International J/24 Class Association

Argentina J/24 Fall Report

March 17, 2018

It is the fall in South America, and in Argentina, that means there are three highly competitive events taking place over a short period of time. There is the Campeonato del Oeste that takes place in Potrerillos, Mendoza in the far southwestern part of Argentina. Then, the second event is the PIMMS CUP hosted by Club Nautico Olivos in Buenos Aires on the Rio de La Plata. The third event is the J/24 South American Championship taking place on Lago San Roque at the base of the Andes Mountain range. For the first event, of what is known as “the Triple Crown” in Argentina, 17 teams participated from across the country including the Salta, Córdoba, Buenos Aires and Mendoza fleets and some boats from Punta del Este, Uruguay. Among the giants of Argentinian sailing that was racing was Matías Pereira and his crew on CARRERA from Buenos Aires. Last year, he won his fifth consecutive Argentine J/24 title, a record unbroken in the history of the J/24 Class for Argentina. Perrera’s crew included Guillermo Bellinotto, Juan Ignacio Pereyra and Andrés Guerra, also winners of the Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Hosting the event was the Mendocina Windsurf Association (AMW). Winning was Matias Pereira’s CARRERA with a record of 2-4-1-4-4–7-4-2 for 22 points net in nine races. Just three points back was Ezequil Despontin’s INDIGO with a 1-7-7-1-1-4-13-3-1 for 25 points net. Then, securing the final spot on the podium was Pablo Despontin’s CAMBURY with a 4-5-2-2-3-6-1-7-10 for 30 points net. For the PIMMS CUP, there were just eight entries due to the fact that many teams trailered their best boats to Potrerillos, then north to Villa Carlos Paz for the J/24 South American Championship. Nevertheless, many top teams borrowed/chartered boats from their own fleet so that they could sail locally in Buenos Aires. Winning the PIMMS CUP was the HAIK/THOMPSON REUTERS team skippered by Rodrigo Benedeto with a 3-1-1-2-1 tally for 5 points net. Second was Hernan & Nico Cubria’s MENDIETA with a 1-2-3-3-DNC for 9 points. Then, taking the bronze was Guille Aporszegui’s SHARK with a 2-3-6-5-3 scoreline for 13 points net. The South American J/24 Championship starts March 28. For more Argentina J/24 Class information, visit

CONVICTS Crowned Vic State J/24 Champs

Previous National Champion Steve Girdis and his mixed crew of Victorians and New South Welshmen sailing CONVICTS REVENGE are the new 2018 MONJON J/24 Victorian State Champions. Second was Dave West sailing KAOTIC (NSW) and third was Brendan Lee in BY THE LEE (Vic). Current National Champion Hugo Ottaway is the winner of the PHS competition from Kaotic and Convicts Revenge. With hot sunny and light conditions on Saturday and heavier southerlies on Sunday, the regatta had a bit of everything. Many old faces moved back in the fleet, with new blood coming to the fore. The NSW entries did well in a very competitive fleet of 19 boats. Racing was very close with many races having the bulk of the fleet finishing with a few minutes of each other. For more Victorian State J/24 Champs information, visit

Will Welles’ Bogus Runs Away With J/24 Midwinter Championship

March 5, 2018

All eight scheduled races were completed in gorgeous Miami, FL conditions at the J/24 Midwinter Championship, but Will Welles’ Bogus only needed seven of them to tie up the victory. Rhode Island-based helmsman Welles led his team of Rich Bowen, Jock Hayes, PJ Schaffer and Nick Turney to a scoreline of 2,1,1,5,1,2,3 for 15 points, allowing them to forego the eighth and final race. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet secured second place with 33 points, six ahead of both Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss and Ron Medlin’s Bash. Thirty-five teams competed from March 2-4. The Bogus team is a blended group of all J/24 World Champions—Welles, Bowen and Turney from Cougar in 2014 and Hayes and Schaffer from Salsa in 2004. This Championship was the first time they had all sailed together, and it was on a chartered boat. Welles names Miami as one of his favorite places to sail but said this year was, “Super shifty and hard to see the puffs and lulls. There was a lot of gear shifting and trying to get on the lifted tack.” The J/24 Midwinter Championship debuted 40 years ago in 1978 in Key West, Florida. “There are a lot of famous names today who cut their teeth in this Class,” said Welles. “The difference today is that people know all the tricks when it comes to sail trim and rigging. It usually comes down to good starts and teamwork.”

The top five:

  1. Bogus, Will Welles , USA – 2 -1 -1 -5 -1 -2 -3 -[36] ; 15
  2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker , USA – 6 -2 -[36] -1 -2 -11 -9 -2 ; 33
  3. Mental Floss, Aidan Glackin , USA – 7 -10 -9 -3 -6 -1 -[19] -3 ; 39
  4. BASH, Ron Medlin , USA – [9] -6 -8 -2 -6 -4 -4 -9 ; 39
  5. Long Shot, John Poulson , USA – 8 -5 -2 -4 -[14] -9 -13 -10 ; 51
    Mark Laura’s Baba Louie won both of Sunday’s contests in about 10 knots of breeze. Photos are posted on the J/24 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at

GURU-SIRTECOM Tops Chilean Navy J/24 Regatta

February 21, 2018

The 20th edition of the Chilean Navy Regatta Frutillar was held on the waters of Lake Llanquihue and organized jointly by the Chilean Navy and the Cofradía Náutica de Frutillar Yacht Club. “Lago Llanquihue” is the largest lake in Chile, just north of Puerto Montt along the Pacific coastline. A strong fleet of a dozen J/24s participated in the multi-Class event that took place over three days. The J/24s experienced eight races with very shifty winds, with the velocity ranging at least 8-15 knots over the course of each day. The J/24 fleet included eight boats from Talcahuano; Raul del Castillo from Algarrobo; and Tomas Detri from Villa La Angostura, Argentina. The ultimate winner was GURU-SIRTECOM, with Nicolas Cubria from Argentina on helm. They won the title after sailing in a more protected area of the bay that produced 10-30 degree windshifts. In the end, the podium was rounded out by Raúl del Castillo’s LA BANCA in second place and the duo of Andrés Menta/Carlos Lucero on VIKING in third position.

Italy J/24 Winter Series Championship Report

The 43rd Winter Championship of Anzio-Nettuno is off to a great start for the Roman J/24 fleet in Italy. After two full weekends of sailing, the weather has cooperated, producing eleven races for the Winter Series and seven races for the Trofeo Lozzi Memorial Trophy series.

Winter Series: In the winter series, it is Paolo Cecamore’s crew on PELLE NERA that is benefitting from having the Hungarian Farkas Litkey at the helm. The team has posted nine top three finishes, including five bullets for a total of 15 points net. Climbing the standings quickly in the series has been Ignazio Bonanno’s LA SUPERBA, now renamed NUVOLA and instead of sailing for the Italian Navy College, he is racing for the Centro Sportivo Agonistic. While having bad luck in the first three races (a DNC-20-DNC), they can now throw out two bad scores. The NUVOLA team now has eight scores in the top three, with four bullets and are sitting on 34 points net. Sitting in third for the series is Gianni Riccobono’s PELLE ROSSA from the host Nettuno YC. They, too, had a rough start in the first weekend. However, since then, they have managed to scores like a 1-2-3-3 in the last seven races to swiftly race up the standings. They now sit just two points back from NUVOLA, with just 36 points net.
Trofeo Lozzi: This event is in commemoration of a long-time J/24 aficionado in Italy, Sr Lozzi, who passed away at far too early an age. Currently, the team leading this series is also a past winning skipper: Ignazio Bonanno. He is now skippering NUVOLA and, after not sailing the first two races, they have posted five straight bullets to be winning by 1.5 points after a throw-out. Sitting in second place is Luca Silvestri’s ENJOY 2 for 24 points net; third is Marco D’Alosio’s DON J with 25 points net; fourth is Paolo Cecamore’s PELLE NERA with 33 points net; and rounding out the top five is Fabrizio Sabatini’s DAIQUIRI with 43 points net. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

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

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

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 ( That event runs from 30 May to 3 June 2018 on Lago di Garda. For more Italian J/24 Class information, visit

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

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 The full results for One Design are at 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 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


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

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

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

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

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

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