International J/24 Class Association

2014 IJCA World Council Meeting

August 18, 2014

The 2014 IJCA World Council Meeting takes place on Saturday, October 25 at Norddeutscher Regatta Verein (Schöne Aussicht 37, 22085 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 40 – 55 77 99 5 0, e-mail: The recommended hotel is the NIPPON HOTEL Hamburg (Hofweg 75, 22085 Hamburg, Germany, Tel.: +49 40 / 22 71 14 0, e-mail:, Hamburg is the only airport nearby. The next options would be Bremen (100 km) or Hannover (150 km). By September 15, NJCA delegates are to confirm their attendance. This is also the deadline for all NJCA Annual Reports, proposals for the agenda complete with supporting papers and any substantive motions to be received by Executive Director. We are looking for proposals for the 2018 Worlds to be held in Europe, and we will also review the Continental Championship rotation. October 18 is the final date for proxies to be received by the Executive Director (see IJCA Constitution 8.7).

New Rules and Rules Conversion

August 17, 2014

Please click here and review the “ISAF Rules Conversion for the J/24 Class: Explanation” and the “J/24 ISAF Class Rules Conversion: Document.” The Rules now follow the required ISAF template and format. It has taken many months for Tim Winger, ITC Chair, to complete this conversion. Along the way, there has been extensive input from several individuals with deep experience with the ISAF Rules in other Classes. These rules were then examined by the ITC, Executive Committee and J/Boats, and are now ready for Class member review.

The accompanying “Explanation” document explains the conversion in general and item-by-item changes that go beyond just formatting. Please review the Rules document and let us know your thoughts and opinions on this forum. Comments must be posted by clicking here prior to September 15

Victorian J/24 Association Newsletter

August 12, 2014

The latest edition of the Victorian J/24 Association newsletter “Hit the Mark” is now available.


Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta

Last week saw the opening of the Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta with the champagne reception held at the Royal Solent Yacht Club’s landmark clubhouse in Yarmouth. It was gratifying to see that the Regatta had attracted over 170 entries. Perfect weather conditions enabled over 700 guests to spread out into the grounds for the Taittinger Champagne Reception and watch a stunning display from Yarmouth’s RNLI Lifeboat and the Coastguard Helicopter. A great IRC entry, boosted by support from the Solent IRC Owner’s Association (SIRCOA), meant four IRC divisions. For the first time, they were joined by a big fleet of J/24s, who were running the qualifiers for the J/24 World Championships in Germany in 2015. Saturday dawned bright and clear, but with a light and faltering breeze. Because of the numbers and different classes of yachts, two separate start lines were employed and racing started at 10 o’clock. In the late morning, the breeze died completely and many competitors anchored or drifted, in blistering heat, awaiting the promised sea breeze. It turned up as expected, but not quite enough to enable all classes to enjoy the promised two races. In Black Group, two races were completed only for IRC divisions. Most of the fleet passed an idle hour or so kedged off Yarmouth Common. Most spent the windless and sweltering middle of the day drifting gently, to be brought back by the sea breeze as it filled in from the west. There was no time to run a second race. Racing was over by mid-afternoon with competitors returning to the clubhouse for a well-earned drink, followed by a sailing supper. Many then went on to the annual Towers Party where the aim is to raise money for charity; this year the recipient charity was the Saturday Club for Deaf Children. On Sunday the weather was light overcast and refreshingly cooler. The light breeze held and it was possible for most of the classes who had only one race on Saturday to catch up with two on Sunday. On return to the clubhouse, hungry competitors descended on the hog roast whilst anticipating the prize giving. With so many classes, this took a little time, but nobody minded the wait as the winner of each class received a Magnum of Taittinger Champagne. Bob Fisher, a decades-long J/24 veteran from Lymington and skipper of his diminutive 1898 Fife-designed yacht called MIGNON, said, “What a super weekend the Taittinger Regatta turned out to be. Blunted by the sponsors’ generosity on the Friday evening, it demanded quick thinking by the crews on both days. Light and often fickle winds require constantly changing decisions to meet the new challenges of both breeze and tidal streams. Those who race regularly in the western Solent had some advantage, as the result sheets showed!!” In the world of J/24s, the racing was all about thrashing around the cans, kedging and drifting and dodging all manner of other much-less maneuverable boats. Nevertheless, taking the title was CHAOTIC followed by JOLLY ROGER and PHOENIX for the top three. For more Taittinger Royal Solent Regatta sailing information, click here.

J/24 Westerns

August 5, 2014

Light airs and large shifts were the order of the day at the J/24 Western Championship in Iniscealtra Sailing Club. Fourteen teams battled it out over six closely fought races. In the end, it was local boat Scorpio Jnr, skippered by Andrew Deakin who emerged out of a six-boat leading pack, to take the title with the K25 squad just behind in second. Four races on Saturday left that team in fourth place, but it was consistency over the event that saw them finish second overall. They were the only team to have all results in the top five. This result builds on a strong performance in the Eastern Championship as they look forward to represent Howth YC in the Dennis Conner Challenge at Manhattan Yacht Club next month before heading to Lough Erne to defend the National title. For Howth YC J/24 sailing information, visit

INDIGO Leads Argentinean J/24 Winter Regatta Circuit

As part of their three venue J/24 Winter Series, the latest event in the Argentinean J/24 fleet took place at Villa Carloz Paz along their spectacular mountain lake: Lago San Roque. In the latest regatta, 18 boats sailed, two driven by women and two by teenagers. Club Nauticos Cordoba played host for the event. Taking first this year was INDIGO sailed by Despontin Ezekiel. Then, in second was OJOTA skippered by Sebastián Halpern, and third was PURA VIDA. Another crew aboard MEDIO POLLO took seventh, an honorable result despite being brand new to the class and sailing their first regatta! The meeting and party amongst all the J/24 teams after the three races on Saturday was epic, a moment of camaraderie noteworthy for the amazing food, great Mendocino wines, empanadas, photos and discussions! For more Argentina J/24 Fleet sailing information, visit

Kiel Week

July 8, 2014

This year’s J/24 fleet in Kiel Week had one of its best showings in recent years with 38 teams in attendance sailing from June 21-24. After sailing five races, the top two teams ended up in a tie-breaker at 31 points each. In the end, it was Frank Schonfeldt’s team (Nicklas Feuerstein, Finn Moller, Till Kruger & Thorsten Sperl) from Mühlenberger Segel-Club that was determined to be the winner after countbacks on firsts, seconds and thirrds. Losing the tie-break was Tobias Feuerherdt’s crew (Jan-Marc Ulrich, Wolle Panuschka, Tobias Peters & Justus Kellner) from Blankeneser Segel Club. Crossing the Atlantic and sailing for Rochester YC was American Mike Ingham, sailing fast in a chartered boat to take third overall. His international crew consisted of Marianne Schoke from Sweden and three Germans- Max Holzer, Scott Ikle & Klaus Walkusch. Perhaps the “Cinderella story” of the event was the remarkable performance of one of Germany’s top women J/24 teams. Having worked hard over the years and attended many of the top European J/24 regattas, it was clear all the efforts and training paid off in this year’s Kiel Week for Stephanie Kopcke and crew from Mühlenberger Segel-Club. Taking fourth overall, Stephanie’s team of Silke Hahlbrock, Ann-Katrin Brugge, Amelie Panuschka, Nele-Marie Bock and Insa Lindauer sailed a beautiful series over the three day event; it was their first top five finish in such a major J/24 event. Rounding out the top five was Jan Kahler and team (Olaf Zietz, Roland Bohm and Ole Harder) from Altonaer Segel-Club. For more J/24 Kiel Week sailing information, visit

BBVA Bancomer Regatta

June 16, 2014

Recently, the Copa Bancomer BBVA Private Banking regatta had 13 J/24s participating. On Saturday, only two races were achieved due to the low wind. Then on Sunday, the wind came at 1120 hrs at northwest 16-18 knots for just an hour and a half; then unfortunately took a 180 degree turn, and the PRO was forced to cancel the race. The fleet waited until 1300 hrs in the afternoon, then the normal wind arrived between 8-10 knots gusting 14-16 knots, and the PRO managed to complete three races that day. Thank you to YC Avandaro for their hospitality, great food and orchestra, and also to the sponsor BBVA Bancomer who gave a new J/24 mainsail to Jorge Murrieta and Titus W. Benitez, plus raffles (iPods, iPads, tools, pens, etches). Congratulations to the SUPERMACHOS TEAM with Ralph Nelles, Valeria Martínez, Raúl González and Roberto Contreras, who took first place with 12 points. Second place went to Jorge Murrieta on TRES DOLORES with Balbinus Gallegos and crew with 14 points, winning on a tie-breaker. Third place, losing the tie-breaker, went to Peter Wiegandt, Ernesto Sánchez and Miguel Bargalló aboard BRUSCHETTA. For more Mexican J/24 sailing information, visit

LUCA Victorious In J/24 Vela Dorada

It took until the last minute to find out who had won this year’s Vela Dorada Regatta. The suspense was everywhere for the top five teams in an awesome event hosted by C.V. Barlovento. The CVB ran great races, and the fleet was blessed with great weather, winds between 5-12 knots, oscillating all the time— a great joy for all sailors! Going into the last race two boats, were tied for first place—Matias Pereyra’s CARRERA and Alejo Rigoni’s LUCA. In short, it was a match race going into the start of the last race, which ended up with a penalty against CARRERA—end of regatta for them to claim first overall! Rigoni’s LUCA team were ecstatic to take the victory! Meanwhile, near the port pin, Nicolas Cubria on MENDIETA took off to lead the last race along with Luis Cerrato just behind them. The first downwind followed more or less in that order, while the leaders of the regatta were buried further back. Finally, on the last leg, thanks to an excellent run, Cubria’s team held on to the lead to take third overall with Cerrato’s team in fourth. Taking fifth was Francisco Avernaete for YC Argentino. For more Argentina J/24 sailing information, visit

GREEK POLICE Leading Greece J/24 Series

The Greek J/24 Class is well on its way into their 2014 National Championship Series having completed their first event at YC Paleo Faliro this spring. With great weather, nice breeze and awesome race management by YC Paleo Faliro, the 11 teams from Athens, Crete and Thessaloniki and about 70 sailors gave major battles during the three days of racing, offering great competition and a tremendous spectacle for all the spectators watching from the shoreline. This is the spirit of the Greek J/24 class—fun in the sun! The big winner of the First Phase of the National Championship, with just 10 penalty points, was the team GREEK POLICE commanded by Alexander Tagaropoulo and crew Nick Black, Pericles Aidinidis, Yannis and Dimitris Kokkori Trap, which confirmed the title favorite winning with great ease eight of the ten races that took place. The battle was for second place, which eventually was won by the team of Eunice Altsiadi, Dimitri Vangelis and crew Mitakis, Claus Portosalte, Mano Smirli and Sotiris Kartal. They were just three points ahead of Team JMANIA with Nikos Spingou and crew Katerina Kaitatzidis, Dimitris Kolios, Menelaus Reizidi, Costas Tridimas and Alexander Michaelides. The two teams had great competition racing against one another every race, with the two finishing most races just a few seconds difference from one another. For more Greek J/24 sailing information, visit

Whittemore Wins Italian J/24 Nationals

June 12, 2014

This year’s Italian J/24 Nationals were sailed on one of Italy’s more spectacular lakes—Lago di Como, north of Milan along the Swiss border. Host for the event was the President of Circolo Velico Tivano di Valmadrera, Giuseppe De Luca. The regatta was sailed in the Bay of Pare Valmadrera in the southern portions of Lago di Como, a challenging location due to the fact that it is mountain lake sailing with shifty winds and often strong “Breva Tivano” winds that develop in the afternoons. After an amazing weekend of sailing 10 races, the American team with Keith Whittemore was crowned the “Open” Italian J/24 Nationals Champion, winning by an incredible 15 point margin (and not sailing the last race). Whittemore’s FURIO team from Seattle, WA is no stranger to sailing in Italy’s lakes and the Mediterranean, having won the event in the past.Crowned as the Italian J/24 Champion was Giacomo Del Nero’s MOLLICONA team, taking second overall behind Whittemore with 45 points. In third overall was Mario Di Fraia Pasquale sailing on BOTTA DRITTA, amassing 53 points along the way. Fourth was a top Italian lakes sailor, Mario Mazzoni Fabio on KONG GRIFONE with 57 points. And in fifth was Giovanni Bonzio sailing KILS with 71 points. For more Italian J/24 Nationals sailing information, click here.

Cronulla Sailing Club J/24 Short Course Regatta in Australia

Mat Short, the rising star in the fast growing fleet of J/24s at Cronulla, proved the old maxim – if you want to finish first, first you have to finish – and although he blitzed the racing on Saturday, not sailing on Sunday put an end to his (deserved) potential championship winning result. Instead a short and happy Dave McKay with a huge reputation for success and giving back to the sport, took the honors in a switch around (after a error in the race points was realized) from the prize-giving honors where one of the newest female skippers, Lia Darby was deservedly awarded first place (for a short time). Lia now scores an equally well deserved second place after a huge effort in delivering, preparing and racing hard in the demanding conditions (and then sailing it back to Sydney). Well done Lia! Held over the weekend of the June 6-9, the Cronulla Sailing Club in Sydney, ran a very successful J/24 short course regatta. Racing was focused on a windward leeward style event with legs at no more than 750 meters to ensure close racing between all. Mick Reynolds, the J24 captain at Cronulla with the great help of Fiona Campbell off COOEE TOO, led a keen group of volunteers in bringing this regatta to a successful conclusion. This event is planned as an annual event and planning is already underway for next year over the Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend 2015. Racing commenced at 1200 on the Saturday with a planned four races. Race starter Dave McLachlan, along with Dennis McClaren, started the fleet of 14 boats in a good solid 15-20 knot SSW breeze and a nice sunny day. Racing in the Port Hacking Estuary to a windward mark set off the beautiful shores of the Royal National Park. Great sailing by young skipper Mat Short and the crew on SHORT FACED, including Mat’s mum, saw them take four of the five races conducted to see SHORT FACED in the lead on completion of day one. Unfortunately due to prior sailing commitments with his sail maker father Ian, Mathew Short was unable to race on the second day. On Sunday, the three scheduled races got underway in a solid 20-25 knot SSW gusting to 30 knots. STARPAC won the first race of the second day in strengthening conditions that with the short 500m leg meant a number of boats elected to run without kites to avoid wipeouts as performed by numerous others. The tough starting conditions also saw local boats MCKAY MARINE, PINOT, SLIPPERY FISH and CJ CONSTRUCTIONS score OCS, leaving the gate open for The Girls on COOEE TOO to come storming through in fourth – their best race finish. SAILPAC won the final two races of the regatta and a very well deserved third place overall for Tim Briggs, the current NSW treasurer and all-round nice guy. Says Tim, “It’s the first time I have helmed the J in a major regatta and I was scared as hell on the Saturday and even more on the Sunday.” Read the full story at

U.K. National Championship

June 3, 2014

This year’s International Paints Poole Regatta in England was blessed with great breeze and awesome race committee work, making it fun and exhausting for all. The regatta is a huge bi-annual event held over the three days of the late May Bank Holiday Weekend. This was the U.K. National Championship for J/24s, who had one of their local hotshots from Parkstone YC take class honors—Duncan McCarthy sailing Madeleine to a dominating win with just 18 points net. Bob Turner & Ian Brown’s Serco from Castle Cove SC took second place followed by another local PYC boat, Nick Phillips’s Chaotic in third. For complete regatta information, visit

Italian J/24 Spring Championships

May 17, 2014

JAMAICA and her skipper Peter Diamond crushed the fleet with a 1-1-2-1-2-4-4-1 scoreline for just 12 points to easily take the final victory in the Italian J/24 Spring Championship. The event was organized and perfectly hosted by the Club Nautico Marina di Carrara under the auspices of the Italian Sailing Federation and marks the first stage in the Italian National J/24 series. If JAMAICA was dominant, there was an excellent comeback story for the team from Trieste, JOC’s skipper Fabio Apollonio who overcome a fifth place in the first race, won the second place, and finished with a 5-2-4-2-1-3-2-3 record for 17 points to snag second overall for the regatta. Taking third for the regatta was “Giuseppe Verdi Antonio Valenti” owned and skippered by the young James Del Nero, amassing a very consistent 2-5-1-4-3-5-3-2 record. Taking fourth was TALLY HO sailed by Luca Macchiarini, and in fifth was COCCE sailed by Riccardo Pacini. “After the previous weekend in which the weather conditions only permitted two races, the Race Committee headed by Admiral D’Amico were able to recover by letting us carry out six races in two days this weekend. Eight race in four days is a good result for everyone,” said Peter Diamond. “The formula of the two weekends shows once again that it works well for crew participation in the Championship and that it helps to limit the number of Sundays away at sea from their families. We spent two wonderful weekend of sailing, thanks to the participation of our friends from Trieste, Parma and La Spezia.” For more information, visit

BRUSCHETTA Crowned Brazilian J/24 Champion

The Brazilian J/24 National Championship was hosted by Yacht Club Brasileiro in Niteroi, and the host Race Committee managed to conduct eight races over the three day event in a broad range of conditions— mostly sunny with nice breeze. With six firsts counted in their scoreline, past multiple Brazilian Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz and his experienced crew on BRUSCHETTA simply ran away from everyone in the regatta, counting only 8 points net after eight races. Dominating the second position was John King sailing MALABAR, counting five seconds in his tally for just 15 points net after the drop race. Third was Renaldo Senfft skippering EURUS to a total of 26 points, in fact winning the last race since the two regatta leaders DNC’d the finale. The balance of the top five was rough going for at least four boats, including Sr. Gustavo on BRUSCHETTA COOKIE, Sr. Norman on MANDUCA, Marcelo Gilaberte on MARRENTO and long-time J/24 sailor Murilo Borges on BRUSCHETTA TOO. All four teams finished within four points of each other after the eight races and all shared quite wild-looking scorelines with many a double-digit finish position having a negative effect on the final outcome. After the last race, it was BRUSCHETTA COOKIE taking fourth with 43 points, followed by MANDUA in fifth with 45 points. For more information, visit

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