2015 National Championships in Adelaide

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The 2015 J24 National Championships will be held on 8 – 11 January at the CYCSA in Adelaide.

There will be some hulls available for those wanting to fly in with sails and there maybe some assistance with trailers as well, but get in early for those – now wouldn’t be too soon.

The format will be a 4 day regatta starting on the Thursday and running through to Sunday, this minimises the time off work for fly-in crew to 2 days.

Jim Townsend, the current SA President is planning a great regatta with an opening function, prize giving function on the Sunday night and informal evenings on the Friday and Saturday.

If you haven’t sailed there before, Adelaide is great sailing with seabreezes to around 20knots and warm sunny weather the norm.

To keep measurement time to a minimum, boats should have a current measurement cert, insurance cert and inventory cert organised prior and sent in with your entry. As usual check measurements may be made at any time during the regatta period. So prepare your boat before hand and make sure you have it all sorted.


Click here to go to the regatta page for more information  Regatta Page

NOR to follow, but any early enquiries, please contact State President Jim Townsend on 0149 814 464.

AUS5304 Fun2 For Sale

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We’re moving to USA so unfortunately I have to put my J24 up for sale. One of only three Italian J24′s on the market in WA. Fun2 has had full optimization with keel and rudder done with compukeel templates. The rig was refitted 30 months ago will all hi tech cordage from the US as well as all new sheets. This is a late 2003 JBoats Italy J24, one of the three youngest J24′s in Australia. Fully race ready. Currently dry sailed at RFBYC, Perth WA — transport to east coast can be arranged.

Fun 2 has won the South Australian States 5 times, NSW States once, Australian Nationals – 2nd, 4th, 4th, 6th and 5th and the Asia Pacifics – 6th place.

I’m including:

  • Hardstand Jinker
  • 3 sets of sails, 1 Regatta set and 2 Club Sets
  • Full set of boat covers bottom and deck, keel cover
  • Tacktick Racemaster
  • 3HP Tohatsu outboard
  • Safety Equipment
  • Spare Halyards and Sheets etc etc.
  • Many extras.

Take a look at the boat, amongst the other J24′s at RFBYC. Beautifully maintained.

$22,000 ONO

Please email me on david.s.leslie@gmail.com, or call Don on 0428-400028

J24 Gosford Cassic Regatta 4 & 5 October 2014

Always a fun sailing weekend – get your entries in and join us for 2 days of racing on Brisbane Waters.

J24 Gosford Classic Regatta Notice of Race

J24 Gosford Classic Regatta Entry Form


Jagged Edge AUS 4439 for sale

For Sale- Jagged Edge – AUS 4439

Bashford Built and ready to race.  Jagged Edge is well looked after and is currently anti fouled.

Includes, 1  Racing Mainsail in excellent condition, 1 Race Genoa, 1 Training Spinnaker, 1 Training Jib, 1 Spinnaker pole  and Safety Equipment

$12000 ono

Call 0404539176

Letter from America



AKA  report from Hugo Ottaway at The Dennis Conner International Challenge held at The Manhattan Yacht Club in New York.

Well…..I really enjoyed it!  Though it was super, super tough. When the Norwegian says to the German during his presentation speech (both of whom finished behind us} that the last time he beat him was at the Olympic games, you’re not sailing against bunnies.

In addition, other competitors said how much of an honor it was to sail in the company of the German skipper (must look up who he is).  It was not a Nationals level regatta, it was a worlds standard regatta, so much so that the organisers called a special meeting of skippers to remind them that the concept was as a “friendly regatta, and that the Corinthian rules of sailing are expected to be honored…….  ”.

Most yacht clubs sent their best teams, we matched it boat against boat no problem, only issue was loosing half the fleet half way up the second beat with huge wind shifts and massive 2 knot currents.  At times we went from 2nd to 14th in one shift! When it got choppy which happened a lot, we sailed straight through them, as so many of our competitors were not use to Port Phillip Bay type chop.  Admittedly we were out classed when it came to picking the current advantage, we tried but had little idea compared to the top Europeans who know this stuff like the back of their hands.  A perfect example of that was, when in a 100 meters in an off the wind finish, we went from a comfortable 6th to 8th.  We thought it impossible to lose our position but just had the wind evaporate around us, we just sat there with nothing, meters from the line… frustrating to say the least.

The entertainment was first class, with the best rapport amongst the competitors. It was nice to have the winner come up to us and complement us (we came 9th for God’s sake…RMYS Team B) on how well we sailed against them. They came second in the J 22 worlds, were heading off to do a TP52 regatta in Europe with 2 of their crew who employees of North Sails.  Told you it was a serious regatta.  There were even several youth crews sent from their National training body i.e. Argentina and Ireland.

Sadly, the boats weren’t all they could have been. Half the fleet had weed growing around the rudder and hulls.  They must get that fixed if they are going to have another regatta.  And, they really need to as this event has morphed into a first class regatta, with huge prestige, which will only grow, and has caught the organizers, at their own admission, by surprise. It is no longer just a casual dash around the cans.

Unfortunately team A didn’t fare well, however they had a great time, see you when I get back H.

There are some good shots on the regatta facebook site.  Check ‘em out!  https://www.facebook.com/DennisConnerInternationalYachtClubChallenge

Two Melbourne Teams at the Sixth Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge in New York

The results are in and it looks like it was a tough regatta with plenty of strong competition, look below for the results

Mr J24, a.k.a. Hugo Ottoway and friends are currently in the big Apple preparing to sail in the Sixth Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge.

This follows on from the team from Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron sailing in the same regatta last year. Competeing this year are two teams from RMYS again – the crews are : Peter Yoon, Allicia Rae, Kathleen Mackian, Jade McDonell, Craig Nobbs, Cherry Birch, Hugo Ottoway, James Torode and Sean Bly.

Ther are 20 teams from all round the world so it is a real micro world champs set in the famous river area around the Statue of Liberty with the buildings of Manhattan as a backdrop.

Of course we wish them well in their competition, I gather the trick is to sail the river current more so than the wind. Hugo told me before he went that the plan is to copy the locals in the first couple of races and then kick some butt, so we are expecting a decent result from the master, who incidentally fell off a ladder recently and still hasn’t got full use of his right arm back yet. Here are a few points from the NOR to give you the picture.

Purpose of Event:

The purpose of the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge is to bring together yacht clubs from around the world to promote international goodwill through friendly competition. This is an invitational regatta. Any yacht club can request an entry.

Yachts & Equipment:

This regatta will be raced on identical J/24 sailboats provided by the Manhattan Sailing Club. The club will provide all sails, sheets and other racing equipment. Teams must use the equipment provided. No additional boat equipment may be brought aboard by any teams. Teams will switch boats after each race.
Schedule of Events:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014
1200-1800 – Champagne rides to the Statue of Liberty when your team arrives.    1800 – Welcoming Reception on floating clubhouse in harbor (optional)
Thursday, August 14, 2014
1100 – Practice Sailing   1400 – Practice Race       1800 – Opening Ceremony
Friday, August 15, 2014
1100 – Race 1 followed by Races 2 & 3    1800 – Regatta dinner & party
Saturday, August 16, 2014
1100 – Race 4 followed by Races 5 & 6        1800 – Regatta dinner and party
Sunday, August 17, 2014
1100 – Race 7 followed by Race 8        1800 – Dinner & Awards Ceremony
Racing Area:

Races will be held in New York Harbor. The scenery is spectacular with the skyline of Manhattan on one side and the Statue of Liberty on the other. The start and finish of all races will be from the Manhattan Sailing Club’s floating clubhouse which is permanently anchored north of Ellis Island.
Courses will be windward-leeward. Inflatable marks will be set by Race Committee. Because the starting location is fixed, races may start in any direction, including upwind or downwind.
Local Representative:

In addition to your crew, one Local Representative will sail on each boat. The “Local Rep” will provide local knowledge and a VHF radio to communicate with the Race Committee. Local Reps will stay with the boat while racing teams rotate.
All races will be run from the harbor clubhouse and spectators are invited to watch. The clubhouse can hold up to 149 people and transportation is provided by club launch.
So lets see how they go. You can go straight to their website here  http://www.myc.org/MoreInfo/Annual/DennisConner
Our own Hugo Ottoway has come 9th and we are looking forward to a news exclusive just as soon as Hugo cane email it through. Results

Dennis Conner Challenge Results

Dennis Conner Challenge Results

Maybe next year you want to enter a team – I am told that it is a great time over there.
Also in the same style of overseas regattas is the Pacific Keelboat Challenge in Auckland NZ. Go here to read about that.   Pacific Keelboat Challenge

J24 Measuring Day at Cronulla

The J24 Association of NSW will be holding a “Measuring Day’ at Cronulla Sailing Club on Sunday 17 August.  Anyone wishing to obtain a  measuring certificate for their boat can come along that day.  Please register your interest with either myself, pauladock@hotmail.com, or your club rep, Mick Reynolds.

We hope you can all attend so that you can start joining the association regattas and look forward to seeing you at Gosford J24 Regatta and the NSW State Championships this year.

NSW 24 State Championships – 1 & 2 November

The 2014 NSW J24 State Championships will be held on 1 & 2 November at Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Sydney Harbour.  NOR to follow, but any early enquiries, please contact Paula 0404 539176.

As the Balmain Regatta is the week prior, you may wish to use that as training ready for an anticipated hot fleet at the State Championships!

Balmain Regatta 26 October 2014 – J24 Division

The Balmain Regatta once again has a J24 Division and we encourage all J24′s to enter this great one day regatta.  It’s 3 months away so  get your teams organised now and lets support this event. Everyone wants one design racing so heres a great opportunity for you to race solely against other J24s.

Balmain Regatta is one of Sydney’s oldest sporting events, with a long history in our waterways. It was first held in 1849 and continued until 1934, when it was discontinued. It was revived in 1994 by the Wooden Boat Association, and Balmain Sailing Club. Today it is run by Balmain Sailing Club, with the support of other harbour sailing clubs and community organisations, and is a real celebration of Balmain and sailing on the Western Harbour. The Balmain Sailing Club invites sailors, boaties and the general community to join with us for the 2014 Balmain Regatta. It will include a full day of racing and water events, along with a non-stop stream of food, refreshments and activities for everyone. The racing area will generally be west of Sydney Harbour Bridge – although some of the faster classes will venture under the Bridge to Shark Island before returning to finish with all other classes in front of the Balmain Sailing Club.




Ports North FNQ J24 Championships

Cairns Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 FNQ J24 Championship, to be held on 4-6 October this year. We don’t know alot about it yet and are waiting for more details but I guess you can imagine racing in the warn northern waters, fair winds, palm trees, bikinis and board shorts, pinacoladas etc.  Doesn’t sound all bad does it !

They have some boats available for charter (it’s a long way to take your own !)

Interested – then you need to get in contact with Brian Dowling the Cairns YC Commodore on 07 4031 2750 or email   dowling1952@gmail.com  by the 1st August.

Check out more information on the entry form here.  EOI FNQ J24 Champs 2014 – final approved 9th of June 2014