International J/24 Class Association

Duel at Väter¬chen Frost Regatta

December 5, 2018

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


Fall Italian J/24 Class Report

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


Battle at Chilean J/24 Nationals

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


CARRERA Wins Sixth Argentine J/24 Title

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

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


2018 NSW J/24 State Titles

November 10, 2018

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


2018 World Council Meeting Minutes Posted

November 1, 2018

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


Jumpin Jive Time at J/24 Northern Championship in UK

October 7, 2018

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

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

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


Fun Alster Regatta

September 14, 2018

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


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

September 10, 2018

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

Top five:

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


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

August 31, 2018

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

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


Will Welles’ Kaster Keeps Hold of J/24 World Championship

August 29, 2018

Lake Garda delivered more of the same champagne conditions on the middle day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. American Will Welles’ Kaster showed the same consistency, posting two second place finishes in Wednesday’s pair of races. Welles now boasts a seven-point advantage over Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan, who won the opening contest but added a seven in the next. Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany continued his ascent up the rankings with a 4,3 to move into third at 36 points, with Keith Whittemore’s Furio of the USA looking over his shoulder one notch back. Imai’s Siesta stayed hot, winning the opening match Wednesday in the familiar 10-16 knot lake winds. Welles and Whittemore followed. Whittemore’s Furio earned his first bullet of the series in race seven, with Welles repeating in second and Frost third. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) are competing in the 40th edition of the Championship. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Will Welles’ Kaster Holds Lead at J/24 World Championship

August 28, 2018

The leaderboard tightened up Tuesday at the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Lake Garda again produced fantastic conditions as the 89 teams recorded two more races, bringing the total to five, including now one discard. American Will Welles’ Kaster maintained the top spot with 18 net points, but Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 is just two points back in second place with 20, and Nobuyuki Imai’s Siesta of Japan launched up to third with 21 points. Both Welles and Bala’zs stumbled in the day’s final race, but benefited from the throw-out. 2016 World Champion Daniel Frost’s JJOne of Germany ruled the day, winning the first contest, and placing second in the next. Following Frost in Tuesday’s opener were two Americans: Keith Whittemore’s Furio and Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger. Imai’s Siesta also had a solid day, leading the fleet home in race five, ahead of Frost and fellow Japanese sailor Tomomi Hatakeyama’s Gekko. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) are competing in the 40th edition of the Championship. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Eighty Nine Boats Commence 40th J/24 World Championship

August 27, 2018

Lake Garda lived up to its “bucket list” reputation on the opening day of the J/24 World Championship in Riva del Garda, Italy. Eighty-nine teams from 14 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Sweden and United States) descended on the picturesque lake for the 40th edition of the Championship. With sunny skies and breeze at 10-15 knots, American Will Welles’ Kaster got out of the gate with the early advantage, posting 2,5,2 for nine points in the three races. Hungarian Tomai Bala’zs’ J.Bond 037 started the day strong with 1,2, but a 13 in race three left him with 16 points for second place. Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger of the USA rests in third place with 29 points. Bala’zs opened the regatta with a victory, ahead of Welles and Italian Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba. Keith Whittemore’s Furio, USA, took the next battle, as Bala’zs dropped to second and Duncan McCarthy’s Madeleine of Great Britain put another nation on the leaderboard. The final contest saw McCarthy, Welles and Whittemore comprise the top three. Racing continues through Friday from Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda. Complete results may be found at http://www.j24worlds2018.it/results/, and photos are available on the J/24 Class Facebook page.


Ninety-eight Crews Representing 16 Countries for the 2018 J/24 World Championship

The 2018 J/24 World Championship organized through August 31 by Fraglia Vela Riva del Garda in Italy is about to begin. Ninety-eight boats are registered representing 16 countries (Australia, Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, France, Great Britain, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Holland, Sweden and United States) for the Championship which will officially start on Sunday 26 August with the opening ceremony. In addition to the ceremony that will kick off the highlight of the 2018 season of the J/24 Class, Sunday also features a practice race and Skippers’ Briefing. From Monday the 27th until Friday the 31st, 10 races are scheduled. There are also numerous shoreside events for racers such as the gala dinner scheduled Tuesday and the awards at the end of each day with pizza and beer. The 2018 J/24 World Championship Race Officials are led by the Jury (chaired by German Willi Gohl), the Race Committee (chaired by American Hank Stuart), the Technical Committee (Chief Measurer Argentine Alexander Finsterbusch) and the Regatta Coordinator Giuseppe De Mattia. Technical sponsor of the J/24 World Championship is Alce Nero (www.alcenero.com), the brand of farmers, beekeepers and organic processors committed since the ’70s in producing good food, fruit of an agriculture that respects the earth and its fertility. More information is on the Facebook page J/24 World Championship 2018 and on www.j24worlds2018.it.


Hyde Wins Irish J/24 Nationals

August 24, 2018

Thanks to AFLOAT.IE in Ireland for the report: The Irish J/24 National Championship concluded at Foynes Yacht Club in a light to moderate westerly breeze. The Foynes YC PRO Derek Bothwell was able to start on schedule for the first time the entire weekend after hours spent waiting around for wind for the previous two days. Race six of the Championship got off to a clear start with the fleet splitting both left and right on the course in a flooding tide. GALA RACING, who went right on the first beat and left on the second, got their first win of the Championship followed by Howth YC’s Under 25 team SCANDAL in second and Tim Corcoran on CRAZYHORSE in third. As the tide strengthened and wind lightened, the race course was shortened before the start of the final race of the event. Flor O’Driscoll’s HARD ON PORT tacked off to the right immediately after the start, keeping further right than any other boat and emerged with a clear lead by the windward mark. A battle for second developed between JIBE, CRAZY HORSE and JUMPIN JIVE who exchanged places numerous times on both the upwind and downwind legs, with CRAZY HORSE finishing in second just ahead of JUMPIN JIVE. With the Championship complete, attention turned to the prize giving. There were multiple changes in positions in the fleet after the final two races. In Gold, Royal Cork Yacht Club’s Stefan Hyde on MAURICE JOHNSON & PARTNERS became the new Irish J/24 National Champion for 2018. The new Under 25 Irish National Champion is Harry Cronin and his SCANDAL team from Howth Yacht Club. A number of initiatives brought in for this year’s event were very successful. The trialing of On-the-Water Judging conducted by Gordon Davies was well received by the competitors. Also, the introduction of a Bronze Fleet made for competitive sailing for all competitors. The Association acknowledged the support of the sponsors of the event and ICRA for their support and finally the host club and its members for a great weekend of sailing!

GOLD Fleet
1st – Maurice Johnson & Partners – Stefan Hyde
2nd – Crazy horse – Tim Corcoran
3rd – Hard on Port – Flor O’Driscoll
SILVER Fleet
1st – Gala Racing – Simon McGibney
2nd – FYC Under 25 Team – Michael Lynch
3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan
BRONZE Fleet
1st – Jevan – Ken Draper/Adam Sutor
2nd – Blue Jay – Brian McDowell
3rd – NUIG Galway – Aaron O’Reilly
UNDER 25
1st – Scandal – Harry Cronin
2nd – FYC Under 25 – Michael Lynch
3rd – Kilcullen – Colin O’Sullivan

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