International J/24 Class Association

QUARTIERE LAVINIO MARE Wins J/24 Palio di Anzio Regatta

August 3, 2013

The second edition of the Palio di Anzio J/24 Regatta was won by Quartiere Lavinio Mare. The crew, skippered by Gianni Riccobono, wins for the second consecutive year. In second place from Anzio was Marco d’Aloisio sailing DON J, and third was Massimo Noons at the helm of JULIO CAESAR with a local crew from Anzio’s neighborhood sailing center. It was a beautiful and historic sailing event blessed by good winds, good race management and organized by the non-profit organization Palio Anzio. The event is a celebration of the history of the port of Anzio and the eight districts that make up the city surround the port. For some historical perspective, it was in 1761 that Cardinal Antonio Pignatelli of Naples was planning on joining the Conclave in Rome sailing by water. However, he was caught in a gale which forced him to take shelter in the Gulf of Anzio. Here the generous citizens of the town welcomed him for the time necessary to be able to return to the sea and reach Rome, carrying a promise that, if he became the Pope of the Catholic Church, that he would build the port of Anzio. That promise came true, as he was elected Pope Innocent XII. After a few months of living in Rome, he recalled the promise and returned to Anzio, this time by land, to lay the first stone of the new Port of Anzio near the ruins of the ancient port of Nero! Today, the crew of Anzio Lavinio, by winning the trophy for the second time may have the opportunity for a three-peat performance next year! For more J/24 Italy sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


IL RICCIO J/24 UK Champs

July 12, 2013

Twenty-five teams from the United Kingdom, Ireland and USA headed to Plymouth to contest the UK Nationals at the start of July. With 10 races scheduled over four days, the race committee wasted no time getting going with three rapid fire courses set on the first day to ensure the fleet completed a series given the patchy wind forecast. The following three days settled into a pattern with competitors enjoying lazy mornings in the balmy conditions whilst waiting for the sea breeze to fill, and then as the wind arrived reveling in the close quarters racing and tight calls at every start, mark rounding and finish. With a matter of boat lengths separating first to last on the water, this was one-design racing at its very best. Sail tracker units were carried on all the boats meaning friends and families could watch races unfold from shore, and over 1,300 visitors logged in to check on the action across the three days of racing. You can still view the feed via the SailRacer site. With an all-star cast, including the 2010 and 2011 European Champions, 2013 US National Champions, as well as multiple UK and Irish National titles shared between the teams, racing was always going to be tight, with six different teams taking race wins from the nine races contested, and consistency being the key to establishing a good series. Masters of this were Chris McLaughlin/Ian Southworth and their IL RICCIO team who, with every result inside the top five, put enough space between them and their closest rivals to be able to reclaim the UK National Championship crown last held by them in 2006. The UK National Championship Title goes to Chris McLaughlin/Ian Southworth sailing IL RICCIO with Mike Ingham’s HITCHHIKER from America taking second place and Rob Clark of JUJU taking third. The Westerly Trophy was also hotly contested and eventually went to the all girls team on NITRO skippered by Alison Young. Next up is the summer regatta season with a number of J/24s intending on heading to Yarmouth, IOW to join in with the fun at the Tattinger Regatta at the end of the month. For more J/24 UK Nationals sailing information, visit http://www.j24class.org.uk/.


MENDIETA Wins J/24 Copa Olivos

July 8, 2013

As part of their 150th anniversary celebrating the founding of the city of Olivos in Argentina, the YC Olivos held the Copa Olivos Regatta in their fleet of J/24s. The J/24 sailors were blessed with absolutely gorgeous sailing conditions on the Rio de lat Plata off Buenos Aires. The races were impeccably managed by the YCO PRO Juan Gutierrez. On June 29, three races were run with very good wind offshore, with a steady oscillating breeze between 10 and 17 knots. Sunday’s sailing on June 30 was not so good, only managing to get in one race because of so little wind. In the end, MENDIETA skippered by Pancho Van Avermaete won the regatta overall with a strong 2-1-1-2 record for 6 points overall. They were followed by Sergio Pendola on CACIQUE sailing to a 1-2-2-3 tally for 8 points in second. And, the Rina Cubría family (with Nicolas Cubria steering) were third on RINA with a 5-3-3-1 for 12 points. The fleet welcomes the new owner of MAPUCHE (Hector Longarela). In their first regatta, they got a fourth overall. It was a very encouraging start for the crew of the CUBA MATACO Club that was led by Miguel Cutuli. TIGRE II was sailed by William Benchetrit and Claudio Monaco, showing excellent sportsmanship, speed and perhaps the most improved sailor of the group. For more J/24 Copa Olivos sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


Kiel Week

July 1, 2013

Kieler Woche is promoted as the greatest sailing event in the world and the largest summer waterfront festival in northern Europe. With a nine-day program packed with over 2,000 events to entertain three million guests from all over the globe, their claim may not be far off the mark. This year’s 131st Kieler Woche, amongst the oldest sailing weeks in the world, enabled millions to experience the maritime atmosphere of “KIEL.SAILING.CITY”– the theme for an entire city. 5,000 yachtsmen and women, 50 countries, 2,000 yachts, dinghies and surfboards, almost 40 sailing events, and more than 400 planned regatta starts on eleven race courses. The “Who’s who” of sailing in Europe (if not top Olympic sailors) lined up at the starting lines for this year’s events. Plus, all the sailors and visitors experienced an endless forest of masts on the banks of the bay, with over one hundred windjammers and traditional sailing boats moored on the quayside. The J/24s saw a fleet of 43 boats participating with the German team of Peer Kock taking the gold with 39 points. Second was a combination of American J/24 champion Mike Ingham and a British and German crew, including class leader Marianne Schoke with 41 points. In third was German Jan Kahler with 43 points. Rounding out the top five were Tobias Feuerherdt in fourth and Frithjof Schade in fifth. Top Hungarian boat was Farkas Litkey in 9th; top Monaco boat was Dennis Frederiksen in 6th; top Swedish boat was Per-Hakan Persson in 15th; top Netherlands boat was Erik Jeuring in 16th; and top women skipper was Germany’s Stephanie Kopcke in 18th. For more Kieler Woche information, visit www.kieler-woche.de.


Brits And Kiwis Take IFDS Blind Sailing World And International Championships Gold

June 6, 2013

The IFDS Blind Sailing World and International Championships 2013, organized by Seabournia Yacht Club in Sagawa Bay, Miura Peninsula, Japan has come to a close.

Neither the sailors, nor the many volunteers are soon to forget such an exciting event. The Race Committee managed to complete 15 races over five days of competition, in winds varying from light to sufficiently strong to cancel racing.

After Classification into one of the three Vision Impaired Classes (B1, B2, B3) the 38 blind or vision impaired sailors and their 38 crewmembers set out for the competition. Amazed spectators and competent press photographers watched the scene, as the blind skippers helmed the boats with vocal guidance of the tactician, the sails being trimmed by the vision impaired crew on the mainsheet, and a sighted crew manning the jib.

The second day provided for some exciting racing as gusty winds and short steep waves made for tricky sailing. As the fleet prepared to start the last race of the day, boat 17 collided with another, but despite considerable damage was able to cross the start line, on its way to two more contacts. Approaching the windward mark the same boat collided with a boat coming downwind before getting T-boned by the following downwind boat.

After supplying 19 very balanced J 24s, the organizers even managed to provide another two boats to replace those that could not sail anymore, just one of the many examples of the dedication and quality of the Organizing Committee.

By day three, the International Jury had handled 20 protests, but after that, sailors managed to keep the competition on the water.

On the last day of racing and under sunny skies, Her Imperial Highness Hisako Takamado cheered the sailors from the bridge of the 57 foot Lagoon catamaran supplied by event sponsor Rivera Resort.

As the sailors came ashore, they were welcomed by the smiling Princess who chatted with them in perfect English, sharing an unexpected sense of humour.

Lovely stained glass trophies, made by persons with learning disabilities working in the small “People Factory’ in Tokyo rewarded the top sailors in each category.

In the B1 fleet, prizes went to teams headed by Sharon Grennan (GBR), Kylie Forth (AUS) and Matt Chao (USA).

B2 winners were Lucy Hodges (GBR) followed by David Allerton (NZL) and Keiko Ogura (JPN).

The B3 fleet was dominated respectively by Tony Holmes (NZL), Liam Cattermole (GBR) and Takahito Mochizuki (JPN).

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J/24 Italian Open/Italian Championship

June 3, 2013

The village of Anzio is a wonderful setting for the J/24 Italian Championships, famous for its micro-climate that often borders on the tropical, with plentiful sunshine, cool breezes blowing onshore and a gentle Mediterranean swell rolling into the golden beaches along the shores. However, this year’s event was nothing like what anyone anticipated. As a monstrous frontal system swept across the Italian peninsula, it generated giant, breaking waves, 20-35 kt winds and plenty of cloud cover with chilly temperatures—epic sailing for sure, testing the determination and limits of endurance for all the J/24 teams. With 45 J/24s attending this year’s event, it was clear Italian sailors love their favorite sailing spots, creating one of the largest turnouts in years for the event. In the end, it was the American Keith Whittemore sailing FURIO that won on equal points with Luigi Ravioli in an epic battle on the high seas. As a result, Whittemore won the coveted “Open Championship” title, and Ravioli sailing STOCKFISH wins the Italian J/24 Champs as first Italian. Finishing second overall was Avoltore, third was defending champions Ignazio Bonanno on LA SUPERBA, fourth was Mariolino Fraietta, and fifth was Peter Diamond. “In the end, fortunately, we were able to compete in at least five races. It would really have been a shame to thwart the extraordinary efforts of all with fewer races. Conditions were about as bad as we’ve ever seen it in this magnificent town of Anzio,” said Luigi Ravioli (past J/24 European Champion in 1999 and third in J/24 Worlds in the United Kingdom). “With friends we began to prepare the boat (rather dated and with several problem areas) back in October 2012. We participated in the Winter Championship where we realized that we could be competitive and, above all, we had a great team spirit on board.” “It’s been a great championship, challenging but very rewarding, with spectacular 10-15 ft waves, wind never below 20-23 kts, conditions that put a strain on all but now that it’s all over, we can say we have enjoyed it all,” said Massimo Mariotti. “I want to thank my crew for an amazing job!” The sailors credited the local sailing clubs and the Italian Navy for a job “well done” despite the capricious conditions. In fact, the weather was so difficult, racing had to be canceled one day because the harbor mouth was virtually impassable due to breaking 15-20 ft waves and 25-35 kt gale-force winds. For more J/24 Italian Championship sailing information, visithttp://www.j24.it/web/index.php.


J/24 Barbados Mt Gay Regatta

The Barbados J/24 fleet continues to grow by leaps and bounds. This year’s Mt Gay Regatta saw a tremendous, enthusiastic turn-out for the J/24 class with 14 boats participating in the event, essentially all the J/24s in Barbados! Sailing like a pro was Bailey’s team on FULLY COVERED, taking the regatta counting three firsts and three seconds for 9 points in the seven race regatta. The dog fight for the balance of the top five made for some spirited racing within the fleet. Coming out on top was Povey’s HAWKEYE with 23 points to take second overall. Mayers’s ESPERANZA finished third with 25 points, Burke’s IMPULSE took fourth with 26 points, and Sweeney’s ATTITUDE took fifth. For more J/24 Barbados sailing information, visit http://www.j24barbados.com/J24/public/default.asp.


North Sea Week

May 27, 2013

The major summer regatta in the Netherlands, Delta Lloyd North Sea Week, saw some great competition, nice weather and one of their best turn-outs for participation in recent years. Teams from all over Europe migrated down to the beautiful seashore off the Hague. The half-dozen J/24s sailing saw NED 49 take the silverware by a significant point margin. The team of Erik Jeuring, Calijn Muller, Jeroen Horts and Merk Meester ran away with the regatta counting straight firsts in eight races! Second was NED 51-DE JANS sailed by Nils Jannichsen, Nina Hagoort and Peter Jannichsen followed by BED 68-AS IS helmed by Dirk de Brouwere. For more information, visit, http://nsr.nl/.


J/24 German Open

The J/24 Class in Germany continues to have fun sailing competitive regattas across the many inland lakes as well as on the Baltic or North Seas. Recently, their German Open J/24 Regatta was hosted by Flensburger Segel-Club sailed in the Flensburg Fjord on the Baltic Sea, a beautiful and challenging place to sail for anyone. A fleet of 28 J/24s enjoyed the event. Despite difficult weather conditions for the weekend of sailing, the PRO managed to conduct four races for the fleet of the nine that were planned. In the end, the team of GER 5420 took first place by the narrowest of margins. With Simon Grorteluschen as skipper and crew of Justus Kellner, Tobias Peters, Jan-Marc Ulrich and Mattias Wallentin, their team started slowly and finished with a flourish, scoring 8-6-2-3 for 19 points to take the regatta by one point. Second overall was the top women’s German team that sailed extremely well in the event. GER 513 skipper by Ragna Thonnessen with crew of Laura Hatje, Ann-Kathrin Frank, Lisa Raschdorf, Janne Hopken and Venita Damm sailed to a 3-1-9-7 for 20 points. Taking the third position on the podium was GER 5281 skippered by Jan Kahler. His crew of Roland Bohm, Tim Becker, Olaf Zeitz and Ole Harder sailed the best last three races for the entire fleet. They scored a 12-4-1-4 for 21 points, to narrowly miss out taking the regatta overall. Rounding out the top five finishes are the GER 4230 team lead by Peer Kock in fourth and GER 5440 skippered by Matthias Garzmann in fifth. Congratulations to all for such a great turnout! For more J/24 German Open sailing information, visit http://www.fsc.de/regatten/germanopenj24.html.


Porter Leads J/24 Mexico Series

May 23, 2013

The active, fun and highly competitive J/24 Class in Mexico continue to attract a strong following across their country, particularly at Valle de Bravo and at Puerto Vallarta where they sail on the picturesque Bahia de Banderas. The sailing was close for the first part of the J/24 Mexican National series, with two dozen races divided into five events over the course of time. So far, 39 different J/24 teams have sailed in regattas. The first series ended on an upbeat note, with a gorgeous day and onshore breezes of a steady 10-14 knots, gusting 16-18 knots. Congratulations to the winners of the first part of the series, sailing the mighty yacht “S,” with skipper Kenneth Porter leading the charge with his crew Gerrit Gentry, Kenneth Porter Galindo, Gerrit Gentry Homes and Leopoldo Farias. Second overall went to Miguel Arroyo’s team on CHILE MANZANO, his crew included Alan Benitez, Tito Benitez, Manuel Benitez and Javier Benitez. Third was skipper Javier Velasquez along with his crew Ricardo Robledo, Emigdio, and Erick Gonzalez Feliciano White. Rounding out the top five were Eduardo Porter’s CHARISMA and in fifth place was Peter Wiegandt’s BRUSCHETTA. For more J/24 Mexico National Championship series information, visit http://www.j24mex.com/.


LA SUPERBA Repeats J/24 TAN Regatta Win

May 5, 2013

The Trofeo Accademia Navale (TAN) is more and more a sailing festival for everyone, the only sailing event in Italy that unites world-class athletes, thousands of lovers of the sea, the disabled and people in need, together in their passion for the sea and for solidarity with one another. Included within the event is “The Regatta of Solidarity,” organized by the Naval Academy and Retedeldono–it’s a charity fundraiser for the “Italian Union of Sailing Solidarity” (an organization founded in 2003 with 27 associations that has enabled over 20,000 people with disabilities to go sailing in the past ten years). “The idea that the sea is for the few, for the elite, has challenged the boating world; instead we have taken a road that will open the doors of the sea for all. It will be beneficial to the whole society and the boating industry.” This is the message that comes from the rally being held in Livorno at the Tuttovela village to celebrate the 30th TAN. “The sea is not a luxury or a privilege for the few, but a resource for the whole society, a means to educate young people, to be inclusive, to tackle social disadvantage and disability.” The rally ended with Don Antonio Mazzi speaking about the importance and value of the sea, stating that: “Saint Peter was a fisherman, Noah made the Ark and saved the world, and Jesus on the Sea of Galilee said to his disciples on the Ark: ‘Do not be afraid I’m there on the Ark with you.’ The sea is infinite, its power is its beauty: we must enjoy with our family and children and we will return home a better person.” Taking up the challenge to help others and educate them on the beauty and power of the sea was an entire flotilla of J/24s participating in the event to honor the “sailing solidarity” theme. As they did last year, the team of Ignazio Bonanno and crew on LA SUPERBA sailed a good series to repeat their win in this 30th anniversary event, winning four of the races along the way. Second was the top German team, Shade Frithjof sailing JJ-ONE to one of their best regatta performances in Italian waters. Third was Fabio Delicati sailing DJKE, fourth was Pietro Diamanti on JAMAICA and fifth was Nicola Giovannini on OTTOBRE ROSSO. For more information, visit http://www.trofeoaccademianavale.eu/.


MADELEINE J/24 Fowey Trophy Champion

The J/24 Class in the United Kingdom and Ireland is preparing for the upcoming J/24 Worlds. This past weekend, Duncan McCarthy and the team of MADELEINE (GBR 4265) got their season off to a great start by claiming the 2013 Fowey Trophy by 3 points from the HITCHHIKER team (GBR 4242). Third was JIGGY 2, fourth was JUMBA and fifth was JAWBREAKER. For the complete report, visit http://www.j24class.org.uk/news/madeleine-wins-2013-fowey-trophy/.


Club Pro squeaks home in Vic States

April 28, 2013

Two days of hard competitive racing saw Dave Suda sailing ‘Pacemaker’ regain the Vic States crown – just. For the complete story from Simon Grain in Australia, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


Big Lift Takes J/22s at Van uden Reco Regatta

With more than 120 boats on the start line, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta promised to have lots of action and fun for the offshore sailing season opener in the Netherlands. The predictions regarding the weather promised a weekend full of sun and plenty of breeze. Whether there would still be enough wind Sunday was the real question on everyone’s minds as the weekend unfolded. On Friday afternoon, the Stellendam Marina slowly filled with all kinds of one-design class boats ready for a race weekend at the Haringvliet. For most sailors the regatta was a short drive, but the Van Uden Reco is worth it! For the J/22 fleet, two German teams looked forward to joining the party on and off the water and traveled to Stellendam. On Friday, it was cold and windy, so many teams launched, went for a quick practice sail then came back in to refuel, stay warm and prepare for up to eight races on the schedule. Despite the crazy weather this year, Saturday dawned quite warm, so woolly hats were substituted with long shirts and caps to shield everyone from the warm sun. It soon became apparent that the wind forecasts were wrong. The prediction was a Force 5 11-15 kts wind. There was enough wind to get off four races and the sun made it a perfect sailing day! After a long, exhausting, but fun day on the water, the sailors all looked forward to the massive outdoor cookout on shore with ham, hamburgers, fish fry and plenty of beer. A good time was had by all as the sun sank further behind the shed and the temperature dropped (it was freezing at night!). Unfortunately, predictions regards wind on Sunday came truer than anyone hoped. With plenty of sun in the sky, the wind was hard to find. However, it began to blow a little more in the course of the morning and the sailing teams were sent onto the water. It was a good decision, because not much later there was a breeze at Force 3-4. At noon was the first start for most classes and courses. For the J/22s, the fleet managed to get in three short races. The J/22s had some spirited racing, especially on the windier Saturday. The nearly windless Sunday jumbled the standings as different teams excelled in one condition versus the other. Taking the top spot after finishing Saturday in third overall was Big Lift/Happy Future (Nico van der Kolk), sailing to a 3-6-4-4-1-2-2 for 22 net pts. Just two points back after a slow start on Sunday was Big Lift/Happy Star (Jeremy Moens), recording a scoreline of 5-4-5-1-5-3-1 for 24 pts. Third was Batavaia Stad (Christian Rieckborn) with a 2-1-6-7-7-5-4 record for 32 pts. Rounding out the top five were Jolly Jumper (Ivo Jeukens) in fourth with 34 pts and in fifth was De Kantoorbutler (Stan Heltzel) with 37 pts. Note, after the first day, Heltzel was the regatta leader with a 1-5-1-5 but got DSQ’d in race 5 on Sunday to hurt their chances at a podium finish. For more Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta sailing information, visithttp://www.vanudenreco.nl/index.php.


Pendola Leads Argentina’s J/24 Autumn Cup

April 13, 2013

While winter seemingly still has not left the northern hemisphere, the J/24 gang down in Buenos Aires are enjoying nearly equally crazy conditions in their J/24 Autumn Cup, hosted by Yacht Club Argentino. After a hard day of racing Saturday, the fleet was able to complete three good races. Southwest winds prevailed despite, providing the fleet with what is known locally as the “borneo conditions,” rains blasting the fleet with massive wind shifts and winds gusting from 15-25 kts. With the racing taking place not far off the “North Dock,” the fleet was constantly challenged with shifty, gusty cells that keep mixing up the fleet. After three races sailed, it was clear the CACIQUE team led by Sergio Pendola had established a good lead on the fleet with a 1-1-2. For Sunday’s racing, the fleet was blessed with a sunny day with little breeze. After two hours of postponement, a gentle northerly settled onto the race course, veering to the northeast that grew stronger during the day. The RC managed to run two good races to make for a nice start for the two weekend series. The first race with soft breeze was again won by Sergio Pendola and the CACIQUE gang, and the second race was won by Nico and Rina Cubria. The Rossi brothers on SHARK are still lurking and waiting for their chance at the lead. Also, the BA J/24 fleet welcomes newcomer Adrian Segurado. This weekend concludes the Autumn Cup at YCA (April 13 & 14). For more J/24 Buenos Aires sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.

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