2015 National Championships in Adelaide

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CYCSA's sheltered maring witht he clubhouse in the background

CYCSA’s sheltered marina with the clubhouse in the background

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

Mid November Update – Interest in attending the Nationals is growing by the week with several Cronulla teams booking boats to use and several Sydney Harbour crews also planning to go. There will be approx 9 local SA crews sailing and up to 8 Victorian crews planning to go. Thats a fleet of nearly 20 boats enjoying the great sailing water off the CYCSA. The supply of local boats available to be charterd is now nearly exhausted so you need to make a move quickly if you want one.

The club has a very good set up with lots of hard stand area, trailer parking and gear storage. It has crane and ramp launching for Js and plenty of wet sail mooring area right in front of the club. Walk 20 metres from your boat and you are at either the outdoor BBQ and catering area, wet bar and the club restarant and bar, it is a great set up with your boat in a sheltered marina and a cold drink in your hand after sailing. The club is very friendly and will look after your needs very happily – as will the class association.

If you haven’t been there before – give Jim Townsend a call for directions, organisational help and anything else you need on the way to the start line. He is a great guy and is driving the regrowth of the SA Fleet and this regatta in particular. Jim is also happy to help people with trailer usae to get to Adelaide as well.

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

Download your NOR J24+2015+Nationals+NoR+-+Revision+1  Make sure you check back here or go to http://www.cycsa.com.au/racingdocuments.html to check for any updates

J24 One Design in Melbourne. Racing at its absolute best.

Sunday 9th November.  Fourteen J24s on the water.  Seventy Sailors.  Blue skies.  Perfect winds.  Three blistering races.  And excellent race management.  The most active keelboat class on the bay ‘giein’ it laldy’ as they say in Scotland.  Was a state titles?  Was it a National Championship?  Was it a regatta?  Nope…just a normal J24 Sunday race day!

As predicted, this season is turning out to be like no previous J24 season.  The days when Pacemaker would win race after race by ten boat lengths are gone.  There are now any one of five boats who can win a race and the latest development is that even some of the historic middle markers are popping up at the pointy end.  There now is no boat that is noticeably quicker than any other and the J24s are now producing racing that is all about seamanship, tactics, crew work and reading the shifts.  Feel like you are missing out?  Rob Date (Victorian Ocean Racer Of The Year and owner/skipper of Scarlet Runner) doesn’t, he skippered Hyperactive for a sprint day.  Albert Doggett (Fast Company) doesn’t, he trimmed on Crackerjack.  Geoff Wood (Fast Company and Calm) doesn’t, he trimmed on Crackerjack earlier in the season.  Marissa Chalkley (owns Hush) doesn’t, she crews on Jet.  Husband Pete Chalkley and Marissa both crewed on Code Violation in the NSW state titles.  Peter Fitzgibbons “Fitzy” (Veloce) doesn’t, he crews on J Force.  Joelle Roderick (38 degrees) doesn’t, she crews on Hyperactive…hey, the list is long and I don’t want to lose you dear reader but you’ve just got to try this stuff!

Final point.  Fourteen boats on the water at Sandringham Yacht Club.  That’s more than the J24 Nationals in Sydney earlier this year, it’s more than the NSW State Titles held a couple of weeks ago and its 82% of our available racing fleet.  Fantastic numbers in anyone’s book.

NOTE. There are three J’s for sale in Melbourne … two under $15,000 and one available at the top end.  Just sayin’.

Doug MacGregor, President J24 Association Victoria

One with the lot … thanks

Pictures next week we hope so do come back !

This year’s NSW States offered something for everyone, or in reality everything for everyone. From almost no wind in race 4 on Sunday morning to around 60knots in Saturday arvo’s thunderstorm, along with lightning, thunder and rain … a good decision by the race committee to close the show down after race 3.

Saturday always looked like being windy, jib weather from way back – although there were a couple of genoas being stretched on the course, the comment was that they weren’t really any advantage though. Looks like there were a couple of people taking a swim too, Sean lost Big Tim and one of the girls over the side when the lifeline let go. The default question was why the other two weren’t hiking hard enough to go in with them …. mmm questions being asked !  I heard Jeanette also had a swimmer but don’t have the details. Tricky sailing with really shifty westerlies and a start line deep in Rose bay to a top mark to the north of Shark Is. Race two and a course change saw us and a couple of others head out to the left only to find that the top mark hadn’t moved more than a boat length, so we had a reach in around the island back to the top mark …. so much for thinking I had picked a winner there !

We were having our own little problems on Code, the boat hadn’t been raced for a couple of years and we had a few boat issues, new crew (Trimmer Pete is used to steering a bigger boat and our training prior was in everything under 5knots and how to use a motor to get back home) and of course the weather and the bloke on the helm – no wonder we won the handicap prize. But seriously we improved with every race untill the last two and I have to thank my crew for the huge effort in getting up from Melbourne and racing the boat, as usual we had fun and when you aren’t winning, that is what sailing is all about.

Race 2 gave us all a chance to go downwind in a big breeze (for a change) and many boats took the no kite option … Terry, next time I am risking the national debt with the kite and you are coasting along without one at the same speed next to me, could you just please move away so it isn’t so obvious ! Jeanette Syme sailing Brett Hudson’s Wildfire (with Brett in the crew said, “it was a bit hair raising on Saturday, especially squalls on the downwind, I was surprised to see my battered and bruised team turn up on Sunday – but their moral usually lifts after a good flogging! And poor Elena slipped in after a big westerley lift dropped into a knock and we fell over to windward with 6 and came up with 5. She was such a trooper smiling all the way!”

But of course the front of the fleet is sailing away from us at light speed and as usual the bloody Black Prince is up there and will ask ‘where was I’ later, but this time he’s not getting it all his own way. Steve Girdis has gone cycling on pain of death from someone and Robbie Brewer is out of retirement and driving Convicts and driving well, with two to one on Dave in Kaotic, he is the day winner. In fact we are all winners when most of us get home before the next storm cell hits. So glad we are not racing in that. Not without some drama at the club and round the corner for the boats going back to the CYC though. It’s as black as … and then white, as the 60knot front of the thunderstorm lifts the top 2 feet of water into the air around the boats in pleasant little Felix Bay. Some of us got ashore  … and some didn’t. Vortex went ashore too, well done Sean in the crew tender turned rescue boat dragging Vortex off in the height of the storm. Sean, yes that’s the Commodore, organiser, tender driver, boat rescuer, crew rescuer and the guy that also comes 3rd  - makes me feel very humble !

Check this out  http://youtu.be/eLcBjieN-H0

This year we have 4 boats from Cronulla, the fast developing fleet down in the ‘Shire’. One might say a mixed bag of boats and sailors like anywhere, but a great group of guys and girls that love a good time and some hard racing. It’s been a process to get them to the harbour but 3 have sailed up and Dave Mackay has trailed. Dave is the guy that won the big one in the Moths some … well quite some years ago. Known affectionately as “Magoo” and with a sense of humour that instantly puts you at ease and laughing, he is no slug on the race course and comes home 4th overall in Stockcar. Welcome to our world Dave, hope you come and play more often. And that goes for all our new friends at Cronulla, Barry Ryan in Pinot, Clinton Hood in CJ Constructions and Mick Reynolds in Slippery Fish who has worked so hard to get the Cronulla Js into class racing with us. Lets get more of you to come and play.

Sunday has dawned sunny and with a dropping westerly breeze, very shifty and getting very light, the Black Prince sailing Arthur Crother’s Kaotic with a mixed crew out of Melbourne bangs in another win to make the tally 2 all with Convicts. We drift around for a little while as the wind tries to make up it’s mind. Finally the wind changes to a south east breeze, settling down and offering great top end genoa racing for the last two …. or was that the last 5 races.

Three practice starts in the last race had the RO threatening the black flag and that was enough to finally get a clean start away. Convicts they might be, but they nailed the last two and it was a done deal. Robbie Brewer and team on Convicts Revenge taking it out from Dave Suda on Kaotic and the Commodore on Sailpac coming in 3rd.

The team on Code Violation won the Zimmer Frame with Barry Ryan in Pinot and Geoff Cowen in Nokomis 2nd and 3rd.

Congratulations to Kate Holmes for being awarded the Women on Water Trophy for many years of attendance and effort with Jeanette on various boats. No Thommo Cup this year as Ron didn’t show, so I guess Jeanette keeps it by default.

Thanks to the team at RPEYC, the NSW Association, the help at the crane at RANSA and the effort from the Cronulla guys to get there, all the Sydney guys and girls that turn up and race and thanks to all the volunteers and friendly smiling faces that made the regatta an event we look forward to.

If you want to add your own comments or pics about the regatta send them to me and I will put them online. Cheers Simon

NSW J24 State Championships 2014


NSW J24 State Championship at RPEYC  – 1 & 2 November 2014
Sail No Yacht Name Skipper Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Place
4771 Convicts Revenge Stephen Girdis CYCA 1 2 1 3 1 1 6 1
4770 Kaotic Arthur Crothers MHYC 3 1 4 1 3 2 10 2
5085 Sailpac Tim Briggs CYCA 7 3 3 2 4 3 15 3
144 Stockcar Dave Mackay Cronulla SC 2 5 9 6 6 4 23 4
4796 Vortex Chris & Rachel Lee MHYC 5 6 2 5 8 6 24 5
4793 Innamincka John Crawford MHYC 4 7 5 7 7 5 28 6
4851 Nokomis Geoff Cowen CYCA 6 4 8 8 2 9 28 7
4792 Code Violation Simon Grain SYC 9 8 6 4 5 8 31 8
4430 Pinot Barry Ryan Cronulla SC 8 12 7 10 10 7 42 9
5058 Wildfire Brett Hudson MHYC 10 10 10 13 9 10 49 10
1635 CJ Construction Clinton Hood Cronulla SC 12 9 12 9 11 12 53 11
5247 Starpac T Wise CYCA 13 11 11 12 13 11 58 12
1646 Slippery Fish Michael Reynolds Cronulla SC 11 13 14 11 12 13 60 13


4792 Code Violation Simon Grain 1st place
4430 Pinot Barry Ryan 2nd Place
4851 Nokomis Geoff Cowen 3rd Place

The first placing boat that is kept in a boat bag is Kaotic, and the highest placing boat that’s antifouled is CJ Constructions.

This year the J24 Women on Water Trophy was presented to Kate Holmes for consistent efforts crewing for Janette Syme’s crew at regattas in NSW and interstate.

The J24 Association of NSW would like to extend thanks to the Lapstone Hotel for sponsoring the event.

A new venue for the J24 State Titles !

Another gem from Tim to spur the folks at Cronulla along – Priceless !


“Try something different”………..

Just for the hell of it, I took my J to another yacht club and picked up a crew of locals from the Bar!
That’s right, there was no sailing for the J class that weekend, so with perfect weather forecast (I have to be very careful to pick my weather at the moment due to my recovery process) I entered Bruschetta VI in the Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron saturday handicap club race. Motoring from Sandringham Yacht Club up the bay I arrived at the glorious new marina of RMYS. I had entered the night before, the RMYS office staff had found Gretchen to sail with me, I also had Cherry who had sailed with me in New York and after carefully looking at the weather, which was an easily manageable northerly with flat water, I asked at the bar if anyone else wanted a sail. Scott put his hand up, despite never being on a J or ever doing the bow, Scott seemed perfect.
Bruschetta VI was the smallest boat in the fleet which ranged up to a TP52, I must admit that the TP52 did lap us, however the laid windward leeward course was perfect J sailing, matched with 20 degree shifts all over the course, we matched it with the fleet, far from last over the line we retired to the bar. We were stunned to hear that we had won the day by a staggering 5 minutes to 2nd place. This effort has gone down really well at RMYS and we received praise from the office bearers and competitors alike.
J24’s are perfect for some of these clubs, cost effective and super competitive, I can’t stress enough how impressed the club members were with the 30+ year old J design, it was great fun to race against a new fleet, sail with people I had never met and surprisingly get around the course with near perfect crew work………. I’m going to push for the J’s to make the pilgrimage again this time with more numbers, it will only help grow the class which still has a major place on the club race course. Try it sometime  ……. Hugo.

World Exclusive – J24 mixes it with ACs ! Breaking News

Startling images have been leaked showing Australia’s next America’s Cup challenger practicing against the AC72s at the New York Yacht Club. Veteran yachting reporter Bert Stankler has been covering this explosive story. ‘When I first heard the story break that Australia would be competing for the Auld Mug in a J24 I was straight on the phone to Bob Oatley, he said the oversupply of wine worldwide has hit the bottom line of many wine producers, they needed to change their strategy as their budget for the Cup challenge was trimmed from $100 million to under $20k so J24 became the obvious choice.’

Read on … Breaking News

NSW J24 State Championships – 1 & 2 November 2014

With just a few weeks to go, can I please encourage you to get your entry forms in to RPEYC for the State Championships on 1 & 2 November.

Sailing Instructions NSW State Championships 2014

Notice of Race NSW State Championship 2014

2014 NSW State Championship Entry Form

Any enquiries please call Paula on 0404 539176.

Gosford J24 Regatta

This year the Gosford J24 Classic Regatta at Gosford Sailing Club attracted a fleet of 8 – with beautiful champagne sailing conditions Saturday..and a 30 degree day on Sunday bringing very light winds.  The full 6 races were finally completed after some postponements and course changes, and with the drop, Steve Girdis managed to rack up just 5 points with 5 wins to take the winners spot!

start line


Scratch Results

1st Place Convicts Revenge Stephen Girdis
2nd Place Vortex Graeme Lee
3rd Place Innaminka John Crawford


Handicap Results

1st Place Starpac John Gardiner
2nd Place Pacatack Greg Dixon
3rd Place Convicts Revenge

Stephen Girdis


Thank you once again to all entries and crew for making the trip to Gosford whether it be by sea or road, from Sydney and Lake Macquarie!  We appreciate the effort it takes to get your boat there and hope you will also join us at the next big event – the NSW J24 State Championships on 1 & 2 November at RPEYC in Sydney!


AUS5304 Fun2 For Sale

Poster 2

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 Entry Form

J24 Gosford Classic Regatta Notice of Race

Sailing Instructions Gosford Classic J24 Regatta 2014