International J/24 Class Association

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


Kilcullen Wins Irish J/24 Nationals

August 28, 2015

The Irish J/24 fleet was out in force for last weekend’s J/24 Nationals. The event, which was held at Lough Derg Yacht Club, saw 13 boats coming from all parts of the country to compete. With 13 J/24s on the start line, it was sure to be an interesting and competitive nine races. Perfect sailing conditions were forecast for the first day of racing. All sailors were eager to get to the race course and sail the first beat before the starting gun. 10 boats opted for jib as the strong gusts made sailing upwind more manageable. The first of the three races went off without any faults. Kilcullen, the under 25 team from HYC, secured first place, closely followed by Jamais Encore and Hard on Port. With some of the most competitive racing the fleet has seen all season, mark roundings were tight and crowded, as two of the boats quickly realized. Winds began to build as two of the top boats, Jamais Encore and Hard on Port, raced to make it around the top mark on the first beat. With Jamais Encore in the lead by less than a boat length, Hard on Port failed to duck enough and a collision ensued. Both boats were forced to retire as damage needed to be repaired. With Hard on Port taking on water at the bow and Jamais Encore without a push pit, it was unclear if they would make it out of the second day of racing. Kilcullen’s sailing was second to none, as again they finished first over the line for the second and third race, with Hamilton Bear close on their tail finishing second in races two and three. Unfortunately on day two, sailing was postponed on the race course and all sailors waited in anticipation for the wind to fill in. Many sailors took this time to sleep off the sore heads from the night before and wondered if the crew from Hard on Port would make it out for sailing. With luck on their side, a boat could be seen motoring out to the race course from the distance. As the boat got closer, it was clear to see the team on board Hard on Port were back in full force and ready to make up for lost racing. Much to the fleet’s dismay, all boats were sent ashore to await further instructions from the race officer. At 18:00, it was clear to see that no racing would be held, and the day’s racing was abandoned. On the third and final day of racing, the sounds of flags being caught by the wind was a welcomed noise to the fleet. With the wind building throughout the day and heavy rain expected, all sailors were in full gear and ready to face the day of racing—some to defend their place within the fleet and others hoping to gain a place or two. The first race of the day went without any mishaps. Two past champions, Kilcullen-Eurocarparks and Hard on Port, battled it out on the race course for first place, with Hard on Port securing its first victory of the event, while Kilcullen finished a close second followed by Jamais Encore in third. The crew on board Scandal were forced to retire early from racing as they lost a halyard up the mast. After a competitive day of racing, Kilcullen came out on top as the Irish J/24 National Champion of 2015, with Hamilton Bear in second and Jamais Encore finishing in third within the Gold Fleet. In the Silver Fleet, YaGottaWanna came out in first with a lead of 5 points on second place Jumpin’ Jive. Johnny Bravo finished third. (Thanks for the report by Ciara Ryan.) For more Irish J/24 Nationals sailing information, visit http://www.j24ireland.com/.


J/24 World Championship Kicks Off on Monday, August 31 from Boltenhagen, Germany

August 26, 2015

55 J/24 teams are gathering from across the globe for racing at the J/24 World Championship in Boltenhagen, Germany. The competition begins Monday, August 31 and continues through Friday, September 4 for the entrants representing Argentina, Barbados, Brazil, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Peru, Sweden and the USA. Keep up with all the action at the regatta website: http://www.j24worlds2015.com/Home/.


Chester Race Week

August 21, 2015

After four days of world class racing on beautiful Mahone Bay, Chester Race Week in Nova Scotia came to a very successful end. More than 120 boats and 1,200 sailors took part in this year’s event that saw some very close, tight racing among the 14 classes. The J/24, Farr 30, Sonar, and IOD fleets got in 14 highly competitive races on the One-Design course. Seven J/24s took part, including Ian Dawson’s Lightning McQueen who took the victory with 20 points. Chris Veinot’s HypeWave was runner-up with 29 points, followed by Nicholas Hamblin’s Jamming in third. For complete information, click here.


J/24 Taittinger Regatta

August 8, 2015

The Taittinger Regatta (Yarmouth, United Kingdom) bathed competitors in a cool summer sea mist, but it did nothing to dampen the spirits of the regatta’s champagne reception. Thanks to the Race Office for their efforts in getting the J/24s their own start. A well-organized course made the western end of the Solent feel spacious, although they had many fleets to fit in. Saturday saw a challenging tide and a gusty breeze, and Sunday’s forecast gave even the most seasoned sailor a cause for concern. The consistent crew work of JOLLY ROGER meant a well-deserved first place. For more J/24 Taittinger Regatta sailing information, click here.


J/24 Argentina Winter Regatta

The crews of J/24s up in the Andean Mountains were sailing their boats in Lago San Roque’s J/24 Winter Championship (Lago San Roque, Cordoba, Argentina). So far, three events have been held on the mountain lake. With a temperature of 4°C (39 F) at 10am in the morning with a crystal clear sky, the crews began to arrive at the Club Nautico de Cordoba. In total, a fleet of 16 boats participated in the regatta. As the teams headed out to the race course on the first day, the wind began blowing from the northern part of the lake from 20 knots steady with gusts up to 25 knots. The wind stayed that way most of the day—puffy, shifty from the NNE as the wind blew down the mountain sides onto the lake. Positions changed radically both upwind and downwind depending on where you were when the stronger gusts hit the fleet. The CNC PRO managed to run three races, with each race taking about 45 minutes. The racing was very close amongst the fleet, with finishes often having three boats crossing the line together! The provisional results as they stand after three regattas shows that sitting in first place is ON LINE sailed by Adrian Gustavo Saul with a 4-1-1 scoreline for 6 points. Holding onto second place for the series is SEA WOLF skippered by Paul Martin with a 6-2-2 series for 10 points. Behind them in third overall is MORRUCHO sailed by Sebastian Halpern of Mendoza. For more Argentina J/24 sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


J/24 DEJA VU Wins Trophy Grassi

July 27, 2015

The fourth stage of the five race Italian J/24 National Championship series took place on the eastern end of Lago di Como in northern Italy. The event was hosted by the Leggio Navale de Mandello del Lario, and it also commemorated a famous Italian Star sailor. The “breva” wind blew generously across the lake and allowed a nice long windward-leeward course to be laid out by the RC’s PRO Alberto Zerboni. After four races were completed over the weekend by the dozen J/24s, the victory for this stage went to DEJA VU sailed by the J/24 del Lario Alfio fleet captain Ruggero Spreafico. DEJA VU’s scoreline of 4-4-1-1 for 10 points was just enough to win over Marco Stefano’s GRIFFON KONG team that posted a 1-6-2-2 for 11 points to take the silver. Third place went to BRILLANTE sailed by Pierluigi Puthod, who managed to post a 5-1-5-4 for 15 points total. After four events and 16 races to count so far in the Italian J/24 National Championship series, DEJA VU is currently leading with 22 points, followed closely by SPLENDIDO with 23 points. Then, in third is GRIFFON KONG with 25 points, fourth is Sergio Agostino’s BRUSCHETTA with 61 points and fifth is Marzio Tavecchio’s ELSA BORN FREE with 63 points. The summer series will conclude with the fifth stage organized by the Domaso Rowing Club on September 19-20.


UK J/24 Nationals Plymouth (July 17-19)

Thanks for this report to Nina Squire: The Plymouth regattas are well run and hosted in a friendly and efficient way. We also had fantastic weather alongside, which made it a perfect setting for three days of racing. Plymouth presented us with a range of sailing conditions: the first day demanded skilled helming through swell. An awareness of the tides helped the local boats on day two which saw the fleet race under the pressure of light winds. Day three had us anticipating a fierce battle for positions, especially the top three boats (three competitive boats so closely matched in near perfect conditions).

Jawbreaker, a consistently high performer, showed us his usual form with two firsts on the first day, whilst the rest of the fleet took a while to establish a feel for the conditions. Madeleine, still gleaming from her European success, took until the third race to show her heels to the fleet as she stormed into first. Plymouth gave us a gentle reminder that the tide always plays a part in deciding the favoured side of the course. Local boat Jineration X had a fantastic start to Day 2, congratulations on their two firsts! I’m sure all would agree that’s what makes the racing so exciting–the fleet is well matched and a competitive Class to race within. Jolly Roger, a regular at both National and European events, sailed consistently in the challenging local conditions, coming second to Jineration X twice on a tricky second day.

Sophie Pearson, the UK J/24 girls team helm, impressed the local Westerly fleet by leading the Westerlys by the end of day two. The girls team certainly worked hard to source the boat and crew but wanted the J/24 Class to know how much they’ve appreciated the warm welcome and support they have received from members. Thanks go especially to the crew of Jawbreaker and Jeli, both of whom went out of their way to get them on the start line. Special thanks David Cooper for the loan of Red Alert and to Abby, to Jawbreaker who applied a super speed polish to the hull and a delivery from Saltash! The girls on Red Alert went into day three with the Westerly trophy in sight, but they came second, to a well deserved win from a consistent performer, Jiffi, a popular local boat. Great to see that Class owned Jojo and Nitro had an outing, a well done to both crews and a special thanks to Ben (Adrian Bennett) who has worked so hard to build on the growing fleet in Saltash. Jam Two enjoyed a successful regatta. New to the fleet, Area 51, a Dartmouth boat, came and displayed a promising first regatta, gaining a fourth and fifth on the last day.

Congratulations go to Duncan McCarthy, National Champion and European Champion, what a year it’s bee. They’ll need a larger mantlepiece for the collection of trophies! Duncan commented on the competitive racing within the fleet and fantastic work of the race committee. Madaleine’s regatta win was closely fought out, there was an impressive second place by local team Jawbreaker, with two firsts on the first day and a great result for Jolly Roger showing knowledge of the local waters.

Our thanks go to the race committee for a well organized event and the local crews for making us feel welcome.


Pan Am Games 2015

July 21, 2015

The Pan American Games are the world’s third largest international multi-sport Games, only surpassed in size and scope by the Olympic Summer Games and the Asian Games. First held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 1951, this is the third time that Canada has been the host. The 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto on July 12-19 has attracted 20 countries to compete in 10 sailing events on Lake Ontario. After the five Olympic events held their Medal Race Saturday, the Pan Am Games in Toronto Harbour closed out Sunday with the final race for the remaining five non-Olympic events to determine who would stand on the podium with medals around their neck. The United States and Brazil tied for the most sailing medals won at the event, with both nations taking home six apiece. The J/24 Open results (13 races):
1. Pereira/Bellinotto/Ambrus/Pereyra (ARG) 27
2. McLaughlin/Andrews/Ogden/Jarvis (CAN) 39
3. Seguel/Lira/Jux/Roth (CHI) 44
For complete information, visit http://www.toronto2015.org/.

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