International J/24 Class Association

LA SUPERBA Dominates Italian J/24 Championship

June 16, 2018

The 38th Italian Open J/24 Championship finished after eight races in the waters of Garda Trentino. For Ignacio Bonanno, skipper of Italian Navy ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, this was their fifth Italian title in the J/24 Class (the previous ones were 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2017, in addition to the J/24 Europeans title. It was a gratifying win for Bonanno and his crew of Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. “We would like to thank the Italian Navy and, in particular the Sport and Sailing Office, for allowing us to be present at this Championship,” commented Bonanno. “We are very happy, especially, for having won for the first time the Italian J/24 Championship on a lake!” Second in the Open classification, as last year, was the American from Seattle, Washington—Keith Whittemore’s FURIO with crew of Kevin Downey, Brian Thomas, Mark Rogers and Shelley Milne. Third overall, and second Italian on the podium, was the crew of ARIA from Sardinia. The crew consisted of skipper Marco Frulio, Mattia Meloni, Fabrizio Masu, Grazia Maria Savona and GianVito Di Stefano. “We are very happy with this result, and we want to thank our Club,” commented Marco Frulio. “We are obviously used to other conditions and also, those found in these days on the Garda were not what we would have expected. We had to settle a bit and study the lake, the wind and the weather. In the end, we learned to interpret the new conditions, the wind shifts and to choose (unlike many crews, even local ones) the center of the lake, a choice that eventually proved to be a winner. We are really happy.” Bronze medal in the National ranking and fifth overall was NOTIFYME-PILGRIM owned by Lario Mauro Benfatto and helmed by Fabio Mazzoni (with crew of Lorenzo Airoldi, Alberto Benedetti and Pietro Kostner). “It was a great Championship, and I really enjoyed it,” commented Mauro Benfatto. “We had the opportunity to race with really good people, very good. Overall a very positive and fun Championship that made us stay on pace until the last race.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


2018 Cronulla J/24 Winter Championship in Australia

Thanks to Mick Reynolds for this report: So what a difference 24 hours can make…the regatta was again hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club, racing in the waters of Bate Bay on Saturday and the Port Hacking Estuary on Sunday. Fourteen J/24s made the commitment with five hulls from the harbour, one from Botany Bay, and a crew from Melbourne showing the depth and strength of J/24 racing. Saturday began in a light 4-8 knot breeze. PRO Dave Mclachlan and his team on the start boat got proceedings underway on time. ACE, David West and his crew, using this regatta in their lead-up to representing Australia at the J/24 World Championship in Italy later this year, won the start and the first race ahead of NSW J/24 President John Crawford on INNAMINCKA in second and Bryce Edwards driving WOOD DUCK in third. Second race saw the forever young David McKay in STAMPED URGENT rise to the top, with INNAMINCKA in second and again new comer to the Class WOOD DUCK third. The PRO kept things moving in a dying breeze and race three got underway. Stephen Wright and his crew in TINTO, preparing for the J/24 Worlds, where successful in first. Dave West and ACE was second (another crew on the way to Italy), with Mr Mckay again making an appearance in third. The fourth, and what ended up being the final, race for the day saw TINTO again take first, with WOOD DUCK in second and Janette Syme in WILDFIRE arriving in third. Sails were then dropped, and each J/24 mounted their 3.5 hp engines of fury for the motor back to Cronulla Sailing Club for an evening BBQ with the sun disappearing on the horizon.

Day 2 and someone ordered wind, right? With the southerly change hitting early Sunday morning, wind was certainly no question for day two. A steady 20 knots, with 30 knot busters, made for some interesting times and some equipment failure. Race five saw the girls from Sandringham Yacht Club, with Kirsty Harris driving HYPERACTIVE, win pole position, followed by Mr. Consistency TINTO and WOOD DUCK in third. Race six and WOOD DUCK popped to the top, followed by again TINTO, with INNAMINCKA in third. Race seven saw WOOD DUCK again hit first, TINTO in second and STAMPED URGENT in third (Cronulla Boats 1, 2, 3). This is where the PRO decided enough was enough, and racing was concluded. However the crowd on Bass and Flinders Point had enjoyed watching the colourful sails and inspecting the clean hull of VERTIGO, Clinton Hood.
Congratulations to Stephen Wright and TINTO—first on scratch and handicap. Second on scratch was Class newcomer Bryce Edwards in his dad’s J/24 (could be an interesting discussion leading into the States in November). Bryce also achieved third on handicap. Second on handicap was J/24 Southern Sydney Fleet President John Zagame driving JARGON, with third overall going to the forever young David McKay on STAMPED URGENT.
The Organising Committee would like to thank firstly all of the events sponsors: Infinity Rigging, Wet Tech Rigging, AUSSEA Sailing School, Cronulla Marina, SPOT-A-YACHT Photography, Sail Connect, Ocean Sports and Newton Real Estate. Lastly, events like this are only as successful as the unpaid volunteers—thank you to all who contributed on BBQs, driving support boats, dock duties and just generally being there. This list of volunteers is too long to mention them all by name, however special mention goes to Jared Macquart, supporting this event since its inception through his professional advice on boat set-up and maintenance assistance (including supply of tools to effect emergency repairs to INNAMINCKA on Friday afternoon).


CHAOTIC Crowned British J/24 Champion

June 4, 2018

A strong fleet of 21 J/24 teams showed up at the Poole Regatta to sail for their 2018 UK National Championship. The crew at Poole YC ran nine races over the three days in sun and good breeze. The regatta went down to the wire for the duel that started right out of the gate on the first day. The two protagonists were Nick Phillips CHAOTIC and Duncan McCarthy’s MADELEINE, both hailing from the same Parkstone YC. McCarthy’s MADELEINE won the first race, with CHAOTIC taking second. Then, CHAOTIC won the next two races in succession, with MADELEINE getting two seconds. In the fourth race, McCarthy got black-flagged, then snapped back in ensuing races 5 to 8 with a 4-1-4-4 tally to be leading with 18 points with a toss race (his BFD). Meanwhile, Phillips’ crew on CHAOTIC posted a 4-9-7-2-5 for those same five races to drop to second place with 22 points (including tossing the 9th). As a result, the final race was going to determine everything between these two teams. Phillips’ CHAOTIC crew rose to the occasion to score an 11th (their toss race) versus McCarthy’s MADELEINE getting DSQ’d (their earlier BFD/20 points being their toss). CHAOTIC won with 31 points net to MADELEINE’s 32 points net. Jim Torr’s MAJIC team from Saltash Sailing Club leapt onto the podium with 43 points net. Giles Kuzyk’s crew on TEAM IMPACT U25, an under 25 years old youth team ended with 46 points net for fourth place. Rounding out the top five was Shane Hewlett’s MOJOSI with 52 points net. For more UK J/24 Nationals information, visit https://pooleregatta.co.uk/.


Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics Wins J/24 North American Championship By a Nose

May 6, 2018

Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics came on strong down the stretch of the J/24 North American Championship to edge out reigning Champion Will Welles’ Bogus and win on a tie-breaker. With crew Marianne Schoke, Max Holzer, Justin Coplan and Quinn Schwenker, Ingham entered Sunday’s racing seven points behind Welles. A Nautalytics bullet in the day’s first race, followed by a third, put the pressure on Welles, who recorded a 17 with a scoring penalty (his discard) and then a 5 to tie the two teams on points at 24. Ingham broke Welles three-year North American Championship winning streak from 2015-2017, and it was actually Ingham who held the title prior to that in 2014. John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen completed the top three overall with 30 points in the 35-boat fleet competing at Charleston Yacht Club. “We were third and Will was fourth at the last rounding of the last race,” recalled Ingham, knowing he needed to put one more boat in between them to secure the Championship. “We match raced the final leg. John Mollicone passed Will, and we maintained!” Ingham noted how tough a venue like Charleston can be due to the current and big shifts. “It’s a heads-up venue. You’ll have bad moments, but the teams who survive those moments will excel. We definitely picked a bad side a bunch of times, but we recognized it and got out. The key is reacting quicker than the next guy.” Two more races took place Sunday, bringing the total to eight. The breeze was light and tricky in the first contest, won by Ingham. Winds picked up to the top end of the genoa in the final battle, won by Nicolas Cubria’s Elvis.
The top five:

Nautalytics, Mike Ingham – 1 -4 -[11] -7 -7 -1 -1 -3 ; 24
Bogus, Will Welles – 3 -5 -1 -1 -6 -3 -[17] -5 ; 24
Helly Hansen, John Mollicone – 2 -6 -4 -6 -[10] -2 -6 -4 ; 30
YouRegatta, Carter White – 4 -1 -3 -8 -4 -14 -[16] -7 ; 41
Elvis, Nicolas Cubria – 17 -7 -10 -4 -8 -[25] -17 -1 ; 64
Complete results may be found at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4496, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Van Uden Reco Regatta

April 27, 2018

The traditional season opener for the Dutch offshore community is the Van Uden Reco Stellendam Regatta, sailed off Stellendam, The Netherlands. The J/24 was a rule-beater under ORC handicap measurement. Dirk Olyslagers’ J/24 JOOL walked away with class honors in the ORC 3 Division, counting just firsts in five races. For more Van Uden Reco Regatta information, visit http://vanudenreco.nl/mr/.


Matias Pereyra’s Carrera Takes J/24 South American Championship

April 6, 2018

18 boats registered for the J/24 South American Championship in Villa Carlos Paz, Cordoba—17 from Argentina and one from Chile. Among the Argentinians, there were four coming from Buenos Aires and one from Mendoza. The Championship started off as expected with Indigo (Ezequiel Despontin) and Carrera (Matias Pereyra) battling for the lead, and Morrucho (Sebastian Halpern, ARG J/24 Class Chairman) following close. Indigo, as local, tried everything in their power to use the home court advantage, but six straight wins from Carrera made it impossible to withstand. Carrera, the last Pan Am Champion and South American Champion, made their dominance pretty clear although they were sailing in a lake they have not visited often. In the end, due to the discard where Carrera could lose 19 points and Indigo could only discard a fifth place, it was clear who would win the trophy this time (still there were only three points difference between them with the third crew coming in 14 point behind the second). Congratulation to all crews that made this Championship a hit.


Argentina J/24 Fall Report

March 17, 2018

It is the fall in South America, and in Argentina, that means there are three highly competitive events taking place over a short period of time. There is the Campeonato del Oeste that takes place in Potrerillos, Mendoza in the far southwestern part of Argentina. Then, the second event is the PIMMS CUP hosted by Club Nautico Olivos in Buenos Aires on the Rio de La Plata. The third event is the J/24 South American Championship taking place on Lago San Roque at the base of the Andes Mountain range. For the first event, of what is known as “the Triple Crown” in Argentina, 17 teams participated from across the country including the Salta, Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza fleets and some boats from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Among the giants of Argentinian sailing that was racing was Matías Pereira and his crew on CARRERA from Buenos Aires. Last year, he won his fifth consecutive Argentine J/24 title, a record unbroken in the history of the J/24 Class for Argentina. Perrera’s crew included Guillermo Bellinotto, Juan Ignacio Pereyra and Andrés Guerra, also winners of the Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hosting the event was the Mendocina Windsurf Association (AMW). Winning was Matias Pereira’s CARRERA with a record of 2-4-1-4-4–7-4-2 for 22 points net in nine races. Just three points back was Ezequil Despontin’s INDIGO with a 1-7-7-1-1-4-13-3-1 for 25 points net. Then, securing the final spot on the podium was Pablo Despontin’s CAMBURY with a 4-5-2-2-3-6-1-7-10 for 30 points net. For the PIMMS CUP, there were just eight entries due to the fact that many teams trailered their best boats to Potrerillos, then north to Villa Carlos Paz for the J/24 South American Championship. Nevertheless, many top teams borrowed/chartered boats from their own fleet so that they could sail locally in Buenos Aires. Winning the PIMMS CUP was the HAIK/THOMPSON REUTERS team skippered by Rodrigo Benedeto with a 3-1-1-2-1 tally for 5 points net. Second was Hernan & Nico Cubria’s MENDIETA with a 1-2-3-3-DNC for 9 points. Then, taking the bronze was Guille Aporszegui’s SHARK with a 2-3-6-5-3 scoreline for 13 points net. The South American J/24 Championship starts March 28. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


CONVICTS Crowned Vic State J/24 Champs

Previous National Champion Steve Girdis and his mixed crew of Victorians and New South Welshmen sailing CONVICTS REVENGE are the new 2018 MONJON J/24 Victorian State Champions. Second was Dave West sailing KAOTIC (NSW) and third was Brendan Lee in BY THE LEE (Vic). Current National Champion Hugo Ottaway is the winner of the PHS competition from Kaotic and Convicts Revenge. With hot sunny and light conditions on Saturday and heavier southerlies on Sunday, the regatta had a bit of everything. Many old faces moved back in the fleet, with new blood coming to the fore. The NSW entries did well in a very competitive fleet of 19 boats. Racing was very close with many races having the bulk of the fleet finishing with a few minutes of each other. For more Victorian State J/24 Champs information, visit https://www.j24.com.au/.


Will Welles’ Bogus Runs Away With J/24 Midwinter Championship

March 5, 2018

All eight scheduled races were completed in gorgeous Miami, FL conditions at the J/24 Midwinter Championship, but Will Welles’ Bogus only needed seven of them to tie up the victory. Rhode Island-based helmsman Welles led his team of Rich Bowen, Jock Hayes, PJ Schaffer and Nick Turney to a scoreline of 2,1,1,5,1,2,3 for 15 points, allowing them to forego the eighth and final race. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet secured second place with 33 points, six ahead of both Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss and Ron Medlin’s Bash. Thirty-five teams competed from March 2-4. The Bogus team is a blended group of all J/24 World Champions—Welles, Bowen and Turney from Cougar in 2014 and Hayes and Schaffer from Salsa in 2004. This Championship was the first time they had all sailed together, and it was on a chartered boat. Welles names Miami as one of his favorite places to sail but said this year was, “Super shifty and hard to see the puffs and lulls. There was a lot of gear shifting and trying to get on the lifted tack.” The J/24 Midwinter Championship debuted 40 years ago in 1978 in Key West, Florida. “There are a lot of famous names today who cut their teeth in this Class,” said Welles. “The difference today is that people know all the tricks when it comes to sail trim and rigging. It usually comes down to good starts and teamwork.”

The top five:

  1. Bogus, Will Welles , USA – 2 -1 -1 -5 -1 -2 -3 -[36] ; 15
  2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker , USA – 6 -2 -[36] -1 -2 -11 -9 -2 ; 33
  3. Mental Floss, Aidan Glackin , USA – 7 -10 -9 -3 -6 -1 -[19] -3 ; 39
  4. BASH, Ron Medlin , USA – [9] -6 -8 -2 -6 -4 -4 -9 ; 39
  5. Long Shot, John Poulson , USA – 8 -5 -2 -4 -[14] -9 -13 -10 ; 51
    Mark Laura’s Baba Louie won both of Sunday’s contests in about 10 knots of breeze. Photos are posted on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=4527.


GURU-SIRTECOM Tops Chilean Navy J/24 Regatta

February 21, 2018

The 20th edition of the Chilean Navy Regatta Frutillar was held on the waters of Lake Llanquihue and organized jointly by the Chilean Navy and the Cofradía Náutica de Frutillar Yacht Club. “Lago Llanquihue” is the largest lake in Chile, just north of Puerto Montt along the Pacific coastline. A strong fleet of a dozen J/24s participated in the multi-Class event that took place over three days. The J/24s experienced eight races with very shifty winds, with the velocity ranging at least 8-15 knots over the course of each day. The J/24 fleet included eight boats from Talcahuano; Raul del Castillo from Algarrobo; and Tomas Detri from Villa La Angostura, Argentina. The ultimate winner was GURU-SIRTECOM, with Nicolas Cubria from Argentina on helm. They won the title after sailing in a more protected area of the bay that produced 10-30 degree windshifts. In the end, the podium was rounded out by Raúl del Castillo’s LA BANCA in second place and the duo of Andrés Menta/Carlos Lucero on VIKING in third position.


Italy J/24 Winter Series Championship Report

The 43rd Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno is off to a great start for the Roman J/24 fleet in Italy. After two full weekends of sailing, the weather has cooperated, producing eleven races for the Winter Series and seven races for the Trofeo Lozzi Memorial Trophy series.

Winter Series: In the winter series, it is Paolo Cecamore’s crew on PELLE NERA that is benefitting from having the Hungarian Farkas Litkey at the helm. The team has posted nine top three finishes, including five bullets for a total of 15 points net. Climbing the standings quickly in the series has been Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA, now renamed NUVOLA and instead of sailing for the Italian Navy College, he is racing for the Centro Sportivo Agonistic. While having bad luck in the first three races (a DNC-20-DNC), they can now throw out two bad scores. The NUVOLA team now has eight scores in the top three, with four bullets and are sitting on 34 points net. Sitting in third for the series is Gianni Riccobono’s PELLE ROSSA from the host Nettuno YC. They, too, had a rough start in the first weekend. However, since then, they have managed to scores like a 1-2-3-3 in the last seven races to swiftly race up the standings. They now sit just two points back from NUVOLA, with just 36 points net.
Trofeo Lozzi: This event is in commemoration of a long-time J/24 aficionado in Italy, Sr Lozzi, who passed away at far too early an age. Currently, the team leading this series is also a past winning skipper: Ignazio Bonanno. He is now skippering NUVOLA and, after not sailing the first two races, they have posted five straight bullets to be winning by 1.5 points after a throw-out. Sitting in second place is Luca Silvestri’s ENJOY 2 for 24 points net; third is Marco D’Alosio’s DON J with 25 points net; fourth is Paolo Cecamore’s PELLE NERA with 33 points net; and rounding out the top five is Fabrizio Sabatini’s DAIQUIRI with 43 points net. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


2018 J/24 Class Rules Posted

February 9, 2018

The 2018 J/24 Class Rules have been approved by World Sailing and become effective March 1, 2018. You can view the Rules at http://www.j24class.org/rules-regulations/class-rules/.


Exciting Chiloe Santander Regatta in Chile

February 3, 2018

The archipelago of Chiloé in the southern region of Chile known famously as Patagonia has been the site of the event called the “Regata de Chiloe” (Chiloe Regatta) that takes place every two years. The boats and crews all convene in Puerto Montt, then head south toward the archipelago. For a week, more than 800 sailors gather together for lots of sailing and socializing. There are more than 200 miles of racing in eight legs. This year, the regatta started in Castro, the main island in the Chiloe archipelago. Then, for seven days the sailing teams and their ‘mother ships’ meandered through the channels, straits and fiords that give form to the Chiloé Archipelago. The point-to-point coastal racing saw the boats visit anchorages and harbors in Dalcahue, Mechuque, Hornopirén and Calbuco and finished in Puerto Montt, where two windward-leeward buoy races where scheduled. Chiloé gave the fleet all the expected challenges. Crews had to deal with 90 degree wind shifts, calms, 30 knots gusts crossing the gulf, tide currents and shallow sea obstacles. The J/24 fleet had a great turn-out with a total of eight teams from across the Andes Mountains and coastlines. Dominating the proceedings was the Chilean Naval Academy’s QUIQUE with a record of four firsts and a fourth for a 4 points net tally. A distant second was yet another Chilean Naval Academy team on TRIUNFANTE with a 2-2-1-5-DNF for 10 points net. Third was another school team, the Grumetes College sailing MARISCAL to a 3-5-2-4-4 record for 13 points net. For more Santander Bank Regatta Chiloe information, visit http://www.regatachiloe.cl/.


Diamanti Crowned Francesco Ciccolo Trophy Winner

January 26, 2018

The 2017 Italian J/24 Championship sailing season ended in December and saw two familiar faces from the Italian J/24 Class at the top of the standings for each category. Winning the Francesco Ciccolo Trophy, emblematic of the best owner-helmsman (ranking based on the best four scores achieved in seven regattas all season), was once again ITA 212 JAMAICA sailed by Pietro Diamanti. Rounding out the top five in the category were ITA 489 VALHALLA HOTEL VERONA sailed by Fabio de Rossi in second, ITA 427 MAGICA FATA sailed by Massimo Frigerio in third, ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING skippered by Eugenia De Giacomo in fourth, and ITA 106 JOC helmed by Fabio Apollonio. In the “open division” for “skippers not boat owners,” the winner was Ignacio Bonanno’s crew from the Italian Navy sailing LA SUPERBA. They were followed by ITA 432 KASTER in second, ITA 499 KONG GRIFFIN in third, ITA 501 AVOLTORE (skippered by Francesco Cruciani) in fourth, and ITA 202 TALLY I skippered by Luca Macchiarini in fifth place. The awards ceremony will take place, as has been customary each year, during the closing ceremony of the 38th Open J/24 National Championship that is organized by the Fraglia Della Vela Riva del Garda (www.fragliavelariva.it). That event runs from 30 May to 3 June 2018 on Lago di Garda. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Record Breakers Include a J/24

January 23, 2018

Squally winds reaching 30 knots from the northeast made for magical sleigh-ride, record-breaking conditions in the 82nd Mount Gay Round Barbados Race. While the lively conditions in big seas proved too much for many of the 34 entries in the 60nm sprint around the Island of Barbados, for others it couldn’t have been more thrilling. In total, seven records were broken – the largest ever number of records broken in the history of the event. Among the young sailors taking on the challenging course was Jason Tindale (27) in College Funds. He and his team from Barbados Yacht Club once again demonstrated their skill by sailing a tactically sound race. Having established the J/24 record in 2015 and bettered their time in 2016, they’ve done it again with a time of 8h 18m 9s. Commenting on his epic sail, Tindale said, “It was, without doubt, the worst conditions I have ever seen at North Point. We had squalls of 30+ knots with gusts, but by then we had no option other than to carry on. I think the most wonderful part was sailing on one tack down the east coast. Basically, you can’t get much better than that. It was, to coin a much-used phrase ‘Champagne sailing.’ I think we also had a bit of luck because, on the approach to the finish line, the eyelets pulled out of the spinnaker pole. Had that happened further up the coast, we would have lost the record for sure because we would have been under jib only.” For further event information, visit http://www.barbadossailingweek.com.

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