International J/24 Class Association

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

July 27, 2015

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/.


Kieler Woche

July 4, 2015

Sun, wind and waves: The first day of the 133rd Kieler Woche (Kiel, Germany) offered everything to make a sailor happy. As a result, “the first day in the office” for the sailors could be finished quickly. All planned races were done in less than three hours. “That was a good start in all aspects”, said Dirk Ramhorst, the Regatta Chairman for Kieler Woche! “The only problem now is that expectations are high! After this day, it can only get worse!” He would have loved to let the sailors sail even more, but he had to stick to the framework. Ramhorst’s team was most fortunate, after three days of racing, the race directors had most of the races sailed for all fleets. It’s not a trivial task managing the one of the world’s largest sailing events. The week-long event took place from June 20-28 for 1,500+ sailboats and over 5,000 sailors. The 34 J/24s were the largest offshore one-design class at Kieler Woche. Teams were participating from Germany, Monaco, Sweden, The Netherlands, Hungary and Great Britain. Skipper Ian Southworth on IL RICCIO with crew of Andy McLelland, David “Sid” Howlett, Simon Philbrick and Julia Scott managed to show the fleet what it takes to win in very tight J/24 fleets. Posting three wins in 10 races, Southworth’s crew were able to sit out the last race so that the German teams Karsunke and Schonfeldt could duel for the 2 & 3 positions on the podium. After winning two races themselves, Frank Schonfeldt’s HENK (with crew of Finn Moller, Till Krueger and Thorsten Sperl) took the silver with a sixth in the last race to win a tie-breaker on 39 points. Stefan Karsunke’s SULLBERG (with crew of Tim Habekost, Carsten Kerschies, Christian Carstens and Malte Gibbe) lost that tie-breaker to take the bronze. Holding on to fourth place was Peer Kock and fifth was Jan Kahler. Top women’s team in 13th place overall was Stephanie Kopcke’s VEGA RAGAZZA, sailing with her crew consisting of Ann-Katrin Brugge, Silke Basedow, Amelie Panuschka, Nelle-Marie Bock and Insa-Kristin Horsch from Muhlenberger Segel-Club. For more Kiel Week sailing information, visit http://www.kieler-woche.de/english/sailing/.


Royal Cork Southern Championship

June 27, 2015

With four race wins from six races sailed, the furthest traveled J/24 won the Class Southern Championship at Royal Cork Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire, Ireland). Lough Erne’s JP McCALDIN from County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland beat the Royal St.George’s HARD ON PORT skippered by Flor O’Driscoll. Third was Howth Yacht Club’s KILCULLEN skippered by Gordon Stirling. For more Royal Southern J/24 Regatta sailing information, visit http://afloat.ie/sail/sailing-classes/j24s/item/29085-lough-erne-j24-wins-royal-cork-southern-championships.


LA SUPERBA Winner of J/24 Trofeo Ciccolo

June 25, 2015

After the first four events of the Italian J/24 National Championship series (consisting of Trofeo Nettuno, Pasquavela Santo Stefano, Trofeo Academia Navale Livorno and Cala Galera), the best Helmsman-Owner of the first half of the season (the Francesco Ciccolo Perpetual Challenge Trophy) is again ITA 212 JAMAICA owned and skippered by the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti. In second for this division is AMERICAN PASSAGE sailed by Paolo Rinaldi, and third is CESARE JULIO skippered by Pietro Massimo Meriggi. Meanwhile, the winner of the Trofeo Ciccolo, emblematic of the leader of the first half of the season overall, goes to Ignazio Bonanno’s crew aboard LA SUPERBA from the Marina Militare in Livorno. They are followed by MOLLICONA sailed by Massimiliano Biagini and skippered by James Black. In third is AVOLTORE owned by Massimo Mariotti and skippered by Ettore Botticinis. “We are obviously very pleased,” said the skipper Ignazio Bonanno, “to have won this trophy which also has a sentimental value as it was established to remember a President that has marked the history of the Italian J/24 class.” For more Italian J/24 sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


Cronulla This Time of Year is Either Windy or Light

June 19, 2015

Last year was windy; this year was light, sunny and warm – great sailing! The Macquart Marine Cronulla J/24 Short Course Regatta was conducted in the clean clear waters of Bate Bay, Cronulla over the Queens Birthday long weekend of June 6-7, and was a huge success again. It was enjoyed by 17 crews including three from interstate: Simon Grain and Hugo Ottaway from Victoria with smiles and the odd ‘discussion’ and Robin and Jim Townsend from Adelaide (well done guys!).
This year there was a definite buzz about the club from a few days before, with excitement growing as the interstaters rolled in. With lots of help from the enthusiastic locals, boats were rigged, dropped in the water and berthed on the club pontoon three shakes of a skippers tiller from the club bar. What a magic setting – drinks in the sunset and the promise of a great weekend to come. Bucko, the nation’s most relaxed RO gave us the briefing on Saturday morning, how refreshing to hear some sensible race management outlined. There will be no protests! Sort it out on the water. With breezes between 0-5, the race committee did a fantastic job in achieving three races on the first day. With temps at 22 deg C, a glorious day of sailing was had and a following swell upwind made interesting sailing for those not used to ocean sailing. The first race was won by local legend Dave McKay by 30 sec to Victorian Hugo Ottaway and Stephen Quigley a further 30 seconds behind. The short course format, with works no more than 800 metres, ensured close competition for all. The second race was won by Stephen Quigley in a dying breeze who picked the shifts and extended to win by some three minutes to Simon Grain of Victoria and local Cronulla sailor Barry Ryan. The third and last race for day one was conducted after waiting for a 5 knot breeze to reestablish from the east, and in a dying breeze Barry Ryan again showed his local knowledge to lead out by 30 seconds to Robin Townsend from South Australia and Hugo Ottaway in Brushetta IV from Sandringham Yacht Club. Racing was completed for the first day with Barry Ryan in Pinot leading from Stephen Quigley and Dave McKay equal in second. The Day One BBQ was huge – these guys know how to be hospitable with a vengeance, including great conversation between all competitors and lots of new friends being made with the visitors going into the night in preparation for day two. In fact many competitors further increased their preparation at local nite clubs just to make sure they were ready for the off in the morning. Again the balmy winter conditions continued with a slight increase in wind strength experiencing 5-10 knots for the fourth race of the series. Victorians took both first and second with Simon Grain and Hugo Ottaway, followed by the ever consistent Stephen Quigley coming in third. A quick turn around by the race committee saw race 5 commence and the pattern of finishes becoming clearer: Barry Ryan followed by Stephen Quigley and Hugo. This was undoubtedly the closest race of the series with the first five boats finishing within 40 seconds, the next four within 40 seconds and the next six within 30 seconds. Fantastic close racing of two laps, over in 27 minutes and all boats finishing with four minutes! Race 6 commenced under the black flag after two consecutive general recalls. Julie McKay on McKay Marine, Jared Macquart on Macquart Marine, Matthew Short on ShortFaced and Lia Darby on Starpac all broke the start and were disqualified from that race. Final results in a dying breeze was Simon Grain, the consistent Stephen Quigley and Barry Ryan in third. Race 7 proved to be the final race of the series in testing conditions and a breeze continuing to decrease. Simon Grain rose to the occasion with a third bullet for the day followed again by Team Cini O’Bryan and StockCar. Results were tallied back at the Cronulla Sailing Club as the sausages cooked and the drinks where poured. The same Bucko, now the master of ceremonies and laughter, gave out the prizes and everyone got one (if you didn’t win one, you got one given to you). What a good night.
Final results being:

1. Team CiniO’Bryan Stephen Quigley
2. Pinot Barry Ryan
3. Kaotic Simon Grain
4. StockCar David McKay
5. Bruschetta IV Hugo Ottaway
6. JCF Built Boudicca Bryce Edwards
7. McKay Marine Julie McKay
8. Witches Thimble Robin Townsend
9. Only a Journey Max Sellers
10. ShortFaced Mathew Short
11. Vertigo Clinton Hood
12. Starpac Lia Darby
13. In the Mood Marc Van Dinther
14. Macquart Marine Jared Macquart
15. Jargon Tony Landers
16. Slippery Fish Mick Reynolds
17. Katiki Katanga Chris Merfield

Team Cini O’Bryan’s consistence throughout the series proved solid with a series score of 3, 1, 7, 3, 2, 2, 2 for a total of 13. Simon Grain, sailing Arthur Crother’s Kaotic (with the boss on board) went home with the wheelchair prize. Once again the level of female participation is very encouraging with three female skippers and many women amongst most of the crews. The organizers and competitors would like to thank the sponsors of the event: Macquart Marine, Wet Tech Rigging, Ian Short Sails, Cronulla Marina, The Lapstone Hotel, Loaf Cafe Cronulla, OZ Jet Boating Sydney, PriceLine Cronulla and Secret Scent Aromatherapy. And a big thank you to the volunteers and members of Cronulla SC for making this great regatta possible. Thanks also to Fiona Campbell, Rob Croucher, Clinton Hood and Dave Mackay for hosting the visitors – it makes the trip all the more affordable and strengthens new and old bonds in the Class. Cronulla Sailing Club is looking forward to hosting the event next year, when we will be aiming at 25 J/24s. Please remember to bring the entire range of sails for you’ll never know what the day will bring you. I have to say the same thing I said last year – if you weren’t there, you missed a real goodie and you don’t want to miss that again. (Story by Mick Reynolds and Simon Grain)


Great Lakes Championship

At the 35th edition of Cleveland Race Week hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club, nine J/24s competed for the Great Lakes Championship from June 13-14. Six light air races were completed, five of which were won by Kevin O’Brien on Fugue State. Adding in a third, he totaled just 8 points overall. William Semans on Booyah!! followed in second with 17 points, and Dean Riedy on hall pass in third with 22 points. Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page, and complete results are posted atwww.clevelandraceweek.com.


McCarthy Crowned European J/24 Champion / Ingham Takes Open European Title

June 15, 2015

There was no wind on the final day of the J/24 European Open Championship, and the result was that all 32 crews (representing France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Great Britain, Brazil and United States) returned to shore to haul their boats and prepare for the awards ceremony earlier than many expected. Nevertheless, the regatta was enthusiastically embraced by Europe’s top J/24 teams as they enjoyed great sailing on the Bay of Biscay, excellent RC PRO work from Yacht Club du Crouesty Arzon, and fabulous shoreside evening activities at one of the nicer seaside resorts in France. After counting seven races total over the four-day regatta, it was the British team of MADELEINE skippered by Duncan McCarthy who took the European crown with a remarkably consistent 2-2-2-3-9-4-3 record. Taking the Open European Championship was the American team of Mike Ingham with the amazingly low tally of four firsts and a 2-3 for counters for just 9 points total. The first day of racing had good enough weather conditions to test the fleet with three races; and it also set the tone for the rest of the regatta. Virtually tied on points were Ingham’s American team (sitting on 5 points) and Duncan’s Madeleine crew (sitting on 6 points). Lying third was the Italian Champion Ignazio Bonanno sailing La Superba. Frank Schonfeldt’s Henk was tied on points with La Superba at 19 each. Then with a strong showing the first day was the Greek team on Catsiapis Foundation helmed by Anthimos Nicolaidis in fifth. Just four points separated fifth from 10th after day one. The top French boat was Francois De Herce on Majic sitting in the 10th position and the top Irish boat was Flor O’Driscoll’s Hard on Port. Despite their first race on the second day, Ingham’s crew continued to extend their overall lead with a 14-2-1. Meanwhile, McCarthy hung on tight to second with a 3-9-4. Germany’s Daniel Frost on SG Power Solutions climbed up the ladder, posting a 5-3-2 to grab third overall. German Mark Karsunke skippering Sullberg powered their way into fourth overall with 1-1-6 finishes. Schonfeldt’s Henk posted a 20-5-3 to drop into fifth. The third day was great for some teams, definitely not so hot for other teams. Ingham’s crew rolled off another bullet to ultimately win the regatta. McCarthy’s Madeleine crew did the same, posting a third to secure second overall in the Open class and be declared winner of the J/24 Europeans 2015. Frost’s SG Power Solutions scored a 10th, but hung on to third overall and silver for the continent. Fourth overall and third in Europe was Schonfeldt’s Henk. For more J/24 Europeans sailing information, visit http://www.j24euro2015.com/.


J/24 European Championship Underway in France

June 12, 2015

32 J/24 teams are racing for the European Championship through June 12 in Le Crouesty, France. Keep up with all the action at the regatta website:http://www.ycca.fr/#!european-championship-j24/c1svd.


LA SUPERBA Commands Italian J/24 National Series

June 10, 2015

After the first two days of competition in which more than 30 crews completed six races in the waters off Cala Galera/Porto Ercole, LA SUPERBA is now leading the XXXV edition of the J/24 Championship organized by Club Nautico and Argentario Sailing. Ignazio Bonanno’s crew on LA SUPERBA are leading with 7 points net total due to a 1-2-1-1-2-8 scoreline. They are followed by the German ROTOMAN team led by the President of the German J/24 Class Jan-Marc Ulrich and skippered by Tobias Feneherdt that have 13 points net due to a 4-10-2-2-3-2 scorecard. In third was past Open J/24 Italian champion Keith Whittemore from Seattle, Washington sailing FURIO with a 9-3-5-6-1-1 tally for 16 points net. The racing is close, and there is little room for error amongst the top boats. On the Italian Championship side of the ledger, it was JAMAICA skippered by Italian J/24 Class President Peter Diamonte who was second with 23 points net due to a 21-1-4-9-6-3 record. They are followed by defending champion MOLLICONA, skippered by Massimiliano Biagini and Giacomo Carrara, with 27 points from a 7-7-6-3-14-4 scoreline. “The first day was marked by high pressure weather that brought plenty of sunshine and a light wind Sirocco, beginning around 5-8 knots, then increased to 10-12 knots,” explained Massimo Mariotti. “In the first race, LA SUPERBA came off the line almost immediately ahead of the group and finished the race with a big gap on the rest of fleet.” The second race, however, was won by JAMAICA that beat LA SUPERBA by a few meters, as well as the fast closing Americans on FURIO. In the third race, the wind rose to 12 knots and the winner was LA SUPERBA, followed by the German ROTOMAN team and Giuliano Cattarozzi’s team on INDAFARA. The next day of sailing was marked by even more beautiful weather, with winds initially from the South. Ultimately, the breeze turned into a “Libeccio” with increasing intensity (in the first race around 6-8 knots and increasing to 10-12 knots in the following). The ideal weather conditions made it possible to play all three scheduled races: the first was won by LA SUPERBA, then followed by the Germans in ROTOMAN and the Americans in FURIO. The second race was led by FURIO followed by LA SUPERBA and ROTOMAN. It was also a good race for AVOLTORE helmed by the young champion from Porto San Stefano—Ettore Botticinis who finished fourth. The sixth and final round of the regatta saw an exciting duel between the last race winner Whittemore on FURIO and Tobias on ROTOMAN, with the former getting the better of the latter. They were followed by JAMAICA and Mollicona’s AVOLTORE. The Italian J/24 Championship consists of four days of racing and ends this coming weekend. For more J/24 Italian National Championship sailing information, visit http://cnva.it/.


J/24 Spring Cup

May 24, 2015

The J/24 Spring Cup, hosted by Parkstone Yacht Club (Poole, England), was the first regatta of the season and a great opportunity to catch up with other J/24 sailors, both on and off the water, since the last regatta in October. With two major European regattas over the coming year, the scene was set for two days of competitive sailing as everyone re-acquainted over windward-leeward courses. Poole provided near perfect conditions, with a fair breeze and sunshine for the first day. The first race saw conditions of 20 knots plus and the whole fleet on jib; the race committee gave a great first course despite shifty conditions. There were some familiar names in the leader board, taking the right lifts and spotting the right side of the course. By the end of Race 2, the inconsistent breeze had most thinking that they could change up to genoa, but it wasn’t until the start of Race 3, when the wind dropped that teams knew a mid race, downwind sail change could be the difference between a top placing and a mid-fleet finish. MADELEINE’s start in Race 3 was hampered by the tide, however skipper Duncan McCarthy not only performed a flawless sail change but also sailed through the fleet to finish first. Dominica Lindsey, new to the J/24 helming on her boat PHOENIX, sailed a great regatta with an impressive third in the third race. William Lack is admired for his tireless enthusiasm encouraging the youth sailors on VINYL SOLUTIONS. Simon Lack sailed an impressive Race 5 and came a close third to two of the fleet’s top helms. Roger Morris’ JOLLY ROGER and Andy Taylor’s HITCH HIKER each had a first place finish by the end of the regatta. Everyone agreed the conditions were incredibly changeable, which led to some tough calls on which side of the course was favored. However, the leader board showed that the top crews consistently made the right calls over the six races. Congratulations to McCarthy’s crew on MADELEINE (Steve Phelps, Spencer Whitworth, Hannah McCarthy & Charlie Fisher) for their performance with a 1-2-1-1-2-4 scorecard and just 7 points net. They fought a closely-matched series of races against Matt Hardy’s CHAOTIC crew (Hugh Styles, Tom Montgomery, Joanna Bainbridge, & Ian Henry) who collected a 2-1-2-3-6-2 tally for 10 points net. Lying third on the podium was Roger Morris’ team on JOLLY ROGER (Paul William, John Sparrow, David Sparrow & Nina Squire), improving every race to post 9-6-4-2-1-6 scores for 19 points. For more UK J/24 Spring Cup sailing information, visithttp://www.parkstoneyachtclub.com/page1401.html.


Trofeo Accademia Navale

May 10, 2015

After a slow start on the first day, six races were completed in the final two days to make for another great event on the third act of the J/24 National Circuit: the 32nd Trofeo Accademia Navale & City of Livorno (Italy). Posting their fourth consecutive win in the TAN event was Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA team. “It was a TAN characterized by little wind and not many participants, but the presence of Team ROTOMAN provided us a strong test and good practice before the J/24 National Championship to be held in late May in Cala Galera,” commented helmsman Bonnano. “Since the first race, it was a battle between JAMAICA, ROTOMAN and ourselves on LA SUPERBA. It has been very technical and tactical races and we are, of course, very pleased to have won this year’s Naval Academy Trophy.” The silver went to the German team on ROTOMAN from Blankeneser Segel-Club in Hamburg. Sailing aboard was President of the German J/24 Class German Jan-Marc Ulrich and skipper Tobias Feuerherdt with crew Lukas Feuerherdt, Tobias Peters and Wolfgang Panuschka. Taking third in the regatta, coincidentally, was the President of the Italian J/24 Class, Peter Diamanti, sailing JAMAICA with crew of Gianluca Caridi, the bowman Fabrizio Ginesi and Sig. Paul and Joseph Garofalo. One step off the podium was BLUE FLAMES, sailed by the local Livorno team of Fabio Delicate at the helm, tactician Marco Vincenti, Giuseppe Incatasciato tailer, the pitman Francesco Maglioccola and the bowman Roberto Comfortable Ballant. Following them in fifth overall was TALLY HO owned by Roberta Banfo and skippered by Luca Macchiarini with crew Antonio Criscuolo, Carlo Caleo, Massimo Vatteroni and Vincenzo De Meo. For more Italian J/24 Class sailing information, visit http://www.j24.it/web/.


The what ifs, if onlys and couldabeens of the Victorian State Titles

April 23, 2015

Thank you to Simon Grain for the following story: Without taking anything away from the excellent Nationals in Adelaide earlier in the year, the Vic States have been warming up to be the real contest of the year. And so it was.

The Black Prince of Sandringham took it from the “Young” Sydney Fox with the Canny Scott third.

What that means is Dave Suda (VIC) 1st, Steve Girdis (NSW) 2nd and Doug Watson (SA) 3rd.

Performance handicap was won by Dave MacKay from Cronulla, our own Stephanie Strong took out second in the Sidetracked youth boat and Steve Girdis was third. Hugo Ottaway, the real Mr J24 and deep thinking scribe takes on the finer details.

“This year’s 2015 Victorian J24 Championship may be remembered by the “could have been champions” as a regatta of lost opportunity. Despite only achieving 4 races due to a 40+ knot squally Sunday, the championship reached a milestone in Australian J24 sailing. Of note is the following: starting at the top, 27 entries including every J24 at Sandringham Yacht Club, 6 entries from NSW and 4 from S.A. Oldest skipper 70+ youngest 23. Two youth boats, four female skippers, two all female crews. A Jury and Race management of National and International standing and possibly up to 50% female participation.”

There many hard luck stories in any fleet, probably about 26 of them in this regatta! But look who we are up against. Hugo continues …

“To ease the pain of the masses, the calibre of the leading bunch reads like a who’s who of sailing. Our winner, David Suda sailing Pacemaker from Victoria has won two J/24 and one International cadet National titles. Second, Steve Girdis (NSW), three J/24 National titles and 5th in the Osaka worlds. Third, Doug Watson (SA) 2nd in the J24 Nationals and 4th in the Sigma 33 Europeans. Fourth Hugo Ottaway (VIC) one J24 and one International Cadet National title, then fifth God himself, David McKay (NSW) one 16 foot skiff and two Moth WORLD TITLES, one J24 , Etchell 22 and 18 foot Skiff National title and 1969 Yachtsman of the year award. Sixth, Simon Grain (VIC) four New Zealand Tornado Catamaran National titles.”

“I am sure as I go down the list there are many others amongst us who also boast similar achievements, however we very rarely acknowledge the pedigree of fellow sailors, to win either a state or national J24 title is tough, hard to come by and first rate.”

So what are the hard luck stories, well the first would be the whole regatta with the sailing on Sunday closed down. That meant we had a series, but no drop and there were many who needed it – badly. Myself for one, going left nicely all day and then going right in the last race – wrong! John Neville, our hard working Vice Pres who has been sailing like a demon all summer, last seen burying his head in a beer in despair after scoring the unlikely bottom double. Next time John! Half the fleet overlaying the top mark in the first race! Holes in the wind in the second race that left the top boats wallowing in nothing within spitting distance of the finish line while boats behind them sailed by – spitting chips maybe! And from Hugo, “finally the best gag of all, watching the class president start at full speed one minute early on a black flag, with no one else around….. great stuff.”

I could go on, but one of our newest owners does, Mike Bond shares his experiences:

“The J24 Vic States had been on the agenda for 6 weeks and we were all very keen to participate after having bought Code Violation. We had only been out once or twice as a team so things were going to be interesting come the first race. In true beginner style we missed the first race completely due to poor clock work. I took the blame for that one as I was the only one wearing watch. The second race was our best of the series and I do believe we were coming 7th around the top mark however we ended up 14th with some poor kite work and some bad tacks. The third race wasn’t great either, we had a good start but just couldn’t maintain boat speed. The last race we came dead last which in the end was quite amusing. We took the wrong side of the course (behind Simon) and got blitzed. All in all, it was great fun and we were a bit disappointed we couldn’t sail on the Sunday due to poor weather conditions but after the 2nd beer we were fine. Special thanks to Simon Grain and the crew on Jet for all their help as well as Hugo Ottaway and David Suda.” That’s the kind of fun the newest guys are having.

The conditions were great sailing for the first two races with a westerly around 12 knots, boats powered up on genoas and the race track full of boats. After the second race the wind died, the sun came out and lunch was served with sails down while we drifted in the tide waiting for wind. The last two races were held in a sputtering and dying westerly as we watched a black roll cloud gather it’s skirts on the southern horizon. The fleet finished and just made it back to the marina as a 40+knot front blew through minutes later!

Back in the bar, we were very lucky to be able to watch our if only’s on the Yachtbot site – no consolation to some, but very interesting for most. YachtBot and CYCSA had been stupendously generous to us both in terms of their time and resources (CYCSA loaning us the trackers for nix and YachtBot set us up as a Pro level registration for free also) If you want to see more or the racing replay, go to www.yacht-bot.com and choose a race, or link directly to the races at www.yacht-bot.com/races/6958 to 6961. Our thanks go out to all our sponsors, Monjon Security in particular for your continued support again this year, Sailor Sunscreen and Iguana Design. To all our volunteers both on the class committee and SYC, a big thank you for your efforts.

Also a huge thank you to all the interstate competitors who made the effort to come to the regatta, your contribution to our fleet makes the difference to the flavour of the competition.

Hugo wraps up a few more stats to finish “Other points to note, three different brands of sails in the top five, both youth boats supplied with new and almost new sails courtesy of their owners, about 25 new sails measured in for the regatta. 135 competitors from 4 states. What I think makes this a great class is the generosity of the members, $800.00 raised during the regatta to help Luke Mathews (Trimmer off Pacemaker) and his family who is recovering from a very bad road accident.”

The class BBQ and free beers, as always pulls everyone together after the racing and enjoyably the stage show that is the prize giving, with a forthright intro speech by the irrepressible Doug MacGregor (VicPres) and the brilliant John Neville doing the raffle draw had everyone in stitches and rounded off a great, if short regatta for both the locals and the visitors – you should have been there if you weren’t !

We don’t say goodbye to our interstate friends for too long, the next regatta is the Macquart Marine Short Course Regatta at Cronulla in NSW on Queens Birthday long weekend, 6-8 June this year. This was brilliant last year (see pics on the CSC site). The NSW States normally held in early November (dates TBA) and then the 2015-16 season biggie, the Nationals at Sandringham on the 4-8 January 2016, where we planning a regatta to attract a fleet of over 30 boats – this one you do not want to miss!


Pasquavela Regatta

April 16, 2015

The phenomenal hosts and race management of the YC Santo Stefano again hosted this year’s XXVIII Pasquavela Regatta (Porto Santo Stefano, Italy). The regatta combines two classes of offshore boats with a J/24 one-design start. It has been a popular regatta for years due to the combination of great regatta management and a simply gorgeous place to sail. Forty boats attended the Pasquavela over the weekend, with 19 J/24s participating and six foreign crews from Holland, Germany and Hungary. Three races were sailed in mirror-like seas off Porto Santo Stefano on the opening day and two more were completed on the following day. The winds ranged from 4-8 knots Saturday and from 10 to 25 knots plus on Sunday. In fact, the last (sixth) race got started in up to 35 knots of breeze, but was ultimately canceled due to safety reasons. With three wins in five races, the German team of ROTOMAN skippered by Jan Marc Ulrich managed to compile a 1-1-6-1-2 scoreline for 5 points net (with toss) to comfortably win the regatta. Fellow Germans on SULLBERG, led by Stefan Karsunke, sailed nearly as well, taking an 8-2-2-2-3 record for 9 points net to just grab second overall. Taking third on the podium and top Italian finisher was Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA, winner of the first regatta on the Italian circuit. Their scores of 2-3-5-4-1 were good for 10 points, well clear of the next two boats in the top five. Fourth position (and with a victory in the third race) was JUMPIN’ JACK FLASH co-owned by Frederick Miccio and Alessio Cervellin and helmed this year by World Soling Champion Farkas Litkey from Hungary. They managed a 6-10-1-6-6 for 10 points net. Finally, in fifth place was Nino Soriano’s JEBEDEE with 20 points. During the closing ceremony, which was held at YC Santo Stefano, all crews who placed in the top three on Sunday were delivered the traditional Easter egg baskets full of goodies. XXVIII Pasquavela was organized with the support of Porto Domitian Spa, with technical supplies of Pasta Garofalo and Argentarola Ltd and sponsored by the City of Monte Argentario. The Italian J/24 Nationals circuit consists of seven stages. The next stop will be another traditional event: the Trofeo Accademia Navale hosted by YC Livorno and sailed off the city of Livorno from May 1-3. For more information on the next Italian J/24 Nationals event, visit http://www.trofeoaccademianavale.eu/.


INDIGO J/24 Argentina Triple Crown Winner

March 28, 2015

The Argentinean J/24 fleet just concluded its regatta series called the Campeonato Centro de la Republica. The series starts February in gorgeous Mendoza and ended this past weekend in a red-hot regatta with a huge fleet on the beautiful Andean mountain lake: Lago San Roque and its village called Villa Carlos Paz. It all started out on the February 20-21 weekend sailing on the Potrerillos Reservoir, west of the mountain town of Mendoza. The event was organized by members of the Mendoza Fleet with the support of the Córdoba Fleet. In a wonderful atmosphere, the fleet was blessed with strong winds between 15-25 knots with almost no waves, blowing in the dominant direction from the southeast. After measurement Thursday and practice racing Friday, the fleet retired to shore for a massive feast and fabulous Malbec red wine, plus all the drinks you could want. Saturday’s racing had four hard races with winds up to 25 knots. After the conclusion of the day’s racing, the fleet was led by Ezequiel Despontin’s INDIGO, followed by Nicolas Cubría’s RINA, Sebastian Halpern’s MORRUCHO and Javier Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO. After these four grueling races, another excellent assortment of refreshments met the weary sailors. Sunday dawned with lighter winds, much to the relief of all the crews. After a morning postponement, another three races were run with wind in the 15-20 knots range. Again, by 1700 hrs, the fleet was home, showered and ready to put on their best attire to attend another party at a nearby farm where the sailors spent a wonderful evening with music, dancing, food and even more fine wines! The fleet approached Monday’s racing a bit less ambitiously than they had the first two days. At this point, it was clear the Despontin’s INDIGO had an unassailable lead. The real battle was going to be for the balance of the podium and the top five. In the end, Cubria’s RINA sailed fast and smart on the last day to post a 1-1-4 to take second overall by one point with 24 points total. Moyano’s closing effort of a 2-3 was just good enough to hang onto third place with 25 points. Nearly catching them and taking fourth place was Halpern’s MORRUCHO with 28 points due to a strong closing series of races with a 2-8-5. Fifth place went to Alvaro Abate on CAMBURY. After this memorable event, the fleet then traveled 672 km and re-grouped on yet another picturesque lake: Lago San Roque. The fleet expanded even further to 28 boats, one of the largest turnouts in recent memory! The fleet was blessed with good conditions all weekend for the final event of the Championship. Teams came from all major fleets in Argentina, including Buenos Aires, Cordoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Salta. The hosts for the final event were Club Nautico Cordoba and 400 Yacht Club, both in Villa Carlos Paz along the lake. Again they hosted rather remarkable events after sailing each day for all three days. The PRO and the clubs’ volunteers managed to conduct eight races over the three days: two on Saturday, three on Sunday and three on Monday. The good winds on the last day were to Despontin’s liking, as he and his INDIGO crew managed to close with a 7-1-1 to take the Cordoba regatta by one point to also be crowned the “Triple Crown” winner of Argentina with his crew composed of Franca Pesci, Daniel Merlo and Martin Costa. Bridesmaid again for the second time in a row was Nicolas Cubria’s RINA with 31 points. Nico’s crew included Mario Cubria, Fernando Bertrand and Viviana Florencia Grau. There was a real battle for the balance of the top five. The three players included Pablo Despontin’s CARRER, Gustavo Saul’s ON LINE and Javier Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO. After the first three races, Saul’s ON LINE was winning the regatta with an enormous lead due to their 1-2-1 tallies. And, Despontin’s CARRER also had some flashy finishes during the regatta that included a 1-2-3. However, neither team could sail consistently. Sailing steadily but just a touch off pace was Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO. The last day proved to be a tough one for the ON LINE team; their hopes for even an easy top three getting dashed by a 3-21-2 closing scoreline and being forced to eat the 21 as a counter instead of dropping a BFD in race #5. As a result, Despontin’s CARRER finished in third with 40 points, Saul’s ON LINE in fourth with 47 points and Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO in fifth with 48 points. For more Argentinean J/24 sailing information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.

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