International J/24 Class Association

Will Welles Perfect on Day 2 of J/24 North American Championship

May 28, 2017

Will Welles’ Bogus went four for four on Saturday at the J/24 North American Championship hosted by Houston Yacht Club. The Newport, RI-based skipper made a strong case in defending his title by winning all four meetings in winds at 12-18 knots. Welles is now able to discard an OCS from race 1, leaving him a scoreline of 4,2,3,1,1,1,1 for 13 points. Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics, also now dropping an OCS from race 1, moved up to second with a solid day including three runner-up finishes. A sixth in the day’s final contest, paired with Welles perfect afternoon, prevented him from taking the overall lead in the 29-boat fleet. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger dropped to third with 22 points. Welles and Ingham placed first and second, respectively, in each of Saturday’s first three races. The bronze position was taken by Todd Fedyszyn’s Spoony Tactics in race 5, Odenbach’s Honeybadger in race 6 and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta in race 7. Following Welles in race 8 were Imai and Odenbach. Racing concludes Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://www.regattatech.com/websites/action/showEventHome?clubCode=HoustonYC&eventCode=J24NA17, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Day One Goes to Travis Odenbach at J/24 North American Championship

May 27, 2017

Twenty-nine J/24s took to the waters of Galveston Bay on Friday, where 12-18 knots of breeze allowed four races at the J/24 North American Championship at Houston Yacht Club. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger has collected the early advantage with scores of 4,3,3,2 for 12 points. The Japanese team Siesta, led by Nobuyuki Imai, holds second place with 18 points. The opening contest had Patricio Sly’s Muy Muy in the top spot. Imai’s Siesta took line honors in race two, ahead of Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics and Odenbach’s Honeybadger. It was the same winning trio in the third and fourth battles: Ingham, Will Welles’ Bogus and Odenbach in race three, and then Ingham, Odenbach and Welles in race four. Brendan Feeney, the first recipient of the Kelly Holmes-Moon J/24 Scholarship Boat, is crewing on Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss before he takes on his own program this summer. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://www.regattatech.com/websites/action/showEventHome?clubCode=HoustonYC&eventCode=J24NA17, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


J/24 40th Anniversary Race Friday, August 11, 2017

May 26, 2017

There’s no more iconic a race course in J/24 Class history than the 18-mile track around Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay that helped decide the outcome of the first J/24 North Americans in 1978, and then the first J/24 World Championship in 1979. It would be impossible to count how many times J/24s have circumnavigated Conanicut Island since, but it would be safe to say the “Around the Island Race” is the all-time favorite for generations of J/24 Fleet 50 sailors, not to mention a big income generator for local boat repair shops. If you’ve never raced along a rocky coastline interspersed with beautiful beaches, a cool summer sea breeze and lots of current, then this is the race for you!

To commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the J/24 Class, J/Fest New England and Sail Newport invite all J/24 sailors, past and present, to enter the Around the Island Race with the first gun at 1300 on Friday, August 11. To make a whole weekend of it, there’s W/L buoy racing Saturday and Sunday as part of J/Fest New England. For more info: www.jfestnewengland.com


Italian J/24 Report Week 18

May 15, 2017

The Sardinia J/24 fleet completed their spring series in Arzachena/Palau, finishing with a total of nine races in the series. For the finale, three races were sailed on the first day, but the second day’s racing was canceled due to extreme winds. Sardinia J/24 Fleet Captain Marco Frullio described how it all went down for the weekend: On Saturday, there were three races with a cool fresh grecce wind. The first race was won by our team ITA 443 ARIA. Second was ITA 497 BOOMERANG skippered by Enrico Strazzera, and third was ITA 4121 SANTA LUCIA helmed by Lucio Balzano. In the second race of the day, ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU from CN Arzachena took off and won easily over ITA 443 ARIA. Third was ITA 318 NORD OESTE skippered by Salvatore Orecchioni and Tonino Chessa. The last race saw the wind change to the expected western quadrant. The ‘dancer’s wind’ caused a shortening of the final race. The shift rewarded the ever-attentive ITA 406 BOTTA DRITTA sailed by the proven duo of Mariolino Di Fraia/Luca Montella. As a result of the weekend’s racing, VIGNE SURRAU won with 15 points net, followed by SANTA LUCIA with 20 points in second place, and BOTTA DRITTA in third place with 23 points. For more Italian J/24 information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


J/24 Fleet Regatta: Season Opener for the 2017 J/24 Hungarian Sailing Series

May 9, 2017

Maximum number of eight races sailed in perfect conditions was a result of the three-day Balatonfüred J/24 Fleet Regatta – the season opener for the 2017 J/24 Hungarian Sailing Series. Gábor Sallai and his team on BIGFIVE was the winner with 21 points. In second place was ST.JAMES skippered by Farkas Litkey with 24 points. Litkey was the helmsman and tactician of the Italian Team Pelle Nero, who won third place of the Italian J/24 Winter Series. Following in third place, was JUKEBOX (the second overall of the Italian J/24 Winter Series) skippered by Miklós Rauchenberger with 24 points total. What a perfect regatta: wonderful weather with blue skies and sunshine, various North and East winds 6 to 16 knots and happy J/24 sailors enjoying all of it at the first regatta of the Hungarian sailing season. The final results show a high level, strong and very even competition, as teams from second through sixth place were quite close to each other. Results: http://j24europeans2017.hu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/j24_melges24_fb2017_results_final_v2.pdf


Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta

April 30, 2017

With rain, sun and above all plenty of wind, the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta was a spectacular season opener for the over 100+ registered sailing teams in the Benelux region (The Netherlands). In the ORC Class, the J/24 JOOL skippered by Dirk Olyslagers crushed their class, taking it with a 2-3-2-2-1-1 for 8 points net. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/.


Italy J/24 Report – Week 17

The second “act” of the Italian J/24 National Circuit took place in Livorno, Italy. The regatta was hosted by the Italian Naval Academy and the City of Livorno. Nine races were sailed over the three days in a wide variety of sailing conditions. After dominating virtually every day, the winner of this act was none other than the star of the Italian Naval Academy Sailing Team—ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Francesco Ciccio Linares, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. After the first day of racing, LA SUPERBA had a commanding lead with three straight bullets. Behind them in second was Fabio Apollonio’s ITA 371 J-OK, and in third was ITA 400 CAPTAIN NEMO co-skippered by Domenico Brighi and Guido Guadagni. In fourth and fifth positions, respectively, were ITA 212 JAMAICA skippered by Pietro Diamanti and ITA 489 VALHALLA sailed by Fabio De Rossi. “This first day was characterized by weak winds and so many waves: difficult conditions for the crews, but at the same time it made the races tough, unpredictable, and exciting,” commented Mr Diamanti. On the second day, three more races were sailed with largely the same outcome. The day was sunny with winds in the 14 to 16 knots range. LA SUPERBA added three more bullets to their scoreline for a perfect record so far. After a great performance with 6-2-2 on his scoreline, Diamanti’s JAMAICA jumped into second overall in the provisional standings. Also climbing quickly in the standings was De Rossi’s VALHALLA, scoring a 2-3-8 to finish third overall after two days on the water. After three Sunday races and three on Monday, the final day just two races were run in big waves and 18-24 knot winds. “There have been three beautiful sailing days, challenging but very good, without any protest,” commented Alessandra Virdis, Chairman of the Regatta Committee, assisted by Riccardo Incerti, Gabriella Matteucci and Mario Forgion. LA SUPERBA posted two more firsts to win the regatta with just 7 points net in eight races. Second was Diamanti’s JAMAICA team (Fabrizio Ginesi, Paolo Governato, Giuseppe Garofalo and Antonio Lupo) after they posted two more seconds to finish with 20 points net. Taking the bronze position was De Rossi’s VALHALLA-HOTEL VERONA with 27 points net. His crew was Marco Belotti, Alberto Zandomeneghi and Andrea Fronti.

Arzachena/Palau- Sardinia: A cool wind accompanied the Sardinian J/24 fleet on the second day of racing of their spring circuit. Here is the report of Sardinia J/24 Fleet Captain Marco Frullio: “The organizing club, the Club Nautico Arzachena was able to opt for the race course near Spargi to allow the crews to run three quick races. The Race Committee, led by Sandro Ricetto, however, waited until the breeze was up to 16-18 knots. In the wavy, windy conditions, it was Aurelio Bini’s ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU with crew of Evero Niccolini, Pietro Alvisa, Roberta Piras, Mauro Pisanu and Danilo Deiana who proved to be the “boat to beat.” Their scores of 1-3-2 for the day meant they easily led the fleet in the series after this weekend. The other race winners were Mariolino Di Fraia’s ITA 460 BOTTA DRITTA and Filippo Masia’s ITA 497 BOOMERANG. At the end of racing, the excellent performance of Gianluca Manca’s crew on SANTA LUCIA enabled them to take second in the series (just four points back from VIGNE SURRAU). Then, sitting in third place is Davide Gorgerino’s ITA 431 LNI CARLOFORTE-AUTO A. After racing, the crews were all treated to the wonderful hospitality of the CAN, and the refreshing meal and tasty wines at the end of the regatta were offered at Hotel La Vecchia Fonte…thank you!” For more Italian J/24 information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


J/24 Girls RULE @ WISC Regatta

April 24, 2017

Hugo Ottaway, a long-time champion of introducing women to sailing on J/24s, put a team together on his own J/24 recently to compete in the Women In Sailing Regatta held at Sandringham Yacht Club in Australia. Here is Hugo’s report on the proceedings: “Despite only one J/24 entry in the Sandringham YC Women In Sailing regatta 2017, the result sheet was full of our ‘J/Girls’ winning every division and first, second and third in the Doris Little Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Amongst the entries were Krystal Weir, dual Olympic representative, Kirsty Harris, and Sophie Cisek, Volvo Round the World competitor and 2016 Victorian Female Sailor of the Year. The regatta was sailed over four heats on Port Phillip Bay in ideal conditions with sunny skies and a breeze that freshened to 12 knots. J/24 BRUSCHETTA VI won the AMS division and placed third in the Doris Little PHS trophy sailed by a mixture of girls from our Sandy J/24 fleet: skipper Madeline Linton (Jet), Trim Paulina Mattila (Bruschetta VI), Kirby O’Brien and Maria Vasardani (both from Kicking). Kirsty Harris and her crew from J/24 HYPERACTIVE sailed a modified Adams 10 to win IRC and come second in the Doris Little PHS trophy and Janet Dean, Past Commodore of RMYS and owner of Adams 10 Jungle Juice and crew member on J/24 Kicking, winner of the Doris Little perpetual trophy and PHS division. There were also many other women J/24 sailors amongst the competitors. The talent amongst our J/24 female sailors has risen to a point where they have repeatedly won almost all the women’s sailing events in Victoria over the past few years. The number of women sailing J’s has risen to 30% + of our overall crew group, with the Class focused hard on fostering growth in this area. These results are a reminder of the strength and depth of talent of our female J/24 sailors. Well done girls, you make us proud!” For more information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/j24-girls-rule-at-the-wisc-regatta/.


INDIGO Wins Campeonato Centro Republica / Pereira’s CARRERA Becomes Triple Crown Winner

The Argentinean J/24 Class hosts the Triple Corona (triple crown), an event that encompasses three regattas starting in Buenos Aires/Rio de la Plata, then transitioning to Lago Potrerillos/Mendoza and Lago San Roque/Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba. This year saw 27 boats participate in the complete series. The third and final regatta in the “triple crown” recently took place on Lago San Roque at Villa Carlos Paz- the Campeonato Centro de Republica. The event produced dramatic changes in the overall series standings. By winning the final regatta, Ezequiel Despontin’s INDIGO from Club Nautico Cordoba and his crew of Martin Costa, Marcelo Freytes, Franca Pesci and Carolina Lorenzon, managed to leap up the standings in the overall series—taking second for the Triple Crown. After winning the Potrerillos event in Mendoza, Javier Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO from Club Nautico Cordoba was hoping to post high enough finishes to get onto the series podium. His crew of Francisco Agusti, Pablo Avila Gray and Adrian Berelejis sailed well, but not well enough to overcome the fact they did not sail the first event at CUBA in Buenos Aires. Nevertheless, they won two races in the finale and took the silver in the Lago San Roque event. In a similar situation, Sebastien Halpern’s team on BELUGA (Federico Roser, Franco Monetti, and Yael Malem) sailed the last two regattas well, taking the bronze in the San Roque event with most finishes in the top five. After winning Buenos Aires, Matias Pereira’s crew on CARRERA (Andres Guerra, Guillermo Bellinotto and Emilliano Homps) held on for a fifth place finish on Lago San Roque, enough for them to be declared the overall Triple Crown Winner! Nicolas Cubria’s crew from Club Nautico Olivos (Mario Cubria, Gonzalo Frejenal and Fernando Bertrand) had also gathered enough points in the first two events so their sixth place finish on Lago San Roque was good enough for them to earn the bronze for the Triple Crown. For more Argentina J/24 information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/2017/03/campeonato-del-centro-de-la-republica-y.html.


Italy J/24 Report

This past weekend saw sailing activity taking place in two of the Italian peninsula’s signature resort/yachting destinations. One was on the alpine lake of Lago di Caldonazzo in the north and the other was off Arzachena on the island of Sardinia.
Lago di Caldonazzo/ Valcanover: They were two beautiful sailing days for the dozen J/24s that were sailing on Lake Caldonazzo for the Trofeo Autopergine. The Associazione Velica Trentino hosted the event. Commented Ale Ferrara from the host club, “As usual, after Saturday’s races, there was a big party where all the sailors share their ‘war stories’ from their day of sailing on the water. Fine wines augmented the conversations and an equally excellent dinner offered by the club, thanks to the excellent catering offered by the Hotel Valcanover next door. The sailors clearly enjoyed the entire evening!” After posting a record of two firsts and three seconds in six races, it was an easy victory for Dario Cattarozzi’s crew on ITA 182 J-JAM, claiming the title for the Trofeo Autopergine. In second and third place, respectively, were Giuliano Cattarozzi on ITA 432 KASTER with 11 points and Giuseppe De Mori on ITA 49 EOS with 14 points.
Arzachena/Palau: The Club Nautico Arzachena, situated on the harbor of Palau, played host to the talented fleet of local crews. “After the customary preparations, the boats were heading towards the sailing area located between the islands of La Maddalena, Spargi and Santa Maria,” explained Fleet Captain Marco Whirring. “The light wind from the northeast permitted three races to take place on the first day. There was no favored side of the course due to the tremendous wind shifts. As a result, three races produced three different winners. The RC Chairman Sandro Ricetto and his team (Giovanni Porcu, Karin Paternost, Francesca Campus and Salvatore Corda) waited patiently for all boats to finish each race, made quick adjustments, then fired off another race quickly. They are to be commended for their first-class management of the races!” The star of the weekend was Davide Gorgerion’s ITA 431 LIN CARLISLE with just 8 points. Second was ITA 318 NORTEOESTE with 10 points, and third was Lucio Balzano’s ITA 4 SAINT LUCIA with 12 points. Just behind them in fourth and fifth, respectively, were ITA 405 SURRAU VIGNE and ITA 460 BOTTA LIGNE. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Italian J/24 Fleet Spring Report

April 15, 2017

The Italian J/24 fleets have been running various championship series over the past few weeks. In Marina di Carrara, they completed their spring series, and in Valmadrera, they completed their winter series. Here are their latest reports. Marina di Carrara: With the last six races taking place on Saturday and Sunday, the final weekend of races for the Marina di Carrara Spring Championship saw 10 teams competing for class honors on the “Gulf of Poets.” This time, ITA 215 owned by Vincenzo Mercuri and skippered by James Del Nero won four races that allowed them to close with event with the overall win with just 16 points in 12 races. In second place was ITA 212 JAMAICA skippered by Pietro Diamanti with 21 points. Following in third place, was ENG 202 TALLY HO owned by Roberta Banfo and skippered by Luca Macchiarini with 30 points total. Fourth overall was ITA 449 RAZORBILL sailed by Giuseppe Simonelli, and fifth was ITA 173 VIOLENTE
Valmadrera-Lago di Como: At the end of the first five races held between Saturday and Sunday, the provisional standings saw ITA 503 KONG GRIFONE, skippered by Marco Stefanoni leading the event with three bullets and just 5 points in five races. Sitting in second place is ITA 469 BRUSCHETTA skippered by Sergio Agostoni just two points back. And, 5 points further in arrears in third place is Mauro del Lario Benfatto on his ITA 352 PILGRIM with 10 points. “I want to thank the sponsor, the Circolo Vela Tivano and all owners for the two wonderful days of sailing on Lago di Como,” commented del Lario Benfatto. “We are looking forward to a great series with seven more weekends of sailing this summer!” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


National J/24 Italy Circuit Report

April 13, 2017

Sailing off the port of Anzio & Nettuno, southwest of Rome, a fleet of 24 J/24s took part in the first installment of their five-event Italian J/24 National Championship. After seven races in the three-day series, it was the LA SUPERBA team from the Italian Navy that won the event by a landslide scoreline of six firsts and one second. Their team was comprised of skipper Ignazio Bonanno and crew of Simone Billete, Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro and Vincenzo Vano. “On the first day, the weak wind allowed just two races. Then, on Saturday, characterized by winds up to 15 knots and big waves, we completed four races. Unfortunately, on Sunday, after one race we had to get back to shore because of the strong storm,” explained the President of the Italian Class J24 Pietro Diamanti. “In the name of all competitors, I want to thank the race committee chaired by Anna Sargenti, always friendly and a star of our Class. Thanks also to Michele Micalizzi who, assisted by Francesco Facci, presided over the protest committee.” The winners of the first and last races was ITA 447 PELLE NERA, sailed by Paolo Cecamore and skippered by the Hungarian Farkas Litkey; they took second place with 17 points. Third was Diamanti’s JAMAICA with 22 points total. Rounding out the top five were Massimo Mariotti’s AVOLTORE (skippered by Francesco Cruciani) with 27 points in fourth position, and in fifth place was Vincenzo Mercuri’s MOLLICONA (helmed by Angelo Crepoli) with 35 points. With this victory, the crew of LA SUPERBA are also qualified for the 2018 J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda on Lago di Garda. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit http://www.zeroblog.biz/.


Registration is Open for the 2017 J/24 European Championship

April 3, 2017

The enthusiastic Hungarian J/24 racers are excited to look forward to the J/24 European Championship to be held in Hungary between 24 September and 1 October, 2017. The preparation of the event is followed by active interest: several teams from Germany, England, Italy, Sweden and France already expressed their will to participate. Europe’s most beautiful lake and a great J/24 family are looking forward to welcoming all of you in Hungary at the 2017 European Championship! Registration is now open. Don’t miss the deadline for early bird registration, which will close on May 31. The schedule and the Notice of Race are available at http://j24europeans2017.hu/. Online registration is at http://j24europeans2017.hu/entry/.


Eight Bells: Reid Stava

April 2, 2017

It is with great sorrow that the J/24 Class Association shares the news of Reid Stava’s passing on Saturday, March 25. He passed away at a cancer center in Rochester, New York. Reid loved J/24s and was a well-known supporter of the Class with his willingness to assist in providing technical information, including measuring and serving as a race officer at many District 7 regattas. He most recently served as the USJCA Technical Chair. Reid was highly respected by his peers in the Class and will be greatly missed. Reid’s obituary is available at http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/democratandchronicle/obituary.aspx?n=reid-james-stava&pid=184793571&fhid=13382.


J/24 Italy Spring Report

April 1, 2017

Lario Report: With a brace of victories in the six races completed over the weekend, Ruggero Spreafico’s DEJA VU took the final stage and won the Lario Winter Series Championship. “Over the weekend, with the splendid organization of the Navy League of Mandello, we give thanks to all the competitors for the six races carried out between Saturday and Sunday,” explained Chief of the Lario J/24 fleet Mauro del Lario Benfatto. “DEJA VU outsailed her fierce competition from ITA 352 PILGRIM that took second place and also over Marco Stefanoni’s KONG GRIFFIN in third place. Fourth for the series was Sergio Agostoni’s ITA 469 BRUSCHETTA, and fifth went to Giuseppe Perego’s ITA 458 BELFAGOR. Next is the City of Valmadrera Cup that will be sailed on April 8-9.”

Taranto Report: The FIVE FOR FIGHTING team (sailed by Tommaso De Bellis Vitti, Elia Masi, Andrea Airò) won the final, 17th race of the City of Taranto’s Winter Series. As a result, the final ranking of the team was just 14 points net, essentially counting all first places. They were followed by the ITA 427 JEBEDEE crew of Luca Gaglione, Nino Soriano, Remo Soriano, Vittorio Renzi, Silvio Tullo and Daniele Sicari that had a total of 24 points. Taking third for the series was ITA 406 DOCTOR J sailed by Sandro Negro from CN L’Approdo Porto Cesareo with a total of 38 points net. In fourth and fifth place, were ITA 301 LITTLE DEVIL sailed by Ferdinand Capobianco and ENG 450 MARBEA sailed by Marcello Bellacicca and Tony Macina, respectively.

Portoferraio Report: BE BEEF, sailed by Henry Gambelunghe (Porto Azzurro Sailing Club), won the second edition of the Elbe Winter Cup, the offshore racing championship organized by the Yacht Club Portoferraio. “After the conclusion of the last race of the Elbe Winter Cup, the participating boats seemed still in the race while under sail back down to the harbor, parading in front of so many citizens who were enjoying the boardwalk and the spring-time weather,” commented the Commodore of YC Portoferraio. “Thanks to the J/24 sailors, the Championship has amused everyone, motivated people to come down to the waterfront, see new faces involved, and give everyone a wonderful savory Sunday afternoon stroll along the waterfront to view the pretty J/24s and their spinnakers. It is truly colorful poetry in motion as they majestically passed by us on the watefront!” On the final day, characterized by summer-like conditions, the sirocco winds of between 6-8 knots saw the fleet fight hard for clean air to get to the windward mark offshore (normally, a downwind run). When they rounded the mark, the fleet set their spinnakers and headed back to the finish line in a procession. In the evening, the final awards party included the music of “Ru’lot” group, a fabulous pasta buffet, and delicious local wines and cheeses. The first three teams won awards made by “Ceramics on the Water” by Laura Valleri, plus silver plates offered by the jeweler Stefano Giannini.

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