International J/24 Class Association

USA’s Team Furio Reigns at J/24 World Championship

September 18, 2023

Keith Whittemore’s Furio of the USA, with team Willem van Waay, Marianne Schoke, Brian Thomas and Melanie Edwards, have been crowned 2023 J/24 World Champions. Whittemore, who also won the 2019 J/24 World Championship in Miami, Florida USA, ended this event with only 25 net points in the full 10-race series. After discarding a 19 from race seven, the Seattle, Washington-based helmsman kept scores in the top seven including three bullets. Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy compiled their reliable solid scores all week, winning two races, for 40 net points and the silver position. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, also of the USA, was in the hunt throughout the Championship, placing third overall with 52 net points. Parker has been sailing in the J/24 Class for all of its 45 years, and shipped his hull #58 to Greece.

Cillian Dickson’s Headcase of Ireland won the 23-boat Corinthian division, also placing fourth overall and tied on points with Parker. The crew included Ryan Glynn, Marcus Ryan, Louis Mulloy and Sam O’Byrne. The all-amateur podium was also comprised of Stephan Mais’ Running Men of Germany and Alexandros Tagaropoulos’s Hellenic Police of Greece.

The IJCA awarded its perpetual Youth Turner Trophy to Papanikitas Spiridon-Eleftherios’s Hellenic Naval Academy.

Competitors reveled in gorgeous conditions for five days at the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in Greece. Saturday’s race winner was Kohei Ichikawa’s Gekko Diana of Japan.

Top Three Overall:

1) Keith Whittemore, Furio, USA, 25 points
2) Ignazio Bonanno, La Superba, ITA, 40 points
3) Tony Parker, Bangor Packet, USA, 52 points

Top Three Corinthian:

1) Cillian Dickson, Headcase, IRL
2) Stephan Mais, Running Men, GER
3) Alexandros Tagaropoulos, Hellenic Police, GRE

Thirty-five boats from 10 nations and four continents competed from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States on September 12-16. 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/. Complete event details may be found at http://j24worlds2023.ncth.gr/. Photos/video are available on the J/24 International Class Facebook page.


J/24 World Championship Finale Approaches

September 16, 2023

With nine of 10 races completed at the J/24 World Championship hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in Greece, Keith Whittemore’s Furio has yet to relinquish hold of first place. Posting scores of 1,3 Friday, the American team has 21 net points, nine ahead of Cillian Dickson’s Headcase. This all-amateur Irish team leads the 23-boat Corinthian division. Four of the current top ten are fully amateur, also including Mais Stephan’s Running Men, Tagaropoulos Alexandros’s Hellenic Police and Balaz Tomai’s Jbond. Race eight began on schedule at 1500 local time, however was twice abandoned due to 30-degree wind shifts shortly after the start. When finally underway, Whittemore’s Furio added their third victory of the Championship, ahead of Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy. La Superba holds the bronze position overall with 37 net points. Multiple teams suffered BFD penalties in race 9, but thriving was Dickson’s Headcase taking line honors, plus Manolakis Antonios’s Aurora–Spanopoulos runner-up and Whittemore third. Ten nations are competing from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States. Racing concludes Saturday for the 35 teams from four continents. 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/. Complete event details may be found at http://j24worlds2023.ncth.gr/. Photos/video are available on the J/24 International Class Facebook page.


USA, Italy and Ireland Showdown at J/24 World Championship

September 14, 2023

Patience paid off for both the Race Committee and competitors on the middle day of the J/24 World Championship hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in Greece. Scheduled for a 1500 start, and then postponed ashore, the 35 teams may have started making their evening plans. But the breeze picked up, and boats headed out for two more races (bringing the total to seven) in winds of 6-10 knots. Keith Whittemore’s Furio sustained his hold on first place, although it was feast or famine for the American team with a bullet but also a 19 on the day (the 19th becoming their discard). They have 17 net points, now being chased by another US team: Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet who shot up to second place with scores of 3,1 Thursday and 21 net points. Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba of Italy and Cillian Dickson’s Headcase of Ireland are tied for the next two positions at 26 points. Headcase preserved their hold atop the 23-boat Corinthian division. Whittemore’s Furio earned their second victory of the Championship in race six, with the familiar La Superba and Bangor Packet completing the top trio. Parker’s Bangor Packet continued their solid day with the next win, tailed by Dickson’s Headcase and Ramiro Martin Clemente Diaz’s Tata Patagonia of Argentina, as the sun began to set on the bay. Ten nations are competing from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States. Racing continues through Saturday, with 10 scheduled races. 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/. Complete event details may be found at http://j24worlds2023.ncth.gr/. Photos/video are available on the J/24 International Class Facebook page.


J/24 European Championship 2024 to be Held in Costa Smeralda: Championship Set to Run from 10th to 16th June 2024

With the 33rd edition of the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup wrapped up, work on the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda’s 2024 sporting calendar continues. From 10th to 16th June 2024, the European Championship for the J/24 Class, the most popular one-design keelboat in the world, will be organized by the YCCS Association in Porto Cervo in association with the International J/24 Class. As hosts of the 2024 European Championship, the YCCS wishes to extend a warm welcome to all those who would like to come and experience sailing in the wonderful waters of the Costa Smeralda. Pending the opening of entries and further details on the program, the video presentation of the 2024 European Championship captures both the beauty of sailing in the Costa Smeralda and the fun of racing with a sporting spirit on the J/24s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Biwj2KY4DgQ

About YCCS: The Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS) was founded in Porto Cervo, Sardinia in 1967 by current president H.H. the Aga Khan and a group of founder-members as a non-profit sporting association for fellow sailing enthusiasts. The YCCS is renowned for organizing international sailing events such as the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup and the Rolex Swan Cup as well as World and European Championships for top one-design fleets and superyacht regattas. The Club was also behind Azzurra – the first Italian challenger for the America’s Cup in 1983 – which became a legendary Italian brand and was relaunched by the YCCS in 2009 with a victorious participation in the Louis Vuitton Trophy in Nice, followed by victories with the TP52 Azzurra in the 52 Super Series. In 1992, YCCS launched the motor yacht Destriero which set a transatlantic crossing record that still stands to this day. The YCCS also took part in the Volvo Ocean Race 2001-2002 with a two-boat Nautor Challenge campaign, one of which had an all-female crew. 2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the Club’s foundation and saw the launch of the sustainability programme One Ocean. In 2020, the YCCS also launched the Young Azzurra Sporting programme dedicated to young Italian sailors, with a focus on equal opportunities.
For more information please visit the YCCS website www.yccs.com.


USA’s Furio Maintains Advantage at J/24 World Championship

September 13, 2023

Five of the scheduled 10 races are in the books at the J/24 World Championship hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in Greece. Thirty-five boats reveled in another gorgeous day of bright skies, warm temperatures and breeze of 8-12 knots. Two races were completed Wednesday, and now taking into account the discard. American Keith Whittemore’s Furio kept hold of the top position with 9 net points, following finishes of 4 and 7 on the day. After a victory in race four, a tough race five keeps Italian Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba in the runner-up spot at 12 points. Cillian Dickson’s Headcase of Ireland posted a pair of fives to move into third overall with 16 points, able to toss a UFD from yesterday. They also lead the 23-boat Corinthian division. Another US boat, Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet, is only one point off the podium at 17 points. Bonanno’s La Superba racked up their second bullet of the Championship to start Wednesday, Parker’s Bangor Packet added another silver and Mais Stephan’s Running Men of Germany took bronze. Balaz Tomai’s Jbond of Hungary led the fleet home to close the day, along with Sotiriou Stelios’s Jmania of Greece and Kohei Ichikawa’s Gekko Diana of Japan. The Nautical Club of Thessaloniki hosted their gala dinner for crews in the evening. Ten nations are competing from Argentina, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States. Racing continues through Saturday. 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/. Complete event details may be found at http://j24worlds2023.ncth.gr/. Photos/video are available on the J/24 International Class Facebook page.


Grand Opening to J/24 World Championship in Greece

During the 45th anniversary of the J/24 Class, 10 nations are on hand to open the 2023 World Championship. This year’s edition is hosted by the Nautical Club of Thessaloniki in Greece with 35 boats representing Argentina, Australia, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan and the United States. After three races under blue skies and breeze of 8-10 knots, American Keith Whittemore’s Furio leads the pack with scores of 2,2,1 for just 5 points. Italian Ignazio Bonanno’s La Superba holds second place with 11 points. Alexandros Tagaropoulos’s Hellenic Police of Greece is in third overall at 16 points and also topping the 20+ boat Corinthian division. Bonanno’s La Superba of the Italian Navy launched the Championship with a bullet, with Whittemore’s Furio in second and the Irish Cillian Dickson’s Headcase in third. Headcase won the J/24 European Championship in Hungary only two weeks ago. Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet of the USA won the next match, with Whittemore and Dickson again runners-up. Whittemore’s Furio dominated Tuesday’s third and final battle, followed by Parker and Bonanno. Teams arrived onsite last weekend for two days of efficient inspection and registration, including a practice race on Monday. The Naval Command Base of Northern Greece then presented the Opening Ceremony for the Championship, as competitors enjoyed a picture-perfect sunset. Racing continues through Saturday. 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/. The first J/24 World Championship occurred in 1979 in Newport, Rhode Island USA. Complete event details may be found at http://j24worlds2023.ncth.gr/. Photos/video are available on the J/24 International Class Facebook page.


J/Cup Ireland

September 6, 2023

The inaugural J/Cup Ireland took place from the 26th to the 27th of August at the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire, on Dublin Bay. Teams enjoyed two days of fun racing, shoreside entertainment and a daily prize-giving thanks to the support of KEY YACHTING and the Royal Irish YC. The 10-boat J/24 fleet also enjoyed their East Coast Championship with a total of six races. Winning both the Under 25 title and being crowned the 2023 Irish East Coast J/24 Champion was the Kinsale Yacht Club U25 team sailing KINSAILOR. Starting with three bullets on the first day, they maintained their composure on Sunday’s three races with a 4-4-3 to win with 10 points net. Second place went to Dave Bailey’s HARD-ON-PORT, posting a 2-2-2-2-5-4 scoreline for 12 points net. Rounding off the podium for the bronze medal was Tadhg O’Loingsigh’s JANX SPIRIT with a 6-4-3-3-1-6 tally for 17 points net.


Irish Victory, Silver for Germany and Bronze for Hungary at the J/24 European Championship 2023

August 27, 2023

Between August 20th and 27th, the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, in collaboration with the Hungarian J/24 Class Association, the Hungarian Sailing Federation and the International J/24 Class Association hosted the J/24 European Championship. With 8 nations, 42 boats and 210 competitors, the event took place over five days with five valid races out of the planned 10. Due to challenging wind conditions, no races were possible on the final day, so medals were awarded based on the standings from the fourth day.

Cillian Dickson, skippering Headcase, secured the European Championship title for Ireland. Schwere Jungs, led by Stefan Karsunke, claimed the silver medal for Germany. Meanwhile, Hungarian team iJroncat, helmed by Gábor Sallai, proudly took home the bronze. All three groups competed as all-amateur teams, among 37 of the total entries.

The fifth and last race day faced adverse wind conditions, reducing the Championship from the initially planned 10 races to five. Thanks to the exceptional efforts of the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club’s organizers and the Race Committee, led by Danish PRO Peter Lübeck, the event remained valid after five races and the possibility of one eliminated race.

The top 10 teams were awarded at the European Championship, with a special acknowledgment for the amateur category. Cillian Dickson, skipper of Headcase, expressed their happiness, exceeding expectations and prevailing in a highly competitive field. He emphasized the fantastic environment and the friendly atmosphere in the close-knit J/24 community.

Schwere Jungs had initially led the standings but ultimately settled for silver. They entered the competition aiming for a top-five finish and were content with their performance in challenging, unfamiliar winds.

Local expert Gábor Sallai and team iJroncat clinched the bronze medal. This was a significant improvement from their 2017 ninth-place finish, aligning with their goal to better their previous position, which they successfully achieved.

Fourth place went to American skipper Kurt Dammeier with Amuse Bouche, followed by the Greek team Hellenic Police, led by Alexandros Tagaropoulos, in fifth place. The Italian boat La Superba, captained by Ignazio Bonanno, secured sixth position, while seventh place was claimed by the Hungarian team JBond, with Balázs Tomai at the helm. They were followed by the German team Hungriger Wolf in eighth place, the Italian Pilgrim in ninth place, and the Hungarian El NINO, skippered by Farkas Litkey, rounding off the top 10.

Recognizing the importance of fostering new talent and engaging a diverse range of age groups and backgrounds, the International J/24 Class awarded special prizes to U25 teams, the best women’s team and the oldest participant. Jinge, captained by Attila Kovács from Hungary, secured the top spot in the U25 category. Germany’s Rotogirl was crowned the best women’s team, while the oldest and most accomplished competitor, Italy’s Mauro Benfatto, received due recognition.

Event details and results: https://www.j24.hu/2023-j24-ec/


Five Races In, Irish, German and Hungarian Teams Lead the J/24 European Championship on Lake Balaton, August 26, 2023

The 2023 J/24 European Championship continued with two more races on Lake Balaton on Saturday, August 26. After five races, the Irish team is currently in the lead, with Cillian DICKSON at the helm of Headcase. In second place is Stefan KARSUNKE skippering Schwere Jungs, and in third place, the best Hungarian team is represented by SALLAI Gábor on board iJroncat, despite incurring a black flag disqualification during race 5. The introduction of the elimination race after the fifth race has slightly shifted the earlier podium standings.

The fourth day of racing started with a shore postponement in the morning, as the wind conditions only allowed for races to commence at 16:00. Race 4 under the U flag got underway with a 6-7 knot westerly wind and only one over-the-line starter. At the first mark of the fourth race, the order was German sailor Stefan Karsunke (Schwere Jungs), Hungarian sailor Sallai Gábor (iJroncat) and Irish sailor Cillian Dickson (Headcase). However, the finishing order changed to Irish, German and Hungarian. In fourth place was JBond, steered by Tomai Balázs, while the German boat Pfau, helmed by Hauke KRUESS, secured the fifth position.

The start of the fifth race was marked by a general recall following the first attempt, leading the Race Committee to initiate a black flag start for the second try. As the afternoon progressed, the earlier 6-7 knot average wind dropped during the fifth race. Therefore, the Race Committee decided to shorten the course and set up the finish line at the second weather mark. In the weakened breeze, the results of the fifth race unfolded as follows: the Irish team aboard Headcase, followed by the Italian boat La Superba, skippered by Ignazio Bonanno, and third place went to El Nino, steered by Litkey Farkas. The competition for the podium remains extremely close, with only a few points separating the leading teams.

Stefan KARSUNKE, currently in second place, expressed satisfaction with his team’s performance in the challenging conditions. He stated, “Our goal is to finish in the top five, and we will be content with that. This isn’t our ideal wind, but we’ll do everything to stay at the front.”

Event details: https://www.j24.hu/2023-j24-ec/


German Team Takes Lead After Three Races at European Championship, Followed by Hungarian Team in Second Place, Balatonfüred Hungary

August 26, 2023

On the third race day, Friday, August 25, there was an opportunity to hold just one race. With a total of three sailed races, the German team Schwere Jungs led by Stefan Karsunke maintained their top position from day one. iJroncat, helmed by Gábor Sallai, secured the second position, and Amuse Bouche, skippered by Kurt Dammeier from the USA, climbed to third place.

The third race day began with an onshore postponement by the Race Committee, and at 13:00, relying on continuously improving wind conditions on the racecourse, Peter Lübeck, the Danish PRO, sent the fleet onto the water. The course was set in a 5-5.5 knot easterly breeze, and the race got underway under the strictest Black Flag due to time constraints and the experiences of previous days. Throughout the race, the wind gradually decreased, prompting a shortened course for the competitors.

The shortened race of the day was won by Hellenic Police (GRE 751), skippered by Alexandros TAGAROPOULOS. Budapest Wedding (HUN 64) with András BAJUSZ at the helm secured the second position, while Amuse Bouche skippered by Kurt DAMMEIER from the USA claimed third place.

The scorching day was relieved by the post-race Après Sailing beer party, courtesy of the Championship’s strategic title sponsor, Quantum Sails. At 19:00, the organizers treated competitors and crew to a Gala dinner.

Event website: https://www.j24.hu/2023-j24-ec/


42 Teams, 8 Nations with 210 Competitors Set off for the J/24 European Championship in Balatonfüred Hungary

August 24, 2023

Between August 20 and 27, the J/24 European Championship is being held in Balatonfüred Hungary, in collaboration between the Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, the Hungarian J/24 Class Association, the Hungarian Sailing Federation and the International J/24 Class Association. Eight nations, 42 boats and 210 competitors took to the water. Hungary is hosting the continental competition for the third time after 2008 and 2017. The 5-day, 10-race competition began on Wednesday, August 23, following a two-and-a-half-day registration process and a light-wind practice race. The first day of racing concluded with two valid races and one abandoned race under the November flag. After the two races, the German team Schwere Jungs, led by Stefan Karsunke, is in the lead, followed by a Hungarian crew on iJroncat skippered by Gábor Sallai in second place, and the Irish team Headcase helmed by Cillian Dickinson in third place. The opening ceremony of the European Championship began with a welcome from Chris Howell, the Executive Director of the International J/24 Class Association, who emphasized the importance of support to the local organizing teams and the National Classes. Next, András Holczhauser, General Secretary of the Hungarian Sailing Federation, greeted participants. He was followed by István Bóka, the Mayor of Balatonfüred, who emphasized the city’s commitment to sports. After welcoming words from István Böröcz, CEO of the host Balatonfüredi Yacht Club, Erik Hercsel, representing the Hungarian J/24 Class Association, wished the sailors successful racing and enjoyable time both on the water and land. On the first racing day, the Race Committee, led by Peter Lübeck from Denmark and supported by the experienced organizing team of BYC, completed two successful races amidst tricky wind conditions on Lake Balaton. The first race, originally scheduled for 10:00 AM but delayed to 11:00 AM due to variable and unstable wind conditions, started in excellent 8-10 knot south-southwesterly winds under the U flag after a General Recall. The first race was won by the American team Amuse Bouche skippered by Kurt Dammeier, followed by the German Hungriger Wolf helmed by Fritz Meyer in second place, and the German Schwere Jungs in third place. The second race faced a long delay as the promising 12-14 knot NW winds at the start of the race decreased significantly and shifted, forcing the Race Committee to abandon it after 50 minutes of sailing. After an onshore postponement, teams returned to the water at 4:30 PM and successfully completed the race in 6-10 knot northern winds. First place went to the German youth team Fast Forward skippered by Hannes Hess, followed by the German Schwere Jungs in second place, and Hungarian crew iJroncat skippered by Gábor Sallai in third place. After the two races, the German team Schwere Jungs led by Stefan Karsunke is in the lead, followed by the Hungarian iJroncat skippered by Gábor Sallai in second place, and the Irish team Headcase under the leadership of Cillian Dickinson in third place. The long and tiring day concluded with the Aprés Sailing beer party, sponsored by Quantum Sails, a prominent supporter of the European Championship. Results: https://www.sailwave.com/results/sailingbyc/J/24_ec_2023.htm


John Mollicone’s Sparcraft Takes J/24 North American Championship

August 13, 2023

In the final three races of the J/24 North American Championship, John Mollicone’s Sparcraft posted scores of 1,2,3 to leap from third place to first and claim the 2023 title with 25 net points. With team Geoff Becker, Dan Borrer, Rich Bowen and Dan Rabin, the Rhode Island-based skipper now holds three J/24 North American trophies, after back-to-back wins in 2012 and 2013. Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss compiled a stellar series including four bullets, but a tough last race left them in second place overall with 28 points. Mike Stasko’s Redline topped the 12-boat Corinthian division and placed third overall with 32 net points. The crew was comprised of Aaron Holland, Roy Ingham, Gavin Smith and Austin Zauner. Rounding out the top three all-amateur teams were Dave Constants’ Blitz and Steve Callison’s Whiskey River. Nine races were completed during the Championship, with one discard. Sandusky Bay conditions Sunday again saw sunny skies, warm temperatures and breeze at 10-12 knots. The day’s race winners were Mollicone, Glackin and Josh Kerst’s Instant Karma.

Top Five overall:

  1. Sparcraft, John Mollicone – 1 -9 -4 -2 -3 -[14] -1 -2 -3 ; 25
  2. Mental Floss, Aidan Glackin – 11 -6 -5 -1 -1 -1 -2 -1 -[18] ; 28
  3. Redline, Mike Stasko – 2 -4 -1 -4 -4 -2 -6 -[11] -9 ; 32
  4. Instant Karma, Josh Kerst – 9 -[11] -9 -3 -2 -6 -4 -7 -1 ; 41
  5. Fawn Liebowitz, Bill Fastiggi – 3 -2 -6 -6 -5 -8 -15 -[19] -6 ; 51
    Twenty-eight teams competed at Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, Ohio USA from August 10-13. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=15584, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Showdown Set at J/24 North American Championship

August 12, 2023

Double bullets on the day Saturday for Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss at the J/24 North American Championship launched the team up to second place after six races (now including a discard). Their dominance on the day didn’t knock leader Mike Stasko’s Redline off their throne, as the Corinthian team maintained all top-four scores to hold the overall advantage with 13 points to Glackin’s 14. John Mollicone’s Sparcraft stayed in the hunt in third place with 19 points. Winds on the penultimate day started at 12 knots, dropped to 6 then back to 10 before the Race Committee sent teams ashore ahead of rain squalls. Following Mental Floss in race five were Josh Kerst’s Instant Karma and Mollicone. Race six saw Glackin and Stasko in familiar 1-2 spots, while Steve Callison’s Whiskey River rounded out the top three. Racing concludes Sunday for the 28 teams at Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, Ohio. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=15584, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Gorgeous Opening to J/24 North American Championship

August 10, 2023

The 2023 J/24 North American Championship launched Thursday at Sandusky Sailing Club in Sandusky, Ohio in stellar Lake Erie conditions. Twenty-eight teams delighted in winds of 12-14 knots, sunny skies, warm temperatures and flat water, completing four races. Mike Stasko’s Redline proved the most consistent with scores of 2,4,1,4 for 11 points and the initial advantage. Redline is a fully amateur boat from Canandaigua, NY, also leading the 12-boat Corinthian Division. In second place overall is John Mollicone’s Sparcraft at 16 points, and another point back in third is Bill Fastiggi’s Fawn Liebowitz. Mollicone’s Sparcraft kicked off the Championship with a victory, ahead of Stasko’s Redline and Fastiggi’s Fawn Liebowitz. In race two, the top trio included Ted Wiedeke’s Caramella, Fastiggi and Tony Parker’s Bangor Packet. Stasko took line honors in the third battle, with Kelly FitzGerald’s Rush Hour runner-up and Parker again in third. Closing out the day triumphantly to lead teams to shore were Aidan Glackin’s Mental Floss, Mollicone and Josh Kerst’s Instant Karma. Racing continues through Sunday. Complete results may be found at https://yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm?eid=15584, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.


Kiel Week

July 3, 2023

Germany’s giant Kieler Woche 2023 was blessed with sparkling conditions for its concluding races on an outer fjord which shimmered in the strong summer sunshine more reminiscent of the Mediterranean than the Baltic. It was entirely fitting that the best racing of the nine days of competition were Wednesday’s Olympic classes finale and Sunday’s showdowns for the eight international dinghy and keelboat fleets. The J/24s were an all-German affair topped by Fritz Meyer from Hamburg. Results: https://www.manage2sail.com/de-DE/event/kiwo2023#!/results?classId=9a1db973-f77a-44fd-8609-7b6f347690bd

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