International J/24 Class Association

Breezy Day Delights Sailors at J/24 World Championship

July 19, 2022

The standings tightened up on day two of the 2022 J/24 World Championship hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas USA. Paul Foerster’s Grand Slam 2 added a third consecutive bullet in Race three, but with a seventh in Tuesday’s next scheduled race, finished with 10 points overall. John Mollicone’s New England Ropes dominated the day with a 2,3, moving them into second place with 13 points. The next three positions are separated by only three points: Keith Whittemore’s Furio (15), Mike Marshall’s American Garage (16) and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta (17). Foerster also leads the impressive 27-boat Corinthian division, ahead of Imai’s Siesta and James Freedman’s LOL. Race three began under a Black Flag and was all clear. Winds were blowing 17-19 knots, and most boats had their small jibs up. As with Day 1, the course was five legs at 1.4 nautical miles. Race four also started under a black flag (all clear) with the same course five at 1.4 nautical miles. The breeze picked up to 19-22 knots in choppy waters. Following Foerster in the day’s opening match were Mollicone and Imai. Marshall’s American Garage cracked the top spot in the next race, as Travis Odenbach’s Bogus got in on the action and Mollicone was again in the top three. Thirty-eight boats are representing Argentina, Chile, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and the United States. Racing continues through Friday. A complete list of all J/24 World Champions can be found at

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J/24 World Championship Opens with Perfect Conditions

July 18, 2022

The J/24 Class began in 1978, and in 2022 still attracts nine nations to its World Championship. This year’s edition is hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Texas USA with 38 boats representing Argentina, Chile, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and the United States. In the two races, Paul Foerster’s Grand Slam 2 went two for two in pristine conditions of 14-16 knots to begin the Championship. The crew includes Rob Johnston, John Skiles, Stephen Andre and Mike Brown. Reigning J/24 World Champion Keith Whittemore on Furio lies four points back in second place (6 points), and John Mollicone’s New England Ropes holds third place with 8 points. Foerster also leads the robust 27-boat Corinthian division, followed by Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta and James Freedman’s LOL. PRO Mark Foster summarized, “In Race 1, the first start was a P Flag general recall. The second attempt was a U Flag but another general recall. So the third start went to a Black Flag, and all clear. They sailed five legs at 1.4 mile leg length. In Race 2, we started with a Black Flag and again all clear. The course was five legs at 135 at 1.4 nautical miles. The winds increased up to 18 knots in the last race.” Trailing Foerster in the initial contest were Whittemore and Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss. And in the next battle were Mike Marshall’s American Garage and Mollicone. Racing continues through Friday. A complete list of all J/24 World Champions can be found at Complete event details may be found at Photos are available at

Lead Up to Worlds

June 29, 2022

The Surfin’ Safari Regatta hosted by Corpus Christi Yacht Club was held June 25-26. Seventeen boats competed in this “pre-worlds” event, and included many of the top contenders for the World Championship in July. John Mollicone and team took the win, with Keith Whittemore in second. “We trained in the chop early in the week and then sailed the regatta and found that it was time well spent for sure. While it was quite hot on land, it’s really nice on the water in the big breeze. What a lovely place to sail!” said Will Welles of the venue.

LA SUPERBA Wins Italy J/24 Cup Porto Ercole

May 27, 2022

After 10 hard-fought races, the XLI J/24 Italian Championship ended off Porto Ercole Cala Galera, Italy for the fleet of 20 J/24s. The setting for the race course was spectacular, bordered by the Tombolo della Feniglia peninsual (6 km long) on one side, the cliffs of Forte Filippo, Forte Stella and Torre dell’Avoltore on the other (Porto Ercole side) and the Torre S. Pancrazio and Torre San Biagio on the Ansedonia side. In between were the beautiful small islands of Isolotto d’Ercole and Formiche di Burano. The venue made for shifty, streaky winds, challenging the tacticians to sail somewhat conservatively. The title went again to Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA team with crew of Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro, Simone Scontrino and Vincenzo Vano. This was the fifth consecutive time the team has won the regatta. “We returned to Cala Galera after 2015, finding very different weather conditions,” explained the helmsman Bonanno. “We are happy with the result, also because we have maintained an excellent scoreline, never leaving third place until the eighth round where we had a collision that forced the retirement. Apart from this episode, the Championship ended well, meeting our expectations.” On the podium with LA SUPERBA was the silver medal-winning team led by Marco Frulio, skipper of ARIA, with his team of Gianvito Distefano on the sheets, Roberto Carzedda on tactics, Grazia Savona on the mast and Antonello Zucca on the bow. Rounding out the podium and awarded the bronze was Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA team of tactician Antonio Lupo, bowman Fabrizio Ginesi, spinnaker trimmer Matteo Tronfi and Paolo Governato on the genoa. “It was a very intense Championship where we always raced among the top boats,” commented Frulio. “It was the consistency of the placings and two first races of the day that allowed us to win the fight head-to-head with Diamanti. We congratulate JAMAICA for the splendid Championship they sailed and, obviously, to the Bonanno’s Italian Navy team on LA SUPERBA for yet another victory.” “I am happy with the result of JAMAICA. But, above all, with the balance of this successful 2022 Italian Championship. They were four days of magnificent sailing thanks to the perfect organization and hospitality of the Circolo Nautico and the Vela Argentario,” commented JAMAICA’s skipper Diamanti. “I would also like to thank the Jury, the Technical Committee, Fleet Captain Massimo Mariotti and all those who have worked for the success of this 2022 edition. In particular, I thank the Captain of the Navy- Giuseppe Cannatà- Director of Marivela- who honored us with his presence at the award ceremony.” “It was a truly exciting and fun Italian Championship, thanks to CN Argentario that offered us four wonderful days, allowing us to regularly play all 10 scheduled races,” concluded Alberto Morici. “We are also satisfied because we are fond of this beautiful Class that we hope to be able to host on other occasions as well. A Class that always leaves everyone satisfied, because the crews are all nice and close-knit. We would like to thank the J/24 Class President Sr. Diamanti and all the participants, and we look forward to seeing you in Argentario for the next few years.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

LA SUPERBA Dominates J/24 Livorno Regatta

May 8, 2022

The LNI Livorno hosted one of the J/24 spring series in Livorno, Italy for a fleet of 16 boats as part of the International Sailing Week of the Naval Academy City of Livorno. With six victories, Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA from the Centro Vela Altura Napoli of the Navy (crewed by Alfredo Branciforte, Francesco Picaro, Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano) won by a landslide, repeating last year’s success in the Labronian waters in front of Ardenza. Second was the UNITED crew from Hamburg, Germany, and third was Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA team. The prohibitive weather conditions, the driving rain, and the Ostro wind prevented the crews from going out to sea on Saturday, leaving the ranking unchanged. While on the final day on Sunday, the wind between 15 and 20 knots and lots of sun allowed the regatta RC/ PRO to complete four races. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

GRAN CARAJO Wins Central Republic J/24 Championship

April 10, 2022

The Club Nautico Córdoba successfully completed the 10th edition of the Central Republic Championship with the participation of 21 crews and boats from Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Embalse, Mendoza, Neuquén and Salta. After eight gorgeous races over the two-day regatta, the crew of GRAN CARAJO (Javier Moyano, Adrian Berelejis, Hugo Canale and Javier Matheu) took first place in a fairly convincing fashion with mostly all top three finishes. Second place went to PURA VIDA team (Ramiro Camilotto, Pablo Fabre, Carlos Trigo and Guillermo Grassini). Rounding out the podium on the third step was QUATTRO team (Ruben Lozano, Marcelo Romero, Matias Lozano and Gustavo Schelotto). It is also noteworthy that fourth place was taken by an all-women crew made up of Trixi Agusti, Rocío Agsti, Lucrecia Arrambide, Candelaria Berberian and Mariana Felix de Lara Soares. They beat another very experienced all-women crew led by Mariana Crousse aboard CAMBURY. For more Argentinean J/24 Class information, visit

BRUSCHETTA VI Crowned J/24 Victorian State Champions

Story by Adam Keys-Tilley: It was with great expectation that a dozen boats hit the blue waters of Port Phillip Bay, hosted by Sandringham Yacht Club, in what turned out to be “glam” sailing conditions. A barmy 24-28 degrees, the water was flat and the wind was 6-10 from the south on day 1 and then 6-12 from the North on day 2. The script: With newer skippers pressing hard and in good form and an intestate raider ACE attempting to take the spoils, interest was at an all-time high. After the first two races on day one, it seems the script was written with ACE dominating races one and two with two bullets taking with JAB and Baile de Luna filling the minor placings, the script seemed set with ACE by how far? Huey obviously had other ideas; the more things change, the more they stay the same! This is exactly what happened next. As if the clock was suddenly wound back a couple of decades, the title became an exclusive rumble in the jungle between two J/24 heavy weights. To see Mr. J/24 himself, ably supported by Angels (& Bosley – James) take on the Grain Hermitage (apparently, it’s a specially brewed bourbon) along with JET’s Flight crew, dominate and battle out the next six races was truly a sight to behold. With the exception of a brief interlude in race six where Baile De Luna took the chocolates, all other bullets were shared between Bruschetta IV (three wins and nothing over a fourth to count) 16 points in first, and JET (two wins and three seconds, but carrying a seventh) 18 points in second place, those two boats dominated the regatta. Despite some blinding moments by HAYWIRE, J-FORCE and JOYRIDE (winner of PHS), the rest of the fleet was led in, many points behind, by the consistent JAB, the best of the rest finishing third. THE DOGS made a late charge on day two, slipping into fourth place and ACE battled hard at the end to finish fifth on count back. A heartfelt thanks to our outgoing President Warren Campbell on all his hard work over the last couple of years, to the Sandringham YC Race management crew for getting eight superbly timed races in and, of course, to Kylie and crew from HAYWIRE for the wonderful catering, Nathan for the awesome drone footage and John Neville for his caring, empathetic approach whilst handing out trophies and raffle prizes. For more Australian J/24 Class information, visit

J/24s Enjoy Grenada Sailing Week

February 7, 2022

This edition of the Island Water World Grenada Sailing Week saw four straight days of magnificent weather–10-20 knots tradewinds from the easterly quadrants, warm temperatures and sunny skies. The regatta consisted of a race out to Carriacou Island, two days of festivals and local day sailing, then a race back from Carriacou to Grenada. Hosting the regatta was the Petite Calivigny Yacht Club, with sponsor support from the Grenada Tourism Authority. The first race from St George’s Harbor to Carriacou was about 30.0nm. Starting off Grand Anse Beach, the fleet enjoyed a beat along the leeward coast of Grenada. After passing north of Grenada, the boats passed the uninhabited islands of Caille and Ronde and over the live submarine volcano. In open water, the breeze piped up to a solid 15 knots and a slight sea state. The race finished in the shelter of Tyrell Bay Marina. Leading the J/24 fleet home was Robbie Yearwood’s DIEHARD, ahead of Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ and Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY. The Carriacou to Grenada Race pitched the fleet into the Atlantic Ocean for a race to Le Phare Bleu Marina. The international fleet headed for the west coast of Grenada. With three-meter seas and full trade winds, it was a 30-mile broad reach to the northern tip of Grenada. After passing the outlying Ronde Island, boats sailed along the reefs in sight of the rain forest interior of North Grenada before finishing at the marina of Le Phare Bleu. Robbie Yearwood’s J/24 DIEHARD scored a hat trick of wins for the regatta to win the J/24 fleet. Gus Reader’s FADEAWAY was runner-up and Peter Armstrong’s SHAKIN’ third with Mark Solomon’s FRIGATE completing the J/24 scoreboard. For more Grenada Sailing Week information, visit

Italian Navy Teams Lead J/24 Anzio-Nettuno Winter Regattas

January 24, 2022

This past weekend saw the start of the 47th Winter Anzio & Nettuno Championship and the Lozzi Trophy. The fleet of J/24s was treated to sunshine and ideal sailing conditions on both days. On Saturday, the Race Committee Chair Livia Serafini was able to make the most of the sunny day with a mistral wind of 7-8 knots, giving three races for the 10 J/24s engaged in the Lozzi Trophy. The real star of the day was Vincenzo Lamberti’s ITA 489 VALHALLA BLUE JAY (LNI Anzio) who dominated all three races. The provisional classification drawn up after the first four races, sees the Italian Navy’s ITA 358 ARPIONE, skippered by Michele Potenza, leading with a 4-2-2-2 for 10 points. They are followed by ITA 428 PELLE ROSSA sailed by Gianni Riccobono with a 2-4-4-3 tally for 13 points. Sitting in third is Lamberti’s VALHALLA BLUE JAY with a DNC-1-1-1 tally for 14 points. On late Sunday morning, a nice west wind spread across the bay between 8-12 knots, which allowed the J/24s to be started literally right off the beaches. Under the direction of the Race Committee Chair Mario de Grenet, with Giovanni Colucci and Alfredo Posillipo as assistants, they managed to run three flawless races. With ideal conditions and slightly more intense wind, the 20 or so J/24s engaged in fierce combat, leading to two general recalls and six boats disqualified for black flag. After the first six races of the Anzio & Nettuno Winter Series, the fleet is led by the Italian Navy team ITA 416 LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno. They’ve won five of six races so far. A distant second is Riccobono’s PELLE ROSSA with a 6-3-7-3-4-2 record for 18 points. Third place is currently Massimo Mariotti’s ITA 501 AVOLTORE with an 8-2-4-4-8-3 tally for 21 points. The 47th edition of the Winter Championship, is organized by the Circolo della Vela di Roma together with Nettuno Yacht Club, and Real Circolo Canottieri Tevere Remo. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

TINTO Crowned Australian J/24 National Champion

January 19, 2022

Thanks for the contribution from Simon Grain and Adam: The J/24 Class is alive and well in Australia. Under threat of another COVID shutdown that has claimed other Championship regattas at Sandringham Yacht Club, the J/24 Class got away with a successful 12-race National Championship over four predominantly light and sunny (and stormy) days. The “new normal” SE breeze stayed in for the regatta, with days one, two and four being in the 8–12 knot range with flat water and glamour sailing conditions (although extremely shifty, catching out many experienced crews). Day three was cloudy and a stronger 12–16 knot breeze that saw some competitors on jibs for the first two races, but most changed back to genoas as the breeze backed off in the afternoon. The fleet did suffer a few COVID losses in some crews, and we had to find new people at the last minute and during the regatta to keep boats fully crewed. Sixteen boats entered and finished the regatta (with a strong five-boat representation from NSW), and the balance being from our local SYC fleet. The standard was as high as any we have seen in the last decade. At least six boats were sailing their first Nationals and were well represented across the finishing places. So yes, the fleet is alive and well with a bright future. There were the usual amazing stories in boat preparation and delivery, with one of the Sydney boats having to change drivers when Terry got called home with too many Corona cases in the family. And then, Gardo having some night-time nav problems running into a tree and wiping out the pulpit and foredeck on the second half of the trip south. Still, it was repaired urgently by JP, one of our excellent shipwrights at Sandy. Jack Felsenthal keenly preparing one boat only to find out it needed major work, so changing to Sidetracked – Bandit and then finally succumbing to COVID in the family house after the first day. A great young skipper and keen, taking out a fourth in the third race on the first day. Sometimes the luck just isn’t with you! Despite this Sidetracked – Bandit, along with many other boats suffering from crew being pinged as close contacts, the true “J/24 community spirit” shined through where swapping/drumming up additional crew allowed all boats to see out the regatta. So, how did it all turn out? Tight, very tight, and not sorted until the last race. For most of the regatta, the top five were within five points of each other, so it could have gone a number of different ways right up till the end. Of course, there are some hard luck stories, mostly from second place down you might say. But, in reality, three first-time competitors finished in the top five, with a total of three race wins going to two of the top three newbies. A real sign of up and coming and new talent to the Class. Another sign of commitment was the number of new sails being pulled out. Investment in the Class! With some of the old guard finishing down the list a bit and the competition being fierce all the way to the back, the podium was finally taken by new National President and sometime contender to the throne Steve Wright and crew on TINTO. Only three points behind was long time and multiple National Champion Sean Kirkjian with the very recently damaged and repaired SAILPAC. Third place was the very aptly COVID term JAB, sailed by the very able Warren Slater and crew. Places four and five were taken by newbies Adam Keys-Tilley in BAILE DE LUNA and Jack Fullerton in TWO DOGS, with the long-time Victorian ‘Mr. J/24’ skipper and multiple Nationals winner Hugo Ottaway in sixth on BRUSCHETTA VI. Newly crowned NSW State champ Dave McKay in STAMPED URGENT only came in seventh. See how tough it was?! OK, so the rest of the rabble fought it out somewhere back there. Probably got hard luck stories and showed flashes of brilliance or good luck. Not covering them here in the OD placings, except to say they are the stuff of future or past champions, and we love and respect their engagement and good company. They are the vital strength of the J/24 Class in Australia. Yes, I am one of them this year! Of course, this all changes in the Zimmer frame competition where the accent is on providing a level playing field for the fleet. Richard Taylor has done a magnificent job of preparing his boat HAYWIRE and rightly took out the PHS section with four wins out of the 12 races. Somehow, Dave McKay’s STAMPED URGENT contrived to fall into second in between drinks and Mark Foster’s GRIDLOCK in third place. On behalf of the J/24 Victoria Association, John ‘Firecracker’ Neville once again conducted the prize-giving in his usual inimitable, enjoyable and politically incorrect style. Great job John ‘well played you’ – don’t go anywhere! The race management team led by SYC PRO Chris Waters did a great job in the shifty breezes to get three races in on the first day before a huge thunderstorm. One race on the second day just before another huge thunderstorm trashed the racecourse. Then, four races a day on the remaining two days. Twelve in all…fantastic sailing! Off the water, we had to make allowances for the corona problem again with staff shortages, so most of the action was held outside in the newly updated Ken King Centre. But, with a bar and cold drinks at the center of the action, it wasn’t too hard to endure. These Nationals were the qualifying regatta for the Worlds in Corpus Christi, Texas this year, but it doesn’t look like anyone wants to brave the COVID travel problems. However, next year’s J/24 Australian Nationals are the qualifying regatta for the Worlds in Greece in 2023. Not surprisingly, it looks like there is a large amount of interest to travel to there and sail amongst the Greek Isles in the Aegean Sea. That means the next J/24 Australian Nationals at Cronulla in January 2023 will be a huge regatta. There are around seven boats with trailers in Victoria, and I think we would see most of those boats making the trip to the Shire for a little paddle in the ocean with the Med in mind. Woohoo! Our thanks to Sandringham YC for putting on the regatta under difficult circumstances. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it possible. Thanks to the Vic J/24 Association for getting it across the line. And, best and most importantly of all, thanks to all the competitors for getting out on the track and making it a great and tough regatta. For more J/24 Australia information, visit

STAMPED URGENT Top Three-way Tie at Australia J/24 NSW States

November 19, 2021

Eleven boats pulled together crews to go sailing in the New South Wales State Championship, with sailing taking place on Sydney Harbour and hosted by the Royal Australian Navy Sailing Association. After a six-race series, the entire podium ended up tied on 8 points each. On the rather complex countback to determine the winner, it was David McKay’s STAMPED URGENT that won the regatta with a 1-3-3-12-1 tally. Following them was Stephen Quigley’s CONVICTS REVENGE for the silver medal with a 2-7-1-3-2 record. Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was Stephen Wright’s TINTO with a 3-2-2-1-5 scoreline. In the PHS Handicap scoring division, Quigley’s CONVICTS REVENGE won with 8 points net, followed by David West’s ACE in second with 11.5 points, and Clinton Hood’s EL FIDELDO in third with 12 points net. For more Australian J/24 NSW States information, visit

Benfatto Wins J/24 Verbano Championship

November 7, 2021

As has been the case for the entire 2021 sailing season in Europe, many prestigious regattas in the spring were either postponed or canceled if they could not reschedule later in the fall this season due to the pandemic restrictions by various countries. That was the case for the J/24 Verbano Championship sailed on Lago Maggiore. Fortunately, the Lega Navale Italiana Meina on Isla Borromee was able to reschedule and hosted the fleet of a dozen boats over the October 23-24th weekend. After a near windless, but gorgeous first day of sailing, the LNI Meina RC/PRO team wisely postponed the racing until Sunday. Sunday itself brought a beautiful day of sailing with gentle adiabatic winds of 6 to 8 knots, enough to run three races. Thanks to two victories and a second place for the day, the runaway winner was Lario Mauro Benfatto’s COLIBRI II of SAILLIFE team. However, behind them it was quite another story. In second position, with a very consistent 2-3-3 record, was Marco Giuseppe Iovino’s team. Then, taking the final step on the podium with a 5-5-1 tally was Davide Morelli’s CAPTAIN NEMO. He had to win a three-way tiebreaker at 11 points each over Davide Garbi’s RAMBO and Alberto Terzi’s VIOLENTA. “It has been a few years since the J/24s have returned to racing on Lake Maggiore. There are not many boats in the water, but you can still have fun with a dozen J/24s that show up at the start of the regattas,” explained the satisfied Capo Flotta J/24 del Lario Fleet Captain Mauro Benfatto. “I would like to thank the organizers and participants for the beautiful event. Thanks also to SAILife which supports the Fleet with its boats and those of its members. SAILIFE is a non-profit amateur sports association, affiliated with UISP, born from a group of sailing friends who decide to start a common path in order to spread the culture of sailing by offering everyone the opportunity to get closer to this fascinating world.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

SIROCO Crowned Argentine J/24 Champion

October 24, 2021

After nearly two years off from sailing, the Argentine J/24 fleet assembled 19 teams to sail the Argentine J/24 Championship in Cordoba in the lake next to the Andes Mountains. The sailing club in Villas Carlos Paz ran eight races over the two-day weekend. It’s all short course format, using 100% jibs only and spinnakers with just four crew. The most experienced teams rose to the top, with Lozano Ruben’s SIROCO team (Romero Marcelo, Gustavo Schelotto, and Francisco Agusti) winning, counting four bullets in their scoreline for a total of 14 points net. The balance of the podium was a race between four teams. Taking the silver by one point was Ramiro Camiloto’s PURA VIDA team (Pablo Fabre, Carlos Trigo, and Guillermo Grasini) with 27 points net. The bronze went to Javier Caraca Moyano’s GRAN CARAJO team (Adrian Bereleijis, Hugo Canale, and Javier Papucho Matheu) with 28 points net. The balance of the top five was Martin Halac’s SEAWOLF team of Hugo Rivas, Sergio Nirich and Teo Nirich in fourth place and Trixi Augusti’s CAMBURY team of Rocio Agusti, Lucre Arrambide, Cande Berberian and Mariana Soares in fifth place. For more Argentinean J/24 Class information, visit

Damm Crowned J/24 Senate Prize Regatta Champion

October 23, 2021

The J/24 Senate Prize Regatta was recently held in Berlin, Germany on Lake Muggel. A fleet of eight boats participated in this popular annual fall event. After the two-day weekend regatta completed, it was Fabian Damm’s team on GER 5316 that won, scoring four firsts and a second for just 6 points net. His team consisted of Jonas Lyssewski, Janni Duhren, Thorsten Paech and Moritz Book. Second went to GER 5420 sailed by Julia Vitek. Her team scored all podium finishes to take the silver with 11 points net with her crew of Maike Hass, Gesa Gollner, Naomi Kosmehl, Kristin Mertner and Luise Boehlich. Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was GER 1196 sailed by Lasse Gulzow and his team of Joni Prill, Marie Held, Thilo Zepp and Julian Stegmann. For more German J/24 Class information, visit

HEAD CASE Wins J/24 Easterns Ireland

October 4, 2021

Eighteen J/24s descended on Howth Yacht Club for the WaterWipes®️ J/24 Eastern Championship. With plenty of both new and old faces, including a first J/24 event for both Rush Sailing Club and Malahide Yacht Club’s K25 teams, the chance at some practice at the venue of the 2022 J/24 European Championship proved very attractive. The forecast for Saturday was threatening to pose a problem with very little wind due. However, veteran J/24 RO Derek Bothwell insisted the fleet make its way out to the race area. This decision proved fruitful as after a short postponement, the first race was under way. With about 6-7 knots of breeze and a strong flood tide to fight, crossing the start line proved quite difficult to most boats. However, following on from their National Championship success, HEAD CASE showed the fleet why they will be the boat to beat with an impressive first race win. JANA helmed by Colm O’Flaherty of Sligo YC claimed second with Mark Usher and JUMPIN JIVE in third. HEAD CASE wasn’t going to have it all their own way with J/24 stalwart Flor O’Driscoll nabbing a bullet in Race 2, with HEAD CASE second and JUMPIN JIVE third. Race 3 saw K25 National Champions Kilcullen from Howth YC round the windward mark in first after an impressive first beat. However, inexperience showed as they would have to settle for a sixth, with HEAD CASE taking another race win, JANA second, and JP McCaldin of IL RICCIO third. The final race of this sunny day had it all—plenty of position changes at the front with some impressive downwind duels to boot. In the end, JANA came out victorious edging out HEAD CASE across the line, with Flor and HARD ON PORT occupying third just behind. Saturday evening provided a variety of entertainment with the usual après sail socializing in the club, followed by a championship dinner which was enjoyed by all. With only 1 point separating the top two boats, it was still all to play for on Sunday. A less desirable wet morning didn’t deter some tired heads making it out to the race area for the final two races of the championship. With slightly more wind coming from the Northeast, race 5 got underway following one recall, with two boats succumbing to the U flag rule. HEAD CASE put in another strong performance to claim line honours with JP’s IL RICCIO in second and JANA third. The final race of this year’s Eastern Championship again went to HEAD CASE helmed by Cillian Dickson with Flor in third. Special mention to JANX SPIRIT of Tralee Bay Sailing Club who have been proving why they are one to watch this year with a second place to cap off a great series. HEAD CASE were the overall winners of the weekend with JANA picking up second place followed by Flor and HARD ON PORT in third. LSYC’s CRAZY HORSE helmed by Luke McBride claimed first Silver Fleet. Howth YCs Kilcullen claimed top U25 boat. A special presentation of the Traveller Series trophy for 2019 was presented to JP McCaldin for the 2019 season. A special thanks to WaterWipes®️- the world’s purest wipes- for the sponsorship to run the event. For more J/24 Easterns information, visit

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