International J/24 Class Association

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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