Vale Raewyn Bennett

John Bennett our well known supplier of masts and booms at Sparloft in Auckland, New Zealand, messaged us to say that his wife Raewyn passed away on Friday afternoon after suffering from cancer for some time. This is sad news for all of us as Raewyn was a strong supporter of the class and has visited us here in Melbourne previously with John. A memorial afternoon tea is being held at the yacht club in Panmure on Monday afternoon the 30th November for an expected large number of friends and fellow yachties. On behalf of all of us in Oz who have known Raewyn and John,  we offer our thoughts to you John on Raewyn’s passing.

2016 Nationals in Melbourne – the next BIG Regatta

Nationals Newsletter Two – NOR Released

The NOR for the Nationals has been released and is downloadable NOR-J24-Nationals-2016

The NSW Champs showed there is plenty of tight racing in the class. With Sean Kirkjian doing the winning this year he now has the Nationals carrot dangling in front of those very focused eyes.

The Nationals are being held at Sandringham YC from the 2nd to the 8th January. Racing is the Monday 4th – 8th with a layday on the Wednesday. Registration, measurement and weigh in starts on the 2nd and there is a practice race on the Sunday 3rd

Remember, humans are what they are and things change so come back here regularly to make sure you have the latest NOR. There maybe amendments between now and the regatta.

Battle Flag Competition

Colour and excitment in the boat harbour along with hard racing on the track will be the name of the game. When you stand on the club terrace and look out over the marina we want you to see colour – lots of it. We want Sandringham to know the Js have come to town !  So we are going to have a Battle Flag competition. There will be prizes and there are some rules. Look back here for Newsletter number 3 for the details next week.

Also note that as posts come on to the site some get pushed down out of sight so Nationals information is repeated on the 2016 Nationals page under Regattas above.

J24 State Championships 2015

Thank you to the crew of 16 crews, and all the staff and committee and volunteers at RPEYC for making the  NSW J24 State Championships last weekend such a great regatta.  Two days of good breezy racing kept the fleet happy and I am sure you will all agree that the Saturday night dinner was a great success and hopefully you all had chance to mingle with other sailors you hadn’t previously spoken with!

fleet pic

Scratch Results

1st  Kaotic  -Arthur Crothers/Sean Kirkjian

2nd Convicts Revenge – Stephen Girdis

3rd  Innamincka - John Crawford

4th  Waterborne Again – Marc & Oloff Tromp/Brendan Lee

5th  Ace – David West/Andy Lim

6th  Stockcar – David McKay

7th  Kicking – Ron Thomson

8th  Sailpac – Simon Grain

9th  Team Ciniobryan – Steve O’Rourke

10th  Starpac – Tony Dillon

11th  Wildfire – Janette Syme/R Richardson

12th  Vertigo – Clinton & Kristie Hood

13th  Pacatack – Terry Wise

14th  In the Mood – Marc van Dinther

15th  5 to 6  – Martin Dare

16th  Slippery Fish – Mick Reynolds/Peter Stevens

J24 State Championship 2015 Results


Handicap Results

1st  Kicking – Ron Thomson

2nd  Waterborne Again - Marc & Oloff Tromp/Brendan Lee

3rd  Wildfire – Janette Syme/R Richardson


Quantum Mainsail for Sale

1 x Quantum Mainsail used 15 times, as new $1000.00 including number change.

Call Hugo Ottaway 0448 155 000

Make My Jay – For Sale


One of the really lightweight Bashford builds, this is the best J24 available in our fleet – the one to own if you want to win.

It is in excellent full racing condition on the hardstand at Sandy, the boat has been loved and kept in brilliant condition.  Equipped with those finesse extras you expect.

Nothing to do, it’s already done – It’s ready to go sailing – it’s ready to race!

If you want a boat that can put you at the front end of the fleet, here it is.  And if it stays at Sandy you’ll get the trolley and the hardstand space with it as well – and this is very valuable real estate indeed, Sandy is tight on trolleys and almost out of space. And the Nationals are coming to Sandy this coming January – NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY !

1991 Bashford, minimum weight with correctors, comes with as NEW NORTH Regatta sails, plus a club set

Near new Sparloft mast and boom, standing rigging with Ronstan Quick Adjusters, near new running rigging, largely Harken fitout, UV protected running rigging. Deck Tie-down, lightweight motor bracket.

Full cat 6 Safety Equipment including medical kit, life jackets, hand pump, buckets, flares, V sheet, cat 6 anchor, chain and warp, motor, fuel container, etc.  Includes full set of bunk cushions and kite launch bag.

A great J at a reasonable price

Call Simon Grain on 0413 870 046

Bowman needed for J24 NSW State Championships

If you wish to sail in the NSW J24 State Championships on 31 October and 1 November,  contact Mick on as he needs a bowman.

J24 State Championships Dinner at Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club

Please join us for the J24 State Championships Dinner at Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper

Saturday 31 October 2015 – 7pm


  • Platters of warm arancini balls with lemon aioli
  • Platters of mixed salad
  • Bowls of mixed pasta dishes

Mains (alternate drop)

  •  Slow roasted free range chicken with mash potato, mushroom pancetta cream
  • Barramundi fillet with fondant potato & parsley cream sauce
  • Bowls of chips for the tables


  •  Meringue with berry coulis

Bookings are essential and prepayment of $30 for members ($60 for non members) can be arranged by contacting:

Tracy Haddow – Catering & Beverage Manager

P 02 9327 3149     M 0438 292 475


Nationals News 1

J24 States 2015 Day 1 Start

Put yourself on the start line in Melbourne

Lots of people are already talking about the Nationals, lots of questions being asked about sailing in Melbourne in January. There’s lots to tell and some potential big news …. but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Firstly let’s get the NSW States done and dusted.

I hear Kirj is trying to back up his win at Gosford, got the gun team on Arthurs boat ! I hear the Cronullans are getting around 5 boats to the states ….. go shire ! From Melbourne, Simon is steering with Tim, Brendan is steering a Sydney boat and Ron is bringing Kicking to tussle with Janette for the NEW Thommo Cup. If the weather gods are on our side it will be a beautiful regatta again at Prince Edwards, perhaps the best secret yacht club in Sydney.

So back to the Nationals, this season, gauging from the interest shown already we may be looking at the first 30 boat Nationals for a very long time.

The NOR will be out online shortly, but for those not already looking at the calendar page above, you’ll need to know that the Nationals are being held at Sandringham YC from the 2nd to the 8th January. Racing is the Monday 4th – 8th with a layday on the Wednesday. Registration, measurement and weigh in starts on the 2nd and there is a practice race on the Sunday 3rd, probably around 2pm, regardless of whether you do the practice race or not your boats need to be in the water by then. I know, none of you will sail through the finish line (might save on race management if we don’t need one !)

So plenty of hard racing, 12 of them in fact – 13 if you count the practice race, so most will be pretty hung out by the end of it. But for those with plenty of energy there will be a full social program as well.

First hang over opportunity will be the welcome sausage sizzle on the 3rd after the practice race – well, once you are cleaned up a little bit – I’m sure you all want to make a good impression. Not enough for you? Try Big Tuesday, a tradition with the Nationals in Melbourne, the big themed party at the yacht club (no idea what the theme is yet – we’ll let you know in good time to prepare for it !). You’ll need the lay day if you play hard in that one. Still not enough for you, President Doug is a tiger for punishment and wants to take you all out to St Kilda on the Thursday night, show you the town etc. – remember though Doug is Scottish so bring your own money!

And someone is going to win the whole thing – we’ve got a few wannabes thinking it’s themselves already, visitors should read up on the Black Prince of Sandringham before they come, he’s on a bit of a roll at the moment, but there will be some big names in the running – trust me. Winners means happiness – for some … and that means a humongous prize giving dinner on the Friday night. If you aren’t lying in a heap in the boat yard on Saturday morning – you didn’t try hard enough !

Ok a few house-keeping things, yes it does cost money – $500 entry but it is well worth it to rub shoulders with the best. Of course you can do that in the bar, but you’ll need to be on the water by 1100 each race day if you want to do it on the bay.

Visiting? Then you will have a trailer – no worries we’ll store them at the club for you safely (although if you make up a little trailer sign “Simon’s Boat Trailer Hire” I could make a few bucks while you are all out sailing!)  And there will be club FOB keys available as well. Accommodation is something you might need and you should work this out ASAP, you might get a bed with a local or for those with money and high taste there are plenty of local establishments nearby.

If you have any queries, Victorian President Doug’s your man – he is passionate about you coming to Melbourne, so why not give him a call on 0400 584 067 or you can call me for an ‘unbiased’ chat about all things J.  0413 870 046

NSW J24 State Championships

31 October & 1 November 2015 – RPEYC

NSW State Championships Sailing Instructions 2015

NSW State Championship Notice of Race 2015

NSW State Championships Entry Form 2015

Membership Application 2015

NSW J24 State Championship eblast

A J24 Association dinner will be held at RPEYC on Saturday 31 October at 7pm.

Tickets are subsidized by the J24 Association of NSW and will cost you just $30 per ticket.

Any questions, please call Paula on 0404 539176


Good crew members looking for a ride in J24 State Championships

Good experienced crew (trim/helm/bow) are available to crew on your boat in the J24 State Championships – you just need to let me know if you need anyone and I can put you in contact…Paula 0404 539176