International J/24 Class Association

MADELAINE Tops U.K. J/24 Autumn Cup

November 10, 2019

After a week of watching the forecast, Race Officer Steve Thompson made the decision to go ahead with the J/24 Autumn Cup at Poole Yacht Club. Saturday dawned with a strong southwesterly breeze so the decision was made to race within the harbour to shelter from the mid-channel gales. Following the briefing, 22 teams went afloat for four races back to back. Race one started on time at 10:30 with Madelaine helmed by Duncan McCarthy leading from start to finish. A pack of boats followed in close company with Joe Cross in Jambalaya just holding off a late charge from Dave Cooper’s Jive to take second followed by Cacoon and National Champions Hustle in fourth and fifth respectively. A quick turn around, and the fleet were away for race two. Once again, a good start from Madelaine catapulted them into an early lead which they held to the finish. This time, Nick Phillips and team on Chaotic recovered from a main halyard issue in race one to sail a solid race to finish second ahead of Sam Pearson’s Hustle. Race three saw the breeze increase, with some particularly strong gusts on the run, resulting in plenty of planing and broaches. Jive stormed into an early lead, which they held until the final run, when the ever-consistent Madelaine powered past to take their third win of the day. Jive took a close second with Hustle once again taking third. The final race of the day started with two boats OCS, but the majority of the fleet starting cleanly for another three laps. Once again, Madelaine started well leading around the windward mark and extending away to take a clean sweep for the day followed by Chaotic and Nick Macdonald’s Mojos in third. The fleet returned to Poole YC with smiles on their faces ready for a barbeque laid on by the club straight after racing, allowing crews to get together and socialize after an exciting day on the water. Following a few protests, the day’s results were posted seeing Duncan McCarthy and his team on Madelaine leading the way with 3 points. Second was Dave Cooper’s Jive on 9 points with Joe Cross’ Jambalaya third, ahead on count back of Sam Pearson’s Hustle (both on 11 points). Sunday morning dawned with gusts over 30 knots and a forecast of building breeze during the day. The decision was, therefore, made to abandon the day’s racing allowing boats to be lifted out before the weather closed in. A slick operation executed by a team of Poole YC members meant that an hour and a half later the 16 visiting boats had been lifted out of the water ready for the prize-giving where Poole YC Commodore (and J/24 sailor) Nye Davies presented Duncan and team Madelaine with the J/24 Autumn Cup. Duncan thanked the team at Poole YC for putting on a good event and getting four good races away in challenging conditions to finish the UK qualifiers for next year’s UK J/24 World Championship. For more J/24 United Kingdom Autumn Cup Championship information, visit https://www.pooleyc.co.uk/racing/results/772.


MADELAINE Triumphs at Irish J/24 Westerns

Thanks for the report by Chris Scott: A 13-strong fleet defied the aftermath of Hurricane Lorenzo to return Lough Ree for a re-run of the event which was originally blown out in mid-April. The easterly breeze on day one ranged between 10-15 knots with increasingly persistent rain, although the conditions did not dampen the competition with closely fought racing throughout the fleet. Principal Race Officer David Dickson and team performed with textbook efficiency to deliver four high-quality races in typically shifty lake conditions that ensured there were plenty of snakes and ladders to contend with. The Gold Fleet became a shoot-out between Il Riccio helmed by JP McCaldin from Lough Erne Yacht Club and local boat Headcase helmed by Cillian Dickson. Il Riccio reveled in the shifty conditions to return three bullets, however, a fourth place in race three allowed the consistent performance of reigning Irish National Champions Headcase to finish the day within one point of the lead. A strong performance by Diarmuid O’Donovan’s Yahtzee was marred by retirement in race four, however, it remained enough to lead the Silver Fleet overnight and stay in contention for the overall podium places with Mark Usher in Jumpin’ Jive and Flor O’Driscoll in Hard on Port. A fine dinner provided by Lough Ree Yacht Club and numerous hot whiskies revived cold competitors ashore– at least until the next morning. Day two provided a spectacular autumnal morning with lighter breeze from the west. A prompt start from David Dickson ensured two tight races to close out the event. The clinical Il Riccio crew only required one race to secure overall victory, a further bullet enough to win with a race to spare from Headcase. Il Riccio had successfully snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on several previous occasions during the year so this victory in the season finale was greatly welcomed by the crew. The evergreen Flor O’Driscoll and crew completed the Gold Fleet podium placings in third. The lighter breeze saw new competitors enter the fray with Fergus Kelliher from Tralee Bay SC on Jibe securing their best individual result with a second in race five with newly installed Class President Mark Usher’s Jumpin’ Jive narrowly missing on a race win in race six. Diarmuid O’Donovan’s Yachtzee completed a successful weekend for Lough Erne crews by securing Silver Fleet honours with a narrow victory over Conor Haughton’s Jade from Wicklow Sailing Club. Dave Lane’s YaGottaWanna from Royal Cork Yacht Club completed the Silver Fleet podium. Lough Ree Yacht Club delivered an excellent event with special mention at the prize-giving reserved for J/24 stalwart and event organizer Finbarr Ryan. The J/24 Irish fleet now enter the winter period following an excellent season of racing including a record-breaking entry for the National Championships and a different winner in each of the four events demonstrating the competitiveness within the fleet. 2020 will see the prestigious J/24 World Championships hosted in Poole, Dorset; therefore, the Irish circuit will be full of well-primed crews preparing for the challenge. Away from Lough Ree, Colm O’Flaherty from Sligo Yacht Club represented the fleet at the hotly contested All Ireland Sailing Championship in Dun Laoghaire. The Rosses Point helm won the Repechage before finishing seventh overall. For more Irish J/24 Westerns information, visit https://j24ireland.ie/il-riccio-wins-j-24-western-championships-at-lough-ree-yacht-club/.


Keith Whittemore’s Furio Attains J/24 World Championship

October 27, 2019

Keith Whittemore’s Furio entered the final two races of the 41st J/24 World Championship with a nine-point advantage, and quickly slammed the door on the competition by dominating race nine of 10. With crew Shelby Milne, Willem Van Waay, Mark Rodgerd and Brian Thomas, the Seattle-based team has been crowned 2019 J/24 World Champions, topping 78 other eager competitors in Miami, FL. Following their bullet to start Saturday, long-time J/24 sailor Whittemore placed eighth in the final contest, five notches better than his closest challenger Rossi Milev’s Clear Air. Although 2017 J/24 World Champion Milev placed second behind Whittemore in Saturday’s first match, Furio was able to cover in race 10 to officially clinch victory with 41 points to Milev’s 57. Chris Stone’s Velocidad assembled an impressive Championship for third place (66 points). Whittemore’s highest finish in prior World Championships was third, and he has been a bridesmaid at more than one major Championship. Five J/24 World Champion helmsmen were among this fleet, and Whittemore smiled, saying, “Being able to beat those guys feels really, really, really good!” He added, “Today was scary. When we drove down, we said we really need to win the first race, so the second race isn’t a complete mess.” The plan worked perfectly when Furio started at the pin, and got a header. “We could cross everybody. We were frankly gone at that point and extended our lead. We’d struggled up every first beat of every race. That was the first time where something happened, and we said this is going to be really good!”

The IJCA also awarded its perpetual trophies:
• Jaeger Women’s Trophy to Erica Spencer, Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team, USA
• Under-25 Turner Trophy to Matthew Miranda, Team Outrageous on the Kelly Holmes-Moon Grant Boat, USA
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) completed 10 races from October 22-26.
Top Twelve:

  1. Furio, Keith Whittemore, USA – 4 -3 -7 -3 -[33] -2 -1 -12 -1 -8 ; 41
  2. Clear Air, Rossi Milev, CAN – 1 -6 -14 -1 -3 -[16] -11 -6 -2 -13 ; 57
  3. Velocidad, Christopher Stone, USA – 5 -2 -4 -14 -4 -7 -[26] -5 -8 -17 ; 66
  4. Nautalytics, Mike Ingham, USA – 2 -14 -[39] -7 -8 -5 -14 -4 -9 -5 ; 68
  5. Honeybadger, Travis Odenbach, USA – [22] -19 -19 -5 -9 -1 -8 -11 -5 -1 ; 78
  6. Lifted, Evan Petley-Jones, CAN – 12 -16 -29 -6 -5 -[35] -4 -9 -3 -9 ; 93
  7. Bruschetta, Mauricio Santa Cruz, BRA – 27 -[80] -11 -20 -10 -8 -9 -1 -6 -3 ; 95
  8. Angel of Harlem, USA – 7 -12 -3 -29 -[80] -23 -6 -8 -7 -2 ; 97
  9. Buckaroo, Will Welles, USA – 13 -[24] -13 -21 -6 -14 -13 -2 -19 -4 ; 105
  10. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker, USA – 15 -1 -6 -2 -2 -[27] -17 -24 -25 -25 ; 117
  11. Spoony Tactics, Todd Fedyszyn, USA – 3 -33 -22 -11 -13 -[42] -22 -22 -4 -6 ; 136
  12. Fox, Keiji Kondo, JPN – 6 -43 -1 -15 -29 -[80] -7 -29 -24 -14 ; 168
    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.


Sporty Penultimate Day at J/24 World Championship

October 26, 2019

Keith Whittemore’s Furio extended his lead at the J/24 World Championship, as Biscayne Bay in Miami delivered a wild and exciting day for the 79 teams. Winds were regularly recorded at 18 knots with gusts in the 20s, testing competitors and equipment, and causing some boats to retire early. Whittemore’s Furio, who exceled in the Championship’s lighter days, also shone in the bigger breeze Friday, posting a bullet and a 12 for 32 net points in eight races. Two more races are planned Saturday to conclude the event. Chris Stone’s Velocidad held on to the runner-up position with 41 points, following a 26,5 on the day (discarding the 26). Rossi Milev’s Clear Air maintained the third spot with 42 points. The Seattle-based Furio crew is comprised of Shelby Milne, Willem Van Waay, Mark Rodgerd and Brian Thomas. Whittemore explained that Van Waay has some regatta experience with Furio but joked, “The rest of us has sailed together for 4,000 years.” Whittemore also keeps a boat in Europe, and is regular on that circuit, creating friends and supporters worldwide. After Whittemore in race seven were John Mollicone’s Helly Hansen and Tokuma Takesue’s Gekko. Three J/24 World Champions comprised the top three in race eight: Mauricio Santa Cruz’s Bruschetta, Will Welles Buckaroo and Daniel Frost’s JJOne. 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) conclude racing 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 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/.

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