June 19, 2015
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.
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/.
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.
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/.
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!
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/.
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/.
With a stunning performance, the Naples Navy crew on LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonnano and crew of Simone Recivo, Alfredo Branciforte, Picaro Francesco and Luigi Ravioli, won all six races to win the first of seven stages of the Italian J/24 Championship. The event was perfectly organized by Neptune Yacht Club, in collaboration with the Italian Navy League section of Anzio, the Sailing Club of Rome, the Royal Rowing Club Tevere Remo, the Marina di Nettuno and the support of the Italian J/24 Class. The presence of the best sailors in the 24-boat fleet made the event exciting and for close competition—at least for the balance of the top ten. Among those competitors were Ignazio Bonnano (European Champion in 2012 in Cannigione), Luigi Ravioli (Italian champion in 2013), Massimo Mariotti (Italian champion in 2009 in Cagliari), Litkey Farkas (Hungarian champion in 2014 and current Soling World Champion), the James Black (current Italian J/24 National champion) and Italian Massimo Peter Noons (former champion of the Italian Laser class). With six wins on the six races, LA SUPERBA was firmly in command of the regatta beginning at the first of racing. They finished the regatta 10 points ahead of JAMAICA, sailed by the President of Italian J/24 Class, Pietro Diamanti, who sailed to a 6-2-2-2-10-4 record for 16 points. Taking third on the podium was JUMPIN JACK FLASH helmed this year by the Hungarian Farkas Litkey (including crew Erica Manauzzi, Federico Miccio, Alessio Carvellin, Giorgio Caprini). Their record was a reasonably consistent 8-6-4-3-2-7 for 22 points. Fourth place, just one point from the podium, was LILY PAD skippered by the young Giacomo Del Nero (owner/crew was Massimiliano Biagini), with a record of OCS-7-5-4-5-2 for 23 points. Fifth was JULIUS CEASAR skippered by Peter Max Noons with 25 points. “For the three days of racing, the PRO chose the bay to the north, an area not often sailed by the local fleet so as to make the competition fairer for crews from the other fleets,” said Federico Miccio. “Adding to the complexity of the sailing area was also the weather conditions: light wind from the south for the two races on Friday, a little more intense but from the same direction on Saturday (three races), and a light northeast wind Sunday for the only race completed before the wind fell below two knots.” Pietro Diamanti commented, “As President and as a sailor, I am extremely satisfied with this first leg of our circuit, thanks to great racing and a fun fleet to sail against; this confirms the strength of our Class in Italy and the excellent camaraderie of our crews.” Thanks for the contribution from Paola Zanoni, Italian J/24 Class Press Officer. For more Trofeo Nettuno sailing information, visit http://www.nettunoyachtclub.it/en/.
March 18, 2015
What a day the first day of Banderas Bay Regatta XXIII was in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Winds began okay, then they got light, and for those who stuck it out, it got windy again at the end. The second day of BBR brought more wind, and the PRO decided almost everyone needed a sightseeing tour of Puerto Vallarta and all of Banderas Bay. All classes, except two, headed to the Puerto Vallarta Sea Buoy, enjoying winds that diminished a little on the PV side, but definitely didn’t disappoint on the Nuevo Vallarta side of the course. Absolutely beautiful winds and fantastic racing from start to finish. In Performance Class B, the runaway winner was the J/24 JUGGS sailed by Ken Yachehcak. For more Banderas Bay sailing regatta information, visit http://www.banderasbayregatta.com/.
February 21, 2015
The premier lady skippers race on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Victoria is the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial Trophy regatta – this year swept by J/24 teams! In memory of Jennifer, a keen sailor, all the entry fees were donated to Melanoma skin cancer research. In its 24th year, the JGMT attracts Melbourne’s best female sailors from all the major keelboat clubs in the bay. This year the race began in very light, sunny 34 degree (93.3 degrees Fahrenheit) conditions, which quickly changed with the arrival of a southerly breeze reaching 12 knots, on what was a beautiful day for sailing. Amongst a fleet of 30, the boat size ranged from 44 footers to the smallest—two J/24s. Despite their disadvantage in size, the J’s had crew members who had competed at the highest level with both boats representing Australia in the J/24 Worlds in Sweden in 2011 and Bruschetta VI also in the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge (New York 2014). HYPERACTIVE, skippered by Kirsty Harris with her all female crew, and BRUSCHETTA VI, skippered by Paulina Matilla with her male crew, excelled in the light conditions. By picking the wind shifts and changes in the freshening breeze, this resulted in both being in the top 10 boats over the finish line. HYPERACTIVE, who had an AMS rating, won the AMS division. However, the overall award was won by BRUSCHETTA VI with HYPERACTIVE second. Paulina Matilla was awarded the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial perpetual trophy and a beautiful Tiffany & Co necklace. Paulina, who lives and sails in Finland, is currently working in Australia. The J/24s excelled against the competition, taking the major and divisional trophies. The Class has a strong local fleet of 20 active boats with the current and past Australian Champions amongst it. The J/24 has experienced a strong following in Australia and with results like these, it will only encourage more to take up J sailing! For more Australian J/24 sailing information, visit http://j24.com.au/.
February 9, 2015
Grenada Sailing Week lasts for seven days. With teams from the USA, United Kingdom, France, Austria, Barbados, Antigua, St Lucia, Trinidad and Grenada, the sailors had more than their fair share of fun. In addition to the CSA handicap keelboats, seven J/24 one-designs sailed their own course literally right off the beach. Robbie Yearwood’s DIE HARD/ISLAND WATER WORLD (the regatta sponsor) schooled his colleagues in J/24 racing, compiling six firsts, six seconds, three thirds and two fourths in a 17-race series. Next on the podium was Stephen Bushe’s AMBUSHE, and third was Fred Sweeney’s ATTITUDE. For more Grenada Sailing Week sailing information, visit http://grenadasailingweek.com/.
January 23, 2015
Despite generally light airs with winds reaching no more than 15 knots, three teams have won their skipper’s weight in rum for breaking records in the 79th Mount Gay Rum Round Barbados Race. Team College Funds skippered by Laser sailor Jason Tindale were noted for their impressive performance. They managed to break through to the lead the fleet at North Point by sailing closer to the shore, and finished third over the line. They also broke the J/24 record with a time of 9hrs, 06mins, 38secs. Tindale commenting on the team’s performance said: “We had a fantastic day and are delighted to have done so well. It didn’t look good at the start in just 4 knots of breeze. It took an hour to sail two-and-a-half nautical miles. Thankfully the breeze filled up to 14 knots, and the crew worked well to get everything together. A good tactical manoeuvre at North point by sailing further inshore gave us an advantage over a couple of boats who sailed out further. It is always a bit rough the Point. It was lumpy and very uncomfortable in the J/24, but we made it. We had a bit of a tough time steering down the top part of the east coast with the kite up for four hours, but once we were round East Point the situation improved and it was a fun ride home.” Full results are available at https://app.regattaguru.com/bcc/100086/results.
January 20, 2015
The concluding races of the Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Coastal Series took place Monday. Although the conditions were unusually light and fluky, the racing was intense in all classes with most fighting it out for overall honors right to the bitter end. The only exception was the J/24 class, which saw Robert Povey and his local hotshot team on Hawkeye walk away with the winning title with a race to spare. Interestingly, Team Hawkeye, who went into the final day’s racing with an impressive 1,1,1,2,2,2 scoreline, had a disastrous day. They were slow off the start at the pin-end in the first race, and found themselves stuck on the wrong side of the beat. They ended that race in eighth place, while Neil Burke and team on Republic Bank Impulse pulled through early leaders Robbie Yearwood and team on Die Hard to finish first. Die Hard was second. The start of the second J/24 race of the day, in extremely light airs, produced the first individual recalls of the series, one of which was Hawkeye. She retired while the rest of the fleet struggled round the course. The race to decide second overall became intense, but it was the team on College Funds who managed to sail well in the light airs to score their second win of the series. Chatting about his overall win and the change of tempo in Monday’s racing, Povey commented, “We are absolutely delighted, particularly at not having to sail the last race, which turned out to be long and windless. In the first race, we had a poor start and decided to head right where we thought the pressure would come in. Everyone who went left was on a headed course and was also in down pressure. We thought we had made a great decision, but those on the inside got a huge left shift. It was a gamble and we lost, and there were no real passing lanes from there on. We also softened the rig in that race but we couldn’t point so well, which didn’t help matters.” Full results are available at https://app.regattaguru.com/bcc/100086/results.