2016 J24 World Championships – Wakayama, Japan (Don’t miss out)


The J24 elite will converge on Japan in September this year for the 2016 World Championships. Wakayama is a seaside town near Osaka and in September the weather is perfect for yacht racing, with average temperatures at 25 degrees and winds generally in the 8 -10 knot range. The Japanese are very friendly and love J24’s, so this is a regatta well worth putting in the calendar if you can get there. Charter boats are still available, and very good boats can be chartered for around $3600 for the regatta and return airfares are available from $1200 with Qantas. This could be the best value World Championships we will see for a long time!

World Championships are the greatest events on the sailing calendar and start life long friendships and memories, so let me know if your interested and we will try and put an Australian team together. To get one of the very few charter boats still remaining, please let me know by the end of February if you would like to be there.

Dave Suda : stormyachting@hotmail.com

Event Website here 

J24 2016 Measurement Update

Just in case you missed the Nationals AGM, longtime J24 measurement guru Peter Stevens and recently awarded J24 Life Member, has a modified role and is now our class records and technical officer. We must thank Peter for his continued support of the class, much of his hard work goes unnoticed!

In 2016 we are going to be focusing our measurement efforts on inventory and safety equipment.

Just about every J24 still racing competitively has been measured in detail over the last ten years and now our focus will shift to ensuring that everybody is carrying all inventory items that they list on the inventory.

For more information on this article and 2016 measurement, please go to the Measurement page here

Discover…Wyndham Harbour!!

Lets fill the harbour with Js

Lets fill the harbour with Js

The J24 Victorian association is doing some late editing to the events calendar of 2016. Given that we’ll all turn up to the opening of an envelope, it seems very wrong that we miss the opening of a new marina on Port Phillip! So on the weekend of 27/28 February, we are planning a weekend away so that the J’s can be seen at the “Grand Opening” of Wyndham Harbour.

The plan is to sail over there on the Saturday, to arrive in time for the BBQ and live music which takes place from 6-9pm. It’s $10 pp and they cater for vego’s and gf’s and even better, if we book through Wyndham Harbour then the $10 goes to the coast guard as a donation. The berths for the boats are free – now there’s a bargain for a night’s accommodation – even our Scottish skipper might be lured in for this deal! There are portable toilets there and a shower too – so no excuses for being part of ‘the great unwashed’… Drinks are BYO.

Sunday morning, we have the BBQ facilities for the exclusive use of the exclusive J24 association, so the association will put on a breakfast BBQ and we can all fuel up for the race home…or it might end up being a race there on the Saturday…we need to get closer to the weather for the weekend and work out which day looks more likely not to suit Pacemaker (which is any day not ending in ‘y’ really…)

I’m looking into what the accommodation options are for the marina, so hopefully we should still be in luck for finding some good accom at some pretty respectable prices – for those not opting for the free, floating kind. Watch this space…

If you can please let the Vic association know if you are going ASAP and complete the attached form would be excellent – if we book all the berths at once then they’ll put us all in the one spot. RSVP’s to:  Kirby O’Brien    kirbyobrien@gmail.com

And now it’s welcome to Wyndham!!

Opening Registration Form

J Girls excel at the 2016 Women in Sailing Regatta.


Team Bruschetta in action at the top mark

Team Bruschetta in action at the top mark

Despite there being only one J 24 entered at the 2016 Women in sailing regatta, our girls took out the major placings. On a perfect day for racing on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne, 18 boats varying from 50 feet down to the smallest boat a J24, sailed four heats in ten knots, 28 degrees and smooth seas.

Taking out the major prizes were Kirsty Harris, winner in PHF and Steph Strong winner on a count back in AMS (and also came 3rd on PHF Wisc), both these girls are local J 24 skippers and they and their crews sailing much larger boats just held off Pauliina Matilla and her team in J24 ‘Bruschetta VI’ who came second in both divisions.

Our girls have a pedigree like no other, Paullina’s crew of Sonja Schalin, Madeleine Linton and Maria Vasardani, recently crewed on J’s that came 3, 4 & 5 in the 2016 J 24 Australian Championships, whilst Kirsty and her crew came 6th in the Nationals. Steph and her team sail the J24 Youth boat ‘Sidetracked’ supported by our local fleet and regularly get podium finishes.

The best women’s teams come together from the major clubs around the bay and to see our J 24 girls in first and second, over two divisions is a feather in the cap for the efforts that have been made in encouraging women in our sport. Amongst our local J fleet of 20 boats we have a participation ratio of 40% female skippers or crew.
Well done girls…. a great result. Story by Hugo Ottaway.

J24 ‘Melbourne Sailing’ AUS 1316 – For Sale

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In good sail away condition

Has a hard stand position with trolley at Sandringham Yacht Club (owned by SYC)

Excellent entry level boat or cruiser racer. Was finishing in the middle of the fleet when I bought my next J

Full set of sails in reasonable condition

All safety gear including 5 Life jackets, 4hp outboard.

Price $5700

Phone Bruce Alexander 0417 313650.

Sydney Harbour Regatta 5 & 6 March 2016

Sydney Harbour Regatta, hosted by Middle Harbour Yacht Club on  5 & 6 March 2016, will have a J24 division.

 MHYC have a dedicated J24 trophy that they hope to present this year but in order to run the division they need your entry.

This is always a fun and well run regatta and if anyone can turn on great entertainment, it’s MHYC!

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Second hand sails wanted

A couple of owners have been asking my about buying used sails:- main, jib and genoas, so if anyone has any sails for sale, please email me the details and I can pass the information on, and hopefully help you make a sale!


Sportsnap – Awesome close up Nationals photography


When Doug MacGregor asked Luis Ferreiro to come along and try his hand at yachting photography, he couldn’t have known what a star he was unleashing on us. Luis’ on water photography is superb. Alan Cousins drove the boat all week and got Luis close to the action, in fact I think due to the enormous lens Luis used I believe he had to back away at times.

Luis has captured the action, the excitement, the struggle and the colour of each day in stunning clarity and focus. The shots are brilliant !

Go now to www.sportsnap.com.au and find your boat and marvel at the images. Guys and girls I also urge you to consider purchasing a shot or two to help make Luis’ week long effort worth his while – when you see the images you will know we want him back next time.

Go to www.sportsnap.com.au

2016 National AGM Minutes & Report

Outgoing President Dave Suda preprared a comprehensive report on the past year, this and the minutes are online under ‘About J24″

For sale…reduced price! Death Star AUS 4483

Death Star AUS 4483

Built 1994, Very well maintained 24ft racing yacht.

Very good hull, a fast boat which has won lots of races.

2 Genoas(1 new), 1 main, 3 jibs, 1 spinnaker.

2 spinnaker poles(1 carbon), Tack Tic compass, Hand held VHF

5 Life jackets, 3hp outboard, 4 bunk mattresses, Full canvas cover



Custom made tandem trailer included.


Please contact Neil on 0417 625 236