International J/24 Class Association

Diamante Wins Italian J/24 National Circuit

October 24, 2015

With three victories over four races, Pietro Diamante and his team on JAMAICA (Joseph Garofalo, Fabrizio Ginesi and Gabriele Zoppi) won the sixth and final stage of the J/24 National Championship and also took home the Trophy Francesco Ciccolo Perpetual Challenge. In second place was J-OC owner/skipper Fabio Apollonio Trieste, Fleet Captain of the Lago di Garda J/24 fleet. Third was KERMESSE sailed by Marco Maccaferri from CN Cervia Amici della Vela. Four races were completed in the waters off Cervia by a dozen brave crews, regardless of adverse weather and sea conditions. “This time, due to work commitments, I had a different crew,” commented Diamante, President of the Italian J/24 Class. “On Saturday, we had a moment of concern when, because of the light wind, we were able to sail only one race. Nevertheless, during the evening, friends of mine in Cervia consoled us with an excellent dinner of fried fish and piadina. On Sunday, a light but steady wind allowed us to complete three perfect races. On behalf of the other teams, I would say that, thanks to the organization, hospitality and beautiful weather over the two days, we are all doing great!” Added the Captain of the Romagna J/24 fleet, Guido Gains, “Despite the little wind, we managed to bring it home with four good races. A special thanks to the organizers and RC/PRO, as always, to organize everything perfection both on land and at sea!” The Italian J/24 National Circuit includes the Trofeo Nettuno in March, the Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano, the Trofeo Navale Academia in April, the Trofeo Nacional in Cala Galera in June, the Trofeo Menchelli in October, and the Trofeo Francesco Ciccolo in late October. For more Italian J/24 class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


LA SUPERBA Commands J/24 Winter Championship

The 40th Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno taking place on the waters of the Golfo de Anzio had an excellent turnout of 27 boats from around the region. After a pair of victories, it was LA SUPERBA leading with skipper Ignazio Bonanno and crew of Simone, Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro and Vincenzo Picaro. In second with two seconds was the Grupo Sportivo Penitentiary Police team skippered by Fabio Delicate with crew of Marco Vincenti, Joseph Incatasciato, Roberto Ballanti and Francesco Maglioccola. Lying in third with a 6-4 was PELE NEGRO skippered by Paul Cecamore. “The regatta opened with light winds around 5 knots. As we expected, the regatta was immediately characterized by the battle with our friends on the Penitentiary Police boat and ourselves. Thanks to a wind shift and increased pressure on the left, they rounded the first mark in first followed by us,” explained Bonanno. “About a half-leg later, however, we took the lead and won the race. Then in the second race, we were first around all the buoys and we were in command until the end.” Added tactician Marco Vincenti on the Penitentiary Police team, “Two races with two second places. That’s not bad! The races were held with a southerly that was shifty and streaky. Choppy waves and different shifts of 8-10 knots meant the crew had to work hard and make the right choices to do well. The best part of the weekend was that it did not rain and we had nice warm temperatures—almost like summer.” For more Italian J/24 Winter Series sailing information, visit http://www.cvroma.com/.


Sardinian J/24 Circuit-Stage III

After the long summer break, sailing resumed for the Sardinian J/24 fleet. After steady sailing, VIGNE SURRAU from CN Arzachena and their skipper Henry Strazzera have taken the lead in the provisional rankings by posting a 3-2 in the long races. Following them in Stage III of the Sardinian Circuit is LNI CARLISLE owned and skippered by David Gorgerino with members of the Carloforte Sailing Team on board; they’re three points back with a 4-4. Holding on to the third position with an 8-1 score is DODICIPUNTOUNO helmed by Gianluca Manca. Rounding out the top five are LIBYSSONIS with skipper Daniel Bigozzi and in fourth is DOLPHINS led by Giuseppe Taras. “After waiting for a long time for the wind, the J/24 fleet had to settle for a breeze of 5-6 knots to kick off the first race, and the rest of the day did not go beyond the 7-8 kts. If you got behind early, the possibility of recovery for those who had a bad start was very difficult. In the end, the Committee chose to give up on the third race. It was a little bit of disappointment, but it was the right choice,” said Henry Strazzera. The fleet was sailing on the sea off the beach of Poetto, near the marina called Marina Piccola. The J/24s will be back at sea for their Regional Championship on November 14-15. For more Italian J/24 class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


JAMAICA Victorious in Trofeo Nino Menchelli

October 18, 2015

Despite the adverse weather and after having completed six races, the JAMAICA team skippered by Pietro Diamanti from CNMC Club won the coveted Trofeo Nino Menchelli in a fleet of 16 J/24s. His crew consisted of Gianluca Caridi, Joseph Garofalo, Paul Ginesi and Fabrizio Ginesi. “This event was blessed with good fortune as the storm that has shocked the French Riviera has blown away from Marina di Carrara overnight Sunday,” said the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti. “As a result, we were able to have six beautiful races and a good party of sailors during dinner on the terrace of the Yacht Club.” Taking second place was DIKE-BLUE FLAMES skippered by Fabio Delicate with crew of tactician Marco Vincenti, Joseph Incatasciato, the pitman Francis Maglioccola and the bowman Roberto Ballant. While they won the last three races, it was not enough to win the regatta. J-OC’s skipper Fabio Apollonio from Trieste placed third. The rest of the top five included Luca Macchiarini’s TALLY-HO in fourth and Riccardo Marini’s SEI UNIKA in fifth place. For more Italian J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


Rossi Milev Wins J/24 Canadian Championship

September 22, 2015

Twenty teams competed at the J/24 Canadian Championship, held September 18-20 in Toronto, Ontario. Rossi Milev dominated the nine-race event, posting all top three scores to win prior to the final race. Katie Coleman Nicoll finished second with Nick Jako in third. For complete results, click here.


Will Welles’ Cougar Crowned J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Champion

September 13, 2015

Will Welles’ Cougar survived a black flag penalty in Sunday’s opening race to become the 2015 J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Champion. Heading into the final day of competition at Portland Yacht Club in Maine, Welles held an 11-point advantage, but a BFD in race 8 made for an exciting end to the nine-race series. Cougar nabbed a fourth in the final contest to end with 33 points, five ahead of Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger. Odenbach kept moving up throughout the four-day event, but settled for second place with 38 points. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen took the bronze position with 47 points. Based out of Newport, RI, 2014 J/24 World Champion Welles has spent some time sailing in and around Maine, but noted that the conditions this week were not typical. “It was pretty tricky, but having a solid team is the key,” said Welles, whose crew was Chris Morgan, Jeff Linton, Erik Rexford and Monica Morgan. He thanked the local J/24 Fleet 43 and their volunteer base for taking good care of the competitors. Both Welles and Odenbach just returned to the USA from the J/24 World Championship in Germany the weekend prior to this event, where Welles crewed on the second-place team, and Odenbach helmed his crew to third.
The top five:
1) Will Welles, Cougar, 10, 1, 9, 1, 4, 3, 1, (50.0 BFD), 4 (33 points)
2) Travis Odenbach, Honey Badger, (28), 6, 3, 6, 3, 1, 12, 2, 5 (38 points)
3) John Mollicone, Helly Hansen, (18), 12, 1, 5, 1, 16, 2, 4, 6 (47 points)
4) Tony Parker, Bangor Packet, 5, 2, 7, 7, 2, 12, (14), 5, 11 (51 points)
5) Christopher Stone, Velocidad, 1, 11, 11, 2, 10, 5, 4, 8, (14) (52 points)
In Sunday’s two races, Ed Rowe’s Flying Chicken and Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted were the race winners in winds of 8-10 knots. Competitors from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the USA competed in the 49-boat fleet. Complete results may be found at http://www.2015j24nas.org/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Will Welles’ Cougar Leaps to Front of Pack at J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship

Day three of the J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship brought another leader to the top of the board. Will Welles’ Cougar secured a 3,1 on Saturday to move into first place with an 11-point advantage over second-place Nicolas Cubria’s Worknet of Argentina. Now able to drop a 10 from the first race of the Championship, Welles keeps a scoring line of 1,9,1,4,3,1 for 19 points heading into tomorrow’s finale. With 31 points, third-place Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger is hot on the heels of Cubria, who has 30 points. Hosted by Portland Yacht Club, the fleet ventured to the outside course on Casco Bay in winds between 6-10 knots. Odenbach got the day off to a solid start with a victory, while Martin Gallagher’s Shifty and Welles followed. Welles claimed the next win, ahead of John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen and Cubria. Racing concludes Sunday for the competitors from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the USA in the 50-boat fleet. Complete results may be found at www.2015j24nas.org, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet Shoots to Lead on Day 2 of J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship

September 12, 2015

Four more races went in the books on Friday at the J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship, and a new leader has emerged: Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet. Tallying consistent scores of 5,2,7,7,2, the Maryland-based helmsman holds a two-point lead over Will Welles’ Cougar. Another two points back in third is Nicolas Cubria’s Worknet of Argentina. Hosted by Portland Yacht Club, cloudy conditions and winds at 13-15 knots greeted competitors in the opening contest as Welles took line honors. Parker and Tim Corbett’s Eskimo Sisters followed. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen, Evan Petley-Jones’ Lifted and Travis Odenbach’s Honey Badger comprised the top trio in Friday’s second race. As the sun began to poke through, the breeze built to 15-20 knots at times with temperatures around 70 degrees. Welles again snagged a bullet in the next contest, with day one leader Christopher Stone’s Velocidad in second and Petley-Jones in third. Closing out the day with a victory was Mollicone, trailed by Parker and Odenbach. Racing continues through Sunday for the competitors from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the USA in the 50-boat fleet. Complete results may be found at http://www.2015j24nas.org/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Christopher Stone’s Velocidad Takes Early Advantage at J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship

September 11, 2015

Christopher Stone’s Velocidad grabbed the lead on day one of the J/24 Pape Chevrolet North American Championship by winning the day’s only race. The New Jersey-based team topped competitors from Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the USA in the 50-boat fleet. Dan Busch’s Buschwacker, also from New Jersey, placed second, while local Carter White’s Sea Bags Sailing Team rounded out the top three. Entrants wrapped up the measurement and registration process on Thursday morning at Portland Yacht Club, before heading out in very light and shifty conditions for the lone contest. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at http://www.2015j24nas.org/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


J/24 North American Championship Kicks Off Thursday, September 10 from Falmouth, Maine

September 9, 2015

50 J/24 teams are gathering for racing at the J/24 North American Championship in Falmouth, Maine. The competition begins Thursday, September 10 and continues through Sunday, September 13 for the entrants representing Argentina, Canada, Mexico and the USA. Keep up with all the action from Portland Yacht Club at the regatta website: http://www.2015j24nas.org/.


Ian Southworth is the New J/24 World Champion

September 5, 2015

Ian Southworth of Great Britain and his crew Andrew McLelland, Julia Scott, David Howlett and Chris McLaughlin kept their cool and sailed home an amazing start-to-finish win in the final race of the J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany. American Mike Ingham, who was very close, finally had to let the prestigious trophy go to Southworth. As on Thursday, racing was started with a black flag after Principal Race Officer Klaus Lahme did a general recall. Southworth, who had already suffered a black flag disqualification the previous day, opted for a conservative start, as he couldn´t afford to let Ingham get away or–or even worse–let himself get pushed over the line. McLaughlin said, “Our worst fear was to have a black flag start again, but were relieved to get a good start and to find ourselves first at the windward mark through some very difficult shifts arriving.” Southworth and his team have been sailing Il Riccio for five years now. “It has been the longest quick campaign of our lives,” said McLaughlin. “We used to race the J/24 in the 80s and early 90s quite successfully, so in 2005 we thought we could just step on the boat and win the J/24 World Championship in Weymouth.” The crew finished eighth. Since then, they have constantly been working on speed, performance and sailing skills. “We have virtually rebuilt Il Riccio from the keel to the mast top,” continued McLaughlin. At some World Championships (like in Howth, Ireland and Cannigione, Italy), the crew was very close to the trophy, but narrowly lost in the end. “The thing we have learnt is that if you are not enjoying yourselves, you will never succeed,” said McLaughlin. “We have a team that is very close to each other, who has fun along the way, no matter if we win or lose. There were times in the middle of this week when I became very nervous and tense, and the rest of them laughed me out of it and made me have a glass of wine, and I felt a lot better the next day.” Tactician on Il Riccio is Howlett, who is the head coach of the German Olympic team. McLaughlin explained, “I have known David since I was 18 years old, and it has been fantastic to sail with a friend who is also such an incredible coach. David is a very special person, and also very demanding. We have not been drinking this week, we have not been partying, and we have eaten a lot of cake and tea in the afternoon because David has high standards. I think if the German Olympic team has the same experience as we have had, I think they should be winning some medals in Rio.” But, according to McLaughlin, the most important part of the team is bowwoman Julia Scott. Julia is a former 470 and Yngling Olympian. “Besides being a brilliant sailor, Julia makes sure that everyone is nice to each other. She is the boss! And she is incredibly tough. When we sailed the Worlds in Weymouth in 2010, Julia had just given birth to her first kid one week before. I think there haven´t been many J/24s that have measured in a breast pump at an international competition!” Ingham from Rochester, New York USA, who was sailing with the 2014 J/24 World Champion Will Welles as tactician, couldn´t cover Southworth in the last race and finished in eighth position. With 26 points difference, he and his crew placed second overall, with Travis Odenbach (also from Rochester, NY USA) in third. Competition was tight for the title of the best female crew. In the end, Stefanie Köpcke and her team Vega Ragazza won, closely followed by Ragna Thönnessen and team Juelssand, with just one point separating them. The best German boat was Team Tinto from Hamburg, helmed by Till Pomarius. Tinto, a mixed crew with an average age of less than 25, took the honors from older and more experienced crews, such as team Rotoman or Süllberg. “Our next goal is the Worlds 2016 in Japan,” said genoa trimmer Bele Schuett. This World Championship ended with a closing ceremony in the Marina of Boltenhagen. Fifty one teams competed from Argentina, Barbados, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Complete regatta information and results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/.


Black Flag Thriller on Day 4 of the J/24 World Championship

September 4, 2015

Ian Southworth, Mike Ingham, and Ian Southworth again: After a black flag disqualification in the second race, Southworth (GBR 5219) kept his cool and sailed on to stabilize his lead. With just one day to go, it is getting harder for the other crews to push the Englishman off the top spot. On the fourth day of the J/24 World Championship, the weather gods played wicked games with the nerves of the competitors. In conditions ranging from 6-10 knots of wind, 20-30 degree wind shifts demanded quick and often audacious tactical decisions. Southworth, who has been in the lead from day two, made his biggest error so far in Thursday’s middle race when he was caught over the line in a black flag situation. Disqualified from this race, Southworth and his crew were forced to sit it out and watch rival Mike Ingham (USA 5443) on the course, but were relieved when Ingham ended seventh. In the last race of the day, which saw extreme wind shifts, Southworth was back on track and sailed home first. On the eve of the final day of racing, 9 points divide him from second-placed Ingham, so both Southworth and his crew will need to stay very focused. Travis Odenbach (USA 5432), currently third, is followed by a young German crew: Team Tinto from Hamburg are thrilled by their success in Boltenhagen. “Our day started with a little nightmare,” explained tactician Max Bischoff. “Leaving the harbor, we noticed our rudder fitting was broken. We quickly changed the rudder and had the alteration approved by the Jury, arriving just in time to start the race. The adrenalin stayed high when we realized we were pretty close to the leading bunch. There was a lot to win, but equally much to lose.” Throughout the day, it proved crucial to make quick and courageous decisions. “In the last race, we rounded the first mark as one of the last boats,” continued Bischoff. “Then we chose the right side of the course and gained a vast amount. In the end, we finished sixth.” Competition for the top ten positions stays tight. There will be two more races on the final day of the Championship for the entrants representing Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Complete regatta information and results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/. Race Tracking to follow the races live is available at http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=592.


J/24 World Championships Day 3: Ian Southworth in a Class of His Own

September 3, 2015

On day three of the J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany, the fleet faced winds of up to 20 knots. It was again Ian Southworth (GBR 5219) who sailed two excellent races and kept his lead over second-place Mike Ingham (USA 5443). Travis Odenbach (USA 5432) also entered center stage, moving into third place. With two more days to go, one team clearly has the form to win this year’s J/24 World Championship. Ian Southworth and his crew, with a third and a first place Wednesday, are putting together a very consistent series. Southworth, who narrowly lost the Worlds 2010 and ended up fourth in 2012 and 2013, is totally focused on finally winning this trophy. His crew has so far sailed five different J/24s and, with number five, called Il Riccio (which is Italian for hedgehog), they seem to have found the ideal setup. But competition remains tough as there are two excellent and experienced US teams hot on the tail of Il Riccio: Mike Ingham (with 2014 World Champion Will Welles as a tactician) and Travis Odenbach. Despite the strong winds, day three of the Worlds saw the first all-female crew in the top ten: Ragna Thönnessen and her crew of Juelssand (GER 5313) finished in eighth position in the second race of the day. “This is our best result at a Word Championship so far,” said bow woman Laura Hatje. “Sailing was great fun, though the conditions were pretty tough for a crew as light as we are. After a good start, we found very good boat speed and took the right tactical decisions.” The Juelssand crew has been sailing together since 2008. With an average age of 25, they are one of the youngest teams in the fleet. “Ian and his crew are doing amazingly well,” continued Hatje. “Our bet is that they will be the new World Champions. But up to now, the results are very mixed, so racing stays exciting!” With just a few points apart, the fight for the top ten stays tight. In the evening, the crews gathered for the traditional “Champions Dinner” held by the Norddeutscher Regatta Verein who is organizing the event. Racing continues through Friday for the entrants representing Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Complete regatta information and results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/. Race Tracking to follow the races live is available at http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=592.


Day 2 of J/24 World Championship: Ian Southworth Leads, Mike Ingham in Hot Pursuit

September 1, 2015

Conditions were challenging on day two of the J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany, with winds up to 20 knots and huge 20 to 30 degree shifts causing some big changes on the leaderboard. Ian Southworth (GBR 5219) and his seasoned crew sailed two excellent races and took the lead, followed by Mike Ingham (USA 5443) and Pietro Diamanti (ITA 212). On day two of the J/24 Worlds, Boltenhagen on the Baltic coast once again proved to be a very tricky sailing area. “We are racing in a closed bay, which makes things very difficult,” said Chris McLaughlin, crew member on the leading boat Il Riccio. “As the race course is close inshore, the tree lines make challenging 20 to 30 degrees shifts. The skill is to judge exactly when you need to tack.” In the first race of the day, the fleet faced easterly winds up to 20 knots. With a first place and a second place, Ian Southworth and his crew delivered a very consistent performance. Southworth, who has been racing with the same crew for the last 10 years, has a team of very skilled sailors including tactician David Howlett, who is also head coach of the German Olympic team. Southworth already has an impressive lead of 22 points over second-place Mike Ingham, who has the same number of points as third-place Pietro Diamanti. McLaughlin said, “In the J/24 Class, there is nothing worse than getting excited about a good position. We have to stay cool and keep performing constantly. You just need one disqualification, and one of the other guys will get you.” Asked for his strongest competition, McLaughlin mentioned Mike Ingham (USA), Pietro Diamanti (ITA) and Travis Odenbach (USA), but also the Greek Iasonas Spanomalis who was sailing very fast on the course. From a German point of view, Stefan Karsunke from Hamburg did an excellent job. With a third and a sixth place, he and his crew are in fifth position overall. Karsunke is also a very experienced helmsman who has been racing the J/24 for more than 15 years. Frank Schönfeldt, one of the host nation’s top sailors, had some bad luck when his rudder broke before the first start, and is currently in 27th position. Racing continues through Friday for the entrants representing Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Complete regatta information and results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/. Race Tracking to follow the races live is available at http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=592.


Japanese Crew in Lead After Day One of J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany

Light winds dominated the first races of the J/24 World Championship. The key to success was to find free winds and to sail the boat as smooth as possible. Fumiya Kato (JPN 4886) showed the greatest skills on the water. He is on top of the leaderboard after two races, followed by Ian Southworth (GBR 5219) and Ignazio Bonanno (ITA 416). Not only the crews, but also the Principal Race Officer had to find the right wind to get the fleet of 56 participants under way. After a short postponement, the first race of the J/24 Worlds was started at 14:00 hrs in the bay of Boltenhagen. In very light wind conditions (5-10 knots from NW), Team Rotoman (GER 5420) helmed by Tobias Feuerherdt won the first race. In the second race of the day, the J/24 fleet showed their favor for very aggressive starts. After two general recalls, PRO Klaus Lahme raised the black flag. The second race was also won by a German team: Hungriger Wolf (GER 5316) helmed by Johann Huhn. “We had a very bad start into the day with a position in the fourties,” said Johann Huhn. “But in the second race, a good and clear start enabled us to move with the wind shifts. To stay in touch with the top 10, however, our performance needs to become more consistent. The wind is expected to pick up and to blow more from the shore, which means bigger wind shifts and even more tactical racing.” Overall, the Japanese crew Lull & Hachi with helmsman Fumiya Kato (JPN 4886) did a great job on the water. With a second and a third place, the crew of six is on top of the fleet, divided by a gap of 7 points from Ian Southworth (GBR 5219). After a hot and sunny day on the water, the crews enjoyed Caribbean flair at the Mount Gay beach party organized by the German sailmaker Clown Sails. Racing continues through Friday for the entrants representing Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Complete regatta information and results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/. All footage is free for editorial use. Please use “Pepe Hartmann/J/24 worlds” as a credit. Video footage for embedding on your website or Facebook fan Page can be found on www.facebook.com/j24worlds2015. Race Tracking to follow the races live: http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=592

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