West sailing KAOTIC (NSW) and third was Brendan Lee in BY THE LEE (Vic). Current National Champion Hugo Ottaway is the winner of the PHS competition from Kaotic and Convicts Revenge. With hot sunny and light conditions on Saturday and heavier southerlies on Sunday, the regatta had a bit of everything. Many old faces moved back in the fleet, with new blood coming to the fore. The NSW entries did well in a very competitive fleet of 19 boats. Racing was very close with many races having the bulk of the fleet finishing with a few minutes of each other. For more Victorian State J/24 Champs information, visit https://www.j24.com.au/.


Will Welles’ Bogus Runs Away With J/24 Midwinter Championship

March 5, 2018

All eight scheduled races were completed in gorgeous Miami, FL conditions at the J/24 Midwinter Championship, but Will Welles’ Bogus only needed seven of them to tie up the victory. Rhode Island-based helmsman Welles led his team of Rich Bowen, Jock Hayes, PJ Schaffer and Nick Turney to a scoreline of 2,1,1,5,1,2,3 for 15 points, allowing them to forego the eighth and final race. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet secured second place with 33 points, six ahead of both Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss and Ron Medlin’s Bash. Thirty-five teams competed from March 2-4. The Bogus team is a blended group of all J/24 World Champions—Welles, Bowen and Turney from Cougar in 2014 and Hayes and Schaffer from Salsa in 2004. This Championship was the first time they had all sailed together, and it was on a chartered boat. Welles names Miami as one of his favorite places to sail but said this year was, “Super shifty and hard to see the puffs and lulls. There was a lot of gear shifting and trying to get on the lifted tack.” The J/24 Midwinter Championship debuted 40 years ago in 1978 in Key West, Florida. “There are a lot of famous names today who cut their teeth in this Class,” said Welles. “The difference today is that people know all the tricks when it comes to sail trim and rigging. It usually comes down to good starts and teamwork.”

The top five:

  1. Bogus, Will Welles , USA – 2 -1 -1 -5 -1 -2 -3 -[36] ; 15
  2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker , USA – 6 -2 -[36] -1 -2 -11 -9 -2 ; 33
  3. Mental Floss, Aidan Glackin , USA – 7 -10 -9 -3 -6 -1 -[19] -3 ; 39
  4. BASH, Ron Medlin , USA – [9] -6 -8 -2 -6 -4 -4 -9 ; 39
  5. Long Shot, John Poulson , USA – 8 -5 -2 -4 -[14] -9 -13 -10 ; 51
    Mark Laura’s Baba Louie won both of Sunday’s contests in about 10 knots of breeze. Photos are posted on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4527.


GURU-SIRTECOM Tops Chilean Navy J/24 Regatta

February 21, 2018

The 20th edition of the Chilean Navy Regatta Frutillar was held on the waters of Lake Llanquihue and organized jointly by the Chilean Navy and the Cofradía Náutica de Frutillar Yacht Club. “Lago Llanquihue” is the largest lake in Chile, just north of Puerto Montt along the Pacific coastline. A strong fleet of a dozen J/24s participated in the multi-Class event that took place over three days. The J/24s experienced eight races with very shifty winds, with the velocity ranging at least 8-15 knots over the course of each day. The J/24 fleet included eight boats from Talcahuano; Raul del Castillo from Algarrobo; and Tomas Detri from Villa La Angostura, Argentina. The ultimate winner was GURU-SIRTECOM, with Nicolas Cubria from Argentina on helm. They won the title after sailing in a more protected area of the bay that produced 10-30 degree windshifts. In the end, the podium was rounded out by Raúl del Castillo’s LA BANCA in second place and the duo of Andrés Menta/Carlos Lucero on VIKING in third position.


Italy J/24 Winter Series Championship Report

The 43rd Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno is off to a great start for the Roman J/24 fleet in Italy. After two full weekends of sailing, the weather has cooperated, producing eleven races for the Winter Series and seven races for the Trofeo Lozzi Memorial Trophy series.

Winter Series: In the winter series, it is Paolo Cecamore’s crew on PELLE NERA that is benefitting from having the Hungarian Farkas Litkey at the helm. The team has posted nine top three finishes, including five bullets for a total of 15 points net. Climbing the standings quickly in the series has been Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA, now renamed NUVOLA and instead of sailing for the Italian Navy College, he is racing for the Centro Sportivo Agonistic. While having bad luck in the first three races (a DNC-20-DNC), they can now throw out two bad scores. The NUVOLA team now has eight scores in the top three, with four bullets and are sitting on 34 points net. Sitting in third for the series is Gianni Riccobono’s PELLE ROSSA from the host Nettuno YC. They, too, had a rough start in the first weekend. However, since then, they have managed to scores like a 1-2-3-3 in the last seven races to swiftly race up the standings. They now sit just two points back from NUVOLA, with just 36 points net.
Trofeo Lozzi: This event is in commemoration of a long-time J/24 aficionado in Italy, Sr Lozzi, who passed away at far too early an age. Currently, the team leading this series is also a past winning skipper: Ignazio Bonanno. He is now skippering NUVOLA and, after not sailing the first two races, they have posted five straight bullets to be winning by 1.5 points after a throw-out. Sitting in second place is Luca Silvestri’s ENJOY 2 for 24 points net; third is Marco D’Alosio’s DON J with 25 points net; fourth is Paolo Cecamore’s PELLE NERA with 33 points net; and rounding out the top five is Fabrizio Sabatini’s DAIQUIRI with 43 points net. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


2018 J/24 Class Rules Posted

February 9, 2018

The 2018 J/24 Class Rules have been approved by World Sailing and become effective March 1, 2018. You can view the Rules at http://www.j24class.org/rules-regulations/class-rules/.


Exciting Chiloe Santander Regatta in Chile

February 3, 2018

The archipelago of Chiloé in the southern region of Chile known famously as Patagonia has been the site of the event called the “Regata de Chiloe” (Chiloe Regatta) that takes place every two years. The boats and crews all convene in Puerto Montt, then head south toward the archipelago. For a week, more than 800 sailors gather together for lots of sailing and socializing. There are more than 200 miles of racing in eight legs. This year, the regatta started in Castro, the main island in the Chiloe archipelago. Then, for seven days the sailing teams and their ‘mother ships’ meandered through the channels, straits and fiords that give form to the Chiloé Archipelago. The point-to-point coastal racing saw the boats visit anchorages and harbors in Dalcahue, Mechuque, Hornopirén and Calbuco and finished in Puerto Montt, where two windward-leeward buoy races where scheduled. Chiloé gave the fleet all the expected challenges. Crews had to deal with 90 degree wind shifts, calms, 30 knots gusts crossing the gulf, tide currents and shallow sea obstacles. The J/24 fleet had a great turn-out with a total of eight teams from across the Andes Mountains and coastlines. Dominating the proceedings was the Chilean Naval Academy’s QUIQUE with a record of four firsts and a fourth for a 4 points net tally. A distant second was yet another Chilean Naval Academy team on TRIUNFANTE with a 2-2-1-5-DNF for 10 points net. Third was another school team, the Grumetes College sailing MARISCAL to a 3-5-2-4-4 record for 13 points net. For more Santander Bank Regatta Chiloe information, visit http://www.regatachiloe.cl/.


Diamanti Crowned Francesco Ciccolo Trophy Winner

January 26, 2018

The 2017 Italian J/24 Championship sailing season ended in December and saw two familiar faces from the Italian J/24 Class at the top of the standings for each category. Winning the Francesco Ciccolo Trophy, emblematic of the best owner-helmsman (ranking based on the best four scores achieved in seven regattas all season), was once again ITA 212 JAMAICA sailed by Pietro Diamanti. Rounding out the top five in the category were ITA 489 VALHALLA HOTEL VERONA sailed by Fabio de Rossi in second, ITA 427 MAGICA FATA sailed by Massimo Frigerio in third, ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING skippered by Eugenia De Giacomo in fourth, and ITA 106 JOC helmed by Fabio Apollonio. In the “open division” for “skippers not boat owners,” the winner was Ignacio Bonanno’s crew from the Italian Navy sailing LA SUPERBA. They were followed by ITA 432 KASTER in second, ITA 499 KONG GRIFFIN in third, ITA 501 AVOLTORE (skippered by Francesco Cruciani) in fourth, and ITA 202 TALLY I skippered by Luca Macchiarini in fifth place. The awards ceremony will take place, as has been customary each year, during the closing ceremony of the 38th Open J/24 National Championship that is organized by the Fraglia Della Vela Riva del Garda (www.fragliavelariva.it). That event runs from 30 May to 3 June 2018 on Lago di Garda. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Record Breakers Include a J/24

January 23, 2018

Squally winds reaching 30 knots from the northeast made for magical sleigh-ride, record-breaking conditions in the 82nd Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. While the lively conditions in big seas proved too much for many of the 34 entries in the 60nm sprint around the Island of Barbados, for others it couldn’t have been more thrilling. In total, seven records were broken – the largest ever number of records broken in the history of the event. Among the young sailors taking on the challenging course was Jason Tindale (27) in College Funds. He and his team from Barbados Yacht Club once again demonstrated their skill by sailing a tactically sound race. Having established the J/24 record in 2015 and bettered their time in 2016, they’ve done it again with a time of 8h 18m 9s. Commenting on his epic sail, Tindale said, “It was, without doubt, the worst conditions I have ever seen at North Point. We had squalls of 30+ knots with gusts, but by then we had no option other than to carry on. I think the most wonderful part was sailing on one tack down the east coast. Basically, you can’t get much better than that. It was, to coin a much-used phrase ‘Champagne sailing.’ I think we also had a bit of luck because, on the approach to the finish line, the eyelets pulled out of the spinnaker pole. Had that happened further up the coast, we would have lost the record for sure because we would have been under jib only.” For further event information, visit http://www.barbadossailingweek.com.


Australian Nationals

Thanks to Simon Grain for this report: Congratulations to Hugo Ottaway and his crew Pauliina Mattila, Gareth Evans, James Tarode and Megan Aulich sailing Bruschetta VI, the new National J2/4 Class Champions in Australia for 2018 by 3 points from Simon Grain in Jet and Steve Wright in Tinto in third. Day four was a battle for first between Hugo and Simon right to the very end, with both finishing the last race in the same order as they finished the regatta. Hyperactive and Vice Versa both finished on 58 points for fourth and fifth respectively, an indication of the close racing throughout the regatta. The last day started slowly with a 12-15 knot southerly, cloudy skies and much cooler temperatures (to everyone’s relief after the very draining 42 degree Saturday). With a shifty wind, a couple of generals and an exemplary attitude from the race committee, after one and a half hours and seven start sequences, we finally got away. Jordan skippering the Sandy Youth boat Sidetracked had an absolute blinder of a race, finishing out front only to suffer the pain of finding he was OCS on a black flag race. Steve Wright in Tinto took the gun, with Jet just pipping Bruschetta VI right on the line. Race 12 had Bruschetta VI taking out the race from Jet and Kirsty Harris in Hyperactive. Luis Ferreiro was on the race track, and you can see fantastic pictures at www.sportsnap.com.au. The full results for One Design are at https://www.syc.com.au/raceresults/2017/klbt/j24nat/SGrp27.htm. The Performance Handicap was won by Robin Townsend in Witches Thimble from Jack Fullerton in Two Dogs and Ron Thomson in Kicking. Results are at https://www.syc.com.au/raceresults/2017/klbt/j24nat/SGrp28.htm. In the very popular Thommo Cup, once again Ron took the honours from Jeanette 7–5. Although he tells me he got a real scare in the middle of the regatta when it was 4 all! The standard of racing is awesome. It doesn’t matter where in the fleet, from front to back the competition is full on. And everyone is loving it. The Sandy Race Management team did a fantastic job in sometimes trying conditions. I heard no grumbles, only praise for their very professional work. The presentation was held in the Sandy Harbourview restaurant, another very successful evening with El Presidente, master MC and funnyman John Neville, lamenting that the regatta had not ended when he was winning but doing a sterling job presenting trophies, cracking jokes and keeping us all in laughter. For more Australian J/24 information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


CACIQUE Dominates PIMMS Cup

January 17, 2018

In mid-December, the Club Nautico Olivos just north of Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted the COPA PIMMS on the Rio de la Plata for the J/24 Class. The weather was not the best as only three races could be held over the two-day event for the nine-boat J/24 fleet. Club Nautico Olivos hosts the Pimms Cup as their traditional closing of the racing season. They provide a relaxed atmosphere after Saturday’s racing. The sailors have a great time, there is lots of camaraderie, music, good food and drink. In a simple ceremony on Sunday, the CNO organizes a nice award ceremony to end the 2017 regatta season. The winner of the 2017 COPA PIMMS was Santiago Doval’s crew on CACIQUE with a record of three bullets for 3 points total. Behind him it was a seesaw battle until the end. Winning the fight was Nicolas Cubria’s RINA ALAGUA with a consistent 4-3-3 tally for 10 points. Only one point back was Andres Guerra’s CARRERA with a 2-5-4 record for 11 points. Rounding out the top five was Rodrigo Benedetto’s HAIK-THOMSON REUTERS with 13 points to take fourth place, and lying in fifth position was Gonzalo Nandin’s NOCTURNO with 17 points. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Asociaci%C3%B3n-Argentina-de-Clase-J24-326390830730156/.


PELLE NERA Leads Anzio Nettuno Winter Series Act V

January 9, 2018

On a day characterized by weak and variable winds coming from the North and large residual waves from the storm of the previous day, the sailing conditions put a strain on tactics and helmsmen. The fifth round of the 43rd J/24 Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno took place with 22 crews of the Roman J/24 fleet. The fifth regatta was won by ITA 416 NUVOLA skippered by Ignazio Bonanno from the Italian Navy. In second place was ITA 40 ALBA CHIARA skippered by Stefano Venturi, followed in third by ITA 447 PELLE NERA owned by Paolo Cecamore and skippered by the Hungarian J/24 Champion Farkas Litkey, now at home in the waters of Anzio. As a result of the final event in 2017, PELLE NERA from Nettuno YC is leading the Winter Series with just 6 points in the provisional standings. They are followed in second by ITA 210 CESARE JULIO skippered by Pietro Massimo Meriggi sitting on 15 points total. Then, in third position with 19 points is ITA 487 AMERICAN PASSAGE sailed by Paolo Rinaldi. Rounding out the provisional top five are ITA 428 REDS (Gianni Riccobono) and ITA 358 ARPIIONE (Michele Potenza) in fourth and fifth, respectively. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.

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