International J/24 Class Association

LA SUPERBA Leads Italian J/24 Winter Series / AMERICAN PASSAGE Leading the Lozzi Trophy

February 3, 2019

With two beautiful days of sailing with moderate breezes, the Roman J/24 fleet enjoyed great racing on the Gulf of Anzio, southwest of Rome. The fleet was sailing for the Lozzi Trophy on Saturday and the Anzio & Nettuno Winter Series on Sunday. Saturday’s sailing was marked by partly cloudy skies, plenty of sun, and very shifty offshore winds for the 10-boat fleet. Three races were completed by the end of the day. Victories went to ITA 458 ENJOY 2 sailed by Luca Silvestri, ITA 487 AMERICAN PASSAGE skippered by Paolo Rinaldi and to ITA 36 FLETCHER LYN sailed by Stefano Renoglio. As a result of Saturday’s racing, leading after six races in the overall Lozzi Trophy standings was AMERICAN PASSAGE with a 4-3-1-2-1-2 scoreline for 9 points. The balance of the top three overall included ENJOY 2 in second with scores of 3-2-2-1-2-4 for 10 points and, in third place, is FLETCHER LYNN with a tally of 2-5-3-5-5-1 for 16 points. The second day of sailing produced three more races for the 21 J/24s on the Gulf of Anzio. The day started off spectacularly, but black clouds loomed on the horizon as the fleet, again, sailed in easterly winds of 10-13 knots. Winners on Sunday were determined by who completed the podium behind the domination of ITA 416 LA SUPERBA who posted three straight bullets. Skipper Ignazio Bonanno from the Italian Navy and his crew of Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte and Francesco Linares lengthened their already insurmountable lead in the overall Winter Series (now counting nine bullets). In the first race behind LA SUPERBA was ITA 428 PELLE ROSSA sailed by Gianni Riccobono and ITA 447 PELLE NERA helmed by Paolo Cecamore. In the following race, it was AMERICAN PASSAGE and ENJOY 2 in second and third. After ten races in the overall Winter Series, LA SUPERBA continues to lead by a substantial margin. However, the balance of the podium is currently tied between two boats at 43 points each: ITA 385 J ARMED JUDGE (Riccardo Aleandri, Antimo Bruno, Fulvio Marchionni, Fabio Di Bartolomeo, Vito Esposito and Fabiana Onori) and Luca Silvestri’s ENJOY 2. Sunday ended with the traditional pasta and wine party on the terrace of the Circolo Della Vela. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


By The Lee with Skipper Brendan Lee is 2019 Australian J/24 Champion

January 14, 2019

Thanks to Brendan Lee for his story: After some confusion as to whether the 2019 J/24 National Championship would be held in Adelaide or not, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia got behind the J/24 Class and hosted the championship from the 3rd to the 6th of January 2019. Whilst down on entrants from previous years, the competition was just as fierce. A special thank you to the 10 crews who travelled from NSW and Victoria. Twelve races were scheduled over four days of racing with the first discard coming in after race 8 and the second after race 10.

Day 1 and with a forecast top of 41 degrees, race management decided to put up the AP and keep the fleet in the shade until the sea breeze kicked in. Race 1 eventually got underway in about 6 knots of wind with the official sea breeze announcing itself part way up the third leg with a massive starboard lift. Those who decided to go to the left gate and out to sea prospered. Those that did not paid a hefty price, except for Team El Fideldo who charged out to sea and picked up the generous lift to record a bullet in Race 1.
If anyone was watching from the shore, they would have been curious as to why there was often someone hanging over the back of the boats. This was to rid seagrass from the rudder. Unfortunately, arms were not long enough so it was just a case of putting up with it and assuming that everyone was “in the same boat” so to speak. As for the keel, well there was little that could be done other than sailing backwards, which would not only have been costly but likely pointless as it would have just been a matter of time until more accumulated. I understand Wildfire did in fact execute the backwards move mid-race. The following morning a number of brooms showed up on various boats with Vice Versa and By The Lee targeting the same Bunnings at the same time.
With the first race out of the way and hopefully an early discard, the hammer went down, and By The Lee picked up Race 2.
Race 3 and it was Stamped Urgent recording the win, successfully defending off By The Lee, which at times were just 4cm behind and doing everything possible to get by. A shoulda-coulda moment for sure. J/24 One Design sailing at its best!
By the end of Day 1 and with 3 races sailed, it was Stamped Urgent showing the way on 7 points with Tinto and Two Dogs on 10 points and By The Lee lying fourth on 11 points.
Following the day’s racing, it was the usual stories and banter about what coulda- and shoulda-been enjoyed over a BBQ put on by the South Australian Association. Thank you to Jim and Robyn for bringing it all together and Andrew and others for doing the cooking in almost 40-degree heat.
Sponsors Dog Ridge Wines joined the party by giving away 60 bottles of Rosé to be handed out to the top three places on One Design and PHS for each race and a new genoa from Peter Stevens, representing a new Chinese Manufacturer Loong Sails for the median placed PHS boat overall.
Day 2 and the forecast Strong Wind Warning was spot on. St. Vincent’s Gulf was recording in excess of 25 knots. With no wind abatement in sight, race management called off the day and after just three races, the fleet was rewarded with a lay day. Some chose to go to the wineries and others decided to race go-carts to blow off the adrenaline built up from day 1. All in all, it was in fact a great J/24 community day with many teams coming together and having fun.
Day 3 and the wind had moderated to 12-15 knots. Race 4 was set in at 0.6nm, however I think the race officer underestimated the speed of a J/24 and subsequently set Race 5 at 0.8nm and Race 6 & 7 at 1.0nm. With a big incoming tide, the upwind legs on the last race was seriously hard work.
Race 4 and 6 were taken out by By The Lee, with Stamped Urgent picking up Race 5 and their second win.
Onto race 7 and the final race of the day, and it was a new boat at the top—Wildfire—which I think started a few minutes ahead of the rest as this is how it ended up. I think Ron and the team were in the bar by the time the second boat crossed the line. Well done!
So at the end of Day 3, it was By The Lee and Tinto at the top on 20 points, with Stamped Urgent just 6 points behind.
With Day 2 being blown out, race management decided to get things underway an hour early on the final day, so the stage was set for a 10am start and up to four races scheduled. The Championship was far from decided.
Day 4, and By The Lee knew what they needed to do….stay ahead of Tinto in every race. Race 8 got underway in about 8 knots of breeze, and it was By The Lee rounding the top mark in first place, with Tinto a few places back. However, in true Steve Wright style, the competition was picked apart, and in the end, it was By The Lee, followed by Tinto in second. With eight races sailed, the first discard came into play, and the finishing positions were starting to take shape with Stamped Urgent, Wildfire and Two Dogs all eyeing out a podium finish.
Race 9, and it was By The Lee first at the top mark, however this was short lived after a massive spinnaker wrap which took a full three minutes to come free allowed Tinto and Vice Versa to sail through. With By The Lee going toe to toe with Tinto for the entire regatta, any placings between the two was huge, so in this case it was +2 to Tinto.
Race 10, and By The Lee had Tinto sucking dirty air off the line, however a short tack out to sea and back over to starboard saw Tinto cross the fleet, which left By The Lee wondering what the hell just happened. Tinto recorded their second win, and once again the gap narrowed by a further 2 points with By The Lee coming home in third.
With 10 races sailed and the second discard now in place, it was a showdown in the last race with just a two-point spread between first and second place. A good upwind leg on Race 11 saw By The Lee round the top mark first with Wildfire hot on their heals. Tinto was a bit further back, but again this was short-lived. Another less than ideal spinnaker launch saw Wildfire sail over By The Lee.
With a close eye on Tinto, defensive mode kicked in. Wildfire extended their lead, and the fleet closed in on By The Lee with both Tinto and Stamped Urgent getting past. Provided the gap was no more than three placings and a result of fifth or better, By The Lee was okay.
The next thing I saw was Tinto doing a gybe upwind, which I later understood was as a result of contact being made with Stamped Urgent. With a generous port lift, By The Lee crossed ahead of Stamped Urgent, and as a result of the penalty, Tinto was back in sixth.
At the end, it was Wildfire recording their second win, By The Lee coming home in second place and securing the Championship, with Stamped Urgent crossing the line in third which also resulted in being awarded third overall by one point over Wildfire. A very consistent effort across the 11 races saw Tinto drop their sixth place, finishing second just three points behind By The Lee.
And so it was onto to the prize-giving with a traditional dinner overlooking the beautiful North Haven Marina. The last few bottles of Rosé were handed out, and the winner of the genoa was awarded to Jack Fullerton on Two Dogs, who sailed an excellent regatta finishing fifth overall, just five points off the podium.
After seven attempts, it was Brendan Lee, Rory Groves, Dan Cave, Peter Lee and Keren Reynolds on By The Lee picking up their first National Championship.
In usual J/24 style, the night went on with plenty of laughter and cheer. The 2019 Championships was a great success. A special thank you to the CYCSA, J/24 SA organisers and volunteers and to the sponsors Dog Ridge Wines and Loong Sails for their support.
We look forward to seeing you at the Victorian Championship regatta in Victoria being held on the 30th and 31st of March 2019. (Photo is By The Lee, skipper Brendan Lee and crew. 2019 Australian J/24 Champions.)


LA SUPERBA Crowned Winter J/24 Italian Champion

The competitive J/24 Fleet of Rome had a regatta full of fun and lots of racing (eight races in total). The fleet of 22 boats was sailing in their 44th Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno, racing for the Lozzi Trophy. Winning the regatta was the Italian Navy crew on LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte and Francesco Linares; they dominated the regatta with six firsts and two fourths. “On Saturday, a mistral of 22 knots and a flat sea provided the sailors fabulous conditions for racing,” explained Federico Miccio. “The crews did not seem at all intimidated by the strong wind and, indeed, had fun sailing three demanding races on the first day. On the following day, the scenario was decidedly different. The light wind between 4 and 5 knots oscillated between the Levante and the Sirocco, and then stabilized at Ostro. This allowed the Race Committee to start the racing. A large part of the fleet chose the left-hand side, while the wind was shifting to the right, and very spotty along the race course. It was a challenging day for us and the rest of the fleet.” After eight races and two discards, is was Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA crew who eclipsed the fleet. Taking second place was the young crew on J-GIUDITTA, skippered by Riccardo Aleandri, Antimo Bruno on tactics, Fulvio Marchionni on bow, and Fabio Di Bartolomeo, Vito Esposito and Fabiana Onori in the middle. Closing out the podium was Paolo Cecamore’s PELLE NERA. Rounding out the top five were Michele Potenza’s ARPION (also top woman helm) in fourth position and Massimo Mariotti’s AVOLTORE in fifth place. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Duel at Väter¬chen Frost Regatta

December 5, 2018

The Hamburger Segel-Club in Germany hosted the Väter¬chen Frost Regatta for a fleet including 19 J/24s on the Alster Lake in front of the Hamburg city waterfront. Fabian Damm’s GER 5316 and Frank Schoenfeldt’s GER 5412 were experiencing a roller-coaster ride all the way to the final finish. Winning that battle was Damm’s crew on GER 5316 (Jannik Duehren, Moritz Boeoek, Jonas Lyssewski, Jan Eike Sihdiz) with a 1-6-1-8-1 for 9 points net. Wishing for a better outcome in their last race was Schoenfeldt’s crew on GER 5412. In the end, their tally was the most consistent on the leaderboard, with a 5-1-2-3-4 for 10 points net. Taking the bronze was Stefan Karsunke’s team of Lina Nagel, Lars Hager, Lars Gibbe and David Thompson. For more event information, visit https://hamburger-segel-club.de/vaeterchen-ohne-frost/.


Fall Italian J/24 Class Report

The Italian J/24 Class continues to see good participation in many of its fall/winter series Championships across the country. Here is a report from Lecco (Lake Como): ITA 499 Kong Griffin II, skippered by Marco Stefanoni, ended up winning the Interlaghi- Trofeo Canottieri Lecco- with a score of 1-3-1-2. The regatta is a classic for the end of the season in the lakes district north of Milano (the first edition of the regatta started back in 1980 for the J/24 Class). Taking second place was ITA 476 DEJA VU, skippered by Ruggero Spreafico, posting a 4-4-2-1. Rounding out the podium was ITA 498 NOTIFYME-PILGRIM, sailed by the fleet champion Lario Mauro Benfatto. Five races were held over the weekend. On the first day, rain and bad weather did not stop the crews from racing. Faced with a strong wind from the South that, at times, reached 16 to 20 knots, the fleet completed four races in about six hours on the water. On Sunday, it was a completely different story. The first race was held in very strong gusty winds from the North that were already hitting 20-plus knots, with big rain showers rolling across the race course. However, as the winds built in squalls up to 25-plus knots, the Race Committee was forced to cancel the second race for safety reasons. In addition to the winner of the regatta, a special award was handed out—the Gino Cicardi Trophy (reserved for the oldest sailor). This year, it was awarded to Sergio Agostoni (born in 1938), helmsman and owner of the J/24 ITA 469 Bruschetta Guastafeste, fourth in the overall classification J/24. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Battle at Chilean J/24 Nationals

The Chilean J/24 National Championship was sailed on the waters of the Bay of Concepción, based on Quiriquina Island, for a dozen J/24 teams. A select group of famous South American J/24 sailors were invited to participate as crew aboard various boats, including Brazilian Mauricio Santa Cruz, multiple World and South American Champion. In addition, Argentine Matias Pereira, multiple South American Champion, Pan-American Champion and multiple Argentine Champion was crew. And Nicolas Cubria, former Argentine Champion, also sailed as crew. Each one of them sailed as crew with a top Chilean helmsman. Positioning themselves comfortably in first place on the first day of racing was the Chilean Del Castillo and his crew (all local) who won three of the four races. In the first two days, the winds were mild. But, as the racing progressed and the wind increased, it was a trade-off between the top end genoa or the jib. At the end of the last race, the teams of E. Fernandez and N. Cubría with the crew of Carlos del Solar and Mauricio Santa Cruz were tied on points. As in the last regatta, Del Castillo won and qualified as Chilean 2018 J/24 Champion. Second was Carlos del Solar with Mauricio Santa Cruz. Third was Patricio Rodriguez’s team with Matias Pereira. Fourth was Raúl del Castillo. For more Chilean J/24 Class information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


CARRERA Wins Sixth Argentine J/24 Title

Sixteen competitors participated to determine the final winner of the COPA PIMMS Argentine J/24 Championship (Club Nautico Olivos and their local J/24 fleet hosted the event). Winning the event for the sixth time (a new record) was Matias Pereira’s team on CARRERA (A. Guerra, F. Scarpatti and J. Delgado). Here is what took place over the three-day weekend from November 16-19.

Windy & Wavy Friday: With a good 20-plus knots wind from the East/Southeast, big waves and cool weather, the CN Olivos RC Team managed to complete three good races. Participating were teams from Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza and Uruguay. Fast out of the box was Pereira’s CARRERA team, posting three straight bullets to lead by a wide margin. Also enjoying the windy, wavy conditions were Sebastien Halpern’s crew on MORRUCHO (G. Mirralles, F. Monetti and E. Despontin), posting a 5-2-2 for 9 points. Just behind them, it was a tie at 11 points for third place between the SEA WOLF crew (P. Senestrari, M. Halac, P. Despontin and skipper Guillermo Parada) and the U2 Team (G. Aporszegi, M. Ferrero, F. Ambrus and E. Pittaluga).
Saturday: The day dawned bright and beautiful, but the forecasted wind never materialized as the J/24s were slowly drifting down current on the Rio de La Plata. Wisely, it was best to cancel the day’s sailing activities not long after noontime.
Gusty Shifty Northerly on Sunday: The final day started with a good strong wind in the 20-plus knots range from the Northwest and, as the day progressed, it kept rotating into the NNE quadrants and slowly diminishing in pressure. Despite the difficult conditions to keep resetting marks for the Race Committee and mark boats, they managed to pull off running four races. That meant all the teams could enjoy one discard race for the final results. In these challenging weather conditions, it was clear the top two teams were CARRERA and SEA WOLF. Posting their worst result of the regatta on the opening race (a fourth), the CARRERA team closed with a commanding tally of 3-1-1 to win the regatta with just 8 points net. The SEA WOLF crew won the first race of the day and closed the regatta with a 6-2-3 to take the silver with 17 points net. The MORRUCHO crew’s 3-10-3-6 scoreline gave them third place on a 21 points tie-breaker over RINA-ALAGUA (team led by Nicolas Cubria and crew of M. Cubria, F. Bertrand and J. Filidoro). For more Argentina J/24 Championship information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


2018 NSW J/24 State Titles

November 10, 2018

Thanks to Mick Reynolds for this report from Australia: Cronulla Sailing Club, in partnership with the J/24 Southern Sydney Fleet, again hosted the NSW State Championship in the water of Bate Bay. Saturday came with the crew briefing led by starter Bruce Swane, laying down the law and setting the scene for what was to come—two days of exciting, frustrating but most of all enjoyable and friendly one-design racing. Race 1 got underway in a steady though light 8 knot Easterly shooting out from Shark Island into Bate Bay. Twelve J/24s headed out, popping spinnakers and heading into Cronulla, only for half the fleet to be becalmed at the bottom mark and the leaders TINTO (S Wright) and INNAMINCKA (J Crawford) streaking ahead on the breeze. However, the wind returned with TINTO first, followed by INNAMINCKA in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN (B Lee) in third. Race 2, and the cream began to rise. Sean Kirkjian driving KAOTIC, past multiple Australian and NSW Champion, came in first followed by TINTO and the forever young Cronulla local David Mckay in STAMPED URGENT. The Race Committee then began the search for the elusive wind……AP flew, and the fleet began the race into the clubhouse for some stories of where’d the wind go followed by some great BBQ delights. And to enjoy the $500 bar tab supplied by the Harbour Fleet (also, on Sunday night). Cheers! Sunday arrived with an increasing Northeasterly in race 3, and all but one went with the genoa (however that changed). Brenden Lee from Sandringham Yacht Club took race 3 followed by KAOTIC and ACE (D West). All under jib in race 4, and again the man from Sandringham driving WATERBORNE AGAIN came first, VORTEX (C Lee) in second and STAMPED URGENT made up the podium. Special mentions go to the team on JARGON (J Macquart) making the most of the one-design nature of a J/24, flying his kite sideways to take advantage of the blustery NE summer breeze. Race 5, and KAOTIC returned to the top spot, ACE in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN in third, so the title was to be decided in the final race. With the course reset into the estuary, the results of Race 6 were to reflect the final overall result: KAOTIC in first, followed by WATERBORNE AGAIN and TINTO following. Congratulations to Sean Kirkjian and his crew on KAOTIC, NSW Champion 2018, in front of Brenden Lee from Sandringham on countback and Steve Wright from the Cronulla Sailing Club in third. Performance results saw VORTEX skippered by Chris Lee making a return to one-design racing in first, followed by KAOTIC and in third WATERBORNE AGAIN. Cronulla SC and the J/24 Fleet of Southern Sydney would like to thank all the sponsors: Spot-A-Yacht photography, My Sail Team management, Macquart Marine, Wet Tech Rigging and Infinity Rigging. J/24SSF would also like to thank the team of volunteers at Cronulla Sailing Club, making this Championship one of the best to date, from the cooks on the BBQ to the servers behind the line, the on-water crew moving marks and setting courses to the results team getting everything online quickly and efficiently, thank you. Photo courtesy of Ben Williams from Spot-A-Yacht.


2018 World Council Meeting Minutes Posted

November 1, 2018

The 2018 World Council Meeting took place in Miami, Florida USA on October 20. Minutes of the Meeting can be viewed at http://www.j24class.org/organization/class-documents/wcm-minutes/.


Jumpin Jive Time at J/24 Northern Championship in UK

October 7, 2018

The last weekend in September saw the J/24 Northern Championship at Lough Erne Yacht Club in the UK. The event ran over two days consisting of six races in breezy/challenging conditions.

Results:
1st Overall Mark Usher from Greystones on Jumpin Jive
2nd Simon McGibney from Foynes Yacht Club on Gala Racing
3rd Flor O’Driscoll from Bray Yacht Club on Hard on Port

1st Silver Fleet, Luke McBride from Lough Swilly Yacht Club on Bandit
2nd Silver Fleet, Ken Draper from Sligo Yacht Club on Jevan
3rd Silver Fleet, Barry Humphreys from Lough Erne Yacht Club on TJ


Fun Alster Regatta

September 14, 2018

The Hamburg Sailing Club hosted its annual end-of-summer Alster Regatta on the Alster Lake in the middle of Hamburg, Germany. In the octet of J/24s, it was a virtual sweep of the five races by the German GER 5420 team of Emily Kern, Maike Hass Oko, Gesa Goellner, Johanna Richter and Tom Stryi. Two points back was GER 5467 sailed by Hauke Krussg, Nils Glockow, Rollo Boehm, Olaf Schmidt, Tina Lulfing and Torsten Glawisch. Third was GER 4718 skippered by Jonas Hentschel, with crew of Fabian Blasi, Jonas Franke and Jannik Barop. For more Spätsommerpokale Alster Regatta information, visit https://www.hsc-regatta.org/.


Final Race Determines J/24 US National Champion: Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem

September 10, 2018

By way of a second-place finish in Sunday’s final, and only, race, Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem clinched his first J/24 US National Championship. The Florida-based helmsman came into Sunday nine points behind Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, but Brown’s second, paired with Parker’s 12, gave him the Championship by a single point over Parker in the five-race series. Breeze on Casco Bay looked promising at the start of the day, but lightened throughout. The Race Committee waited two hours in hopes of starting a sixth race, but the wind gods did not cooperate at the event hosted by Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, ME. Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss took the bronze spot on the podium with 42 points in the 48-boat fleet. Joining Brown on the Angel of Harlem crew were Mark Liebel, Ron Hyatt, Aurther Blodgett and Brian Simkins. Liebel shared that the team prefers light air, which the Championship saw plenty of. Regarding Sunday’s race, Liebel summarized, “We had a very good start at the boat and tacked right away into the current. We played the current, instead of the shifts, both upwind and downwind. We sailed our race, and the end result worked out!”

Top five:

  1. Robby Brown, Angel of Harlem, 12, 5, 1 ,2 ,2; 22
  2. Tony Parker, Bangor Packet, 3, 2, 3, 3, 12; 23
  3. Aidan Glackin, Mental Floss, 10, 3, 16, 9, 4; 42
  4. Natalie Harden, Giggles, 1, 30, 6, 4, 13; 54
  5. Evan Petley-Jones, Lifted, 16, 13, 28, 1, 3; 61
    Complete results may be found at http://www.j24nationals2018.com/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Will Welles’ Kaster Crowned 40th J/24 World Champion

August 31, 2018

Will Welles’ Kaster of the USA has achieved his second J/24 World Championship in five years, this time at the 40th edition of the prestigious Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. With crew Nick Turney, Rich Bowen, Giuliano Cattarozzi and Andrea Casale, the Newport, RI-based helmsman recorded 47 net points in 10 races. Next best was Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan who ended with 68 points. Three Americans followed: Keith Whittemore’s Furio, Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger and Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics, who dominated Friday’s three contests with a 2,1,1. The day’s other race winner was Welles.

The IJCA also awarded its perpetual trophies:
• Jaeger Women’s Trophy to Lynn Wolgast, Derbe Kerle, Germany
• Under-25 Turner Trophy to Pietro Parisi, Ottobrerosso, Italy
Welles put together a combined American and Italian team, and commended “Giuliano for bringing a fast boat and Andrea for putting it all together.” He also thanked PRO Hank Stuart and all the various volunteers and sponsors. Reflecting on 40 years of J/24 World Championships, he said that the robust international attendance proves that “The Class is as strong as ever!”
Top five:
1) Will Welles, Kaster, USA, 2, 5, 2, 9, (25), 2, 2, 1, 8, 16, Net 47
2) Nobuyuki Imai, Siesta, JPN, 25, 10, 5, 5, 1, 1, 7, (32), 7, 7, Net 68
3) Keith Whittemore, Furio, USA, 31, 19, DPI20, 3, 2, 9, 3, 1, (46), 3, 4, Net 75
4) Travis Odenbach, Honeybadger, USA, 14, 7, 8, 3, (16), 12, 8, 15, 2, 11, Net 80
5) Mike Ingham, Nautalytics, USA, 20, (43), 4, 10, 5, 8, 30, 2, 1, 1, Net 81
Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) competed August 27-31 from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


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 http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, 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 http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.

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