Monjon Australia Victorian 2015 States

2015 States poster

The Monjon Victorian States are shaping up to be a 25 boat regatta this year. Dates are Saturday 18 -  Sunday 19th April this year.

The fleet at Sandy is hot, 20 boats all wanting a piece of the action this year, new sails and new owners, old owners dusting off the tillers, everyones getting fired up.

Dave Suda is running just ahead of the pack, but not always, the ‘Black Prince of Sandringham’ isn’t getting it all his own way with the next 3 or 4 boats chomping on his rudder. Last year’s National Champ Steve Girdis from Sydney and Doug Watson from SA are coming to Melbourne and are planning to pull the plug out of the ‘Pacemaker’.  Dave Mackay and Steve O’Rourke from Cronulla, Robin and Jim Townsend, Andrew Townsend from SA and Jeanette Syme from the harbour are also coming. Word is the Thommo Cup is going to move homes or get a new set of rules !

Sadly all the spare Victorian boats are already chartered at this stage (keep asking incase one becomes available), so if you want to be part of the regatta you best bring your own boat.

Traditionally the regatta is a hot competition regatta in Melbourne’s soft Autumn wind conditions (no guarantee of course). Complimented by the usual great party evening on the Saturday, this is a regatta not to be missed.

This will be the biggest J regatta in 2015. So if you want to be part of it and can’t get your boat here then why not fly in and sail with a local, you’ll have a great time – guaranteed !

Call Vic Pres Doug MacGregor for more information  on 0400 584 067

Here’s a copy of the poster 2015 States poster

If you are coming to Sandringham for the first time you can check the regatta information on the Vic page of this site – there is one low bridge you don’t want to get too !

J24’s Steal the show with a First and Second !

The premier lady skippers race on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne Victoria is the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial trophy – this year won by a J24 !
In memory of Jennifer, a keen sailor, all the entry fees were donated to Melanoma research.
The 2015 race in its 24th year, attracts Melbourne’s best female sailors from all the major keel boat clubs in the bay.
This year the race began in very light, sunny 34 degree (93.3 degrees fahrenheit) conditions, which quickly changed with the arrival of a southerly breeze reaching 12 knots, on what was a beautiful day for sailing.
Amongst a fleet of 30, the boat size ranged from 44 footers to the smallest, two J24s.
Despite their disadvantage in size, the J’s had crew members who had competed at the highest level with both boats representing Australia in the J worlds in Sweden in 2011 and Bruschetta VI also in the Dennis Conner International Yacht Club Challenge New York 2014. Hyperactive, skippered by Kirsty Harris with her all female crew and Bruschetta VI skippered by Pauliina Matilla with her male crew, excelled in the light conditions, picking the shifts and changes in the freshening breeze, this resulted in both being in the top 10 boats over the finish line. Hyperactive who had a AMS rating, won the AMS division, However the overall award was won by Bruschetta VI with Hyperactive second.
Pauliina Matilla, was awarded the Jennifer Goldsmith Memorial perpetual trophy and a beautiful Tiffany & Co necklace. Pauliina who lives and sails in Finland is currently working in Australia, explained during her acceptance that in Finland its -15 degrees with a maximum of 4 hours of light per day, a far cry from the sun drenched shores of Port Phillip Bay.
The J24’s excelled against the competition, taking the major and divisional trophies, the class has a strong local fleet of 20 active boats with the current and past Australian Champions amongst it. J24 has experienced a regrowth in Australia and with results like these it will only encourage more to take up J sailing. The full story can be read on “Sail World.Com/ Port Phillip women’s championship series- love a southerly”.

From Hugo Ottaway

Main and Genoa for sale

2013 North Main $1000
2013 North 3DL Genoa $1,500

Both Sails were bought in November 2013 for the 2013-2014 season. Have been used for 4 regattas only: NSW States 2013, National 2014, SA States 2014, Vic States 2014. Both are in excellent condition, no repairs.

Sails currently in Adelaide (Available for SA States) or can be delivered to Victoria prior to Vic States.

Call Doug Watson 0415677886

Girls Going Sailing in Melbourne 2015

The 25th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in Melbourne is coming up in June and the Silver Anniversary is going to be bigger and better than ever! With teams coming from across Australia and interest being shown from international teams, the fleet is already shaping up to be a competitive one.

The Hyper Girls (centre in the pic above) have taken this one out more than once before, proving that the J24 is very competitive in this fleet, so if you are local at Sandy why not get your boats up the bay. Looks like there may also be a crew from Manhattan coming. Which means if you are from Sydney or Adelaide, you really are coming from just around the corner. Boats may be available to use from the Sandy fleet.

If you are a female sailor and would like to get involved, or if you are a boat owner who would like to donate your boat to a team please contact RMYS Sailing Coordinator Allicia Rae –

The AWKR will be held from 6-8 June 2015.

Want to go sailing with girls before then – try the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series

The YV Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) 2015 marks the third series which combines the existing ‘signature’ women’s events from the five keelboat clubs at the top of the bay into one event and will be contested on the waters of Port Phillip from February to May 2015. Check out the Championship details here

Don’t want to do the whole championship – why not sail the opening race and enjoy the party !

The Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy is also race 1 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series
For more information on the series please visit

This is the traditional ‘Lady Skippers’ Race’ and has been a feature on the sailing calendar at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron for many years.

Traditionally the race is open to any yacht as long as it is ‘skippered’ by a woman.  She can have a crew of all males, a mixed crew or a crew of all females but the boat must be helmed throughout the whole of the race by a female.

Entry for the 2015 Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy is now open. You can read the NOR and enter here:

This is the first race in the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series and as always there are going to be some gorgeous prizes thanks to the Goldsmith Family.

Details of the lunch post racing will be available soon.

2015 Pape Chevrolet North American Championships

2015 North Americans

Will you be in the US in September this year, maybe you would like to enter or maybe just stop by and have a look. The 2015 Pape Chevrolet North American Championships will include 3.5 days of great racing, multiple nights of live entertainment at Portland Yacht Club, many complimentary beverages and meals including Saturday night’s famous traditional Maine lobster bake with lobster, corn, potato, steamers, and more…

J24 Fleet 43 and the organizing committee of the annual J/24 Downeast Regatta, which has been held for over 20 years on Casco Bay, Maine, is excited to invite you to the 2015 Pape Chevrolet J/24 North American Championships. The event is being hosted by Portland Yacht Club, Handy Boat Service and J24 Fleet 43. The dates of the event are; racing - Thursday September 10th through Sunday September 13th.    Limited to 50 boats !!!!

For more information go to the website

National Champs – Day Four, the Final Result

‘When you have got it flaunt it’ and that’s just what ‘The Black Prince of Sandringham’ in Pacemaker did in the last race today. With the series win in the bag after two wins this morning they were spectators at the last start, watching the fleet sail off while they cruised home to early celebratory drinks. Well done Dave, congratulations to you and your crew, Herschel, Rachael, Sam and Luke.

This morning the real race was for second, third and fourth with Doug Watson (El Fideldo), Brendan Lee (By the Lee) and Simon Grain (Code Violation) all in with a chance on second and third. Simon Grain scared the other two enough with two seconds behind Dave’s two firsts in the first two races that they both pounced on the poor blighter from Sandy and after a dump on Simon First leg, Code was out the back. A certain discard for sure and made certain by an unfortunate bottom mark rounding when Lisa on the foredeck got hit by the kite pole and covered the deck and her white top with an alarming shade of red. Retired hurt – but you have to look after the ladies faces ! Doug Watson put in a stellar performance to take out the race and the second overall from Brendan with Simon in fourth. A long jump back to Kirsty Harris in Hyperactive and Ron Thompson in Kicking. Rob Hogan coming in 7th making the famous Cookie Monster get up and fly with a best place 2nd in the regatta, “good to see that old sun umbrella kite go Rob” and Dave Mackay from Cronulla, our newest ‘circuit devotee’ in Stockcar coming home 8th.

Unfortunately after an enormous effort in training and preparation program prior to the nationals our Victorian President Doug MacGregor got a hit from the boom and has now gained a few stitches but lost a couple of teeth, tough luck and a bad end to a good campaign, but Doug will be back with that Scottish vigor and determination we all see in him. Our thoughts are with you Doug. Maybe a trip to Thailand coming up – I hear the teeth are good and cheap there.

The Performance Handicap winner is Janette Syme with a well deserved win over new comer Steve O’Rourke and his crew of grandkids (well done Steve, your competitive spirit and attendance at the regatta is much appreciated by the class and we look forward to see you again in the circuit. Janette arrived in the heat before the regatta and rubbed the black antifoul off the bottom of Foolish Behaviour prior to the start – our own little coal miner !  Go Janette – we love you sailing the J’s with us. Next big gig is the Vic States – 18th April. (SA States possibly the last weekend in Feb, but yet to be confirmed). Rob Hogan in Cookie Monster took out 3rd from Helen Wilmer in Good Company in fourth.

This year’s Thommo Cup was taken out by big brother, a bit monotonous, but Ron is just a bit competitive over little sister, must be some other way to do the Thommo Cup.

The class showed a great deal of appreciation for the efforts of SA President Jim Townsend and wife Robin and his team in putting the regatta and the class back together in SA – we can’t say enough thanks for all your effort. Thank you to all the CYCSA members and volunteers in helping to put the Nationals together and making it a well run and smooth operation.

Are you reading this and thinking we had a story there too – send it to me and it goes online. My take on it all isn’t the only viewpoint so send them in for all to read.

Well Steve – there goes the title, gone without a fight. The Vic States will be bigger than ever this year and we look forward to seeing you back on the startline.

For final results go to


National Champs – Day Three

More overcast grey skies today, suiting the Black Prince of Sandringham perfectly with 3 bullets added to his score. With the first drop coming into effect today, his score of 11 is half that of Brendan Lee (SYC) on 23 points. Doug Watson, Adelaide’s leading skipper is third with Simon Grain (SYC) now forth after an ordinary day. Sandringham boats fill 6 of the first 7 places, so the competitive fleet at SYC shows it’s worth.

The most novel picture was Jeanette Syme sailing around before the start in the rain under an umbrella at the back of the boat.

Today’s first race started in very light conditions with a swing to the left and an increase of breeze to around 18 knots, catching some of the fleet unawares, but giving a fast and exciting kite ride back to the finish. Finishing order was Dave Suda, Doug Watson, Ron Thompson.

Race two and we had a shifty SE breeze of around 15knots. Once again banging the beach proved to be the way to go and even some of the locals didn’t take their own advice on going left. Dougie Watson telling me that for 4 years he has sailed here and knows the left rule like the back of his hand. Why did I go right twice ? he asked me. Finishing order was Dave Suda,  Brendan Lee, Simon Grain.

Race three and the wind had lightened off so much that it was almost a drifter off the start with many people calling it a lottery. didn’t bother the Black Prince though as he scooted off to a 3rd win of the day in a shortened race. The planned race 4 was not held due to the lack of wind and interest.  Finishing order was Dave Suda, Rob Hogan (Cookie Monster), Dave McKay (Stockcar).

Performance Handicap is being lead by Jeanette Syme in Foolish Behavour from Rob Hogan in Cookie Monster and Helen Wilmer in Good Company.

Full results available on


National Champs – Day Two

Overcast skies all day with a building SE breeze gave the nationals competitors a great day’s racing without the heat and burning sun of the past few days. Around 8-10 knots breeze and flat water for the first race and ending up with the whole fleet on jibs in around 20 knots.

The normal ‘bang the left’ rules applied today with boats getting big lifts along the beach to a top mark down towards Largs. Racing is very close with the top boats getting around in a very tight group and the bulk of the back following closely behind.

Results are not online yet due to a protest. Today’s race winners are Doug Watson in El Fideldo, Brendan Lee in By the Lee and two races to Dave Suda in Pacemaker. Overall leader is Doug Watson, followed by Simon Grain and Dave Suda.

Check back a bit later here or on   for updated full results.

National Champs – Day One

Day one has got off to an interesting start with more protests that races held.

After a very stormy morning today following two 38 deg days previously that have had those preparing their boats spending unusually large amounts of time falling about with heat stress and consuming large amounts of water rather than beer, racing got going with a huge black wall of cloud to the north of the race track. The breeze was a light and variable 13knots, flat seas and warm muggy temp, champagne sailing really.

Dave Suda won the first race from Simon Grain sailing Code Violation but is on the receiving end of a multi-boat protest at the top mark for a port and starboard in the second race. At least 4 protests are in already and I believe there may be more to come – busy night in the committee room !

Code Violation was leading all the way round the track in the second race before falling into a hole 100m from the finish and having 3 boats sail around them as the breeze died. Brendan Lee took out the second race from Doug Watson, Dave Suda and Code.

For more details and full results go to the CYCSA site at   then click on the ‘Results for the 14-15 season link and then J24 Nationals link near the bottom.

Note that as of writing the results are provisional due to the protests.

Make My Jay AUS 4787 For Sale


Make My Jay AUS 4787 comes with BRAND NEW 2014 NORTH SAILS,Bashford Lightweight Hull, Recent New Rig, Immaculate Condition in every way. 2014 Ronstan/Harken Deck Layout. Spare set of Training/Wednesday race sails. Proven Performer with a previous top 5 Worlds result & many local wins. Always stored on a hard stand. New running rigging, sheets, blocks 2013-14. Outboard, Safeties, TackTick Race Compass. NEW North Sails include North San Diego 3DL Headsail, Main, Jib, Kite used once and Jib not even flown. Other extras include rudder cover, tiller cover, adjustable  turnbuckles on shrouds, quick change mast step, deck flex preventer, lightweight outboard bracket. Boat always maintained regardless of cost by past & current owners. Very reluctant sale due to Youth sailing commitments. Boat only sailed six times in past 12 months. Boat on hard stand at SYC Melbourne.  $19,500  Price Neg for the right buyer.

Call Rob Hartnett,  0417 375 844