September 6, 2014
Dartmouth Week is coordinated by the three sailing clubs on the River Dart in England: Dartmouth Yacht Club (DYC), Dittisham Sailing Club (DSC) and Royal Dart Yacht Club (RDYC), with all three clubs being represented on The Joint Regatta Sailing Committee (JRSC). Dartmouth Week 2014 began with dinghy racing from 23rd to 26th August within the River Dart. From the 28th to 31st August were four full days of racing, for all classes of yachts and keelboats, in Start Bay. The J/24s showed up en masse as a one-design class (within an IRC Class). The 24s produced an infamous winner in the form of John Gorman on ITALIAN JOB. He was followed by Hugh Conway’s JAXXXIVA in second and the trio of Savage/Rogers/Greenhalgh in third. The “Small Non-IRC Yacht Class” was just about crushed by all of the aforementioned J/24s. Three of the top five. For more Dartmouth Sailing Week sailing information, visit http://dartmouthweek.com/.
August 23, 2014
Last weekend, 19 teams of amateur sailors from 14 nations sailed in the Sixth Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge in gorgeous sailing conditions on the Hudson River, right next to the Statue of Liberty. The races took place in Manhattan YC’s bright red J/24s; races were started off their famous floating clubhouse, the Sparkman & Stephens designed “Honorable William Wall,” anchored in New York Harbor just north of Ellis Island. Winning the regatta with considerable ease was the Royal Cape Yacht Club from Capetown, South Africa. They sailed fast and smart, avoiding any unnecessary mistakes. This well-practiced team is used to sailing big waves and even bigger winds off the tip of Capetown. The South Africans arrived to the regatta without fanfare and at the Opening Ceremony, described themselves as the “most humble” team at the regatta. They told the story about how they scraped together funds for their 36-hour flight to New York City by soliciting donations. They were surprised by the many generous sources that collectively made their participation possible. Despite their challenges, they easily led the regatta after sailing three races on the first day, posting a 5-2-1. Over the next two days, they never slowed down, adding a 7-2-2-1-2 to close the regatta with 15 points net and win by a stellar margin of 5 points. Starting out in second after the first day were the Royal Danish Yacht Club team from Denmark. They managed to post very consistent scores of 4-4-2-2-3-4-8-1 for 20 points net to secure a firm grasp on the silver overall. Third was taken by the Swiss team from Lake Geneva, sailing for the Cercle de la Voile de la Societe Nautique de Geneve. They started out with a humble record of 9-1-12-10, but then closed with a flourish, posting a 4-1-3-10 for a total of 38 points net. They narrowly beat out another team of dinghy and one-design sailors from Bermuda’s Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club. The Bermuda team had a slow start, amassing a 3-16-8-12, but then reeled off a 1-6-4-5 in the last four races for 39 points net, just missing the podium by one point. For more Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge sailing information, visit http://www.myc.org/MoreInfo/Annual/DennisConner.
August 20, 2014
Sailors got off to a great start on the last day of competition at Chester Race Week. Conditions were great with a nice, steady southwest seabreeze, and winds of 15-20 knots. Most courses ended up finishing in a short range squall under black skies and rainy, blustery conditions. It passed quickly and blue skies returned in time for trophy presentations. “Today was a fantastic end to a great week of sailing,” said Liz Shaw, principal race officer, Chester Race Week 2014. “The racing was incredibly close and exciting, with a number of classes decided by mere seconds on the last race.” “What great sportsmanship again this year at Chester Race Week. Boats are taking the appropriate penalties when they have broken a rule, either on the water or off,” said Kathy Dyer, chief judge, Chester Race Week 2014. Overall, an excellent week with plenty of sun, beautiful scenery, an abundant mix of boat types and better than average sailing conditions for Chester this week if you like to sail in big breeze. As Canada’s largest annual keel boat regatta, the Canadian national championship was decided in the J/24. Taking first was John Whynacht’s Sticky Fingers with 19 points. Nick Jako’s Taz followed in second with 26 points, then Gregory Blunden’s Adrenaline Rush with 29. For complete regatta information, visit www.chesterraceweek.com
August 19, 2014
A fleet of 35 J/24s assembled in the beautiful seaside resort of Angelholm, Sweden to compete for the J/24 European Championship. Conditions ranged widely from gales and thunderstorms to gorgeous sunny days with moderate winds. Topping the standings was the American team of Mike Ingham, comfortably winning the regatta by 30 points over the next boat—as a result, the winner of the “Open Europeans.” The top European boat was Germany’s Frank Schonfeldt from the Muhlenberger Segel-Club sailing HENK. The first day of racing started out with a postponement due to gale force winds and lightning. But once the first warning signal sounded, the three races scheduled for the day were carried out without further delay. As a result, the strong breezes persisted for most of the day, and it forced many crews to choose between the 150% genoa or the 100% jib. The first race was won by Mike Ingham’s USA 5443 (USA), followed by Manfred Konig’s VITESSE (GER) and Frank Schonfeldt’s HENK (GER). The second race was won by HENK, followed by VITESSE and QUICK & DIRTY. Then, the third race of the day saw a different combination—it was won by Chris McLaughlin’s IL RICCIO (last year’s 2013 Europeans winner in Monaco from GBR), followed by Ingham’s USA 5443 and Tobias Feuerherdt’s TEAM ROTOMAN (GER). The results after the first day showed that German teams were in first and third (Konig’s VITESSE and Schonfeldt’s HENK, respectively), and in second was McLaughlin’s IL RICCIO. Race day two offered strong breeze but no rain, and the event was able to complete four races. Race winners were: R4–VITESSE; R5–TEAM ROTOMAN, R6–USA 5443; and R7–Till Pomarius’ TINTO from Germany. After the second day of racing, Ingham’s USA 5443 surged into the overall regatta lead due to their finishes of 5-3-1-6, followed by VITESSE and TEAM ROTOMAN. The third day dawned just as nice as the day before—great winds of 12-20 knots with lots of sun and two more races that started on time at 11am. In addition to the usual suspects who occupied most of the top three spots, new faces included Johann Huhn’s HUNGRIGER WOLF from Germany taking a third in R8 and Peer Kock’s German team on UK GISCHT & GLUT taking a third in R9. At this point, Ingham’s 1-2 score for the day simply drove them further ahead of the rest of the pack. Amazingly, the last race day offered more of the same weather (great winds and sunny skies). Two more races were scheduled and were carried out without delay. The day’s winners saw a number of new faces in the crowd. In R10, Matthias Garzman’s GUNNI (GER) won, followed by Per-Hakan Persson’s FRONT RUNNER (the top Swedish boat) and Jan Kahler’s UNITED 5 (GER). In the last race R11, UNITED 5 took the bullet followed by USA 5443 and HENK. In the end, Mike Ingham’s American crew were crowned the overall Open J/24 Europeans winners. The top European and the next three positions were dominated by German teams: Schonfeldt’s HENK crew in second, Konig’s VITESSE in third and Kock’s UK GISCHT & GLUT fourth. Fifth was the top Swedish boat, Persson’s FRONT RUNNER from the Malmo Sailing Club. Top prize for best Women’s crew went to VEGA RAGAZZA–Stephanie Koepcke and her crew from Germany’s Muhlenberger Segel Club (she finished 10th in the highly competitive J/24 fleet). Top award for best Youth Team went to LUV–Tom Stryi and crew from Germany. Stuart and Mary Anne Jardine’s “Old Boat Trophy” for inspiration to the J/24 Class went to the Swedish all-women crew of FOR FUN (BLUE)–Liselotte Sjöberg and crew. A special award was given to the Youngest Crew member of the Europeans–Nils (12 years old) who showed great courage and fighting spirit together with his crew on HOLLENHUND RELOADED, skippered by Martin Maschnitza from Kieler YC. For more European J/24 Championship sailing information, visit http://ec2014.j24sweden.com/.
August 18, 2014
The 2014 IJCA World Council Meeting takes place on Saturday, October 25 at Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Schöne Aussicht 37, 22085 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 40 – 55 77 99 5 0, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org). The recommended hotel is the NIPPON HOTEL Hamburg (Hofweg 75, 22085 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 40 / 22 71 14 0, e-mail: email@example.com, www.nipponhotel.de). Hamburg is the only airport nearby. The next options would be Bremen (100 km) or Hannover (150 km). By September 15, NJCA delegates are to confirm their attendance. This is also the deadline for all NJCA Annual Reports, proposals for the agenda complete with supporting papers and any substantive motions to be received by Executive Director. We are looking for proposals for the 2018 Worlds to be held in Europe, and we will also review the Continental Championship rotation. October 18 is the final date for proxies to be received by the Executive Director (see IJCA Constitution 8.7).
August 17, 2014
Please click here and review the “ISAF Rules Conversion for the J/24 Class: Explanation” and the “J/24 ISAF Class Rules Conversion: Document.” The Rules now follow the required ISAF template and format. It has taken many months for Tim Winger, ITC Chair, to complete this conversion. Along the way, there has been extensive input from several individuals with deep experience with the ISAF Rules in other Classes. These rules were then examined by the ITC, Executive Committee and J/Boats, and are now ready for Class member review.
The accompanying “Explanation” document explains the conversion in general and item-by-item changes that go beyond just formatting. Please review the Rules document and let us know your thoughts and opinions on this forum. Comments must be posted by clicking here prior to September 15
August 12, 2014
The latest edition of the Victorian J/24 Association newsletter “Hit the Mark” is now available.
Last week saw the opening of the Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta with the champagne reception held at the Royal Solent Yacht Club’s landmark clubhouse in Yarmouth. It was gratifying to see that the Regatta had attracted over 170 entries. Perfect weather conditions enabled over 700 guests to spread out into the grounds for the Taittinger Champagne Reception and watch a stunning display from Yarmouth’s RNLI Lifeboat and the Coastguard Helicopter. A great IRC entry, boosted by support from the Solent IRC Owner’s Association (SIRCOA), meant four IRC divisions. For the first time, they were joined by a big fleet of J/24s, who were running the qualifiers for the J/24 World Championships in Germany in 2015. Saturday dawned bright and clear, but with a light and faltering breeze. Because of the numbers and different classes of yachts, two separate start lines were employed and racing started at 10 o’clock. In the late morning, the breeze died completely and many competitors anchored or drifted, in blistering heat, awaiting the promised sea breeze. It turned up as expected, but not quite enough to enable all classes to enjoy the promised two races. In Black Group, two races were completed only for IRC divisions. Most of the fleet passed an idle hour or so kedged off Yarmouth Common. Most spent the windless and sweltering middle of the day drifting gently, to be brought back by the sea breeze as it filled in from the west. There was no time to run a second race. Racing was over by mid-afternoon with competitors returning to the clubhouse for a well-earned drink, followed by a sailing supper. Many then went on to the annual Towers Party where the aim is to raise money for charity; this year the recipient charity was the Saturday Club for Deaf Children. On Sunday the weather was light overcast and refreshingly cooler. The light breeze held and it was possible for most of the classes who had only one race on Saturday to catch up with two on Sunday. On return to the clubhouse, hungry competitors descended on the hog roast whilst anticipating the prize giving. With so many classes, this took a little time, but nobody minded the wait as the winner of each class received a Magnum of Taittinger Champagne. Bob Fisher, a decades-long J/24 veteran from Lymington and skipper of his diminutive 1898 Fife-designed yacht called MIGNON, said, “What a super weekend the Taittinger Regatta turned out to be. Blunted by the sponsors’ generosity on the Friday evening, it demanded quick thinking by the crews on both days. Light and often fickle winds require constantly changing decisions to meet the new challenges of both breeze and tidal streams. Those who race regularly in the western Solent had some advantage, as the result sheets showed!!” In the world of J/24s, the racing was all about thrashing around the cans, kedging and drifting and dodging all manner of other much-less maneuverable boats. Nevertheless, taking the title was CHAOTIC followed by JOLLY ROGER and PHOENIX for the top three. For more Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta sailing information, click here.
August 5, 2014
Light airs and large shifts were the order of the day at the J/24 Western Championship in Iniscealtra Sailing Club. Fourteen teams battled it out over six closely fought races. In the end, it was local boat Scorpio Jnr, skippered by Andrew Deakin who emerged out of a six-boat leading pack, to take the title with the K25 squad just behind in second. Four races on Saturday left that team in fourth place, but it was consistency over the event that saw them finish second overall. They were the only team to have all results in the top five. This result builds on a strong performance in the Eastern Championship as they look forward to represent Howth YC in the Dennis Conner Challenge at Manhattan Yacht Club next month before heading to Lough Erne to defend the National title. For Howth YC J/24 sailing information, visit http://hyc.ie/.
As part of their three venue J/24 Winter Series, the latest event in the Argentinean J/24 fleet took place at Villa Carloz Paz along their spectacular mountain lake: Lago San Roque. In the latest regatta, 18 boats sailed, two driven by women and two by teenagers. Club Nauticos Cordoba played host for the event. Taking first this year was INDIGO sailed by Despontin Ezekiel. Then, in second was OJOTA skippered by Sebastián Halpern, and third was PURA VIDA. Another crew aboard MEDIO POLLO took seventh, an honorable result despite being brand new to the class and sailing their first regatta! The meeting and party amongst all the J/24 teams after the three races on Saturday was epic, a moment of camaraderie noteworthy for the amazing food, great Mendocino wines, empanadas, photos and discussions! For more Argentina J/24 Fleet sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.
July 8, 2014
This year’s J/24 fleet in Kiel Week had one of its best showings in recent years with 38 teams in attendance sailing from June 21-24. After sailing five races, the top two teams ended up in a tie-breaker at 31 points each. In the end, it was Frank Schonfeldt’s team (Nicklas Feuerstein, Finn Moller, Till Kruger & Thorsten Sperl) from Mühlenberger Segel-Club that was determined to be the winner after countbacks on firsts, seconds and thirrds. Losing the tie-break was Tobias Feuerherdt’s crew (Jan-Marc Ulrich, Wolle Panuschka, Tobias Peters & Justus Kellner) from Blankeneser Segel Club. Crossing the Atlantic and sailing for Rochester YC was American Mike Ingham, sailing fast in a chartered boat to take third overall. His international crew consisted of Marianne Schoke from Sweden and three Germans- Max Holzer, Scott Ikle & Klaus Walkusch. Perhaps the “Cinderella story” of the event was the remarkable performance of one of Germany’s top women J/24 teams. Having worked hard over the years and attended many of the top European J/24 regattas, it was clear all the efforts and training paid off in this year’s Kiel Week for Stephanie Kopcke and crew from Mühlenberger Segel-Club. Taking fourth overall, Stephanie’s team of Silke Hahlbrock, Ann-Katrin Brugge, Amelie Panuschka, Nele-Marie Bock and Insa Lindauer sailed a beautiful series over the three day event; it was their first top five finish in such a major J/24 event. Rounding out the top five was Jan Kahler and team (Olaf Zietz, Roland Bohm and Ole Harder) from Altonaer Segel-Club. For more J/24 Kiel Week sailing information, visit http://www.kieler-woche.de/.
June 16, 2014
Recently, the Copa Bancomer BBVA Private Banking regatta had 13 J/24s participating. On Saturday, only two races were achieved due to the low wind. Then on Sunday, the wind came at 1120 hrs at northwest 16-18 knots for just an hour and a half; then unfortunately took a 180 degree turn, and the PRO was forced to cancel the race. The fleet waited until 1300 hrs in the afternoon, then the normal wind arrived between 8-10 knots gusting 14-16 knots, and the PRO managed to complete three races that day. Thank you to YC Avandaro for their hospitality, great food and orchestra, and also to the sponsor BBVA Bancomer who gave a new J/24 mainsail to Jorge Murrieta and Titus W. Benitez, plus raffles (iPods, iPads, tools, pens, etches). Congratulations to the SUPERMACHOS TEAM with Ralph Nelles, Valeria Martínez, Raúl González and Roberto Contreras, who took first place with 12 points. Second place went to Jorge Murrieta on TRES DOLORES with Balbinus Gallegos and crew with 14 points, winning on a tie-breaker. Third place, losing the tie-breaker, went to Peter Wiegandt, Ernesto Sánchez and Miguel Bargalló aboard BRUSCHETTA. For more Mexican J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24mex.com/.
It took until the last minute to find out who had won this year’s Vela Dorada Regatta. The suspense was everywhere for the top five teams in an awesome event hosted by C.V. Barlovento. The CVB ran great races, and the fleet was blessed with great weather, winds between 5-12 knots, oscillating all the time— a great joy for all sailors! Going into the last race two boats, were tied for first place—Matias Pereyra’s CARRERA and Alejo Rigoni’s LUCA. In short, it was a match race going into the start of the last race, which ended up with a penalty against CARRERA—end of regatta for them to claim first overall! Rigoni’s LUCA team were ecstatic to take the victory! Meanwhile, near the port pin, Nicolas Cubria on MENDIETA took off to lead the last race along with Luis Cerrato just behind them. The first downwind followed more or less in that order, while the leaders of the regatta were buried further back. Finally, on the last leg, thanks to an excellent run, Cubria’s team held on to the lead to take third overall with Cerrato’s team in fourth. Taking fifth was Francisco Avernaete for YC Argentino. For more Argentina J/24 sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.
The Greek J/24 Class is well on its way into their 2014 National Championship Series having completed their first event at YC Paleo Faliro this spring. With great weather, nice breeze and awesome race management by YC Paleo Faliro, the 11 teams from Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki and about 70 sailors gave major battles during the three days of racing, offering great competition and a tremendous spectacle for all the spectators watching from the shoreline. This is the spirit of the Greek J/24 class—fun in the sun! The big winner of the First Phase of the National Championship, with just 10 penalty points, was the team GREEK POLICE commanded by Alexander Tagaropoulo and crew Nick Black, Pericles Aidinidis, Yannis and Dimitris Kokkori Trap, which confirmed the title favorite winning with great ease eight of the ten races that took place. The battle was for second place, which eventually was won by the team of Eunice Altsiadi, Dimitri Vangelis and crew Mitakis, Claus Portosalte, Mano Smirli and Sotiris Kartal. They were just three points ahead of Team JMANIA with Nikos Spingou and crew Katerina Kaitatzidis, Dimitris Kolios, Menelaus Reizidi, Costas Tridimas and Alexander Michaelides. The two teams had great competition racing against one another every race, with the two finishing most races just a few seconds difference from one another. For more Greek J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24class.gr/.
June 12, 2014
This year’s Italian J/24 Nationals were sailed on one of Italy’s more spectacular lakes—Lago di Como, north of Milan along the Swiss border. Host for the event was the President of Circolo Velico Tivano di Valmadrera, Giuseppe De Luca. The regatta was sailed in the Bay of Pare Valmadrera in the southern portions of Lago di Como, a challenging location due to the fact that it is mountain lake sailing with shifty winds and often strong “Breva Tivano” winds that develop in the afternoons. After an amazing weekend of sailing 10 races, the American team with Keith Whittemore was crowned the “Open” Italian J/24 Nationals Champion, winning by an incredible 15 point margin (and not sailing the last race). Whittemore’s FURIO team from Seattle, WA is no stranger to sailing in Italy’s lakes and the Mediterranean, having won the event in the past.Crowned as the Italian J/24 Champion was Giacomo Del Nero’s MOLLICONA team, taking second overall behind Whittemore with 45 points. In third overall was Mario Di Fraia Pasquale sailing on BOTTA DRITTA, amassing 53 points along the way. Fourth was a top Italian lakes sailor, Mario Mazzoni Fabio on KONG GRIFONE with 57 points. And in fifth was Giovanni Bonzio sailing KILS with 71 points. For more Italian J/24 Nationals sailing information, click here.