International J/24 Class Association

European Championship at the Royal Western Yacht Club – Day 1

August 17, 2016

The opening day of the J/24 European Championship started in what only can be described as champagne sailing conditions in this year’s host city, Plymouth. The 37 boats were greeted by sunshine and the prospect of force 5 conditions for the day and were not disappointed during the three races held south on Plymouth breakwater. Unusually, for the highly competitive fleet, all three races got underway safely with no sign of a black flag being raised. Race Officer David Lovegrove said, “I was very pleased with the behavior of the fleet. Those who chose to head back to the breakwater gained best from the tide and the wind shifts.” The top three are Phoenix GBR 4242 Andy Taylor, Cocoon GBR 4269 Nick McDonald and Vitesse GBR 5467 Manfred Konig. Phoenix said of the first day of racing, “It’s has been a fantastic day, great breeze and excellent courses set by Race Officer David Lovegrove and his team. The competition is exceedingly close with every place hard fought. We can’t wait for more of the same. Up and down the fleet, the racing was close and every good tack and mark rounding made a difference.” The results at the end of the day show that the fleet is closely matched…its competitive racing at its best! For complete results, visit www.j24europeans2016.co.uk.


Chester Race Week

August 15, 2016

Chester Race Week was hosted by Chester Yacht Club in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada from August 10-13 with seven J/24s in attendance. Eight races were completed, dominated by David Wedlake’s Barely Legal who won six races and added in a 2,3 for just 8 net points. Following in second and third respectively were Chris Veinot’s HypeWave (15 points) and Ross Romney’s Rush Hour (21 points). For complete event details, visit www.chesterraceweek.com.


Kilcullen Irelands Eye J/24 Westerns Champion

Ten boats and 50 competitors turned out for the two-day event sailed on the lake of Lough Ree. Boats came from Howth, Dun Laoghaire, Sligo and Lough Derg in Tipperary; all travelled to Lough Ree Yacht Club (LRYC http://www.lryc.ie/)–the world’s second oldest yacht club. The onsite crane lifted all 10 boats into the lake on Friday evening in perfect summer conditions. As the crews set about rigging their craft, the Club staff fired up the BBQ and the scene was set for a very sociable event. As light faded, the crews made their way up to the Club House and settled in to renew old acquaintances and to discuss the challenges of the next two days on the lake. There was a 9am briefing the following morning. Once the briefing ended, the Race Committee and mark boats set off for the race area that was located north of Athlone, opposite The Hodson Bay Hotel. Six races were scheduled with four to be held on Saturday and the final two on Sunday. Lough Ree is the perfect location for an event like this. The J/24 fleet experienced winds in excess of 30 knots on Sunday morning and were still able to race. If this wind strength was experienced on the open sea, there was a good chance that the race would have been abandoned. The four races on Saturday were held in very blustery conditions; southerly winds reached speeds of 22 knots with gusts of 26 knots. Principal Race Officer Vincent Rafter and his team worked hard to fit in four races on Saturday, conscious that the conditions might deteriorate to a point where racing might be abandoned on Sunday. A J/24 Class dinner followed the racing on Saturday for all competitors and the race committee. The diners were entertained by the classical Duet of Ellen Gogly on cello and Eva Barry on violin. Their mix of Classical and traditional music soothed the frayed nerves of some very fatigued sailors. Of the two races planned for Sunday, only one could be held due to deteriorating conditions. Gusts of 35 knots were being recorded, and this wind strength can cause structural damage to the boats and potentially injure crew. There was one stand-out performance. The team on board KILCULLEN IRELANDS EYE, helmed by Cillian Dickson, scored five first places and finished on an impressive 4 points net (including one discard). A local Lough Ree YC team on board JAVELIN led by Stan Bradbury (LRYC) finished in second place on 10 points. Flor O’Driscoll and his team on board HARD ON PORT came in third on 13 points. Alex Shackleton on board JOHNNY BRAVO finished fourth on 16 points. And, Ronan Armstrong on CRAZY HORSE from Sligo finished fifth on 17 points. The prize-giving took place in the clubhouse shortly after all boats were craned out onto their trailers. All boats were on the road home to their respective home towns by 4pm. The J/24 Association of Ireland would like to extend their thanks to Waterways Ireland for their sponsorship of this event.


J/24 North Americans 2016 Entertainment News Flash

August 3, 2016

Welcoming J/24 sailors with a hearty BBQ buffet dinner Friday, September 9 will also feature musical favourites from the 80s to today by popular band “Soul FUNkshun” – a 9-piece band with four horns and five vocalists. Thanks to sponsors driveHG.ca and WeirFoulds LLP. Check out the band at https://www.facebook.com/soulfunkshun.ca. See you September 8-11, 2016! www.2016j24nac.org


J/24 NAs16 Welcome Flash from the Canadian Class

July 29, 2016

We’re super excited to host the J/24 North Americans in Mississauga at the Port Credit Yacht Club, Canada! We have 45 boats registered so far. Lots going on, including great entertainment, meals, prizes and first class race organization, with the help of major sponsor Humberview/driveHG.ca, along with PCYC Power of 50, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, North Sails, Fogh Marine, Shot Gun Fund, The Crooked Cue, WeirFouldsLLB, and more. More details about program to follow soon at www.2016j24nac.org.


Kiel Week

July 10, 2016

The world’s largest sailing regatta, Kieler Woche in Germany, hosted the Open German National Championship the J/24s. The 25 J/24s from Sweden, Germany, Monaco and the United Kingdom enjoyed great racing over four days, despite the somewhat stormy conditions that befell them at the beginning of the regatta. In the end, it was Tobias Feuerherdt’s TEAM ROTOMAN crew (Jan-Marc Ulrich, Lukas Feuerherdt, Justus Fritz Kellner & Tobias Peters) that won the regatta after 11 races were sailed, with just nine counting (two races could be discarded). As a result, Feuerherdt counted all top three finishes (1-2-1-3-2-3-1-1-1) for a total of 15 points net. Taking second was the American skipper Travis Odenbach sailing with a British crew on HITCHHIKER (Andrew Taylor, Iain Stringer, Paul Williams, & Izzy Savage), posting all top seven scores to take the silver with 26 points net. Third was Stefan Karsunke’s German crew on SULLBERG (Tim Habekost, Carsten Kerschies, Christian Carstens, & Malte Gibbe) with all top ten finishes for 35 points net. The top Swedish team was Per-Hakan Persson’s crew sailing FRONT RUNNER in sixth place with 47 points. For more Kiel Week sailing information, visit http://www.kieler-woche.de/english/.


Early Bird Registration Closing Soon

June 30, 2016

Get in on the action while it’s hot – no time to lose! The early bird registration for the J/24 Drive HG North American Championship held in beautiful Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada from September 8-11, 2016 closes on Thursday, June 30! Go to www.2016j24nac.org.


Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J/24 Short Course Regatta Report

June 28, 2016

The Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J/24 Short Course Regatta in Australia started under the watchful eye of Cronulla Sailing Club Principle Race Officer Dave McLachlan. With a solid 18+ knots from the west and a course set inside the confines of the Port Hacking Estuary, all boats set a jib on the first day. The first race was taken by the visitor from Sandringham Yacht Club, Ron Thomson driving his sister’s boat Wildfire, by seven seconds to J/24 stalwart Hugo Ottaway and Bruschetta IV from Sandringham Yacht Club, and a further 30 seconds back to Dave West and Ace from Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Short Course format with legs of no more than 800 metres ensures close, fast racing with the field complete within four minutes first to fifteenth. The second race saw Bruschetta IV take first, followed closely by Wildfire and then John Crawford, NSW J/24 Class President from MHYC, on Innamincka in third. The third race started soon after in a steady westerly, with 20+ knot bullets hurtling down Port Hacking. This race saw Mr. Consistency Hugo first, with Cronulla contender Barry Ryan on Pinot second, and Ace again third. A pattern was emerging. Racing continued with Wildfire returning to the podium, followed by Ace then Bruschetta IV. The PRO made the call to conduct a fifth race for the day, knowing the forecast for Sunday wasn’t the most pleasant. And here Team Cronulla showed its tenacity: Pinot first over the line to Wildfire and then Bruschetta IV. The next day, three races were planned to achieve the series as dictated. With the wind abating, all decided the genoa was on. Race 6 saw Barry Ryan return with first, then Innamincka and the always-there Bruschetta IV. Race 7 again saw Hugo Ottaway rise to the top with Cronulla local Dave McKay and Stockcar in second and Ace in third. For the penultimate race of the series, the PRO called for three laps. Ace completed the series on a high, followed again by Bruschetta IV and Pinot in third. The presentation was conducted back at the sailing club, taking in the fantastic views from the head of Gunnamatta Bay as all the competitors enjoyed the fruits of the BBQ provided by the always-present CSC Volunteers lead by Dennis Mclaren and Ken Mackay. As you can guess, “Mr. J/24″ Hugo Ottaway finished in first, followed by Wildfire and Ace in third. The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank its primary sponsor Wet Tech Rigging and its supporting sponsors Macquart Marine, Quantum Sails, Cronulla Marina, AUSSEA Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht and Afloat Magazine. The Club would also like to thank its volunteers, as the Cronulla Sailing Club is run by sailors not employees. The leader of those volunteers in organizing the J/24 regatta is Fiona Campbell, and without her drive and attention to detail, this event simply would not be the success it is.


Italian J/24 Nationals

June 5, 2016

Thirty-six teams were treated to great racing from the May 25-29 at the J/24 Nationals in Italy. Hosted by the Club Nautico Marina di Carrara in cooperation with the Italian J/24 Class and the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV), the teams enjoyed eight races over the three-day regatta. Winning the Italian J/24 Nationals title was GRIFFON KONG owned by Marco Stefanoni and skippered by Francesco Bertone with crew of Michele Benvenuti, Mauro Benfatto and David Davi. The German ROTOMAN team (owned by the German J/24 Class President Jan-Marc Ulrich and skippered by Tobias Feuerherdt was the overall Open Regatta winner. After three sunny days, the three-dozen crews (representing Italy, Germany and America) were prevented from sailing on the last day due to adverse weather, brutal sea conditions and heavy rain. “Despite the weather, we managed to complete eight fine races in the first part of the regatta,” explained Franco Minotti, the regatta chairman. “The championship was definitely a challenging race course because of the current and the wind shifts. The first two days, we chose to do races that were rather short because of the wind. But, on the third day, we felt it appropriate to stretch the race course a bit. I wish to extend, on behalf of the entire Committee, a big ‘Thank You’ to the organization of C.N. Marina di Carrara—great job setting buoys, and impeccable performance overall! A perfectly successful event, as I have also heard by all participants.” Stefanoni, crew aboard GRIFFON KONG, commented, “On the first day, we started with some difficulty, but then, after a good set-up we were able to reach the right speed, and we continued to maintain control of the Championship. The weather conditions were quite difficult, especially on the first two days, when we were racing rather short courses. But, our helmsman is also very skilled in short-course tactics and was able to maneuver very well!” GRIFFIN KONG closed the 36th National J/24 Championship third overall in the Open Division. Winning the Open ranking was the top German team ROTOMAN skippered by Tobias Feuerherdt. In second position, it was the American crew of FURIO sailed by Keith Whittemore of Seattle, Washington. Rounding out the top five was a tie-breaker between BLACK LEATHER and TAKE IT EASY. On count-back, it was past Soling World Champion, the Hungarian Farkas Litkey, sailing with owner Paul Cecamore from YC Nettuno who took fourth overall. Fifth was TAKE IT EASY’s young skipper Eugenia De Giacomo with the young crew of Nicola Pitanti, Mark Brown, Matilde Pitanti and Lorenzo Cusimano. “We are a crew of friends, we were having fun, and that was our main goal,” commented an excited Eugenia De Giacomo, skipper of TAKE IT EASY. “We were good at maintaining constant results throughout the regatta, and this allowed us to close with this amazing result!” Congratulations for the great success of the event and for the work by the CN Marina Organizing Committee of Carrara, the protest committee (chaired by Luigi Cuccotti with Sandro Gherarducci and Marco Cerri), the Race Committee (chaired by Franco Minotti with Stefano De Vito, Luigi D’Amico, Massolini Luigia, Luigi and Massimo Porchera Lunardini), and, finally, to the measurers Manuela Donati and Paul Luciani. For more Italy J/24 Nationals sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


Double Victory for German J/24 Team Rotoman

Team Rotoman (GER 5420), helmed by Tobias Feuerherdt, has opened the 2016 championship season with a double punch: After winning the windy and cold German Open in Glücksburg, the team also succeeded in the more gentle Mediterranean waters, were Rotoman won the Italian Championship in Carrara. During the Pentecost holiday, the German J/24 fleet gathered in Glücksburg for the German Open 2016. With temperatures about 10C, wind peaks of 30 knots and even some hail gusts, the Glücksburg waters neighbouring the Danish border proved very demanding for all competitors. The weather was light to start with on Saturday morning, then strengthened dramatically for the next two days. The Flensburger Segel-Club’s PRO, Claus Otto Hansen, managed to run four races on Saturday and two more on Sunday. On the final race day, the wind was blowing so hard that the Star and Dragon Classes, who were also competing, had to stay ashore and only the Melges 24s and J/24s were sent out. In average wind speed of about 20-25 knots, that final day saw some spectacular downwind flights and dramatic shifts on the leader board. In the last race of the day, the three leading boats JJOne, Süllberg and Rotoman literally changed position with every manoeuvre. Finally, Team Rotoman kept his cool and won with only one point ahead of JJOne helmed by Daniel Frost. Team Süllberg with Stefan Karsunke at the helm entered the podium as third. Team Tinto, who finished the Worlds 2015 as the best German team, finished in the eighth position. The top women’s team was Juelssand (GER 5313) with helmswoman Ann-Kathrin Frank in ninth position. Besides the chilly conditions, all teams enjoyed the venue and the great hospitality of Flensburger Segel-Club who provided excellent, fair and safe racing conditions throughout the event. See the final results here: http://www.j24.de/Ergebnisse/Ergebnisse_2016/Pfingst_Cup__J24_German_Open_688.html. The victory in the very north of Germany proved to be a source of motivation for Team Rotoman, who three weeks later headed to Marina di Carrara in the Tyrrhenian Sea for the Italian Nationals. In a fleet of 36 competitors, the crew from river Elbe during eight races established a lead of 14 points on second-placed Keith Whittemore (USA). Third overall and first Italian team was Francesco Bertone with his team Kong Grifone. See the final results here: http://www.j24.de/Ergebnisse/Ergebnisse_2016/J24_Italian_Nationals_689.html.


Whit Cup In Germany

May 28, 2016

The Flensburger Segel-Club (FSC) hosted their annual Whit Cup on their beautiful lake over the weekend for one-design classes, including the J/24s. The weather was light to start with on Saturday morning, then strengthened dramatically for the next two days. The FSC’s PRO, Claus Otto Hansen, managed to run four races on Saturday and two more on Sunday, much to the delight of all classes. In the J/24 fleet, the winning team was SIEGERTREPP-CHEN from the Blankeneser-Segel-Club, skippered by Tobias Feuerherdt. Second place went to Daniel Frost from Joersfelder-Segel-Club (Berlin), and third was Stefan Karsunke. The top women’s team was Laura Hatje from the Segler-Vereinigung Altona Oevelgonne. Thanks for the contribution from the Flensburger Tageblatt newspaper in Flensburg.


MOLLICONA Wins Trofeo Nino Menchelli

Despite the adverse marine weather forecasts, two beautiful sunny days with big waves and breezes of 10-12 knots greeted the fleet over the weekend of May 20-21 off Marina di Carrara in Italy. Six races were completed by the PRO for Club Nautico Marina di Carrara, and the dozen crews participating in the event used it as a “warm-up” for the Italian J/24 Nationals being sailed in the same waters the following weekend. The racing was very tight and more competitive than most had expected prior to the start of the series. In fact, it was such an epic battle that a razor-thin crossing on the final leg determined victory in the great duel between MOLLICONA and JAMAICA. After the crossing, MOLLICONA’s crew (skipper Giacomo Carrara Del Nero with Riccardo Marini, Benedetta Beba Tognetti, Paolo Bottari, Nicholas Marchini and Massimiliano Biagini) were overwhelmed with emotion as they crossed the finish line, cheering wildly but also congratulating their fellow protagonists on JAMAICA—skippered by Italian J/24 Class President Pietro Diamanti. The ultimate finish scenario might have had a slightly different outcome had the leader from Saturday’s racing continued to sail on Sunday. Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA had racked up three bullets but one of his crew got dramatically sick Saturday evening and had to go to the hospital. The balance of the podium was TAKE IT EASY sailed by the team of Eugenia De Giacomo, Nicola Pitanti, Mark Brown, Matilde Pitanti and Massimo Cusimano. The rest of the top five included NINA in fourth and LA SUPERBA in fifth. “This year, as in previous editions, the Trofeo Nino Menchelli was kissed by luck,” said Pietro Diamanti. “We managed to have six good races. Fun sailing and very close battles! Excellent training for the Championship.” Nicola Pitanti confirmed, “I think the two days were very beautiful and fantastic sailing; we were especially very lucky with the weather.” For more Trofeo Nino Menchelli sailing information, visit http://www.clubnauticomarinadicarrara.net/.


IRELANDS EYE KNITWEAR Wins J/24 Northerns-Ireland

Sligo YC in Sligo, Ireland hosted the J/24 Northern Nationals. It was a fantastic weekend for the 19 teams (over 100 sailors), with six great races, nice winds, flat water and amazing location. Thanks to Gary Stafford from Lyon’s Cafe for the meal and Blackwater Jack for the music. IRELANDS EYE KNITWEAR-Kilcullen have won the J/24 Northern Nationals in Northern Ireland. The team sailed an incredibly consistent series, finish with just 8 points after counting a 1-2-2-1-2 record. The K25 girls (and Ryan) finished eighth overall, a promising result for their first J/24 event with a lot learnt by this new team. It was great racing in tricky conditions for the fleet. The ladies team on SCANDAL improved throughout the weekend in their first J/24 event. The IRELANDS EYE KNITWEAR Team captain had this to say, “We are delighted to announce a partnership with the next generation of our family as official sponsors of the Howth Keelboat Under 25 Team Kilcullen. The incredible story behind the team and ‘the knitted boat’ is a heartwarming one. The K25 Kilcullen team is an under-25 team, sailing out of Howth Yacht Club in Dublin. They compete in the J/24 class, in which they are the current European Under 25 Champions. The K25 Programme is an exciting initiative by Howth Yacht Club, and we at IRELANDS EYE are delighted to be supporting it. Cillian Dickson will helm the team with Gordon Stirling as Tactician, our very own Sam O’Byrne as trimmer, Cian Manley at the mast and Luke Malcolm on bow. When the boys told us the story behind their Kilcullen boat, it captured our hearts. The boat was found abandoned in a ditch, full of water a few years ago by an Irish sailor who fixed it up and sailed it at Howth Yacht Club. However, disappointed with the little boat’s performance, he left it abandoned again without any prospects. That’s when the boys rescued it and decided to spend a summer working on the boat, putting what little resources they had and all the time they had into it. Eventually, they went on to win the Under 25 section of the J/24 World Championship in 2013!” Learn more about the IRELANDS EYE KNITWEAR J/24 at http://blog.irelandseyeonline.com/theknittedboat/.


Happy 40th Anniversary to Ragtime

May 21, 2016

Family and friends gathered Sunday, May 15 in Stonington, CT to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the launching of the 24’ sloop RAGTIME – Rod Johnstone’s garage-born, dream boat built by hand over a 17-month period, and launched on May 15, 1976. There were lots of stories shared, as most who were gathered had helped either build, launch or sail RAGTIME during the memorable summer of ‘76. After launching, RAGTIME and her family crew (mostly under the age of 16) would go on to win 15 of 17 races in Eastern Connecticut that summer and inspire enough people to want a sistership that Rod quit his job, asked Everett Pearson to build them, his brother Bob to sell them, and the J/24 (and J/Boats) was born.


Will Welles Commands J/24 US National Championship

May 15, 2016

Great South Bay challenged the J/24 US National Championship teams on Sunday with sustained winds in the mid-20s, gusts in the low 30s and large waves by the day’s third and final race. Fortunately for Will Welles and his team (Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan, Jeff Linton and Todd McGuire), they were already back on shore, able to discard their 10th race score after wrapping up the title by then with 22 points. The Newport, RI-based helmsman counted all top three finishes until a seven in race nine, but the team was comfortably ahead of the 39 teams representing the United States, Argentina, Canada, Chile and Mexico. The balance of the top five battled tightly until the end with Carter White earning the silver position (43 points), Chile’s Matias Seguel the bronze (47 points), with John Mollicone in fourth (48 points) and Argentina’s Nicolas Cubria in fifth (52 points). Sunday’s race winners at Saville Yacht Club in Blue Point, NY were Cubria, Mollicone and Travis Odenbach.
Top Five:
1) Will Welles, Will, 1, 2, 1, 2, 3, 1, 3, 2, 7, [40/DNC] = 22
2) Carter White, 5, 1, 4, [15/10%], 2, 3, 5, 11/20%, 5, 7 = 43
3) Matias Seguel, 10, 8, [11], 8, 1, 4, 2, 4, 3, 7/10% = 47
4) John Mollicone, 11, 10, 3, 4, 4, 6, 7, [18/20%], 1, 2 = 48
5) Nicolas Cubria, 3, 3, [17], 1, 5, 14, 1, 1, 15/10%, 9 = 52
Qualifying to represent the US at the 2017 J/24 World Championship in Canada are: Travis Odenbach, Alfred Constants, Ron Medlin, Aidan Glackin, Tom Doran. Complete results may be found by clicking here, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.

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