November 29, 2013
Alexander Finsterbusch shared the following summary from the J/24 South American Championship: On Tuesday, November 19, we started with equipment inspection, finishing all 23 boats as scheduled on Thursday the 21st at 18:00 hours. Same day at 14:00 hours, the practice race was started but with only 11 boats at the starting line. At 18:00, we had the opening ceremony with all crews present from Brazil, Chile, Uruguay and Argentina.
Flags were lifted followed by a few words from the Authorities. On the 22nd, we had the skippers meeting at 10 hours, and we went off to the water for the first day of racing. Racing started as scheduled at 12 hours with a few general recalls and a black flag. Wind was steady from the North. On that day, the Race Committee could finish all three races with a target time of 75 minutes, winds starting with 6-8 knots and finishing the day with 12-14 knots. Course had to be reset a few times due to the change in wind intensity. On the 23rd, staring time was set at 11 hours and the RC was right on schedule, but the first race had to be abandoned because at the windward mark boats started to hit the ground, so the course had to be moved south and the wind intensity dropped so racing was postponed for 2 hours. After the wind shifted from North to East and the intensity climbed, racing resumed.
The RC was able to finish two races with intensity climbing from 6 to 15 knots. On the 24th, again the shallow water conditions forced the RC to move the course south and wind did not want to set till 13:30 when the first race was started with approximately 10 knots. Second race again had to wait for the wind to set due to big wind shifts but finally the second race could be completed (wind mainly blowing from the NE-E.) Last day of racing, all two races could be finished before 16 hours so as to complete the schedule of 9 races. Shifting winds and intensity variations made it hard on the sailors and RC. At 18:00 we had the price giving ceremony where Argentina’s Matias Pereira was crowned the victor with 21 points. Robert Vernon’s Joyita of Chile was second with 31 points, and Matias Seguel’s Volvo (also of Chile) placed third with 37 points. For complete results, click here.
2013 South American Championship Videos:
Measuring and Practice Race: Practice YouTube Video
Day 1: Day 1 YouTube Video
Day 2: Day 2 YouTube Video
Day 3: Day 3 YouTube Video
Day 4: Day 4 YouTube Video
November 28, 2013
Taking place over the past weekend and celebrating “la revolucion” were a fleet of 13 J/24s competing for “la Copa TelCel La Pena.” The Club de Vela la Peña was an excellent host and conducted a marvelous regatta over the two-day weekend event. Both Saturday and Sunday saw steady winds of 8-12 kts, with gusts up to 14 kts. As a result, the CVLP RC was able to run the full slate of five races, much to the delight of all the sailors. The fleet was treated to a “superman-like” performance from Team “S,” led by their magnificent capitano, Kenneth Porter. Taking four firsts in five races meant they could count a DNC and still win the regatta. For the rest of the competitors, it was anything but easy. The balance of the top five basically saw four boats quite literally tied for second place. Everything was determined for this group on the last leg of the fifth and final race. Emerging was Manuel Benitez sailing Zorro into second place by taking third in the last race. Third to fifth (just two points back) was determined on a three-way tie-breaker at 25 points each. Taking the “lucky break” was Jorge Murrieta’s Tres Dolores team to snag the bronze for the regatta. Ralph Nelles on Super Machos took fourth and Luis Morales on Orion completed the top five. In the end, it was great racing, very tight for this group and lots of fun at the CVLP’s bar afterwards. For more J/24 Mexico sailing information, visit http://www.j24mex.com/.
November 26, 2013
What could be more of a surprise than to have a “local” win the Brazilian J/24s Nationals and to have a “foreigner” becoming a “spoiler” to the party?? Well, that’s exactly what happened in this year’s edition of the J/24 Brazilian National Championship. With a great crew, the Creole VDS team, led by Samuel Albrecht, was the winner of the 2013 Brazilian Championship off Porto Alegre. In second place were the Uruguayan’s Panther team, skippered by Diego Garcia from Punta Del Este. Third was Bruschette sailed by J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil. “It was a sensational championship, things were happening that were favorable to us. We tried to sail without pressure, without getting anxious and doing little risk. It was fun,” said Renato Plass. It’s also interesting to note this team will represent Brazil in the sailing competition in the South American Games in March 2014 in Chile. The Uruguayan team (that sailed very well in strong winds) left satisfied by the result obtained in Porto Alegre. “The regatta was very good, with great races, and it is always good to compete here,” said the captain Diego Garcia. For more J/24 Brazilian Championship information, click here.
November 9, 2013
As one of their last events in the fall sailing season, the Irish J/24 fleet convened off Limerick, Ireland to compete for the Estuary’s most historic prize—the “Rinevella Plate.” Adrian O’Connell, Racing Captain at the host Royal Western Yacht Club, says “that piece and its relevance to sailors in Ireland is steeped in enormous amounts of history.” First won in 1832 by the Knight of Glin, the coveted Rinevella Plate has become a much sought-after prize amongst the sailing community on the West Coast of Ireland, and its pride of place remains at the County Limerick Castle. Like many years before, the Royal Western Yacht Club of Ireland hosted the October series to determine the winner of the priceless Plate cast in Limerick silver. More importantly, the competition lived up to its history and its roots. The “Django Hyundai Ireland” J/24 team sailed their yacht for the Rinevella Plate and took the overall title this year after winning the IRC Class 1 over the series of six races. Crewed by Martin MacNamara, Thomas Whelan, Andrew Carey, Charlie Glynn and Diarmuid Whelan, the 2013 winners said they were honored to take the title amongst stiff competition. Limerick boats from Foynes YC, together with Disaray sailing out of Tralee Bay Sailing Club, and Kilrush-based yachts made up the tough competition to decide the winners of this year’s historic plate regatta.
October 28, 2013
October 16, 2013
A record turnout with 67 boats, 11 nations and a top-level playing field sums up the 2013 J/24 European Championship (October 6-12) hosted for the second time by the Yacht Club de Monaco, 20 years after it organized the first edition, with the invaluable support of Stuart Jardine, a legend on the sailing scene in England and the J/24 Class. An international Race Committee presided by Englishman John Coveney fired the gun on eight hard-fought races over the four days, in east to south-westerly wind conditions ranging from 5 to 30 knots. It was a tactical as well as physically challenging championship for the 335 sailors, who had to cope with varied conditions, complicated by the Ligurian current, not counting practice races and a succession of starts. Faced with a compact fleet it was difficult to leave the pack of 67 J/24s rounding the mark and one had to fight for a place on the starting line to be sure of clean wind. With courses averaging five nautical miles and taking less than an hour, the competition was intense, with less than 10 minutes separating the first from the last in each race. The slightest error proved costly, as it did for North American champion Michael Ingham (Julia), still in with a podium finish after the second day who then found himself 17th in the overall ranking after a premature start in the eighth race. Another favorite, the Greek Dimitris Altsiadis (Evniki), winner of the Primo Cup in 2013, who with two wins clinched 5th place behind the Italian Ignacio Bonanno (La Superba). Of note was the German armada, there in force with 20 J/24s but only able to get their best boat into 10th position behind the Monegasque Topo Too crewed by Blandine Medecin and the Rodelato brothers. In the end, it was Englishman Ian Southworth, triple European Champion, who lifted his fourth title with Chris MacLaughlin (Il Riccio). Despite not winning a race, they were impressively consistent and always in the top six. Second place went to another favorite, quadruple world champion Mauricio Santacruz (Bruschetta), second in the last World Championship held in Ireland in August 2013. Surprised by the level and high quality of the playing field, he won one race in style, leading from start to finish and widening the gap to put him well ahead of his competitors in the fifth race. But the title of European vice-champion did not go to the Brazilian Mauricio Santacruz, but the Monegasque St Andrews, helmed by Ian Ilsley with François Brenac on tactics who pulled off a coup by coming third, just three points shy of the Brazilian. “This is the culmination of a year’s hard work. We made the trip to the World Championship in Ireland in August to prepare for this one and hone our boat. Our efforts have paid off and the contract is largely fulfilled, beyond our expectations as we had set our sights on finishing in the top ten,” comments Ian Ilsley, for whom the next meeting is the Primo Cup (31 Jan/2 Feb & 7/9 Feb 2014) then the North American Championship in Mexico in March 2014. For complete results, visithttp://www.j24ycm.org/images/results/final_ranking.pdf.
Final ranking (8 races, 7 counted)
1st Chris MacLaughlin (Il Riccio), GB – 23 points
2nd Mauricio Santacruz (Bruschetta), BRA – 49 points
3rd Ian Ilsley (St Andrews Securities), MON – 51 points
4th Ignacio Bonanno (La Superba), ITA – 66 points
5th Dimitris Altsiadis (Evniki), GRE – 78 points
October 12, 2013
This year’s J/24 Buenos Aires Race Week was hosted by the famous YC Argentino. Sailing was close for the top three contenders, and the fleet was blessed with gorgeous sailing conditions on the Rio de la Plata, sailed just offshore in front of the metropolis of Buenos Aires. By winning the first three races in a row, everyone apparently concluded that Matias Pereira and crew on Carrera were simply a “runaway” and could never be caught. So, the rest of the fleet resigned themselves to racing for the remaining podium spots. However, in their last two races they post two sixths to nearly lose the regatta to Francisco Van Avermaete on Mendieta. To their credit, Mendieta sailed a steady series with all finishes scored in the top three. Both boats tied on points with 9 apiece, with Carrera crowned as BARW champion due to their three firsts. Behind the top two boats was another close battle for five boats in all. After the dust settled, it was Alejo Rigoni’s Chucha No Soy McCenroe taking the third spot on the podium with 13 points. Fourth was Nicolas Cubria’s Rina with 16 points. Fifth was Sergio Pendola’s Cacique with 18 points, beating Pedro Garra’s Extasis on a tie-breaker. And seventh in this group was Fernando Montes’s Cocoon with 19 points. For more J/24 Buenos Aires Race Week sailing information, visit http://www.semanadebuenosaires.org.ar/.
Lake Balaton was the scene of the recent Hungarian J/24 National Championship. This year’s championship saw 18 boats participate, and the level of sailing amongst the top five was extremely close. While the first day of racing was canceled due to a light offshore breeze, the second day dawned with the long-awaited NW breeze of 14-16 knots. Four exciting races were completed. Litkey Wolf sailed “lights out,” taking three firsts and a second on his boat Peugeot/Litkey Sails. Second place for the day was Michael Filo’s Zulu with a 1-2-3. Attila Nagy’s Garfield/Quantum Sails took third for the day. Also showing good form was Gabor Makai’s Nord Telekom and Erik Hercsel’s Sail For You. The third day was going to push the teams even harder to the edge. Some considered genoas, but most opted for 100% jibs in the conditions. The wind was a bit stronger than forecast, blowing 17-19 knots from the NW. The teams fought bravely in the waves and strong breeze, enjoying some great racing and surfs on Lake Balaton! The Wolf’s Peugeot “express” continued their excellent performance and after eight races had the championship won. The club’s PRO tried to get in one last race, but the weather simply would not cooperate as the breeze had died towards the end of the day. So, the championship was decided in eight races. A gold medal to Litkey Wolf and his team, who defended their championship title. The silver medal goes to Michael Filo on Zulu and the bronze to Nagy’s Garfield/Quantum Sails. Rounding out the top five we find that fourth was Antal Szekely’s Compass and fifth was Nagy’s Nord Telekom. As a result of this regatta, the Hungarian J/24 Season Championship also goes to Wolf’s Peugeot/Litkey Sails team, followed by Makai’s Nord Telekom in second, Nagy’s Garfield/Quantum in third, Hercsel’s Sail For You in fourth and Dr Thomas Wolf’s J’Korszak in fifth. For more J/24 Hungary sailing information, visit http://www.j24.hu/.
The /24 Canadian National Championship was hosted by Pointe Claire Yacht Club with 21 boats. The opening day of racing presented the possibility that four races could be sailed in the 10-15 knot NE breezes. The tactics were tricky, and Drivers Wanted sailed by Mississauga’s Ted Bartlewski got the first day winner’s trophy. Race 1 was won by local boat Baygull driven by Nicolas Mabboux. John Whynacht’s Nova Scotia clan on Sticky Fingers got Race 2 and Bartlewski’s Drivers Wanted closed the day with two bullets. Tom Barbeu’s Navtech.ca was the bridesmaid in second place. It was a crazy weekend for sailing conditions. While Friday’s forecast was calling for very light wind, the fleet ended up sailing four races in 10-15 knots. On Saturday, the fleet was expecting 7-10 knots fading out to 6 knots during the day. The fun continued: this time it was again in the same tricky north east wind. In the end, two races were sailed in lighter airs. After a few attempts to get in a third race, the RC wisely decided to send the fleet back to the harbor. After two days of light conditions, the forecast was calling for 15-20 knots. This time, the fleet was treated to steady 16 knots with some nice puffs. As usual, the fleet split between the two schools of thought in marginal 16-18 knots TWS conditions: genoa or jib, was the question!? Rapidly, most of the fleet adopted the jib. In race 7, Rossi Milev’s Clear Air team dominated the game, followed by Barbeu and Greg B. (Adrenaline Rush). About half way to the finish, boats in fourth and fifth (Angry Squirrel & Baygull) both went down in broaches because of a nasty shifty gust. Sticky Fingers passed in fifth position to limit their losses. In Race 8, the wind and waves kept building and Milev’s Clear Air again pulled out a bullet, in front of Mabboux, followed by Bartlewski. In Race 9, first overall was still “in play,” so was the entire podium for that matter. After one lap, Baygull was in the lead until the last leg, where Rossi’s Clear Air passed to get the last point they were missing to get the title. What a comeback! For more J/24 Canadian Nationals sailing information, visit http://j24canadians2013.wordpress.com/.
October 11, 2013
This past weekend, a fleet of seven J/24s sailed in the beautiful waters on the Bay of Pantanassas, just off the famous island of Crete in the Mediterranean. The Gazi Cup Regatta is the second event in the Pan-Hellenic series that is organized by YC Gazi-Crete. The fleet was treated to simply classic Med-sailing conditions with north-northeast winds all weekend long with sunshine. Saturday’s sailing saw idyllic NE 8-12 knot wind with four races sailed from 1300 to 1700 hrs. Sunday was no different, in fact, nearly “postcard perfect” sailing and a repeat of Saturday’s wind but a bit more breeze. After the eight races were completed over the two days, the final rankings for the teams were as follows: First – Kika skippered by Angel Psomopoulos and crew of John Pachaki, Christina Garaki, John Voulgaris and John Dialektaki. Second – Minoan Spirit sailed by Mars Pallikaris and crew of Nikos Kampitakis, Nikos Petroulaki and Karyotakis Stavrakakis. Third- Simera sailed by George Lyroni and crew George Makridakis, Peace Syngelakis, Stella Lenakaki and Katerina Maragaki. For more J/24 Class Greece sailing information, visit http://www.j24class.gr/.
October 9, 2013
This year’s J/24 Autumn Cup was hosted by Saltash Sailing Club, with a program consisting of races in Plymouth Sound on Saturday followed by a Bottle Race up to Saltash Sailing Club, and two races planned on Sunday on the River Tamar. While strong winds are not unseasonal, the wind direction was uncommon with strong Easterlies whipping across the Sound followed by a ferocious squall topping out at 33 knots giving troublesome conditions for the start line boat to anchor in. After two mainsails were ripped, faces stung by sharp rain, crews completely drenched and a couple of Js having taken the decision to head for home, a judgment call was made to make an earlier retreat up river and continue racing in the Lynher. The committee boat set up a start-line in the more sheltered waters of Jenny Cliff with nine boats heading up the River Tamar, North of Drakes Island & onwards towards the Tamar Bridge. Legal Alien was first to hoist their kite followed shortly after by the rest of the fleet. Gusty winds were soon surpassed by some challenging, frequently unpredictable conditions which kept all crews on their toes sailing along past the dockyards and up towards the Tamar Bridge. Redrow Homes, helmed by Tom Cload crossed the line first to win the Bottle Race. Following a brief stop-off outside Saltash Sailing Club, a Windward-Leeward course was set up in the Lynher with three races completed in quick succession. Jeli, helmed by Stig McDonald took the first race in the Lynher (race 2), with Nick McDonald helming Legal Alien winning race 3 and 4. The shelter of the river made the afternoon’s racing viable however not without some unruly gusts causing several boats to broach on the downwind leg, including a spectacular bit of depth sounding along the Cornish boundaries by Team Redrow (thankfully softly into the estuaries muddy banks). Weary crews headed in after an exhilarating day’s sailing to a welcoming sailing club and warm dinner. Sunday yielded another windy day with all to play for with the remaining two races. Legal Alien was in the lead with just three points clear of Jawbreaker and Jeli with seven points each. Legal Alien proved un-touchable in Race 5 despite some hot competition from Redrow Homes and Illuminator, helmed by Mathew Conyers. Going into the final race, there was still plenty of room for final positions to be changed. Race 6 was a tight race with the left side paying for the first two beats, but Legal Alien (helmed by Darren Stansbury in the final race) took a wild card heading to the far right on the final beat making up a fair 200m and rounding the windward mark looking like Cheshire cats and finishing the day with a clean sweep. Final results were: Legal Alien in first with 6 points, Jawbreaker in second with 15 points, and Jeli with 18 points. For complete information, click here.
70 Boats Expected for 2013 J/24 European Championship October 5-12
This large fleet is expected for the International J/24 Class European Championship, organized by the Yacht Club de Monaco scheduled from 5 to 12 October 2013; which will be 20 years after the last one held in the Principality. Among the first to register was the Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz (Bruschetta), second at the 2013 World Championship and past multiple World Champion, then the British sailor Ian Southworth (Il Riccio) who arrived fourth at the Worlds. Also Mike Ingham (USA 5443) who won the American Nationals last June and finished second in the UK Nationals 2013. As well as the Australian David Leslie, the German Frithjof Schade who was the eighth in the 2012 World Championships, and Pasquale di Fraia, the Italian JCA President.
For this great occasion, the Yacht Club de Monaco’s team gathers the best J/24 specialists including Swede Marianne Schoke, President of the Swedish NJCA and spokeswoman of the J/24 Class in Europe; the British sailor Stuart Jardine, who between 1950 and 2007 racked up a string of impressive titles, who will be in charge of the measurement team. Also the Race Committee will be chaired by the Englishman John Coveney and the International Jury led by the German Willii Gohl. For information and registration, visit www.ycm.org or www.j24ycm.org.
September 28, 2013
The J/24 class in Mexico continues to enjoy vibrant, healthy racing in their three hotspots of activity, namely Valle de Bravo, Acapulco and Puerto Vallarta. This year’s Mexican J/24 Nationals were hosted by the Club Nautico Valle de Bravo. Thirty boats showed up to compete for the honor of being crowned the 2013 Mexican National Champion. Valle de Bravo is a spectacular lake located about an hour’s drive west of Mexico City, high up in the mountains. Surrounded by large peaks and long valleys, the mountain winds can be very tricky, especially when it blows hard. This year, the fleet was treated to nearly every imaginable weather condition—light winds, rain, sunny days and enormous microbursts wreaking havoc on the fleet. Saturday’s sailing saw little wind, blowing just 4-8 knots with occasional gusts to 10 with rain clouds interspersed with the breeze. Sunday’s was more difficult for the RC, managing to get in only one race after spending hours on the lake waiting for breeze. Finally on Monday, the fleet had a great race going, but got blown out by massive gust of breeze lasting well over 10 minutes, forcing cancellation of the races. In the end, the RC managed to only squeeze in three of the planned eight races. While the racing is always fun and competitive, perhaps the biggest attraction to the regatta is “Mexican Night” on Saturday. Awesome Mexican home-cooked food, a massive fireworks display on the lake, aquatic games, a mechanical bull to challenge your crew with, lots of dancing and a spectacular “Grito de Independencia” keeps the crews extremely entertained all night long. With all the festivities and sailing behind them, it was the Good Vibes team that were crowned champions, led by skipper Xavier Murrieta and crewed by Julián Fernández, Bernardo Minkow, Hugo McCarthy and Alejandro Murrieta. Taking the silver on the podium was Mar II sailed by Miguel Arroyo and his crew Alan Benitez, Tito Benitez, Manuel Benitez and Javier Benitez. Third was a past Mexican champion Kenneth Porter sailing with a family crew of Kenneth Porter Jr., Gerrit Gentry, Gerrit Gentry Jr. and Daniel Baños on the mighty yacht “S.” For more information, visit http://j24mex.com/index.html.
September 23, 2013
John Mollicone of Newport, RI outlasted 45 other teams to become the J/24 Sea Bags North American Champion. With Tim Healy (tactics), Collin Leon (mast), Geoff Becker (trim) and Gordon Borges (bow), team Helly Hansen totaled 50 points in the 10-race series to narrowly edge out a charging Matias Seguel of Chile by two points. Nicolas Cubria of Argentina took Elvis to third place with 62 points. “We did a really good job grinding back,” Mollicone shared. “We found ourselves in a lot of tough spots but were able to slowly chip away and pass boats.” He gave the credit to his team’s boat handling, crew work and tactics, saying “Everyone stayed really calm and cool, even if we were deep.” One such occasion was when they were OCS in a race, but still made the top 10. He added, “Today, things weren’t looking good for a while, but we just kept our composure. A lot of that is all of us sailing together a lot.” Mollicone won the 2012 North American Championship last November with the same crew. Hosted by Sail Newport and J/24 Fleet 50, the closing day dawned cool and overcast with light winds around 6-8 knots, which dropped during the first race to about 4 knots by the time teams crossed the finish line. Conditions turned around by the next start as the clouds dissipated, the sun returned and the breeze increased to 8-10. For the first time during the event, the course was moved inside to the bay on Sunday. “It was really tricky with lots of outgoing current,” Mollicone explained. “The breeze was unstable so it was really difficult sailing. In the last beat of the last race, we went from mid-20s to what we thought for a while was top three. That’s how shifty it was!” Local Will Welles on Cougar won his second race of the regatta in Sunday’s initial battle. Seguel’s Semi Pro took second, and another local—Bob Kinsman on Dogfish third. In the final race of the championship, Taylor Neff’s Bubbles, of Minnesota, claimed the top spot, followed by Canadian Michael Howarth’s Mister H and Seguel. Mollicone praised the conditions during the four-day event, especially the three days on the outside course. “That’s what Newport is known for—waves, solid breeze, southern direction.”
The top 10 are:
1. John Mollicone, USA (50 points)
2. Matias Seguel, CHI (52)
3. Nicolas Cubria, ARG (62)
4. Will Welles, USA (81)
5. Michael Marshall, USA (86)
6. Sergio Pendola, ARG (92)
7. Peter Bream, USA (98)
8. Shimoyama/Hillman, JPN (110)
9. Bob Kinsman, USA (116)
10. Kris Werner, USA (118)
Entrants from Japan, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Canada and the USA comprised the 46-boat fleet. Complete results may be found at www.2013j24northamericans.com.
September 22, 2013
John Mollicone’s team Helly Hansen continued their consistent performance at the J/24 Sea Bags North American Championship to take an 11-point advantage into the final day of competition. The reigning North American champion has tallied a line of 2,4,1,5,7,8,(9),5 for 32 overall points. Nicolas Cubria’s Elvis of Argentina has amassed 43 points for second place, and Chile’s Matias Seguel on Semi Pro is in third with 47 points. Competitors were again greeted by superb conditions as temperatures remained in the low 70s with winds 10-12 knots and gusts to 14. Three races were held on Saturday, bringing the total thus far to eight. Hosted by Sail Newport and J/24 Fleet 50, international teams dominated the day. Argentina’s Sergio Pendola on Cacique snagged victory in Saturday’s opening contest. Sumio Shimoyama’s Sokokumaru of Japan placed second, and Chile’s Raul del Castillo on La Banca third. Local Will Welles’ Cougar captured the win in the next battle, with two Argentina teams behind him—Cubria and Guillermo de Martis’ Twin. Shimoyama ended the day successfully, with Castillo in second and Travis Odenbach of New York on Honey Badger in third. Racing concludes Sunday for the competitors from Japan, Chile, Argentina, Peru, Canada and the USA in the 46-boat fleet. Complete results and live updates may be found atwww.2013j24northamericans.com and on Facebook.