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/.
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/.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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/.
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/.
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.
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/.
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)
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.
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/.
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.