September 18, 2013
Nearly 50 J/24 teams from around the globe have descended on Newport, Rhode Island for the 2013 J/24 North American Championship. Hosted by Sail Newport, competitors from Japan, Chile, Argentina, Peru and Canada join the USA, including reigning North American Champion John Mollicone. Racing begins Thursday afternoon and runs through Sunday. Follow continuous updates at the regatta website: www.2013j24northamericans.com.
August 30, 2013
In a tense and closely fought final day, Tim Healy and his crew from Newport, Rhode Island, on board ‘Helly Hansen’ were impressive winners of the BMW J24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), with eight top-five results (including three race wins) in the 10-race series. Healy, who previously won the title in 2010, was pushed all the way by the defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil on ‘Bruschetta’, who also demonstrated remarkable consistency, but who had to be content with the runner-up spot, four points adrift of his rival. Third place overall went to another American crew led by Travis Odenbach from Rochester on ‘Honey Badger’ who had been the series leader overnight but who did not enjoy the final day. A 20th and an 8th effectively knocked his chances, although he was only two points off Santa Cruz in the end. In fresh westerly winds which touched 25 knots at times, the penultimate race saw a second win in the series for Britain’s Ian Southworth on ‘Il Riccio’, ahead of fellow Briton Bob Turner’s ‘Serco’. Third place went to local Howth skipper Mossy Shanahan on ‘Crazyhorse’, following up on his great form the previous day, a result which contributed to him finishing as the top Irish boat overall in 19th place. Success in the last race went to the German boat ‘Rotoman’ (Tobias Feuerherd), with Keith Whittemore (‘Furio’) from Seattle 2nd and Santa Cruz 3rd. The Brazilian, however, needed Healy to be further down the fleet than his finishing place of 5th and so surrendered his world title to the American crew by four points after the one allowed discard. With the exception of Tuesday when racing was abandoned due to lack of wind, the championship featured four good racing days, with the wind strength progressively increasing as the week went on. There were six different race winners and the four US entries all finished in the top 10 which featured two German boats and the sole Italian entry. After 10 races, the overall standings (after one discard) were:
1. Tim Healy (USA) 38 points
2. Mauricio Santa Cruz (Brazil) 42 points
3. Travis Odenbach (USA) 44 points
4. Ian Southworth (GB) 53 points
5. Tobias Feurherd (Ger) 73 points
6. Keith Whittemore (USA) 77 points
7. Bob Turner (GB) 83 points
8. Ignatio Bonanno (Italy) 88 points
9. Tony Parker (USA) 114 points
10. Sullberg (Ger) 115 points
For complete event information, visit http://www.hyc.ie/J24worldChampionship2013/.
It was very much a case of North American domination on the fourth day of competition at the BMW J/24 Worlds at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), with Tim Healy of Newport winning the first and third races of the day while compatriot Travis Odenbach’s win in the second one has taken the crew from Rochester, NY, into the overall lead going into the final day. Conversely, it was not such a good day for the South Americans from Brazil as defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz had his worst results of the series, highlighted by an 18th in the second race, which drops him to third overall. It proved a very good day, however, for Mossy Shanahan of the host club who scored a 6th, 3rd and 4th, each finish being the best local result in the series to date. In fresh winds that fluctuated between south-west and west in direction, Healy enjoyed the conditions best to take the gun in the first race of the day from Britain’s Ian Southworth and then Odenbach, while Santa Cruz’s 7th dropped him from top spot after six races. The biggest upsets came in the seventh race of the series, where several of the leading boats were caught out by a significant wind-shift on the first beat and eventually ended up in mid-fleet positions. Odenbach, on the other hand, clawed his way back superbly to take line honors ahead of Britain’s Paul Williams and Ireland’s Shanahan to open up a lead at the top of the leaderboard. The series’ eighth race was another triumph for Healy and his crew but his biggest rival Odenbach secured a second for a highly consistent 3, 1, 2 scorecard for the day. After a poor result in the previous race, Ian Southworth returned to form to finish 3rd and move into 4th overall. Two more races are scheduled for the final day (Friday 30th) to complete the 10-race program, with all eyes on the two US crews and Santa Cruz as the main contenders for the title. Odenbach holds a 6-point lead over Healy who has only one point to spare over the Brazilian. After 8 races, the provisional overall standings (with one discard) are:
1. Travis Odenbach (USA) 23 points
2. Tim Healy (USA) 29 points
3. Mauricio Santa Cruz (Brazil) 30 points
4. Ian Southworth (GB) 46 points
5. Rotoman (Ger) 55 points
6. I. Bonanno (Italy) 65 points
7. Keith Whittemore (USA) 68 points
8. Bob Turner (GB) 70 points
9. Sullberg (Ger) 88 points
10. Tony Parker (USA) 90 points
For complete event information, visit http://www.hyc.ie/J24worldChampionship2013/.
August 28, 2013
In stark contrast to the previous day, ideal sailing conditions prevailed at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland) on the third day of the BMW J/24 World Championship to allow three races to be completed, resulting in just seven points separating the top five boats after one discard is taken into account. Defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil, a model of consistency with four top three finishes, leads the fleet overall, but the crew from Rio is being pressed all the way by former World Champion Tim Healy of the USA who is only two points adrift. He in turn has only two points to spare over Britain’s Ian Southworth. The third race of the series, in fresh southeasterly winds, saw Healy take line honors ahead of Bob Turner (GB), another American Travis Odenbach and Santa Cruz. Turner’s boat, helmed by Nathan Batchelor, went one better in the fourth race with a comfortable margin of victory over Santa Cruz who had Ian Southworth (GB) chasing him. The British boat had a cracking start and the leading pack all gained by going right on the first beat. Southworth, who was black-flagged with five other boats on the abandoned race on day 2 and carried the penalty into the third day, made up for that disappointment with a bullet in the fifth race. Healy finished up a satisfactory day with a second ahead of Santa Cruz to set up an interesting penultimate day of competition. With five races completed, the provisional overall standings (with one discard) are:
1. Mauricio Santa Cruz (Brazil) 11 points
2. Tim Healy (USA) 13 points
3. Ian Southworth (GB) 15 points
4. Travis Odenbach (USA) 17 points
5. Keith Whittemore (USA) 18 points
6. I. Bonanno (Italy) 27 points
7. Bob Turner (GB) 32 points
8. Blankeneser SC (Ger) 32 points
9. Tony Parker (USA) 38 points
10. Joersfelder SC (Ger) 39 points
For complete information, visit the event website at http://www.hyc.ie/J24worldChampionship2013/.
Lack of wind and strong tides played havoc on day two of the BMW J/24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club (near Dublin, Ireland), leaving Principal Race Officer David Lovegrove with no alternative but to abandon racing. A 6-knot northwesterly breeze allowed the third race of the series to be started eventually but once the boats rounded the windward mark, the wind dropped away and a north-flowing flood tide meant the entire fleet was left motionless, with no chance of a finish. After a delay of almost three hours, continued windless conditions forced abandonment for the day. With the two races sailed on the first day the only ones to count so far, Keith Whittemore from Seattle still heads the overall rankings by two points from defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil. Racing is expected to resume on Wednesday (28th). For complete event information, click here.
August 26, 2013
American crews led the way in both races on the first day of the BMW J/24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club today (Monday 26th). After a two-hour delay for wind, the 40-boat fleet finally got away for the first race in a light but testing easterly breeze. First blood went to Tony Parker and his crew from Annapolis who experienced the Howth waters a week earlier at the Irish National Championship. Fellow American Keith Whittemore from Seattle, who also sailed in the Irish event, followed him home in second place while defending World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil finished third, ahead of leading UK entry Ian Southworth. American crews again led the way in the second race, with line honours going to former North American Champion Travis Odenbach from Rochester, with Whittemore second again and Santa Cruz taking another third spot. Newport’s Tim Healy took fifth to make it three US boats in the top five. After two races, Whittemore leads the overall rankings by two points from the Brazilians, with Britain’s Ian Southworth (with a 4th and 7th) third. Leading Irish boat is ‘Stouche’ (Darrer/Murphy) from the host club, whose 10th and 8th place finishes have put them 7th overall. For complete information, click here to visit the regatta website.
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August 25, 2013
The BMW J24 World Championship was officially opened by the Mayor of Fingal Cllr. Kieran Dennison at a ceremony on Saturday evening attended by 200 sailors representing 10 countries who were led by a piper on to the club forecourt in front of the podium.
Organising Committee Chairman Derek Bothwell introduced the speakers – John Ives (Managing Director, BMW Ireland), Berchmans Gannon (on behalf of ISA President Niamh McCutcheon) and the Mayor, before welcoming individually each skipper by name.
After days of registration and measurement, the 40-boat fleet has a practice race on Sunday followed by two races a day from Monday (26th). Forecast is for light winds for the championship.
To follow results/updates all week, visit http://www.hyc.ie/J24WorldChampionship2013/default.asp?pname=home
August 24, 2013
Howth Yacht Club hosted the recent J/24 Irish Championship, an event which was both a warm-up for Irish competitors and a fine tune for the race management team, in advance of the BMW J/24 World Championship. With the top three determined by just one point, it’s indicative of how close the Class has become competitively amongst its top practitioners. Saturday morning saw the fleet held ashore for a few hours by PRO David Lovegrove due to high winds. Nobody wanted to risk serious damage a week out from the main event. The later start still allowed the 20 entrants from Ireland, Great Britain and USA to enjoy four races held in a variety of conditions. Sun, rain, squalls, flat calms, big shifts and a changing tide all created a very unusual mix for Howth. As one race official noted, “If you don’t like the weather, hang on for five minutes!” In spite of the weather challenges, GBR visitors Il Riccio (Italian for “The Hedgehog”) sailed by Ian Southworth dominated the first day and headed for the bar with a 1-2-1-1 score. Just behind them was fellow Brit Bob Turner on Serco with a 5-1-3-3 and Ireland’s Flor O’Driscoll sailing Hard On Port into third with a 3-5-5-10. The top Americans all had great scores, save for bad drop races, like Keith Whittemore’s Furio from Seattle, Washington and Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet from Georgetown, DC. Top of the Irish boats at that stage was Howth’s Mossy Shanahan who bagged a 2-10-4-7. The dividends were paid to those who played relatively conservatively and kept their noses clean. Lighter and less variable conditions treated the fleet to incredibly tight racing on Sunday with another four races banged off in quick time. By the end of Race 6, Il Riccio had sewn up the regatta, pocketing a further two wins, not needing to race in the last two. A clinical display of extraordinary seamanship and sailing! The fleet did its best to push the 3pm deadline for a last start by forcing a general recall in the penultimate race. Taking second for the regatta was Seattle’s Keith Whittemore on Furio, posting a 2-2-1.5-1- in the last four races to nearly pull off the ultimate upset sailing the last day, losing by just a 0.5 pts. Third was the UK’s Bob Turner on Serco just another 0.5 pts back! Rounding out the closely fought top five were Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet crew in fourth and the Brit’s Jiggy 2 led by Paul Williams in fifth. Irish National title winner was the HYC Under 25 crew sailing Euro Car Parks Kilcullen followed by Flor O’Driscoll’s team Hard On Port in second, and taking third Irish Nats on the podium was the Darrer/Murphy team on the old Stouche. For more Irish J/24 Nationals sailing information, click here.
The J/24 one-design class had a good turn-out at Chester Race Week hosted by the Chester Yacht Club in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada from August 14-17, with eight boats sailing in a very competitive series. Ultimately, Peter Wickwire onboard Sunnyvale took the J/24 crown, but it was not an easy one to attain. Nipping at their heels all regatta long was Ted Murphy’s Juvenile Delinquent, taking second place just 3 points back. Sailing brilliantly at times, but tossing a few discard races into the mix, was Greg Blunden’s Adrenaline Rush who took third overall. For complete information, visit http://chesterraceweek.com/.
August 3, 2013
Skippered by Ian Mayers, the BANKS ESPERANZA J/24 team continued an impressive run of form to completely eclipse the J/24 division of the Harris Paints two-day regatta. It was another show of late-season magic from the Esperanza crew, who also dominated and won the First Citizens Regatta earlier in the season in Holetown. In the Harris Paints event, which was also the 30th year of sponsorship by the company, and which featured shifty winds on the southcoast, Esperanza slammed nine other rival crews to win three of four races. They finished fourth in Race 4. “We were looking to make a clean-sweep but we didn’t have a great start in the last race, although we made up some ground. Our crew is in good form, and we proved that we are capable of challenging the top boats in competition,” said skipper Mayers. Impulse, skippered by Neil Burke, finished second, and HawkEye, skippered by Robert Povey, finished third overall while also winning Race 4. Fourth was Die Hard, captained by Robbie Yearwood, and fifth, ISIS, captained by Nicholas Lashley. The six-member Barbados J/24 Youth team used the weekend’s regatta as part of their preparation for the BVI –Premier Cup International regatta. Significantly, the Harris Paints regatta was the last of six regattas making up the 2013 Jaguar/Landrover series in the race for the national championship of J/24 racing in Barbados. Despite their late season heroics, Esperanza was unable to deny Williams Industries HawkEye the championship as they pipped them by one point to secure the right to be called national champions. After six regattas, HawkEye collected nine points while Esperanza finished the season on ten points, for second place in the Jaguar/Landrover series. HawkEye earlier in the season won the Taylors Cycle Centre regatta , were second in the Mount Gay regatta in mid-May, and won the Lucky Horseshoe regatta in early June. “It was a very competitive season. Our main goal was to win the national championship this year, and our crew made it happen. We came out with a mission and accomplished it,” said Robert Povey, skipper of HawkEye. Champions in 2012, Impulse finished the season third overall, on 12 points, while Fully Covered, skippered by Bruce Bailey , finished fourth with 16 points. ISIS, skippered by Lashley, were fifth overall on 26 points. The Jaguar/Landrover series is organized by the J/24 Club of Barbados, and President Gregory Webster praised sponsors, sailors and other partners for helping to create successful events and an outstanding season. For more J/24 Barbados sailing information, visit http://www.j24barbados.com/J24/public/default.asp.
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/.
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/.
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/.
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.