September 24, 2016
Daniel Frost’s German team of Timo Chorrosch, Felix Leupold, Jeronimo Landauer and Daniel Schwarze on JJOne placed 26th in race 7, putting the pressure on themselves going into race 8, the final of the 2016 J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. With their previous 12-point advantage reduced to six, the team did not want to give up the lead they held since the very first race of the Championship. After multiple general recalls, the last meeting started under black flag with just minutes to spare before the time limit, in 8 knots of breeze. JJOne needed to cover the nearest competition, and they did, finishing 10th in the final contest to lock in the Championship. Two Japanese teams took Silver and Bronze: Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan with 47 points and Keiji Kondo’s Fox with 48 points. “Today was a tricky day. We went in with a 12-point lead, and the first race went really bad for us,” recapped Frost, who has been sailing with the JJOne team for five years. “The last race was very tricky as well. We found ourselves in front of our competitors, and we just sailed safe. We are incredibly happy. It’s a very special day!” The 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA started the day in fresh breeze but it fizzled near the end of race 7. Kato Fumiya’s Lull won both races, followed by Naoto Kitazumeon’s Maril and Stephan Mais’s Running Men in Friday’s first battle, and by Vladimir Borsthar’s Singapore and Will Welles Cougar in the last race of the event.
The top five:
1) Daniel Frost, JJOne, Germany, 34 points
2) Demichi Kousuke, Ichimokusan, Japan, 47 points
3) Keiji Kondo, Fox, Japan, 48 points
4) Vladimir Borstnar, Singapore, Singapore, 53 points
5) Urara Fujii, Kanaloa, Japan, 65 points
Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 23, 2016
Daniel Frost’s German team on JJOne placed seventh on Thursday’s only race, but holds a firm advantage heading into the final day of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan on Friday. Two Japanese teams hold second and third: Keiji Kondo’s Fox and Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan, both with 25 points. The 41 teams were postponed onshore for three hours, waiting for the wind to fill in. When it did at 6 knots, Tomomi Hatekeyama’s Gekko Diana won the lone race, trailed by Vladimir Borsthar’s Singapore and Kousuke’s Ichimokusan. Racing concludes Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 21, 2016
Five races are now in the books at the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan, and the German team on JJOne has strengthened their lead over the 41-boat fleet. Daniel Frost’s crew now tallies just 6 net points, able to drop an 11 in race three and keep a skinny tally of 1,2,1,2. Keiji Kondo’s Fox of Japan moved up to second place after a solid 1,2,4 on Wednesday for 15 net points. Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan, also of Japan, rests in third with 22. Following Tuesday’s tropical storm, winds calmed to 5-8 knots over Wednesday’s three contests. Following Fox in the opening race were Ichimokusan and American Will Welles on Cougar. JJOne earned their second bullet of the regatta in the day’s middle battle, trailed by Fox and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie of the USA. Einosuke Morita’s Wailea won Wednesday’s final duel, with JJOne and Kato Fumiya’s Lull rounding out the top trio. Racing continues through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 20, 2016
A slow-moving tropical storm dampened day two of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA were kept ashore as heavy rains and winds were blanketing the area on Tuesday. Racing is scheduled to resume on Wednesday and continue through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 19, 2016
It was the calm before the storm on day one of the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. With a tropical storm heading toward the area, 41 teams representing Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA kicked off the Championship in winds of 4-6 knots over two races. Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany mastered the conditions with a 1,2 to grab the early advantage in the five-day event. Demichi Kousuke’s Ichimokusan of Japan holds a slim lead on second place, just one ahead of Peru’s Javier Arribas on Hawky. The day’s race winners were Frost in race one and Naoto Kitazume’s Maril in race two. Racing continues through Friday. Complete event information is available at https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
September 15, 2016
Steve Tupper, an IJ from Vancouver who was a tremendous help to the J/24 Class, passed away in August. There will be an internment at sea service at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on October 15 at 1:30 PT. Steve was on the jury for the World Championship held in Puerto Vallarta. We were trying to introduce the scoring penalty to the Class and encountered difficulties with the sailors and other Jury members. Steve helped us get the procedures worked out and how to put them into effect. Lorne Chapman spent a number of breakfasts with Steve as they refined the details that carried over into the next North American Championship. Steve Chaired the ISAF Rules Committee for a number of years and influenced many improvements.
September 12, 2016
Forty-four J/24 teams are gathering for racing at the J/24 World Championship in Wakayama Japan. The competition begins Monday, September 19 and continues through Friday, September 23 for the entrants representing Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Peru, Singapore and the USA. Keep up with all the action from Wakayama Sailing Club at the regatta website https://www.j24.gr.jp/2016_worlds/.
It couldn’t have been any tighter at the top of the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. After all nine races, Will Welles’ Cougar and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team were tied at 28 points, with Welles winning the tie-breaker and the Championship. Local Rossi Milev on Clear Air placed third with 49 points. Race 8 started in shifty northwesterly winds building through 15 knots, with Welles taking the bullet to move into first overall. Race Committee PRO Pat Lymburner, with one more race available, posted course number 5 with the fleet finishing in front of Port Credit Yacht Club. Race 9 saw Todd Fedysyzn first, Odenbach in third and Welles in sixth—just enough to secure the overall victory. The Masters Trophy went to Chris Stone’s Velocidad. Top female was Natalie Harden’s Giggles. Top Junior was Michael Howarth’s Mr. H.
Top Five Overall:
• 1st Place: Will Welles, Cougar (28 points)
• 2nd Place: Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (28 points)
• 3rd Place: Rossi Milev, Clear Air (49 points)
• 4th Place: Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted (53 points)
• 5th Place: Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss (60 points)
The IJCA and Port Credit Yacht Club look forward to seeing everyone for the 2017 J/24 World Championship. Forty-six boats competed in this three-day event, and complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.
September 11, 2016
Saturday saw building winds and waves over the four races which provided exciting surfing finishes and changes to the leaderboard at the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Travis Odenbach on Honey Badger/Sea Bags Sailing Team (20 points) moved into first place by just one point over Will Welles on Cougar (21 Points). There is a tie for third place between Evan Petley-Jones on Lifted and Rossi Milev on Clear Air with 34 points. Racing concludes Sunday with three race planned. Complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/.
September 10, 2016
Will Welles’ Cougar bookended two bullets on the opening day of the J/24 driveHG.ca North American Championship at Port Credit Yacht Club in Mississauga, Ontario Canada. Despite an 8 in Friday’s middle contest, Welles’ first-place tallies in races one and three give him 10 points and the early advantage in the 46-boat fleet. Even Petley-Jones’ Lifted stands three points back in second (8,2,3), and Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger/Sea Bags Sailing Team is in third with 16 points (9,5,2). Teams tolerated a brief on-water postponement in the morning, until the breeze filled at 6-8 knots. Following Welles in the first battle were local Rossi Milev’s Clear Air and James Freedman’s Miss Conduct. Todd Fedyszn’s Spoony Tactics earned line honors in the next race, trailed by Petley-Jones and Milev. Welles secured the day’s overall lead by winning the last meeting, as Odenbach recorded his best finish thus far with Petley-Jones rounding out the top three. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at http://2016j24nac.org/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.
September 5, 2016
Forty-five J/24 teams are gathering for racing at the J/24 North American Championship in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. The competition begins Friday, September 9 and continues through Sunday, September 11 for the entrants representing Argentina, Canada and the USA. Keep up with all the action from Port Credit Yacht Club at the regatta website http://2016j24nac.org/.
August 19, 2016
After battling with strong winds and a reasonable sea state for the first three days of the J/24 European Championships in Plymouth, at the start of the final day’s racing, the 37-boat fleet was greeted with a different challenge—light winds. The course for both races was in a tricky southerly varying in strength and direction. The smart tactic was to head out to starboard to catch the slightly stronger breeze and a lift off the Rame Headland. In the first race of the day, Nick McDonald’s Cacoon had to defend hard at the finish to fend off William Pollock in Flying Colours, who was able to keep clear on the run and overtake some six boats. But he was not able to beat McDonald to the line, only losing by a second, and closely followed by Andy Taylor in Phoenix. In the second and final race of the championships, the UK chairman of the Class, David Cooper in Jawbeaker finally showed his true potential by winning. He was followed over the line by Mike Mackie from Dartmouth in Jiggy with Japanese Gekko helmed by Tokuma Takesue in third place. At the close of the Europeans, the winning boat was Phoenix skippered by Andy Taylor. Second place went to Daniel Frost’s JJOne from Germany, and in third place was the young Irish team of Cillian Dickson from Howth Yacht Club in Kilcullen. Winning skipper Andy Taylor commented, “We’ve had a fantastic week’s sailing, across all wind conditions. We were fortunate to go into the final day without a bad discard which gave us options. The GER JJone have been phenomenal all week. We knew they had the speed to escape from a poor start or tricky first beat, and in final race put us in a boat-on-boat which was exciting. Even as we crossed the line, we didn’t know if we had done enough. We’ve had a great team and got on, both on and off the water, brilliantly. Huge thanks to team Phoenix (Rob, Paul, Zoe and Izzy) for putting up with me as well as PRO David Lovegrove and his team for a brilliant regatta, hosted by the always excellent Royal Western Yacht Club and Plymouth J/24 fleet.” A team worthy of note, Jool helmed by Dirk Olyslagers, came over from Holland having only been together six weeks. After mastering the conditions on day one, they proved themselves by achieving five top ten results in the last six races. The team from Sweden, sailing a chartered boat Another Cacoon, was heard to say, “This is a fantastic location. As soon as you let us know when the next event is, we’ll be back.” The main sponsor, Nick McDonald of Cacoon, said: “I’m delighted to have been a able to sponsor the Championships in my home port, and hearing comments like Dirk’s above from visitors makes it all worthwhile. All the competitors wanted to extend their special thanks to the organizing team from the Plymouth fleet headed by Stig McDonald with Neil Dunkley, Helen Peat, David Cooper and Nick Triscott. Stig said, “Everyone has worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to bring the event to Plymouth where we have a very active J/24 Class. The event couldn’t have gone better, the weather has been perfect, the racing has been competitive and the après sail has been welcoming.” For complete information, visit www.j24europeans2016.co.uk.
August 18, 2016
Another fantastic day of racing was enjoyed by the J/24 fleet on day 2 of the European Championship hosted by Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth. As the wind had dropped slightly, the majority of the fleet opted for genoas from race one, deciding to remain powered up in the lulls and endure the gusts. Lessons were clearly learned from day one, compacting the already tight fleet and making tactical decisions and crew work vital for success. The day’s winners were the German team, Sullberg, whose results of 1,2,2,5 brought them to the front of the fleet and recovered from the disappointment of an OCS yesterday. The Sullberg team commented, “We are very happy to be here and have such great conditions. The racing couldn’t have been better. It is a very tight fleet, and we are really happy with our results so far. We hope we can keep it up, but it is still a long way to go.” Team Jool from Holland said, “Four weeks ago, we decided to join the Europeans fleet, assembled a team and started training and dieting! Now we are here in Plymouth and enjoying the beautiful views, perfect sailing conditions and good organization. We are unbelievably proud to get a third place result today.” With 7 races in the bag, a top three of Sullberg, JJone and Phoenix, and with lighter winds forecast for tomorrow the eventual winners of the European championships will certainly have proved to be the quickest boat across the wind range. For complete results, visit www.j24europeans2016.co.uk.
August 17, 2016
The opening day of the J/24 European Championship started in what only can be described as champagne sailing conditions in this year’s host city, Plymouth. The 37 boats were greeted by sunshine and the prospect of force 5 conditions for the day and were not disappointed during the three races held south on Plymouth breakwater. Unusually, for the highly competitive fleet, all three races got underway safely with no sign of a black flag being raised. Race Officer David Lovegrove said, “I was very pleased with the behavior of the fleet. Those who chose to head back to the breakwater gained best from the tide and the wind shifts.” The top three are Phoenix GBR 4242 Andy Taylor, Cocoon GBR 4269 Nick McDonald and Vitesse GBR 5467 Manfred Konig. Phoenix said of the first day of racing, “It’s has been a fantastic day, great breeze and excellent courses set by Race Officer David Lovegrove and his team. The competition is exceedingly close with every place hard fought. We can’t wait for more of the same. Up and down the fleet, the racing was close and every good tack and mark rounding made a difference.” The results at the end of the day show that the fleet is closely matched…its competitive racing at its best! For complete results, visit www.j24europeans2016.co.uk.
August 15, 2016
Chester Race Week was hosted by Chester Yacht Club in Chester, Nova Scotia, Canada from August 10-13 with seven J/24s in attendance. Eight races were completed, dominated by David Wedlake’s Barely Legal who won six races and added in a 2,3 for just 8 net points. Following in second and third respectively were Chris Veinot’s HypeWave (15 points) and Ross Romney’s Rush Hour (21 points). For complete event details, visit www.chesterraceweek.com.