International J/24 Class Association

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

September 1, 2019

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


Will Welles Earns Fourth J/24 US National Championship

August 26, 2019

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

Top five:

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


Irish Sailing Pathfinder Women at the Helm Regatta

August 21, 2019

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

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


Sam Pearson Hustles U.K. J/24 Nationals

July 23, 2019

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


American Keith Whittemore Dominates Kieler Woche

July 7, 2019

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


LA SUPERBA Crowned Italian J/24 Champion

June 3, 2019

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


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

May 11, 2019

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


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

May 10, 2019

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


Advantage La Superba at J/24 European Championship

May 8, 2019

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


Idyllic Opening to J/24 European Championship

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


Will Welles’ Bruschetta Crowned J/24 North American Champion

April 6, 2019

Will Welles’ Bruschetta withstood a charging Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet to return the J/24 North American Championship to Newport, RI. Welles, two-time J/24 World Champion and now four-time J/24 North American Champion, came into Friday’s final two races with a slight two-point advantage over Parker. With boat owner Aroldo de Rienzo aboard as well as Rich Bowen, John McCabe and PJ Schaffer, Bruschetta took the victory in Race 9, with Parker still hot on their heels in second. The pair dueled in the final contest, with Welles placing ninth and Parker 10th, giving Welles and team the Championship with 24 points to Parker’s 28. In third place overall, and top Mexican finisher, was Kenneth Porter’s S with 32 points. Friday’s race winners were Welles and Porter. Twenty-seven J/24s completed 10 races at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico from April 2-5. Welles had never sailed in Valle de Bravo before this week, when he also competed in the Mexican National Championship (placing first overall). Although this marked the first time paired with local boat owner de Rienzo, the remaining crew are good friends from Newport, RI who sometimes race together in Fleet 50. Welles summarized the conditions in Valle de Bravo, saying, “It’s funky out there. The puffs don’t move quickly, so you have to get to them.” As for strategy in the final two races, Welles said, “We focused on getting good starts so we could go the way we thought we should, and just keep Bangor Packet behind us.”

Top Five:

  1. Bruschetta, Will Welles, USA – 1 -1 -3 -1 -5 -1 -[28] -3 -1 -8 ; 24
  2. Bangor Packet, Tony Parker, USA – 5 -[12] -2 -3 -1 -3 -2 -1 -2 -9 ; 28
  3. S, Kenneth Porter, MEX – 3 -5 -7 -2 -[9] -2 -4 -5 -3 -1 ; 32
  4. Baba Louie, Mark Laura, USA – 2 -3 -5 -[10] -2 -9 -1 -7 -9 -2 ; 40
  5. Trinquete, Javier Velásquez, MEX – 7 -2 -1 -12 -8 -5 -[28] -16 -4 -6 ; 61
    Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5984, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Americans to Duke It Out for J/24 North American Championship

April 5, 2019

After eight stunning races in Valle de Bravo Mexico, two Americans will battle for the title of 2019 J/24 North American Champion: Will Welles’ Bruschetta and Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet. Welles suffered a UFD penalty in Thursday’s opening contest, which became his discard, leaving him with 15 net points. Parker continued his ascent to the top, securing a 2,1 on the day, to close within just two points of Welles. The third and fourth place finishes will also be a nail-biter, as Kenneth Porter’s S and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie are separated by a mere point (Porter’s 28 to Laura’s 29). Twenty-seven J/24s will conclude the Championship on Friday at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo, with two final races planned. Laura’s Baba Louie began Thursday with their first victory of the week, shadowed by Parker and Natalie Harden’s Giggles. Parker took the next win, while Ramon Benitez’s De colores and Welles settled for second and third. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5984, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Will Welles’ Bruschetta Stays Strong at J/24 North American Championship

April 4, 2019

Another gorgeous day in Valle de Bravo, another day atop the leaderboard for Will Welles’ Bruschetta at the J/24 North American Championship. With boat owner Aroldo de Rienzo aboard as well as Rich Bowen, John McCabe and PJ Schaffer, Bruschetta lodged scores of 1,5,1 on Wednesday. Now able to discard the fifth in race five, Welles has a net score of 7 points in six races of the planned 10-race series. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet benefited from a solid day to jump into second place overall, after recording a 3,1,3 for 14 net points. Kenneth Porter’s S moved into third place with 19 points. Twenty-seven J/24s are competing at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico through Friday. Following a brief postponement while the breeze came in, racing got underway in winds of 8-10 knots, which increased to 10-14 with puffs in the high teens. Welles earned his third bullet of the Championship in Wednesday’s initial contest, trailed by Porter and Parker. Then it was Parker’s turn for line honors, his best finish of the series, while Laura and Ramon Benitez’s De colores followed. Leading the fleet back to the docks were Welles, Porter and Parker. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5984, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


How Do You Spell Perfection in Spanish? Valle de Bravo

April 3, 2019

Twenty-seven J/24s reveled in flawless conditions as the J/24 North American Championship kicked off at Club Nautico Valle de Bravo in Mexico. Winds started at 10-12 knots and increased to 12-16, with occasional higher gusts. Current J/24 World Champion Will Welles, racing Bruschetta, of the USA has taken the early advantage with 5 points, following scores of 1,1,3. The next positions are locked in a tie at 10 points: Javier Velasquez’s Trinquete (7,2,1 on the day) and Mark Laura’s Baba Louie (2,3,5). Under cloudless skies on the picturesque lake in the mountains of Mexico, Welles opened the Championship with his first of consecutive bullets. Trailing him in race one were Laura and Kenneth Porter’s S. And in race two were Velasquez and Laura. Velasquez earned the final victory of the day, as Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet and Welles comprised the top three. Racing continues through Friday. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eID=5984, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Kenneth Porter is 2019 Mexican National Champion

April 2, 2019

The 2019 J/24 Mexican National Championship took place at Club Nautico Valle be Bravo from March 30-31, in advance of the North American Championship kicking off April 2. Local Kenneth Porter was crowned Mexican National Champion, ahead of Ramon Benitez on Decolores and Javier Velasquez on Trinquette. In the overall standings, American Will Welles’ Bruschetta topped the fleet, with Porter in second and another American, Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, in third.

2019 J24 Mexican Nationals Results (PDF)

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