International J/24 Class Association

Keith Whittemore’s Furio Holds Advantage at J/24 World Championship

October 25, 2019

The middle day of the J/24 World Championship brought the Miami conditions the 79 teams came for—breeze in the mid-teens, sunny skies, warm temperatures and the Biscayne Bay chop. Day two leader Keith Whittemore on Furio overcame his worst finish in Thursday’s beginning race (32nd) to earn a second in the next. With the discard taking effect as of race five, Furio keeps all top-seven scores for 19 net points in six races (10 races are planned). Chris Stone’s Velocidad shot up the leaderboard into second, posting a 4,7 on the day for 22 net points. Rossi Milev’s Clear Air and Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet remain in the hunt in third and fourth places, Milev with 25 points to Parker’s 26. Victor Diaz de Leon, Clear Air tactician, is racing only his second J/24 regatta. He noted, “The camaraderie in the fleet is really fun. Everyone is super friendly and nice.” A regular in other one-design Classes, Diaz de Leon has been impressed with the high level of female participation, including two all-women teams. “There’s a ton of great sailors here, and the boats are very challenging.” Kohei Ichikawa, from Japan, racing Gekko Diana proudly crossed the finish line first in race five, trailed by Parker and Milev. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger completed Thursday triumphantly, with Whittemore rebounding in second place and Ichikawa again in the top three. Seventy-nine teams from 19 nations (Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States) will compete through Saturday. Photos from event photographer PhotoBoat are available at https://www.photoboatgallery.net/2019j24worldspressphotos. Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5893. Follow on-the-water updates at the International J/24 Class Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ij24ca/).


Keith Whittemore’s Furio at Top of J/24 World Championship

October 24, 2019

Only one team has recorded all scores in the top 10 so far at the J/24 World Championship, and that is the day two leader after four races: Keith Whittemore’s Furio. Conditions in Miami, FL were again on the light side (winds at 5-7 knots) as temperatures remained in the 90s, testing the competitors’ ability to locate the better breeze and tackle the shifts. The Seattle, WA-based Furio crew added scores of 7,3 on Wednesday for 17 points overall. Rossi Milev’s Clear Air notched their second bullet of the Championship in race four, however a 14 in the day’s initial contest gives them 22 points and second place. Bangor Packet, led by Tony Parker, held their own Wednesday, tallying a 6,2 for third place (24 points). When the fifth race has been completed, a discard will take effect. Keiji Kondo’s Fox finished ahead of all others to start Wednesday’s matches, and the Japanese team was exuberant to earn a World Championship race win. With his son Wataru among his crew, Kondo shared, “I did come to Miami last year for the J/24 World Council Meeting, representing Japan. It was so nice weather and a good place, so I wanted to bring my guys here.” Following Kondo across the line were Andrew Carey’s Mr. Hankey and Robby Brown’s Angel of Harlem. Milev’s Clear Air racked up bullet number two to close Wednesday, with Parker and Whittemore behind. Seventy-nine teams from 19 nations (Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States) are scheduled for 10 races through Saturday. Photos from event photographer PhotoBoat are available at https://www.photoboatgallery.net/2019j24worldspressphotos. Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5893. Follow on-the-water updates at the International J/24 Class Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ij24ca/).


Three Way Tie at Opening Day of J/24 World Championship

Enthusiasm for the J/24 Class was still running high after the opening ceremony and flag parade to open the 41st J/24 World Championship when racing got underway Tuesday in hot and sunny Miami, Florida. The 80 teams had to wait out a two-hour onshore postponement while the seabreeze kicked in at 8-10 knots. After two races, three teams are tied at 7 points: Rossi Milev’s Clear Air (1,6 on the day), Chris Stone’s Velocidad (5,2) and Keith Whittemore’s Furio (4,3). Eighty teams from 19 nations (Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States) are scheduled for 10 races through Saturday. Milev, 2017 J/24 World Champion and winner of the first contest, summarized his starting strategy, “We started just above the mid-line boat. There were a couple of boats we barely lived with, and then we saw something on the left. It was nice pressure, and more about the wind than the five-degree shift.” Milev and Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics traded the lead until Clear Air passed them on the second downwind for the victory. Todd Fedyszyn’s Spoony Tactics followed in third. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and Stone were launched on the fleet in race two, when winds decreased slightly. Whittemore placed third, lining up the three-way knot for first. Photos from event photographer PhotoBoat are available at https://www.photoboatgallery.net/2019j24worldspressphotos. Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5893. Follow on-the-water updates at the International J/24 Class Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/ij24ca/).


41st J/24 World Championship Attracts Twenty Nations to Miami

October 16, 2019

Forty-two years after the first J/24 was built in Rod Johnstone’s garage, the Class will attract 81 boats from 20 countries to Miami, Florida for the 2019 J/24 World Championship. Sponsored by Bacardi Rum, the combined efforts of the US and International J/24 Class Associations, Coral Reef Yacht Club, Shake-a-Leg Miami and Twelve USA will present five days of racing on the spectacular Biscayne Bay from October 22-26. Participating in the event will be five J/24 World Champion helmsmen, plus countless Continental and National Champions. The nations represented include Argentina, Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Great Britain, Grenada, Hungary, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United States. The 2019 edition will be the 41st World Championship for the enduring Class. A complete list of all J/24 World Champions can be found at http://www.j24class.org/about-the-j24/hall-of-fame/world-champions/. Jeff Johnstone, President of J/Boats, said, “The J/24 Class is thriving in 2019 for the same reasons it took the world by storm 40+ years ago. It’s all about people. Great racing in the world’s best sailing venues is one thing, but making life-long friends along the way, that’s priceless.” J/Boats and the US J/24 Class Association will launch the Championship by sponsoring Monday’s Opening Ceremony. The festive atmosphere will include classic memorabilia, a photo slideshow, flag bearers from each country, live music and food/beverages. Will Welles, reigning J/24 World Champion, said, “The J/24 Class is alive and strong! I don’t think the racing has ever been closer. The boat is so refined these days with everyone knowing the tricks; it’s great one-design racing.” Nancy Zangerle, IJCA Chair, said, “The 2019 World Championship will be a celebration and culmination of 42 years of J/24 Class history. It is a testament to how one man’s idea has grown into a world-wide family of sailors. The International J/24 Class continues to attract new sailors with affordable boats, great competition and adherence to strong Class Rules that really provide a level playing field on the water. The J/24 Class has sustained its popularity with the enthusiasm of so many racers and J/24 alumni who keep coming back to the premier Class events, year after year. This year’s World Championship will see crews from age 16 to 70. While I’m looking forward to five days of exciting racing, the World Championship is as much a reunion with so many J/24 family and friends.” Complete event details may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5893.


LA SUPERBA Three-peats at Coppa Italia J/24 Regatta

The sixth stage of the 2019 Italian J/24 National Series took place in Mandello del Lario, Italy. The competition was intense and very close for most of the regatta. Nevertheless, there was a familiar team sitting atop the podium—the Italian Navy team aboard LA SUPERBA, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno with crew of Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte. Their team won convincingly with a record of 1-2-1-1 for three points net. Second place went to Pietro Diamanti’s ITA 212 JAMAICA, with crew of Fabrizio Ginesi, Paolo Governato, Edoardo Ghirlanda and Giuseppe Incatasciato. They finished comfortably second with a tally of 5-1-2-2 for 5 points net. Third place went to ITA 371 J JOC ALCE NERO, owned and skippered by Fabio Apollonio, with crew of Giuseppe Diamanti, Lorenzo Marini, Tommaso Fusato and Alessia Bellotti. “We are very pleased to have won, after the Italian and European Championships, also the 2019 Italian Cup. Above all, because it took place on the lake and not on the sea, which is a race course more suitable for us,” commented Bonanno. Apollonio added, “The Lario club provided fantastic organization and hospitality and has certainly won a stage of the National Circuit 2020.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Howth Yacht Club’s Headcase are 2019 Irish J/24 National Champions

September 1, 2019

The fleet awoke on Sunday morning 25 August to a lake that looked like a sheet of glass and were none too optimistic as they headed to the racecourse on the final day of the Irish J/24 National Championship (writes Elaine O’Mahoney). But as the morning went on, wind started to build, and by the time the fleet had made it to the race area, a steady 10-12 knots had materialized, enabling OOD Derek Bothwell and his team to lay marks and get racing off on schedule. With just five races completed out of a scheduled nine, the race management team were eager to get as many races in as possible, and all racing for the day started with the U flag. Going into the final day’s racing, Cillian Dickson’s Headcase from Howth Yacht Club were lying in third place behind Darragh McCormack’s Stouche from Foynes Yacht Club in first and JP McCaldin’s El Riccio in second. However, Headcase climbed their way back up, winning the first two races but still needing to finish two places ahead of Stouche in the final race. That race was won by Jana from Sligo Yacht Club, but Headcase’s third place ahead of Stouche’s fifth was enough for them to finish the event on level points and win on countback. Tadgh O’Loinsigh on Janx Spirit from Tralee Bay Sailing Club sailed a superb series and is the new ICRA Under 25 J/24 National Champion. He will receive a grant from ICRA to assist with his J/24 campaign which will be presented at the ICRA National Conference later this year along with a presentation on the importance of supporting under 25 programmes. The Silver Fleet was won by Colm O’Flaherty from Sligo Yacht Club on Jana. The Bronze Fleet was won by Conor Houghton from Wicklow Sailing Club on Jade. The band playing outside on the Saturday night was a little bit of magic and gave the event a festival feel, and the racing finished on a high with three great races.


Will Welles Earns Fourth J/24 US National Championship

August 26, 2019

The J/24 US National Championship perpetual trophy will have a familiar name for 2019: Will Welles’ on Buckaroo has achieved the title for the fourth time. Welles, also the reigning J/24 World Champion, was joined by crew Jeff Linton, Chris Morgan, Monica Morgan and Erik Rexford at Rochester Yacht Club in New York. Buckaroo collected Sunday’s first win and added a seven for 23 net points in the eight-race series. Able to discard a UFD from race five, Welles retained scores only in the top seven. Last year’s National Champion Robby Brown and Mark Liebel on Angel of Harlem claimed the runner-up position with 38 points. William Bomar’s Bangor Packet sailed an impressive regatta with a pair of bullets, putting them in third place with 41 points. Joining Welles as a race winner on Sunday was Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta team from Japan. The 46 teams enjoyed a calmer sea state, sunny skies and winds of 8-12 knots.

Top five:

  1. Buckaroo, Will Welles – 2 -3 -2 -3 -[47] -5 -1 -7 ; 23
  2. Angel of Harlem, Robby Brown/Mark Liebel – 5 -9 -[16] -5 -3 -4 -6 -6 ; 38
  3. Bangor Packet, William Bomar – 1 -2 -[20] -1 -4 -11 -13 -9 ; 41
  4. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach – [14] -1 -3 -9 -5 -8 -14 -2 ; 42
  5. Helly Hansen, John Mollicone – 4 -6 -1 -4 -17 -[47]
    Complete results may be found at https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=6056, and photos are available on the USA J/24 Class Facebook page.


Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta

August 21, 2019

The “All Female Crew” prize was won by The Lady Caroline, a J/24 from Sligo Yacht Club. The team was helmed by Rachael O’Dwyer.

All the racing was completed on Saturday which saw choppy waters and gusts up to 35 knots in Dublin Bay, making the courses challenging and blustery for the boats. Racing on Day 2 was cancelled due to the weather conditions. Amongst the prizewinners were Louise McKenna who won the “Silver Sailor” prize for helms over 60. The Roy Family Club Perpetual Trophy for the most successful club was won by the Royal St George Yacht Club (Dun Laoghaire). Women have been sailing with and against each other for decades, but this is the first regatta to be held at a national level. This was a truly unique event where women were actively encouraged to develop their leadership skills by only allowing women helms. (Men also sailed but women had to make up 50% of the crew, and all boats were required to be helmed by women). Irish Sailing event organiser Gail MacAllister said, “While there is already equality in sailing with boys and girls competing against each other from an early age, the regatta was designed to reverse the trend of women leaving sailing when careers and family take over – and to show to younger or less experienced sailors that women helming and being a leader can become the norm”. Full results at https://www.sailing.ie/Events/Irish-Sailing-Pathfinder-Women-at-the-Helm/Entries-and-Results.


Sam Pearson Hustles U.K. J/24 Nationals

July 23, 2019

The Plymouth Yacht Regatta took place from July 12-14, and the event co-hosted the U.K. J/24 National Championship. The Port of Plymouth Sailing Association organized the regatta, and the RNSA (Royal Navy Sailing Association) and Plymouth Yacht Clubs provided the on-the-water race management. The 29 J/24s enjoyed great racing, getting in 10 races over the three-day event. In the end, it was Sam Pearson’s HUSTLE that won with 39 points net. There’s was not an easy win as Nick Phillips’ CHAOTIC was running away with the regatta until the seventh race, as they had posted three bullets and a 2-4 in their tally. However, a seventh-race DSQ ruined Phillips’ chances of winning the Championship, settling for the silver. Tied on 49 points net with them was the Swedish team on FRONT RUNNER (JIVE), sailed by Monica & Per-Hakan Persson. The team gelled in their last four races, posting a 1-2-2-12 to leap up the standings to tie CHAOTIC, but lose the countback to settle for the bronze on the podium. The balance of the top five included Dave Hale’s CACCON in fourth place and James Torr’s MAJIC U25 youth team took fifth position. For more Plymouth Regatta information, visit https://yacht-regatta.ppsa.org.uk/.


American Keith Whittemore Dominates Kieler Woche

July 7, 2019

Twenty-eight J/24s competed at Kieler Woche in Kiel Germany during the last week of June. Keith Whittemore of the USA crushed the fleet, and was able to sit out the final (11th) race as his discard. Whittemore racked up seven bullets and ended with just 17 net points. Duncan McCarthy of Great Britain captured the silver spot with 50 points, and German Frithjof Schade was third with 63 points. Five nations were represented: DEN, GBR, GER, SWE, USA. For results, visit https://manage2sail.com/en-US/event/kiwo19#!/results?classId=j24.


LA SUPERBA Crowned Italian J/24 Champion

June 3, 2019

The Circolo Nautico “Amici Della Vela” hosted the 2019 edition of the Italian J/24 Championship for 30 teams on the Adriatic Sea. After three days of racing, a familiar face was sitting atop the podium—Ignazio Bonnano and crew from LA SUPERBA. Taking the silver was Eugenia de Giacomo and Roggero di Lauria’s FIVE FOR FIGHTING, and the British team of NOTIFY ME (Mauro Benfatto and Fabio Mazzoni) took the bronze. This was the third time in a row that the team of LA SUPERBA (Bonnano and Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro, Alfredo Branciforte and Francesco Linares) was crowned Italian Champions. Notably, this makes it their sixth win in eight years. “The Championship progressed very well,” commented Franco Minotti of the Regatta Committee. “The very technical field and the demanding sailing conditions for the current, and the wind, contributed to making the races beautiful and engaging. It was very impressive for the fleet of J/24s here in Cervia.” For more Italian J/24 Championship information, visit https://www.circolonauticocervia.it/.


Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba Controls 2019 J/24 European Championship

May 11, 2019

Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy, with crew Simone Scontrino, Vincenzo Vano, Francesco Picaro and Alfredo Branciforte, only needed nine of 10 races to earn the title of J/24 European Champions for the second time. They also won in 2012 in their home country. The team logged scores of 1,3,4,3,2,3,1,2,3 for 22 net points, able to stay ashore for Friday’s final duel which determined the runner-up positions. Anthimos Nikolaidis’ Evniki of Greece secured the silver spot with the race win for 37 net points. Two fellow countrymen followed in third and fourth overall: Panagiotis Kampouridis’ JMania (43 points) and Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ Hellenic Police (46 points). German Stefan Karsunke’s Schwere Jungs completed the top five with 51 points. Thirty J/24s competed May 7-10 from the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Bonanno and the La Superba team from the Italian Navy race together regularly, and are working to come to Miami, Florida for the 2019 World Championship in October. Conditions in Patras were postcard-perfect every day, with winds generally starting near 10 knots and increasing throughout the day. Bonanno shared, “We prefer light breeze usually, but on the first day, we had a good day even when the wind increased to 15-18 knots.” Of the venue, he added, “Really nice races and a good race area. We took the European Champion the day before, so we are really, really happy!” Complete results may be found at http://j24europeans2019.gr/, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba to be Crowned 2019 J/24 European Champion

May 10, 2019

In nine of 10 scheduled races at the J/24 European Championship, Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba has consistently placed in the top four. Factoring in one discard for the Series, that leaves the Italian team as European Champions for the second time (they also won in 2012 in their home country), with one race to spare. Retaining scores of only firsts, seconds and thirds, La Superba has netted just 18 points. Teams battling for the balance of the podium, nearly 20 points in arrears, include Anthimos Nikolaidis’ Evniki, Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ Hellenic Police, Panagiotis Kampouridis’ JMania and Stefan Karsunke’s Schwere Jungs. 30 J/24s conclude racing Friday at the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Conditions were perfect again on Thursday, with breeze at 10-15 knots, sunny skies and warmer temperatures. Bonanno’s La Superba notched their second bullet of the series to start the day, tailed by two German teams—Stephan Mais’ Runningmen and Karsunke’s Schwere Jungs. Kampouridis’ JMania of Greece snagged the win in the day’s middle battle, while Bonanno settled for second and Nikolaidis’ Evniki third. Then Kampouridis’ JMania went back-to-back with another victory, ahead of Karsunke and Bonanno. Complete results may be found at http://j24europeans2019.gr/, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Advantage La Superba at J/24 European Championship

May 8, 2019

Six races have been accomplished at the J/24 European Championship, hosted by the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy has jumped into first place. With scores of 3,2,3 on Wednesday, and factoring in the discard race (a fourth for them), La Superba tallies just 12 net points. Anthimos Nikolaidis’ Evniki of Greece moved up a spot to second overall (17 points), and fellow countryman Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ Hellenic Police can now be found in third (25 points). Winds began at 5-8 knots under blue skies and increased to 10-12 by day’s end for the 30 J/24s. Nikolaidis rattled off two bullets in the first two races on Wednesday, shadowed initially by Tagaropoulos and Bonanno, and then again by Bonanno and Dave Hale’s Cacoon of Great Britain. Two German teams rocked the day’s final and windiest battle: Lynn Wolgast’s Derbe Kerle and Thomas Cramer’s Jux and Dollerei. Bonanno placed third. Racing continues through Friday. Complete results may be found at http://j24europeans2019.gr/, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Idyllic Opening to J/24 European Championship

Thirty J/24s vied in three races in winds of 15-25 knots to open to 2019 J/24 European Championship, hosted by the Sailing Club of Patras in Greece. Three different nations comprise the top three: Stefan Karsunke’s Schwere Jungs of Germany (5 points), Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy (8 points) and Anthimos Nikolaidis’ Evniki of Greece (17 points). Bonanno’s La Superba opened the Championship successfully as the breeze started in the mid-teens. Karsunke’s Schwere Jungs and Rauschenberger’s El Nino followed. Nikolaidis’ Evniki won race two when the winds began piping up, and both Karsunke and Bonanno kept their claim at the front end of the fleet. Karsunke capped a nearly perfect day with a bullet, ahead of Panagiotis Kampouridis’ JMania and Alexandros Tagaropoulos’ Hellenic Police in Tuesday’s last contest. Racing continues through Friday. Complete results may be found at http://j24europeans2019.gr/.

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