International J/24 Class Association

Will Welles’ Kaster Keeps Hold of J/24 World Championship

August 29, 2018

Lake Garda delivered more of the same champagne conditions on the middle day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. American Will Welles’ Kaster showed the same consistency, posting two second place finishes in Wednesday’s pair of races. Welles now boasts a seven-point advantage over Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan, who won the opening contest but added a seven in the next. Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany continued his ascent up the rankings with a 4,3 to move into third at 36 points, with Keith Whittemore’s Furio of the USA looking over his shoulder one notch back. Imai’s Siesta stayed hot, winning the opening match Wednesday in the familiar 10-16 knot lake winds. Welles and Whittemore followed. Whittemore’s Furio earned his first bullet of the series in race seven, with Welles repeating in second and Frost third. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) are competing in the 40th edition of the Championship. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.

Will Welles’ Kaster Holds Lead at J/24 World Championship

August 28, 2018

The leaderboard tightened up Tuesday at the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Lake Garda again produced fantastic conditions as the 89 teams recorded two more races, bringing the total to five, including now one discard. American Will Welles’ Kaster maintained the top spot with 18 net points, but Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 is just two points back in second place with 20, and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan launched up to third with 21 points. Both Welles and Bala’zs stumbled in the day’s final race, but benefited from the throw-out. 2016 World Champion Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany ruled the day, winning the first contest, and placing second in the next. Following Frost in Tuesday’s opener were two Americans: Keith Whittemore’s Furio and Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger. Imai’s Siesta also had a solid day, leading the fleet home in race five, ahead of Frost and fellow Japanese sailor Tomomi Hatakeyama’s Gekko. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) are competing in the 40th edition of the Championship. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.

Eighty Nine Boats Commence 40th J/24 World Championship

August 27, 2018

Lake Garda lived up to its “bucket list” reputation on the opening day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) descended on the picturesque lake for the 40th edition of the Championship. With sunny skies and breeze at 10-15 knots, American Will Welles’ Kaster got out of the gate with the early advantage, posting 2,5,2 for nine points in the three races. Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 started the day strong with 1,2, but a 13 in race three left him with 16 points for second place. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger of the USA rests in third place with 29 points. Bala’zs opened the regatta with a victory, ahead of Welles and Italian Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba. Keith Whittemore’s Furio, USA, took the next battle, as Bala’zs dropped to second and Duncan McCarthy’s Madeleine of Great Britain put another nation on the leaderboard. The final contest saw McCarthy, Welles and Whittemore comprise the top three. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.

Ninety-eight Crews Representing 16 Countries for the 2018 J/24 World Championship

The 2018 J/24 World Championship organized through August 31 by Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda in Italy is about to begin. Ninety-eight boats are registered representing 16 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Holland, Sweden and United States) for the Championship which will officially start on Sunday 26 August with the opening ceremony. In addition to the ceremony that will kick off the highlight of the 2018 season of the J/24 Class, Sunday also features a practice race and Skippers’ Briefing. From Monday the 27th until Friday the 31st, 10 races are scheduled. There are also numerous shoreside events for racers such as the gala dinner scheduled Tuesday and the awards at the end of each day with pizza and beer. The 2018 J/24 World Championship Race Officials are led by the Jury (chaired by German Willi Gohl), the Race Committee (chaired by American Hank Stuart), the Technical Committee (Chief Measurer Argentine Alexander Finsterbusch) and the Regatta Coordinator Giuseppe De Mattia. Technical sponsor of the J/24 World Championship is Alce Nero (, the brand of farmers, beekeepers and organic processors committed since the ’70s in producing good food, fruit of an agriculture that respects the earth and its fertility. More information is on the Facebook page J/24 World Championship 2018 and on

Hyde Wins Irish J/24 Nationals

August 24, 2018

Thanks to AFLOAT.IE in Ireland for the report: The Irish J/24 National Championship concluded at Foynes Yacht Club in a light to moderate westerly breeze. The Foynes YC PRO Derek Bothwell was able to start on schedule for the first time the entire weekend after hours spent waiting around for wind for the previous two days. Race six of the Championship got off to a clear start with the fleet splitting both left and right on the course in a flooding tide. GALA RACING, who went right on the first beat and left on the second, got their first win of the Championship followed by Howth YC’s Under 25 team SCANDAL in second and Tim Corcoran on CRAZYHORSE in third. As the tide strengthened and wind lightened, the race course was shortened before the start of the final race of the event. Flor O’Driscoll’s HARD ON PORT tacked off to the right immediately after the start, keeping further right than any other boat and emerged with a clear lead by the windward mark. A battle for second developed between JIBE, CRAZY HORSE and JUMPIN JIVE who exchanged places numerous times on both the upwind and downwind legs, with CRAZY HORSE finishing in second just ahead of JUMPIN JIVE. With the Championship complete, attention turned to the prize giving. There were multiple changes in positions in the fleet after the final two races. In Gold, Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Stefan Hyde on MAURICE JOHNSON & PARTNERS became the new Irish J/24 National Champion for 2018. The new Under 25 Irish National Champion is Harry Cronin and his SCANDAL team from Howth Yacht Club. A number of initiatives brought in for this year’s event were very successful. The trialing of On-the-Water Judging conducted by Gordon Davies was well received by the competitors. Also, the introduction of a Bronze Fleet made for competitive sailing for all competitors. The Association acknowledged the support of the sponsors of the event and ICRA for their support and finally the host club and its members for a great weekend of sailing!

GOLD Fleet
1st – Maurice Johnson & Partners – Stefan Hyde
2nd – Crazy horse – Tim Corcoran
3rd – Hard on Port – Flor O’Driscoll
1st – Gala Racing – Simon McGibney
2nd – FYC Under 25 Team – Michael Lynch
3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan
1st – Jevan – Ken Draper/Adam Sutor
2nd – Blue Jay – Brian McDowell
3rd – NUIG Galway – Aaron O’Reilly
1st – Scandal – Harry Cronin
2nd – FYC Under 25 – Michael Lynch
3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan

Peer Kock and Crew are 2018 J/24 European Champions

August 20, 2018

Experience and consistency were the key to success at the J/24 European Championship that was held in Glücksburg, Germany from 23 to 27 July. In light winds and shifty conditions, Peer Kock and his team from Hamburg had an impressive series which led the way to the overall victory. In the end, Kock had an 8-point lead on the second placed crew of JJ One from Berlin. Third place was also claimed by a German team: Stefan Karsunke and his crew of Schwere Jungs. Accurat with helmswoman Johanna Maske from Berlin won the U25 title. Laura Hatje and her team of Juelssand (Hamburg) won the Ladies Trophy.

Top 5 results
1.Peer Kock/Tina Lülfing/Stefan Kessenich/Hans Bock/Eico Ehrsam (GER), 40 points
2.Daniel Frost/Cynthia Sassenroth/Felix Leupold/Daniel Schwarze/Timo Chorrosch (GER), 48 points
3.Stefan Karsunke/Carsten Kerschies/Christian Carstens/Tim Habekost/Malte Gibbe (GER),
49 points
4.Magnus Simon/Ole Hilken/Ino Petersen/Thorsten Sperl/Till Krüger (GER), 52 points
5.Hauke Krüss/Tim Becker/Achim Middeldorf/Lina Nagel/Lars Häger (GER), 60 points

J/24 Canadian Championship at CORK International Regatta

The 2018 CORK International Regatta attracted 256 boats that competed in one-design competition on August 14-17 in Kingston, Ontario. This event also served as the J/24 Canadian Championship, won by Michael Howarth from Bronte Harbour Yacht Club. Winds were typically light and shifty for Kingston, with one wind reading coming from straight down…and that’s not from the top of the course! David Ogden put together a fantastic last day of bullets to move into second place, pushing Peter Dixon into third and Jean Levac out of the medals. Results:

SEAWOLF Leads Argentina J/24 Winter Series

The Central Republic J/24 fleet in Argentina completed the first of their Winter Series on their Cordovan lake-Lago Salinas Grandes-for a competitive 16-boat fleet. Winning the first regatta was one of the newest boats in the fleet: Pablo Senestrari’s SEAWOLF. After six races, their 3-1-1-3-3-15 tally was good for 11 points net. However, they only won the tiebreaker based on most firsts over Adrian Bongianni’s team sailing ON LINE, which had a 2-3-6-1-2-3 tally. The final spot on the podium was also determined by a tiebreaker on 26 points each. Winning that countback was Javier “Caraca” Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO over Carlos Trigo’s PURA VIDA. Finally, rounding out the top five was Julian Dadone’s SIROCCO with 30 points net. For more Argentinean J/24 Winter Series information, visit

Kieler Woche Belongs to Mike Ingham

June 21, 2018

Twenty-seven J/24s enjoyed 11 races at Kieler Woche in north Germany. American Mike Ingham dominated the fleet and was able take a DNS in the final race to end with 25 net points. With crew Max Holzer, Marianne Schoke, Quinn Schwenker and Justin Justin, the team nailed four bullets and kept their counting scores in the top six overall. Germans Stefan Karsunke (29 net points) and former World Champion Daniel Frost (34 net points) rounded out the top three. Check out all the results here: Kieler Woche, from 16 to 24 June, divides into two halves. The first half is all about the international classes and is mostly about keen amateur sailors competing against each other. The second half of the regatta focuses on Olympic fleets. Across the whole nine days, Kieler Woche hosts more than 4,000 sailors from 60 nations, competing in more than 1,900 boats.

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

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

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, 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

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.

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