International J/24 Class Association

2018 J/24 Class Rules Posted

February 9, 2018

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


Exciting Chiloe Santander Regatta in Chile

February 3, 2018

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


Diamanti Crowned Francesco Ciccolo Trophy Winner

January 26, 2018

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


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

January 23, 2018

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


Australian Nationals

Thanks to Simon Grain for this report: Congratulations to Hugo Ottaway and his crew Pauliina Mattila, Gareth Evans, James Tarode and Megan Aulich sailing Bruschetta VI, the new National J2/4 Class Champions in Australia for 2018 by 3 points from Simon Grain in Jet and Steve Wright in Tinto in third. Day four was a battle for first between Hugo and Simon right to the very end, with both finishing the last race in the same order as they finished the regatta. Hyperactive and Vice Versa both finished on 58 points for fourth and fifth respectively, an indication of the close racing throughout the regatta. The last day started slowly with a 12-15 knot southerly, cloudy skies and much cooler temperatures (to everyone’s relief after the very draining 42 degree Saturday). With a shifty wind, a couple of generals and an exemplary attitude from the race committee, after one and a half hours and seven start sequences, we finally got away. Jordan skippering the Sandy Youth boat Sidetracked had an absolute blinder of a race, finishing out front only to suffer the pain of finding he was OCS on a black flag race. Steve Wright in Tinto took the gun, with Jet just pipping Bruschetta VI right on the line. Race 12 had Bruschetta VI taking out the race from Jet and Kirsty Harris in Hyperactive. Luis Ferreiro was on the race track, and you can see fantastic pictures at www.sportsnap.com.au. The full results for One Design are at https://www.syc.com.au/raceresults/2017/klbt/j24nat/SGrp27.htm. The Performance Handicap was won by Robin Townsend in Witches Thimble from Jack Fullerton in Two Dogs and Ron Thomson in Kicking. Results are at https://www.syc.com.au/raceresults/2017/klbt/j24nat/SGrp28.htm. In the very popular Thommo Cup, once again Ron took the honours from Jeanette 7–5. Although he tells me he got a real scare in the middle of the regatta when it was 4 all! The standard of racing is awesome. It doesn’t matter where in the fleet, from front to back the competition is full on. And everyone is loving it. The Sandy Race Management team did a fantastic job in sometimes trying conditions. I heard no grumbles, only praise for their very professional work. The presentation was held in the Sandy Harbourview restaurant, another very successful evening with El Presidente, master MC and funnyman John Neville, lamenting that the regatta had not ended when he was winning but doing a sterling job presenting trophies, cracking jokes and keeping us all in laughter. For more Australian J/24 information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


CACIQUE Dominates PIMMS Cup

January 17, 2018

In mid-December, the Club Nautico Olivos just north of Buenos Aires, Argentina, hosted the COPA PIMMS on the Rio de la Plata for the J/24 Class. The weather was not the best as only three races could be held over the two-day event for the nine-boat J/24 fleet. Club Nautico Olivos hosts the Pimms Cup as their traditional closing of the racing season. They provide a relaxed atmosphere after Saturday’s racing. The sailors have a great time, there is lots of camaraderie, music, good food and drink. In a simple ceremony on Sunday, the CNO organizes a nice award ceremony to end the 2017 regatta season. The winner of the 2017 COPA PIMMS was Santiago Doval’s crew on CACIQUE with a record of three bullets for 3 points total. Behind him it was a seesaw battle until the end. Winning the fight was Nicolas Cubria’s RINA ALAGUA with a consistent 4-3-3 tally for 10 points. Only one point back was Andres Guerra’s CARRERA with a 2-5-4 record for 11 points. Rounding out the top five was Rodrigo Benedetto’s HAIK-THOMSON REUTERS with 13 points to take fourth place, and lying in fifth position was Gonzalo Nandin’s NOCTURNO with 17 points. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit https://www.facebook.com/Asociaci%C3%B3n-Argentina-de-Clase-J24-326390830730156/.


PELLE NERA Leads Anzio Nettuno Winter Series Act V

January 9, 2018

On a day characterized by weak and variable winds coming from the North and large residual waves from the storm of the previous day, the sailing conditions put a strain on tactics and helmsmen. The fifth round of the 43rd J/24 Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno took place with 22 crews of the Roman J/24 fleet. The fifth regatta was won by ITA 416 NUVOLA skippered by Ignazio Bonanno from the Italian Navy. In second place was ITA 40 ALBA CHIARA skippered by Stefano Venturi, followed in third by ITA 447 PELLE NERA owned by Paolo Cecamore and skippered by the Hungarian J/24 Champion Farkas Litkey, now at home in the waters of Anzio. As a result of the final event in 2017, PELLE NERA from Nettuno YC is leading the Winter Series with just 6 points in the provisional standings. They are followed in second by ITA 210 CESARE JULIO skippered by Pietro Massimo Meriggi sitting on 15 points total. Then, in third position with 19 points is ITA 487 AMERICAN PASSAGE sailed by Paolo Rinaldi. Rounding out the provisional top five are ITA 428 REDS (Gianni Riccobono) and ITA 358 ARPIIONE (Michele Potenza) in fourth and fifth, respectively. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


J/24 FIVE FOR FIGHTING Wins Autumn Championship

December 12, 2017

The Autumn Championship for the Gulf of Poets J/24 Fleet took place over two weekends and was organized by the Club Nautica Marina di Carrara in collaboration with the Circolo della Vela Marina di Massa. In total, 10 races were run over the two weekends. A victory in the last race confirmed the win of the young crew on ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING in the dozen-boat fleet. The team was led by owner/skipper Eugenia De Giacomo with crew of Nicola and Matilde Pitanti, Lorenzo Cusimano and Bruna Marco. The sailing was characterized by sun and perfect wind, about 10-15 knots from the northeast on Saturday. Then on Sunday, two more races happened in similar conditions to count five for the weekend. There were four different winners of the races, including FIVE FOR FIGHTING (race 6 and 10), Riccardo Pacini’s COCCOE, Roberta Banfo’s TALLY-HO (skippered by Luca Macchiarini) and Giuseppe Simonelli’s RAZOR BILL (skippered by Davide Sampiero). At the end of racing on Sunday, FIVE FOR FIGHTING had five firsts and three seconds in their 10-race tally to win with 16 points net. The second-place boat was Pacini’s COCCOE with 25 points net. Third and fourth places were determined by a tie-breaker between Pietro Diamanti’s JAMAICA and Macchiarini’s TALLY-HO, with the former getting the benefit of countback to round out the podium. Fifth place went to Simonelli’s RAZOR BILL. “They were beautiful regattas, very fun and very competitive,” commented Pietro Diamanti. “I am satisfied with this edition of the Autumn Championship and the victory of a crew made up of determined and very good youngsters like Five for Fighting, always ready to go down into the water and to commit to the maximum. Congratulations also to Riccardo Pacini, a great return with a super crew formed by my brother Giuseppe, Fabio Apollonio and Renzo Marini and Tommy Fusato.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


KAOTIC Tops NSW States

December 3, 2017

This year’s 2017 New South Wales State Championship was hosted by the Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club and sponsored by Doyle MacDiarmid Sails. The racing took place on the Felix Bay, just off Point Piper on the southern shoreline of Sydney Harbour. Two cold, wet days and tricky weather conditions with shifty breezes was not the easiest for the RPEYC PRO duo of Terry Matthews and Adrian Broadbent and the race committee team, but their efforts were greatly appreciated by the 13 crews who participated. Performance is rated, and top boats are “scratch teams” while those in the mid-fleet get a higher handicap applied to their scores. Winning the “Open” division were long-time stalwarts of the Sydney fleet, the duo of Sean Kirkjian & Arthur Crothers on KAOTIC. Taking second was David West’s ACE. Rounding out the podium in the bronze position was CONVICTS REVENGE, skippered by Stephen Girdis. This year’s handicap division winners were Janette Syme’s WILDFIRE, and she also took the crown as Top Woman Skipper. Second was the trio of Brendan Lee and the Tromps on WATERBORNE AGAIN. Taking third was Clinton Hood’s VERTIGO. This year, the “Women on Water Trophy” was awarded to Amanda Williams for her efforts skippering JAGGED EDGE in club races, twilights and regattas, showing determination and relentless enthusiasm during her learning curve. For more Australian J/24 Class information, visit http://www.j24.com.au/.


Italian J/24 Winter Sailing Series Report

The final event in 2017 for the Italian J/24 Winter Series took place off Cagliari; one that not only had a new winner for the regatta, but also confirmed the series leader of the regional series (a six-event program that takes place during the fall 2017 and winter 2018). The weather conditions were not favorable for the two-day event in Cagliari. There was little wind on Saturday and way too much wind on Sunday. So, the RC Chairman of Société Canottieri Ichnusa, Tanni Spanedda, wisely called off racing on Sunday. Winning the regatta was ITA 460 BOTTA DRITTA sailed by Mariolino Di Fraia, with his crew of Luca Montella, Ezio Diana, Andrea Tirotto and Gianluca Cataldi. They sailed fast in all six short-course races on Saturday. As a result of the weekend series, ITA 405 VIGNE SURRAU from Club Nautico Arzachena, skippered by Aurelio Bini, leads after 27 races sailed in three events. Then, sitting in second place is Davide Gorgerino’s ITA 431 LNI CARLOFORTE-PUNTO A, and then in third place is ITA 396 MOLARA sailed by Federico Manconi. The next regatta on the circuit does not take place until January 21. For more Italian J/24 Fleet information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


Argentina J/24 Class Activities

Argentina has a very active J/24 Class with fleets in Buenos Aires on Rio de La Plata, as well as up in the mountains with fleets just west of Mendoza and also in the Cordoba region featuring the gorgeous Lago San Roque in the foothills of the Andes Mountains.

CORDOBA: The Cordoba J/24 fleet recently completed its Torneo de Verano (summer tournament). Host for the event was Club Náutico Córdoba. They managed to sail eight races over the two-weekend series on Lago San Roque. The crew of Javier “Caraca” Moyano on GRAN CARAJO stood out from the fleet based on their consistency; winning two races and taking two seconds in the eight-race series to win with 17 points net. The balance of the podium was determined by a tie-breaker between two competitive crews sitting on 22 points each. Based on countback, taking second in the regatta was Juan Mauri DiFrancesco’s crew on CARRER over Julian Dadona’s team on SIROCCO. Rounding out the top five were Pablo Somestrari’s SEAWOLF and Carlos Trigo’s PURA VIDA, fourth and fifth, respectively.
BUENOS AIRES: The YC Olivos in Buenos Aires held their XXXVII Grand Prix International Luis Alberto Cerrato Cup for J/24s on the Rio de la Plata. After a six-race series managed by the YC Olivos team, it was a familiar team that was at the front of the pack. After five bullets and a second, Matias Pereira’s crew on ARG 5486 took home the title. Chasing Pereira’s team hard all weekend long was Sergio Pendola’s ARG 5463, the only boat to win a race off Pereira, but having to settle for second place. Third was another top Argentinean crew on Hernan Cubria’s ARG 5461 with just 15 points in six races (5 counters net).
For more Argentina J/24 class information, visit http://j24arg.blogspot.com/.


EURUS Wins Brazilian J/24 Championship

The 2017 edition of the Brazilian J/24 Championship took place over two weekends off Rio de Janeiro, hosted by YC Rio de Janeiro. The regatta had a great turnout, with 11 teams competing for national honors. The teams were treated to a range of conditions, but mostly seabreezes from the east/southeast that were a result of clear, warm days. There was one day that was a bit light, cloudy, and mostly overcast. In the end, it was a very close battle for the top three boats, with the results going all the way down to the wire on the last day. After starting out with an OCS, Ronaldo Senfft’s crew on EURUS (Andrea & Leticia Nicolino, Adhara Ginaid and Carlos Eduardo Brandao) sailed fast and conservatively, sailing the most consistent series in the top three to win the regatta counting only top four finishes for a total of 18 points net. Also starting with an OCS and winning four races was Fernando Tover Gioia’s team on MALABAR (Mauricio Santa Cruz, Rafael Pariz, Joao Pedro Soute de Oliviera and Sergio Almeida). They took the silver spot with 22 points net. Rounding out the podium was Murilo Borges’ BRUSCHETTA with crew of Tatiana Almeida, Jorge Bueno, Matheus Goncalves and Mario Tinoco. They sailed well and consistently, posting all top five finishes in their final tally to secure the bronze with 24 points net. For more Brazilian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.facebook.com/J24.BRAZILIAN.NATIONAL.CLASS/.


J/24 Italy Winter Racing Report

November 25, 2017

The Italian J/24 Class continued to enjoy a full-slate of racing in their ongoing winter series events taking place in Cervia (Rome), Taranto and Marina di Carrara. Over 50 teams are competing in these various series. Here are the latest reports. CERVIA: On the Mediterranean Sea, 16 crews from the Romagna J/24 fleet have now completed three regattas for their Winter Championship—the X Memorial Stefano Pirini Cup—hosted by Circolo Nautico Cervia. The day’s winners for the three races were ITA 402 ARMED sailed by Marco Maccaferri, ITA 424 KISMET owned by Francesca Focardi and skippered by Dario Luciani from CN Cervia Amici della Vela, and ITA 400 CAPTAIN NEMO co-owned by co-armed by Guido Guadagni and Domenico Brighi from CV Ravennate. As a result, of the third weekend of racing, the J/24 KISMET is still in the lead for the series. They are followed by CAPTAIN NEMO in second place, and in third place is ITA 382 VENTO BLUE sailed by Mauro Martelli. The Winter Championship X Memorial Stefano Pirini Cup is divided into two stages. The first stage will conclude with races on Sunday, December 3. The second stage starts on February 18, 2018 and ends on March 18. TARANTO: Thanks to the three wins on the opening day and three more races on the final weekend, ITA 417 LA SUPERBA won the 2017 Cup Final, the closing leg of the J/24 Trofeo Ciccolo National Circuit that took place off Taranto. The Italian Navy team sailing LA SUPERBA is skipper Ignazio Bonanno and crew of Simone Scontrino, Francesco Picaro, Francesco Linares and Alfredo Branciforte. Taking second position was a new fleet member, ITA 427 JEBEDEE, owned by Nino Soriano and skippered by Luca Gaglione from the Puglia fleet. Included on the crew were Nino’s son Remo Soriano at the mast, Vittorio Renzi in the cockpit and Silvio Tullo at the bow (all of them are from the Circolo Nautico Sailing School). Rounding out the podium in third place was ITA 467 CANARINO FEROCE owned by Massimo Ruggiero and skippered by Giuseppe Maglietta. “It was an honor for us on JEBEDEE and for our fleet to be able to compete with crews like those who came to Taranto to qualify for the J/24 Worlds,” commented Puglia J/24 Fleet Captain Nino Soriano. “It was impressive to watch LA SUPERBA being at ease in the difficult sailing conditions. It surprised us and incentivized us to practice and train more to raise our level of competition. It was a great event and very good organization!” MARINA DI CARRARA: For the opening weekend of the Autumn Cup sailed on the Golf of Poets off Marina di Carrara, five races were completed in a variety of wind conditions over a sunny weekend. The host RC crew from CN Marina di Carrera was pleased to run two races the first day and three on the final day. Twelve teams headed out with great anticipation on Saturday. However, the conditions were not conducive for the regular seabreeze to build, so two races were barely completed in the dying breeze. The day’s winners were ITA 212 JAMAICA sailed by Pietro Diamanti and ITA 449 RAZOR BILL owned by Giuseppe Simonelli and helmed by Davide Sampiero. However, the standings changed dramatically on the second day. ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING sailed by Eugenia De Giacomo (with crew of Nicola and Matilde Pitanti, Lorenzo Cusimano and Bruna Marco) won all three races in the southwest winds of 8-10 knots. Consequently, De Giacomo’s FIVE FOR FIGHTING team led the standings with a 3-4-1-1-1 for 6 points net. They are followed in second place by ITA 202 TALLY I owned by Roberta Banfo and skippered by Luca Macchiarini with a record of 4-3-2-5-2 for 11 points net. Sitting in third place is ITA 481 COCO sailed by Riccardo Pacini with a 2-ocs-4-2-4 for 12 points net. For more Italian J/24 Winter series information, visit https://www.j24.it/.


World Council Meeting Minutes Posted

October 31, 2017

Thank you to the Italian Class for hosting the 2017 J/24 World Council Meeting at Fraglia Vela, Riva del Garda, Italy on October 21. The meeting minutes are now posted at http://www.j24class.org/organization/class-documents/wcm-minutes/.


J/24 Italy National Circuit October Report

October 28, 2017

The Italian J/24 Class continues to complete a combination of their summer series and upcoming fall events. Here are the latest reports from the Cervia Fleet in Sardinia and from the Genovese fleet sailing their annual Lantern Regatta. CERVIA: For the fifth leg of the Italian J/24 National Circuit, the Race Committee and PRO at Circolo Nautico de Cervia managed to provide the 23 J/24 teams with six races over the two-day weekend. Thanks to a very steady series scoreline of 5-3-2-2-3-3, J-OC sailed by Fabio Apollonio ended up winning the Cervia stage of the National J/24 Circuit with 13 points total. Just off the pace behind them and taking second place was Italian J/24 Class President, Pietro Diamanti, racing ITA 212 JAMAICA to a record of 4-1-5-3-1-2 for 15 points. Rounding out the podium was ITA 424 KISMET owned by Francesca Focardi and skippered by Dario Luciani, with a record of 10-2-1-6-4-9 for 22 points. For the balance of the top five, it was ITA 505 JORE owned by Alessandro Errani and helmed by Marco Pantano that took fourth place. Finishing in fifth place was Ignacio Bonanno and his Italian Navy crew on ITA 416 LA SUPERBA. The Cervia event also qualified another boat for the 2018 World Championship that will take place in Riva del Garda at the end of August 2018—ITA 424 KISMET won that slot. As a result of this regatta, the National Circuit series continues to be led by Diamanti’s JAMAICA, followed by ITA 473 MAGIC FAIRY sailed by Massimo Frigerio in second and ITA 304 FIVE FOR FIGHTING J sits in third, sailed by the young Eugenia De Giacomo.

GENOA/ PORTOFINO Campionato Della Lanterna: The Marina Genova Airport Nautical Club completed the second and third events of the Campionato Della Lanterna for the fleet of eight J/24s. The fleet had to contend with uncertain weather on day one, almost a “glass-out” in the morning, but followed up with a southwest breeze of 5-7 knots in the afternoon, enough to get in two races. The second day’s racing was defined by winds of 15-18 knots plus a short, steep chop. It was close racing for everyone over the weekend. In the end, it was JAWS that won the regatta, followed by JUST A JOKE in second, FINALLY in third, FOR FIVE (A. Criscuolo – P. Ghibaudi) in fourth, and LANDFALL (Simone and Andrea Moretti) in fifth. “I am very happy with the way this championship is going,” Sr Buffa explained. “Above all, it is the rebirth and the fervor of our fleet of Portofino/Genoa, constantly searching for new J/24 owners who wish to join us.” For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit https://www.j24.it/.

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