April 13, 2013
Eighteen J/24s representing Hungary, Germany and Italy made the migration down to sail the gorgeous and enchanting stretch of sea between Porto Santo Stefano and the offshore islands of Giglio, Talamone and Giannella. If the weather and sailing are good or bad often doesn’t matter much to the J/24 sailors who love participating in Pasquavela; the seaside village is beautiful and quaint with many nice cafes and restaurants to enjoy any time of day! On the first day of Pasquavela, the winds were from the south/southeast with a nice, gentle 12-15 kts breeze. Establishing an early lead in the regatta was LA SUPERBA, winning two of the three races with BUDAPEST BANK taking the other race. The next day was characterized by adverse weather conditions, which was both widely expected and forecasted! Nevertheless, the excellent work of the Race Committee made it possible to carry out at least one race in the “scirocco” winds, blowing 20-25 kts at the start and gusting to 35 kts in heavy rain showers by the weather mark near shore (in fact, located just off the beach at Gianella!). After that experience, the PRO wisely sent the fleet home to lick their wounds and prepare for another day of sailing. Unfortunately, Sunday’s sailing was also adversely affected by crazy weather! This time, lack of wind was the problem and sailors (happily) suffering from too much bright sun and flat seas. However, despite repeated attempts by the PRO to start a race, the wind simply would not cooperate, so no races were sailed on Easter Sunday. It was time to head back to shore and enjoy Easter Brunch with family and friends along the seaside cafes. Finally, Easter Monday was celebrated with three good races on a sunny day, decent breeze and flat water. A fitting end to a regatta punctuated by some wild weather conditions. Continuing on their performances in 2012 as both Italian and European J/24 Champions, the LA SUPERBA team led by Ignazio Bonanno (crew included Simone Scontrino, Francesco Linares, Alfredo Branciforte and Massimo Gherarducci) won five races to help them win by four points. Sailing faster and smarter all the time is the Hungarian team BUDAPEST BANK sailed by Farkas Litkey, their five 2nds and a first nearly pulled off a win were it not for the 4-2 on the last races. Instead, Farkas and the B-BANK boys took a well-deserved second overall with 11 net pts. Third was top German team JJ ONE from the Segel Club Joersfelder with a total of 26 net pts. Rounding out the top five were JAMAICA sailed by Pietro Diamanti in 4th and CAPTAIN NEMO skippered by Guido Guadagni in 5th. “Overall it was a wonderful Pasquavela– the total number of sailing teams is slightly lower than in 2012, but the quality is definitely increased,” commented YC Santo Stefano Commodore. “Pity about the weather (too windy Saturday, Sunday too little), but the race course off Porto Santo Stefano always presents an excellent challenge to all sailors. The race committee was excellent considering the weather! The behavior of the participants was wonderful and ‘Thanks’ to the Jury on the water. Please feel welcome, enjoy the awards, rivers of beer and pasta for everyone!” The German J/24 report on their experience at Pasquavela : “Three German teams sailed Pasquavela this year. The sailing could be characterized as ‘assault and demolition’ one race to ‘lulls and flat’ the next. At times it was sunny, then cloudy again, and finally we also enjoyed a bit of rain. After the months of snowfall in Germany, we were certainly happy to have a variety of weather. After all, there were temperatures up to 18 C! Plus, the Italians are always great hosts–pasta, beer, red wine! The races were sometimes very tricky and not every team did so well. The best German team were the guys from the JJ ONE who fought hard on the last day (getting a 7-2-4) to place third overall. Peter Langhans and his OSTE hoodlum boys occupied eleventh place and the ALICE girls (you know, all the pretty blonds) finished the series ranked 17th. Legendary German sailing coach, Thorsten Paech, appeared quite happy with the whole weekend. We practiced on the water in all kinds of situations. Pre-start, tons of mark roundings, and boat-for-boat tactics against the competition. I’m curious to see how our teams will implement their learning experiences in the next event?” Thanks for contribution from Paola Zanoni, Italiana di Classe J/24. For more J/24 Italy Pasquavela sailing information, visit http://www.ycss.it/pasquavela.htm.
April 11, 2013
Commenting on hosting the Nation’s Cup Qualifier, President of the J/24 Club of Barbados, Greg Webster said, “such organized events will help to further develop the sport of sailing on the island. Support-funding and events of this nature also allows the J/24 Club to promote Barbados as a sailing destination and helps to train and develop our youth sailors for international competition.” The Barbados J/24 Club founded in July 2007 has rejuvenated Barbados to the sport of sailing and yacht racing with its camaraderie and spirit of competition. The J/24 One Design fleet grew from 4 to 10 boats in just 14 months. And, most importantly, it’s mission is to encourage and grow the recognition of the J/24 class throughout the Southern Caribbean and in in Barbados. Following a convincing victory in the Barbados ISAF Nation’s Cup Qualifiers, Team USA, skippered by Dustin Durant, will represent the Caribbean and Americas region in the 2013 Nations Cup J/24 yachting championship in Denmark. Team USA spoiled the party for Team Canada when it mattered most, registering a convincing 3-0 victory in the final sail-off in Carlisle Bay on Sunday after the Canadians had completely dominated the preliminaries. Six teams took part in the United Insurance Nations Cup qualifiers which were hosted by the J/24 Club of Barbados and sailed over three days as an international regatta in Carlisle Bay. The Canadians, skippered by Peter Wickwire, entered the final with 15 points, having defeated all rivals in the round-robin preliminaries, but encountered a more tactically-charged American team in an exciting tussle for the finals. Durant and his crew, from Long-Beach California, grabbed the championship as they controlled the pre-start sequence and tactically stifled the Canadians in each of the three races in the finals. The Canadians finished second overall while Team Puerto Rico, captained by Marco Texidor, were third after defeating Robert Povey’s Barbados team 2-1 in the sail-off for third place. The Barbadians, who made the semifinals and were defeated by Team Canada, won the first race in an impressive performance against the Puerto Ricans but were unable to subdue their more aggressive rivals and took fourth place. “It was truly a new level of competition for us Barbadian sailors but it was also a fantastic week learning from our competitors from North America . It will certainly raise the bar for our local guys to achieve new heights. We look forward to meeting them again in the coming year,” said Povey. The lone female crew in the regatta, an American team skippered by Sandy Hayes, have also qualified for the Nations Cup Women Finals in Denmark as winners of the female division. President of the J/24 Club Barbados, Greg Webster, said the International Sailing Federation Grade-2 event was a learning curve for local J/24 sailors and thanked all sponsors for helping to make it a success. Along with title-sponsors United Insurance, other support came from RL Seale, EarthWorks Pottery, 10 Saints Beer, the BYC, and RoseBank Apts. “The pre-start sequence for each match was fantastic to watch as the competitors were very aggressive and the boats were in extreme close proximity to one another and the helmsmen were required to maintain the control of the boat with assistance from the crew in a precision manner so as to prevent fouls and penalties. It was great to watch and learn from the top international sailors. It was a successful event hosted by Barbados and many thanks to our sponsors and volunteers,” he said. For more J/24 Barbados Nation’s Cup sailing information, visithttp://www.j24barbados.com/J24/public/default.asp.
April 5, 2013
April 2, 2013
The CN Management South Australian State titles were held at the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia over the weekend of March 9-10 off North Haven, just north of Adelaide sailing in the challenging waters of Gulf St Vincent. A predominantly light wind event saw the local fleet joined by a few guest skippers chartered boats and one visitor from Victoria. Andrew Townsend pulled a crew together and entered JJF, while Jamie Goode returned to the fleet in NO EYE DEER after downgrading to a Farr 30 at the start of the year and Bill Coutts (the previous owner of JJF) was the guest helm in STOCKCAR. Special thanks go to Ron Thomson and the crew of KICKING BOTTOM who made the trip from Sandringham for the weekend. With concerns about whether there would be enough wind for any racing, the race officer got proceedings underway in a very light and shifty breeze and had to rotate the course through more than 90 degrees before the two laps were completed. A slightly stronger and much steadier breeze allowed for a fairer 2nd heat however the 3rd race of the day was abandoned as the wind disappeared completely with most of the fleet getting swept north on the tide. With 2 wins EL FIDELDO were looking like the boat to beat with KICKING BOTTOM pushing them hard with 2 second places. Sunday saw one race completed in a light northerly before the wind started swinging to the west bringing the possibility of a sea breeze. Although the direction steadied, the breeze failed to build and the last two races were run in similarly light conditions. EL FIDELDO managed to maintain their unbeaten record with KICKING BOTTOM close behind and Dave Nicholson on SUCH IS LIFE finishing consistently at the front end of the fleet to secure third place overall. Under PHS, it was Bill Coutts that took the honours by only half a point from Andrew Townsend with the other Townsend’s in GOOD COMPANY taking third. It was good to see almost all the boats at the CYCSA on the water for the weekend and great to have some competition from further a field. The next event in SA is the Great Southern Regatta, again held by the CYCSA, on April 6-7. To secure our One Design start, it would be great to see as many boats on the water as possible. Details are available on the CYCSA website. For more J/24 Australian sailing information, visit http://j24australia.com.au/.
March 23, 2013
This past weekend was the final racing for the Winter J/24 Championship for Anzio-Nettuno for some of the top Italian J/24 teams, including the current J/24 2012 European Champions. After another crazy day of winter sailing when the postponement flag was announced for the imminent arrival of a huge storm, Ignazio Bonanno and his team of Italian Navy crew were, once again, the Winter Champions of Anzio-Nettuno for 2013. In second place was the strong Hungarian crew commanded by Farkas and third was Luigi Ravioli of the Navy League of Anzio. Said Ignazio of his series win, “my LA SUPERBA crew are fantastic, they are Simone Proof, Francis Linares, Alfredo Branciforte, Massimo Gherarducci. We are pleased with this result but we’re already thinking about the next steps of the Circuit J24 Italiano that includes Pasquavela in Porto Santo Stefano, scheduled from March 28 to April 1 and the XXX Naval Academy Trophy & City of Livorno, April 25 to 28.” In second place was the very strong Hungarian crew from BUDAPEST BANK, skippered by Farkas Litkey with 23 points and third was STOCKFISH sailed by Luigi Ravioli (LNI Anzio) with 24 pts. Rounding out the top five was Fabio Delicate on DIJKE with 28 pts and in 5th was Paolo Rinaldi on AMERICAN PASSAGE with 41 pts. The local J/24 Councillor d’Aloisio Mayo said, “Despite the decidedly hostile winter season, the Race Committee was able to sail the 15 races scheduled in three days. Most importantly, forty-eight new sailors battled for the trophy and, thanks to the commitment, patience and professionalism of the owners we have transformed the occasion into a coaching/ training session for everyone. This trophy was born, in fact, to give the opportunity to many fans to learn the world of racing and the J/24 and the Roman fleet, to grow constantly! A special thanks goes to all those who participated, to the owners of the Roma J/24 fleet, the Head of J/24 Fleet Paul Rinaldi, the Navy League of Anzio, which organizes the trophy with the support of volunteers, the Race Committee and the Italian Navy Sailing team in Anzio.” For more J/24 Italian Winter Championship sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.
As they have for years, the “400 Club” as it’s known amongst the J/24 sailors that go sailing in Argentina’s Andes Mountain range hosted yet another fantastic regatta. Located not far from its famous vineyards for making the delicious red Malbec’s and for snow-skiing in yet another direction (like at the top of the lake!) the J/24 sailors made the most of what can be some of the world’s most spectacular sailing conditions as well as it’s craziest. Think of sailing on any Swiss Lake, Lake Dillon in Colorado or Nevada’s famous Lake Tahoe; micro-bursts are normal and boats sailing at one another with spinnakers on opposite legs are simply part of the game. For this year’s event, the Campeonato Centro de la Republica Cordoba, it was Pablo Despontin’s team on CARRER that managed to win by the narrowest of margins. With 21 boats on the water of Lago San Roque from Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza and Neuquen the fleet managed to sail three races over the course of three days, such is the case with mountain breezes! On the first day of sailing, the fleet managed to get in two good races with a reasonable winds. The second day of racing was difficult and the RC was only able to get in one good race due to highly variable climatic conditions that went from storm to calm and mountain “Borneos” of 180 degrees changes in wind direction, until it settled to about 8 to 10 knots. Despite the weather conditions, there was incredible enthusiasm and very cool racing amongst the J/24 sailors despite the heat of the competition. Not to mention, of course, was the absolutely amazing party in the evening with beautiful people, fine wines & champagne and incredible fireworks magically reflecting off the lake like it was a mirror! Sadly, there was no racing Monday since there was a complete lack of wind. As a result, the regatta ended with three races counting with no throw-outs. True to their tradition for this event, the regatta organizers, 400 YCC, J/24 Cordoba Fleet and others had a fabulous closing ceremony and awards. To next time, as they say, but this time with more wind!
February 28, 2013
The updated Class Rules as of April 1, 2013 are now posted here
February 16, 2013
With 21 J/24s on the water of Lago San Roque from the provinces of Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza and Neuquen it was sure to be tough competition. With somewhat extreme conditions, the regatta’s PRO managed to run three races overall for the four day event scheduled to sail from February 9-12. In the first day of sailing, PICANTE #5469 with Samuel Capeta steering was leading the fleet due to the most consistent record of a 3-3 with 6 pts. Just behind him by two points was a three-way tie for second; including CARRER #5458 owned by Juan di Francesco with Pablo Despontin at the helm with a 4-4 for 8 pts; Javier Moyaro sailing CALDO DE CIELO #4106 with a 2-6 for 8 pts; and RIMA #5499 sailed by the famous Nicolas Cubria with a 7-1 for 8 pts! With so many good teams fighting for the top five, the last day of sailing was shaping up to be a tough one for all the crews. Finally, on Sunday, the fleet managed to complete a single race due to highly variable weather conditions that went from storm to calm and “Borneos” (adiabatic winds in those Andes!) of 180 degrees; the wind ultimately settled to a nice 8-10 kts wind. This time, the results of the race created the sailing version of the “chutes & ladders” board game; some teams went way up and some went way down. After the dust settled from the heat of battle, it was clear that CARRER #5458 owned by Juan di Francesco with Pablo Despontin at the helm, had a brilliant performance and with excellent local knowledge sailed well to lead the fleet home in the last race, so their 4-4-1 record would ultimately take the gold. Following behind them by one point with a 3-3-4 tally for 10 pts was PICANTE #5469 with Samuel Capeta steering, both of the top two boats were from the club YCC 400. Third overall was taken by Moyaro’s CALDO DE CIELO with a 2-6-3 scoreline for 11 pts. Rounding out the top five were Despotin’s INDIGO in 4th and Cubria’s RIMA in 5th overall. Everyone agreed it was a fantastic time sailing and very well organized by the Cordoba J/24 fleet with both CNC and YCC 400 fleet members. Incredible enthusiasm despite the heat of the race, so to speak. Plus, can’t forget to mention how fun the regatta’s “launch party” was to start the event, thanks to the hospitality of YCC 400 and the contributions of many sponsors. Another good party and regatta completed on the famous Lago San Roque. For more information, visit, http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.
The Mexico J/24 Class Association had a few changes in 2012, starting with a new governing body led by Mr. Elias Fares and his able team. It was also decided to change our format from four quarterly championships to two semester championships. Not all of the regattas in the calendar will count toward these as you can see in our yearly calendar (regatta information available on the “J/24 Event Calendar” on this website). Only the most important events will be tallied, taking into consideration the most favorable wind and weather conditions throughout the year as well. This year will also be very important with preparations for the many important international events taking place here in 2014. This year will be a very intense one with elimination rounds to qualify for these regattas, which we are sure will be a great success. Mexico will again be host for the Central American and Caribbean Games. The venue has not been decided upon at this time. The games will be hosted by the State of Veracruz on our Gulf of Mexico coast. Veracruz is well known for its winds of 20 plus knots, but the possibility of cold weather from the North at year’s end is a concern. Therefore, the venue might be moved to a yet unknown location. Another huge event scheduled next year is the J/24 North American Championship which we have hosted on two occasions, 2003 and 2009. On both occasions we have had large fleets with very competitive sailing and of course Mexico’s wonderful weather and terrific parties! This time we are planning to make the NAs part of COPA MEXICO, held at Bahia de Banderas on the Pacific Coast. For those of you who have had the opportunity to sail there (the 2007 Worlds were held here), you are well aware of the great place it is to sail in. Excellent wind conditions, warm weather and some of the best J/24 sailors in the world practically guarantee a memorable event. Copa Mexico in its own right has become one of the world’s premier sailing events with many classes ranging from Ocean racing classes down to Optis including our own J/24, with over 3,000 sailors participating make it an event not to be missed! For those of you who have come to sunny Mexico for a sail, come sail with us again, and those who haven’t come and see what a truly great place this is!!
February 11, 2013
The 2013 J/24 World Championship organizers and Howth Yacht Club are planning an amazing event from August 22-30! Find out all the details you’ll need to be there: http://bit.ly/Z4qTF7.
February 8, 2013
Competitors may now submit their entries for the 2013 J/24 World Championship, and Irish luck will be in your favor as credit cards will not be debited until May 31. The Championship will be hosted by Howth Yacht Club in Ireland. As the country’s largest sailing club, they have the experience and expertise necessary to stage a major regatta. Register now so you do not miss the opportunity to enjoy what Howth has to offer–both on and off the water. You will find all the information you need to plan your trip at the regatta website: http://www.hyc.ie/J24WorldChampionship2013
The first weekend of the 29th edition of the Primo Cup–Trophée Credit Suisse has finished in breezy 20-knot conditions which saw six fabulous races over the two days for the 20-boat J/24 fleet. Having searched for wind on Friday further offshore, only to have it filling in with a vengeance in the bay, the Race Committee led by Thierry Leret decided to keep the competitors safe in the more sheltered Cap Martin area. With gusts of up to 35-40 knots, it proved a wise decision not to start any races that day. With a full complement of races behind them over the last two days of the event, the international crews again had an opportunity to start their racing season early in windy, not-so-wintery conditions! Amongst the J/24 class, five nationalities participated. Ian Ilsley and François Brennac on St Andrews won overall and were awarded the 2013 J/24 Class Challenge Trophy, presented by J Boats (Italy) which from now on will award the winner of this series at the Primo Cup–Trophée Credit Suisse every year. St Andrews sailed a consistent series, scoring a 1-2-1-3-3-1 for 8 net pts after throwout. “We are very pleased with this victory, a very important year for us, as we are not only preparing the European Championship in Monaco but also the World Championship in Ireland, to be held in August in Howth,” commented Ian Ilsley. An active and dynamic member of the Yacht Club de Monaco, he is also behind the Monaco Team Race, a new J/24 event due to take place in Monaco from the 8th to 10th March 2013 which has attracted nine teams from key European Yacht Clubs. Just behind them and never far from taking the gold was the Greek team sailing Evniki. Her crew, ranked 5th at the 2012 European Championship, were there to experience the Monaco waters in anticipation of the 2013 J/24 European Championship, being held in Monaco from 5th to 12th October. They were not here just for “show & tell,” they even managed to win two races, scoring a 2-3-ocs-1-1-4 for 11 net pts. Rounding out the top five were Blandine Medecin’s team on Topo Too sailing to a 5-1-ocs-2-6-2 for 16 net pts to secure third overall. Blandine was the top woman sailor at the event. Lying in fourth was long-time class veteran from the United Kingdom, Stu Jardine sailing Julia (a.k.a. “Stouche”) to an 8-5-12-4-2-5 record for 24 net pts. “Another great Primo Cup with great weather conditions and it is very good to see that the sixteen Monaco boats are competing to a much higher level,” said Stu Jardine, a seasoned series racer with many top level titles to his name. Finishing behind them in fifth was the second woman skipper, Anne Rodelato sailing Joker to a 10-4-2-8-9-3 scoreline for 26 pts. The Primo Cup in J/24s were also a family affair in the top five! Special mention should be made of the Rodelato family from Monaco, enthusiastic members of Yacht Club Monaco and avid J/24 sailors. Both Claude and Jean Rodelato sailed with Blandine on her third place finishing Topo Too. And, Anne Rodelato, of course, was the skipper of Joker in fifth place. For more Primo Cup- rophee Credit Suisse, visit http://primo-cup.org/index.php/en/.
Jean-Pierre Dick finished the Vendée Globe 2012-2013 with no keel, and took fourth place in this amazing event. Several of our fellow J/24 sailors competed against Jean-Pierre at many J/24 events in Europe in the 1990s, and they remember some very competitive tussles particularly at the French Spi Quest Regatta run from La Trinite every Easter. Read the report of Jean-Pierre’s expereience at http://bit.ly/WUp5Za
February 5, 2013
With the imposing backdrop of the coastline of Mar del Plata and with hundreds of tourists and locals watching from the various points along the coast, the fourth edition of the Manolo Cup Championship was a great success. The event was sponsored by Churros Manolo and was well-managed by the host, Club Nautico Mar del Plata. It all started on Saturday under a day completely gray with intermittent rain, wind NE about 9-10 knots and waves crossing the race course at about 1m in height–a severe cross-chop, really! The course area was laid out close to shore, with the starting line located across from Playa Chica and a windward leg that took the fleet past Cabo Corrientes. After the first day of racing, it was clear that Mendieta helmed by Juan Diego Figueroa began to emerge as the potential winner after getting two firsts in two races. While the schedule called for 3-4 races, the wind died out to zero and the fleet had to head for home for some mandatory Argentinean salsa and delicious red malbec wine! As the crews woke up on Sunday, the weather appeared nearly unbeatable for sailing; Northerly winds blowing 12-15 kts and increasing with a good chop over the long swells, sunny clear skies and a warm 28 C! The conditions made it challenging for most crews with teams moving up and down the ladder quite dramatically. Nevertheless, the first day leader, Mendieta, simply sailed away from the pack and collected three more bullets and a second place to win with only five points after six races (due to a throwout). Just behind them in second was truly a family boat, with the trio of Martin, Ronnie and Natalia Jenkins combining with Maru Bozzo, Andrea Basagna and Cristina Cendagorta sailing Panam to safely take the silver with a 2-3-2-3-3-1 scoreline for 11 pts. Third was Pingui sailed by Alejandro Capizzano with a 5-2-3-2-6-5 for 17 pts. For more information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.
The winter sailing season in the Caribbean is beginning to wind-up into a higher gear. Starting with the San Juan International Regatta, the racing takes place in San Juan Bay where temperatures reach a comfortable high in the low 80s and winds customarily blow 10-15 knots in February. The event was hosted by Club Nautico de San Juan from February 1-3 and welcomed over 140 sailors in 102 boats racing in 10 classes. Postcard-perfect sailing conditions prevailed, just as advertised. Generally perfect with mostly sunny skies and winds blowing under 10 knots the first day and gusting to nearly 20 knots on the final day of competition. The J/24 class had a great series with 12 races sailed. In the end, it was Puerto Rico’s Jose Fullana on KQLO that probably stunned the fleet by taking eight firsts, four seconds and tossing a second. Rising to the challenge, but not quite getting there, was Jaime Balzac’s Razzmatazz accumulating an equally impressive two firsts, six seconds and three thirds while tossing a third to take second overall. Third position on the podium was Tax Return sailed by Carlos Feliciano; they started slowly but won the last two races. For more regatta information, visit www.nauticodesanjuan.com.