International J/24 Class Association

LA SUPERBA Dominates J/24 Livorno Regatta

May 8, 2022

The LNI Livorno hosted one of the J/24 spring series in Livorno, Italy for a fleet of 16 boats as part of the International Sailing Week of the Naval Academy City of Livorno. With six victories, Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA from the Centro Vela Altura Napoli of the Navy (crewed by Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro, Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano) won by a landslide, repeating last year’s success in the Labronian waters in front of Ardenza. Second was the UNITED crew from Hamburg, Germany, and third was Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA team. The prohibitive weather conditions, the driving rain, and the Ostro wind prevented the crews from going out to sea on Saturday, leaving the ranking unchanged. While on the final day on Sunday, the wind between 15 and 20 knots and lots of sun allowed the regatta RC/ PRO to complete four races. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

GRAN CARAJO Wins Central Republic J/24 Championship

April 10, 2022

The Club Nautico Córdoba successfully completed the 10th edition of the Central Republic Championship with the participation of 21 crews and boats from Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Embalse, Mendoza, Neuquén and Salta. After eight gorgeous races over the two-day regatta, the crew of GRAN CARAJO (Javier Moyano, Adrian Berelejis, Hugo Canale and Javier Matheu) took first place in a fairly convincing fashion with mostly all top three finishes. Second place went to PURA VIDA team (Ramiro Camilotto, Pablo Fabre, Carlos Trigo and Guillermo Grassini). Rounding out the podium on the third step was QUATTRO team (Ruben Lozano, Marcelo Romero, Matias Lozano and Gustavo Schelotto). It is also noteworthy that fourth place was taken by an all-women crew made up of Trixi Agusti, Rocío Agsti, Lucrecia Arrambide, Candelaria Berberian and Mariana Felix de Lara Soares. They beat another very experienced all-women crew led by Mariana Crousse aboard CAMBURY. For more Argentinean J/24 Class information, visit

BRUSCHETTA VI Crowned J/24 Victorian State Champions

Story by Adam Keys-Tilley: It was with great expectation that a dozen boats hit the blue waters of Port Phillip Bay, hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club, in what turned out to be “glam” sailing conditions. A barmy 24-28 degrees, the water was flat and the wind was 6-10 from the south on day 1 and then 6-12 from the North on day 2. The script: With newer skippers pressing hard and in good form and an intestate raider ACE attempting to take the spoils, interest was at an all-time high. After the first two races on day one, it seems the script was written with ACE dominating races one and two with two bullets taking with JAB and Baile de Luna filling the minor placings, the script seemed set with ACE by how far? Huey obviously had other ideas; the more things change, the more they stay the same! This is exactly what happened next. As if the clock was suddenly wound back a couple of decades, the title became an exclusive rumble in the jungle between two J/24 heavy weights. To see Mr. J/24 himself, ably supported by Angels (& Bosley – James) take on the Grain Hermitage (apparently, it’s a specially brewed bourbon) along with JET’s Flight crew, dominate and battle out the next six races was truly a sight to behold. With the exception of a brief interlude in race six where Baile De Luna took the chocolates, all other bullets were shared between Bruschetta IV (three wins and nothing over a fourth to count) 16 points in first, and JET (two wins and three seconds, but carrying a seventh) 18 points in second place, those two boats dominated the regatta. Despite some blinding moments by HAYWIRE, J-FORCE and JOYRIDE (winner of PHS), the rest of the fleet was led in, many points behind, by the consistent JAB, the best of the rest finishing third. THE DOGS made a late charge on day two, slipping into fourth place and ACE battled hard at the end to finish fifth on count back. A heartfelt thanks to our outgoing President Warren Campbell on all his hard work over the last couple of years, to the Sandringham YC Race management crew for getting eight superbly timed races in and, of course, to Kylie and crew from HAYWIRE for the wonderful catering, Nathan for the awesome drone footage and John Neville for his caring, empathetic approach whilst handing out trophies and raffle prizes. For more Australian J/24 Class information, visit

J/24s Enjoy Grenada Sailing Week

February 7, 2022

This edition of the Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week saw four straight days of magnificent weather–10-20 knots tradewinds from the easterly quadrants, warm temperatures and sunny skies. The regatta consisted of a race out to Carriacou Island, two days of festivals and local day sailing, then a race back from Carriacou to Grenada. Hosting the regatta was the Petite Calivigny Yacht Club, with sponsor support from the Grenada Tourism Authority. The first race from St George’s Harbor to Carriacou was about 30.0nm. Starting off Grand Anse Beach, the fleet enjoyed a beat along the leeward coast of Grenada. After passing north of Grenada, the boats passed the uninhabited islands of Caille and Ronde and over the live submarine volcano. In open water, the breeze piped up to a solid 15 knots and a slight sea state. The race finished in the shelter of Tyrell Bay Marina. Leading the J/24 fleet home was Robbie Yearwood’s DIEHARD, ahead of Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ and Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY. The Carriacou to Grenada Race pitched the fleet into the Atlantic Ocean for a race to Le Phare Bleu Marina. The international fleet headed for the west coast of Grenada. With three-meter seas and full trade winds, it was a 30-mile broad reach to the northern tip of Grenada. After passing the outlying Ronde Island, boats sailed along the reefs in sight of the rain forest interior of North Grenada before finishing at the marina of Le Phare Bleu. Robbie Yearwood’s J/24 DIEHARD scored a hat trick of wins for the regatta to win the J/24 fleet. Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY was runner-up and Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ third with Mark Solomon’s FRIGATE completing the J/24 scoreboard. For more Grenada Sailing Week information, visit

Italian Navy Teams Lead J/24 Anzio-Nettuno Winter Regattas

January 24, 2022

This past weekend saw the start of the 47th Winter Anzio & Nettuno Championship and the Lozzi Trophy. The fleet of J/24s was treated to sunshine and ideal sailing conditions on both days. On Saturday, the Race Committee Chair Livia Serafini was able to make the most of the sunny day with a mistral wind of 7-8 knots, giving three races for the 10 J/24s engaged in the Lozzi Trophy. The real star of the day was Vincenzo Lamberti’s ITA 489 VALHALLA BLUE JAY (LNI Anzio) who dominated all three races. The provisional classification drawn up after the first four races, sees the Italian Navy’s ITA 358 ARPIONE, skippered by Michele Potenza, leading with a 4-2-2-2 for 10 points. They are followed by ITA 428 PELLE ROSSA sailed by Gianni Riccobono with a 2-4-4-3 tally for 13 points. Sitting in third is Lamberti’s VALHALLA BLUE JAY with a DNC-1-1-1 tally for 14 points. On late Sunday morning, a nice west wind spread across the bay between 8-12 knots, which allowed the J/24s to be started literally right off the beaches. Under the direction of the Race Committee Chair Mario de Grenet, with Giovanni Colucci and Alfredo Posillipo as assistants, they managed to run three flawless races. With ideal conditions and slightly more intense wind, the 20 or so J/24s engaged in fierce combat, leading to two general recalls and six boats disqualified for black flag. After the first six races of the Anzio & Nettuno Winter Series, the fleet is led by the Italian Navy team ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno. They’ve won five of six races so far. A distant second is Riccobono’s PELLE ROSSA with a 6-3-7-3-4-2 record for 18 points. Third place is currently Massimo Mariotti’s ITA 501 AVOLTORE with an 8-2-4-4-8-3 tally for 21 points. The 47th edition of the Winter Championship, is organized by the Circolo della Vela di Roma together with Nettuno Yacht Club, and Real Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

TINTO Crowned Australian J/24 National Champion

January 19, 2022

Thanks for the contribution from Simon Grain and Adam: The J/24 Class is alive and well in Australia. Under threat of another COVID shutdown that has claimed other Championship regattas at Sandringham Yacht Club, the J/24 Class got away with a successful 12-race National Championship over four predominantly light and sunny (and stormy) days. The “new normal” SE breeze stayed in for the regatta, with days one, two and four being in the 8–12 knot range with flat water and glamour sailing conditions (although extremely shifty, catching out many experienced crews). Day three was cloudy and a stronger 12–16 knot breeze that saw some competitors on jibs for the first two races, but most changed back to genoas as the breeze backed off in the afternoon. The fleet did suffer a few COVID losses in some crews, and we had to find new people at the last minute and during the regatta to keep boats fully crewed. Sixteen boats entered and finished the regatta (with a strong five-boat representation from NSW), and the balance being from our local SYC fleet. The standard was as high as any we have seen in the last decade. At least six boats were sailing their first Nationals and were well represented across the finishing places. So yes, the fleet is alive and well with a bright future. There were the usual amazing stories in boat preparation and delivery, with one of the Sydney boats having to change drivers when Terry got called home with too many Corona cases in the family. And then, Gardo having some night-time nav problems running into a tree and wiping out the pulpit and foredeck on the second half of the trip south. Still, it was repaired urgently by JP, one of our excellent shipwrights at Sandy. Jack Felsenthal keenly preparing one boat only to find out it needed major work, so changing to Sidetracked – Bandit and then finally succumbing to COVID in the family house after the first day. A great young skipper and keen, taking out a fourth in the third race on the first day. Sometimes the luck just isn’t with you! Despite this Sidetracked – Bandit, along with many other boats suffering from crew being pinged as close contacts, the true “J/24 community spirit” shined through where swapping/drumming up additional crew allowed all boats to see out the regatta. So, how did it all turn out? Tight, very tight, and not sorted until the last race. For most of the regatta, the top five were within five points of each other, so it could have gone a number of different ways right up till the end. Of course, there are some hard luck stories, mostly from second place down you might say. But, in reality, three first-time competitors finished in the top five, with a total of three race wins going to two of the top three newbies. A real sign of up and coming and new talent to the Class. Another sign of commitment was the number of new sails being pulled out. Investment in the Class! With some of the old guard finishing down the list a bit and the competition being fierce all the way to the back, the podium was finally taken by new National President and sometime contender to the throne Steve Wright and crew on TINTO. Only three points behind was long time and multiple National Champion Sean Kirkjian with the very recently damaged and repaired SAILPAC. Third place was the very aptly COVID term JAB, sailed by the very able Warren Slater and crew. Places four and five were taken by newbies Adam Keys-Tilley in BAILE DE LUNA and Jack Fullerton in TWO DOGS, with the long-time Victorian ‘Mr. J/24’ skipper and multiple Nationals winner Hugo Ottaway in sixth on BRUSCHETTA VI. Newly crowned NSW State champ Dave McKay in STAMPED URGENT only came in seventh. See how tough it was?! OK, so the rest of the rabble fought it out somewhere back there. Probably got hard luck stories and showed flashes of brilliance or good luck. Not covering them here in the OD placings, except to say they are the stuff of future or past champions, and we love and respect their engagement and good company. They are the vital strength of the J/24 Class in Australia. Yes, I am one of them this year! Of course, this all changes in the Zimmer frame competition where the accent is on providing a level playing field for the fleet. Richard Taylor has done a magnificent job of preparing his boat HAYWIRE and rightly took out the PHS section with four wins out of the 12 races. Somehow, Dave McKay’s STAMPED URGENT contrived to fall into second in between drinks and Mark Foster’s GRIDLOCK in third place. On behalf of the J/24 Victoria Association, John ‘Firecracker’ Neville once again conducted the prize-giving in his usual inimitable, enjoyable and politically incorrect style. Great job John ‘well played you’ – don’t go anywhere! The race management team led by SYC PRO Chris Waters did a great job in the shifty breezes to get three races in on the first day before a huge thunderstorm. One race on the second day just before another huge thunderstorm trashed the racecourse. Then, four races a day on the remaining two days. Twelve in all…fantastic sailing! Off the water, we had to make allowances for the corona problem again with staff shortages, so most of the action was held outside in the newly updated Ken King Centre. But, with a bar and cold drinks at the center of the action, it wasn’t too hard to endure. These Nationals were the qualifying regatta for the Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas this year, but it doesn’t look like anyone wants to brave the COVID travel problems. However, next year’s J/24 Australian Nationals are the qualifying regatta for the Worlds in Greece in 2023. Not surprisingly, it looks like there is a large amount of interest to travel to there and sail amongst the Greek Isles in the Aegean Sea. That means the next J/24 Australian Nationals at Cronulla in January 2023 will be a huge regatta. There are around seven boats with trailers in Victoria, and I think we would see most of those boats making the trip to the Shire for a little paddle in the ocean with the Med in mind. Woohoo! Our thanks to Sandringham YC for putting on the regatta under difficult circumstances. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. Thanks to the Vic J/24 Association for getting it across the line. And, best and most importantly of all, thanks to all the competitors for getting out on the track and making it a great and tough regatta. For more J/24 Australia information, visit

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