J24 World Championship 2015

Are you travelling in Europe in late August, early September ?

Missing some J sailing during winter – well here is a side trip to revive your sanity or delight the family if they are with you !

With just over a month to go, the German J/24 teams, their families and friends are looking forward to sailing and partying with you in Boltenhagen on the Baltic coast. One of the top sailing areas, the venue can be reached by air (via from Hamburg and Berlin), by ferry (via Lübeck-Travemünde, Puttgarden or Rostock) or by car. Boltenhagen’s attractive location in Mecklenburg-Vorpommerania allows spectator-friendly inshore racing, with stable winds and free from commercial shipping lanes.

The event will be based in the purpose-built Boltenhagen Marina located within the exclusive ‘Weiße Wiek’ holiday village which offers a modern yet relaxed atmosphere. Racing will be organised by the ‘Norddeutscher Regattaverein’, one of Germany’s oldest yacht clubs, that has many years of experience in staging international events such as Kiel week and countless One-Design Championships. The town of Boltenhagen is close to the venue and grew from a fishing village into a picturesque seaside resort in the early 19th century. Its well-restored family hotels, shops and restaurants offer a pleasant alternative to the excitement of the racecourse.

On www.j24worlds2015.com, we will provide you with event information and details about race organisation, charter boats, entry and logistics. In the meantime, please subscribe to our mailing list for regular updates. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us on info@j24worlds2015.com.

Kaizen 2 For Sale – AUS 4763

    • Kaizen 2 is a Class compliant J24 in competitive racing condition with a current
      measurement certificate.
    • J 24 registration AUS 4763. Build date – 1990
    • Dry sailed boat on a registered road trailer. Location – Cairns FNQ
    • Sails: Mains X 3 (1 racing), Genoas X 3 (1 North, 2 MacDiarmid), Jib X 1
      (MacDiarmid), Spinnakers X 3
    • Race record (current owner):
      • 2011 – FNQ J24 Championship – 1st
      • 2012 – FNQ J24 Championship – 1st
      • 2013 – FNQ J24 Championship – 1st
      • 2014 – FNQ J24 C’ship discontinued
        •  – PDYC Clipper Cup Div 4 – 2nd
      • 2015 – PDYC Clipper Cup Div 4 – 1st
        • - PDYC J24 One design – 1st
    • Hardstand covers
    • Tohatsu 3.5 Outboard
    • Spares including rudder and tiller
    • Bunk cushions X 6


  • $18,000
  • Contact: Bruce Clarke – H: 074095 8284    M: 0428 40 51 40

‘Our’ Victorian Keelboat Sailor of the year, 2015

The Black Prince's Halo is glowing

After years of success and accolades, Dave Suda, the ‘Black Prince of Sandringham’ has finally rested the ultimate Victorian sailing crown – Victorian Keelboat Sailor of the year, 2015.

With over 300 sailors at Sandringham Yacht Club for the OTB Marine Yachting Victoria Awards on Friday evening, 19th June, this was Yachting Victoria’s largest awards night yet, recognising the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, clubs, volunteers and media representatives in sailing throughout the 2014-15 season.

With strong competition for the award from Sydney 38, Hobart Race and highly achieving club sailors, the award to Dave is all the more rewarding. It shows the high profile the class is achieving in recent years in Victoria and Australia and the success the Black Prince has had in it. His achievements this last year have included:

1st Victorian J24 States

1st J24 Nationals

1st One Design Summer Sprint Championships

2nd NSW States (Kaotic)

Yes, a little slip there, only 2nd !  Dave didn’t take Pacemaker to NSW for the 2014 States, but much to the consternation of the Cockroaches, ‘the Bloody Black Prince of Sandringham’ has won three NSW titles in a row in Pacemaker prior to last season. He helmed Kaotic to 2nd place, behind Convicts Revenge with a blended crew from By the Lee, Pacemaker and Kaotic. A bit rough, but he is currently the only Victorian boat to have won the NSW State Titles.

He made particular attention to and dedicated the award to the superb efforts of his long-time crew, Herschel, Sam, Rachel and Damien, standing in for Luke who is recovering from a serious cycling accident, a crew without whom he could not have won this award. It shows clearly that the J24 is a boat where success depends not stars and egos, but on close and exacting teamwork from dedicated real people.

There are competitions Dave hasn’t yet won, but for the time being the Black Prince’s halo is shining a little brighter.

Cronulla this time of year is either windy or light

Very close racing at the finish line

Very close racing at the finish line

Last year was windy, this year was light, sunny and warm – great sailing !

The Macquart Marine Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta was conducted in the clean clear waters of Bate Bay, Cronulla over the Queens Birthday long weekend 6-7 June, was a huge success again and enjoyed by 17 crews including three from interstate. Simon Grain and Hugo Ottaway from Victoria and with smiles and the odd ‘discussion’, Robin and Jim Townsend from Adelaide – well done guys !

This year there was a definite buzz about the club from a few days before, with excitement growing as the interstaters rolled in. With lots of help from the enthusiastic locals, boats were rigged, dropped in the water, and berthed on the club pontoon 3 shakes of a skippers tiller from the club bar. What a magic setting – drinks in the sunset and the promise of a great weekend to come.

Bucko, the nation’s most relaxed RO gave us the briefing on Saturday morning, how refreshing to hear some sensible race management outlined – there will be no protests ! Sort it out on the water.

With breezes between 0-5 the race committee did a fantastic job in achieving 3 races on the first day. With temps at 22 deg C, a glorious day of sailing was had and a following swell upwind, made interesting sailing for those not used to ocean sailing.

The first race was won by Local Legend, Dave McKay by 30 sec to Victorian Hugo Ottaway and Stephen Quigley a further 30 seconds behind. The short course format, with works no more than 800 metres ensuring close competition for all.

Second Race was won by Stephen Quigley in a dying breeze who picked the shifts and extended to win by some 3 minutes to Simon Grain of Victoria and local Cronulla Sailor Barry Ryan.

The third and last race for Day One was conducted after waiting for a 5 knot breeze to re-establish from the east and in a dying breeze Barry Ryan again showed his local knowledge to lead out by 30 seconds to Robin Townsend from South Australia and Hugo Ottaway in Brushetta IV from Sandringham Yacht Club.

Racing was completed for the first day with Barry Ryan in Pinot leading from Stephen Quigley and Dave McKay equal in second. The Day One BBQ was huge, these guys know how to be hospitable with a vengeance, great conversation between all competitors and lots of new friends being made with the visitors going into the night in preparation for day two. In fact many competitors further increased their preparation at local nite clubs just to make sure they were ready for the off in the morning.

Again the balmy winter conditions continued with a slight increase in wind strength experiencing 5-10 knots for the 4th race of the series. The ‘Mexicans’ (Victorians took both 1st and 2nd) with Simon Grain and Hugo Ottaway followed by the ever consistent Stephen Quigley coming in third.

A quick turn around by the race committee saw race 5 commence and the pattern of finishes becoming clearer Barry Ryan followed by Stephen Quigley and Hugo. This was undoubtedly the closest race of the series with the first 5 boats finishing within 40 seconds, the next 4 within 40 seconds and the next 6 within 30 seconds. Fantastic close racing 2 laps, over in 27 minutes and all boats finishing with 4 minutes !!!!!

Race 6 commenced under the black flag after 2 consecutive general recalls. Julie McKay on McKay Marine, Jared Macquart on Macquart Marine, Matthew Short on ShortFaced and Lia Darby on Starpac all broke the start and where disqualified from that race. Final result in a dying breeze was Simon Grain, the consistent Stephen Quigley and Barry Ryan in Third.

Race 7 proved to be the final race of the series in testing conditions and a breeze continuing to decrease. Simon Grain rose to the occasion with a 3rd bullet for the day followed again by Team Cini O’Bryan and StockCar.

Results were tallied back at the Cronulla Sailing Club as the sausages cooked and the drinks where poured. Another huge BBQ and drinks and drinks and …

The same Bucko, now the master of ceremonies and laughter, gave out the prizes and everyone got one, if you didn’t win one you got one given to you. What a good night.

Final results being:

  1. Team CiniO’Bryan    Stephen Quigley
  2. Pinot                       Barry Ryan
  3. Kaotic                     Simon Grain
  4. StockCar                 David McKay
  5. Bruschetta IV           Hugo Ottaway
  6. JCF Built Boudicca   Bryce Edwards
  7. McKay Marine          Julie McKay
  8. Witches Thimble       Robin Townsend
  9. Only a Journey          Max Sellers
  10.  ShortFaced              Mathew Short
  11. Vertigo                     Clinton Hood
  12. Starpac                    Lia Darby
  13. In the Mood              Marc Van Dinther
  14. Macquart Marine       Jared Macquart
  15. Jargon                      Tony Landers
  16. Slippery Fish             Mick Reynolds
  17. Katiki Katanga           Chris Merfield

Team Cini O’Bryans consistence throughout the series proved solid with a series score of 3, 1, 7, 3, 2, 2, 2 for a total of 13. Simon Grain, sailing Arthur Crother’s Kaotic (with the boss on board) went home with the wheelchair prize.

The complete results are on the Cronulla SC site, here

Plenty of great pics of the racing are also on this page, thanks very much Phil Rogers.

Once again the level of female participation is very encouraging, with three female skippers and many women amongst most of the crews.

The organisers and competitors would like to thank the sponsors of the event, Macquart Marine, Wet Tech Rigging, Ian Short Sails, Cronulla Marina, The Lapstone Hotel, Loaf Cafe Cronulla, OZ Jet Boating Sydney, PriceLine Cronulla and Secret Scent Aromatherapy. And a big thank you to the volunteers and members of Cronulla SC for making this great regatta possible. Thanks also to Fiona Campbell, Rob Croucher, Clinton Hood and Dave Mackay for hosting the visitors – it makes the trip all the more affordable and strengthens new and old bonds in the class.

Cronulla Sailing Club are looking forward to hosting the event next year, we will be aiming at 25 J24’s in 2016. Please remember to bring the entire range of sails, for you’ll never know what the day will bring you. I have to say the same thing I said last year – if you weren’t there, you missed a real goodie and you don’t want to miss that again.

So it seems ‘Mexico’ is to be invaded by the ‘Cronullans’ or is that the ‘Shire’. Whatever you like to call the friendly natives of Bate Bay, you should know that they are good, they’re getting better and they are coming to ‘Mexico’ in the deep south, for the Nationals are being held there on the 4th – 8th January. Quite possibly the classes first 30 boat regatta in many a long year. And quite a few are planning their assault on the NSW States in early November this year.
Story by Mick Reynolds and Simon Grain

Bowman available for 2016 National Championships

Ken is really keen to crew in the 2016 J24 National Championships.

He lives in Weymouth,Dorset UK and although he’s been sailing on all sorts of boats, mini to maxi,during the the last 40 years, has never sailed in the southern hemisphere.

Ken sailed J24s for about ten years, and has sailed with Bob Turner,ex president of the J24 worlds class for about 8 years and Stuart Jardine,secretary of UK association and on both boats did the bow.  Ken is thinking that a trip down south, combined with a sail on a J24 would be about as good as it gets!!

If you can offer him a ride for the Nationals, or wish too discuss further, please email him on:  kennyroebuck@hotmail.com

More History Pictures


I have put more of Chris Furey’s and Nick Capper’s pics on the Australian History page.  Thanks Guys, very much appreciated. Also now a link to Chris Furey’s FB J Pic page where there is an amazing collection of pics. If anyone has old pics they are happy to share, either send them to me or put them on our J24 facebook page and make sure you give captions for each of them. Cheers Simon

Want to sell your J24?

If anyone is looking to sell their boat and hasn’t got it advertised, could you please let me know.  I have a couple of potential buyers contact me recently so would be good to know if you are thinking of selling.

Thanks, Paula

dockpaula@gmail.com or 0404 539176

J24 NSW Regattas

Now is the time to start thinking about getting your boat ready for the regatta season  – the NSW J24 Association has 2 regattas this year and we’d like you to enter both of them so we can have good competitive fleets racing.    It’s still 5 months away but it’s just a reminder to think about booking accommodation in Gosford for the Long Weekend in October, and also think about crew.  If you give me plenty of notice I can generally help you find the crew you need if you are short!

  • 3rd & 4th October 2015 – Gosford Classic J24 Regatta at Gosford Sailing Club
  • 31st October & 1 November 2015 –  NSW J24 State Championships at Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club.

Those who are keen will hopefully also use these regattas as training before venturing to the J24 National Championships in January 2016 in Melbourne.

Please contact me on 0404 539176 or dockpaula@gmail.com for any help or questions.


Macquart Marine Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta

QBW Cronulla Regatta 2015 Poster FB

The Macquart Marine Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta is on for the 6-8 June 2015 (Queens Birthday Long weekend).

This was a brilliantly run and enjoyable regatta last year and we are planning to get 20 boats this year so come and enjoy the hospitality and ocean sailing at Cronulla

Entries are online on the CSC site, go here for more information https://regonline.activeglobal.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1707246

And to see pics from last year, go here  https://plus.google.com/photos/109897369434061694665/albums/6022085478355166705

Clipper Cup at Port Douglas – Could be your winter holiday in a J



The Mickey Ink Port Douglas Race Week and Clipper Cup is a low-budget but high-octane event reknowned for its hospitality and tropical fun attitude. The following update was emailed to us this week:

We have 24 entries so far and almost as many telling us they will be entering. With just five weeks to go it looks certain that we’ll break our recent record of 29 set last year and we’re hopeful of bettering the 44 set in 1995. Not a bad effort for such a remote outpost of the sport!

We have five J24’s entered in division 4 so we have introduced a sub-division for the J24 class within div 4. There are eleven J’s in the Port Douglas and Cairns region that we know about so we’re hoping we can get a few more interested and build an annual class division for the J’s. Several J24’s have entered in recent years but we’re yet to see any claim a name on the famous trophy. The closest has been Bruce Clarke (Kaizan II) from Cairns who managed second place in division 4 in 2014. Bruce has entered for the fifth consecutive year and is a close favourite to take out the inaugural class division and possibly the double, going one better in division 4 this year.

We already have three boats sailing up from Townsville, Dusty Muzzle, Guilty Pleasures VI and Champagne. These guys are doing their best to encourage some more. Ron Knott and the crew of Dusty Muzzle have been competing for the trophy since 2011 and will be back to defend their 2014 division 1 win. Leon Thomas and the Guilty Pleasures team have raced here before in 2013 and will be trying to go one better than the second place they achieved in division 4 that year.

Dusty Muzzle will have a serious challenge on their hands defending their division 1 title with the likes of veteran local racing legends Belinda Cooper (Agnes) and Doug Ryan (Shazam) both previous winners on other boats.

In the multihull division Mal Richardson has entered his NACRA 36 Malice which has been winning just about everywhere it goes. We’ll have some serious handicapping to do with this fast OMR cat competing against cruisers like the Seawind 1000. Malice won the 2011 Clipper Cup when all the boats raced in one division. We didn’t have enough competitors for multiple divisions back then. It was a nightmare trying to handicap such a diverse fleet.

We’re a lot more organised these day with five divisions this year including the J24 sub-division. Malice might get a bit of competition if we can muster some of the local racing cats to get their entries in.

The social scene is set to be huge with competitors planned to be berthed next to the club at Closehaven Marina. With a big brekkie on the go every morning and entertainment every night there’ll be plenty to keep the social scene humming. It is also Port Douglas Carnivale that week so there will be a multitude of events and activities happening all around town. Perfect for any non sailing partners of visiting yachties to get involved with. Visit www.carnivale.com.au for details.

We’ll also be running a fun team competition in line with the teams event that was the original Pan Am Clipper Cup many years ago. As with everything at this great club we do it all for fun as our motto proclaims “This Club was built for fun”.

Further details of the regatta can be found at http://portdouglasraceweek.com.au/ and entries close Monday 11th May with
racing commencing on the 25th to 29th.