Crew needed for NSW J24 State Championships

If you wish to sail in the NSW J24 State Championships and don’t yet have a ride sorted,  contact Martin on 0434 833 991  or

J24 for Sale – Death Star AUS 4483 $15,990.00


 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


Death Star AUS 4483

Includes Caverised tandam trailor


Please contact Neil on 0417 625 236

8 BELLS – Ian Torode

Ian in a spot of rather exciting bother at the Sydney Worlds

Ian in a spot of rather exciting bother at the Sydney Worlds

It is with great sadness that we report on the passing of legendary J 24 sailor Ian Philip Torode.
Ian owned three J’s “Paddy Wagon, Cookie Monster and Duesburys”,  competing in the 1986 Newport Rhode Island and 1988 Sydney World Championships. His results of note were 10th in the worlds, twice 3rd and 4th in the Australian Championships and 3 Victorian Titles.
Ian greatest legacy was the work he did as National measurer and decade long service on the National Committee. The Australian J24 Class would not be what it is today, without the efforts of Ian.
A Orthopedic Surgeon of international repute, he is survived by his wife Lyn and sons Robbie and Tim.

Move it or lose it as NSW cracks down on street parkers

NEW regulations come into force in NSW allowing councils to impound boats left on the street but the BIA says boat owners being unfairly targeted.

Announcing the new measures designed to crack down on boat trailers parked on suburban streets, Minister for Local Government, Paul Toole, said that local councils will now be able to impound boats left in the same place for more than three months.

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Make My Jay – AUS 4787 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.  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 out of trolleys and almost out of space – NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY !


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

Sparloft mast and boom, new 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.

Offers over $18,000.       Call Eddie Ragauskas on 0401 994 747

Looking for a J24 ?

DeathStar and Kaizen 2 in Cairns

DeathStar and Kaizen 2 in Cairns

Recently I visited Cairns and caught up with the J guys up there. Enjoyed a sail on the river and did a bit of sight seeing. I also had a good look at Kaizen 2 and Deathstar, two good Bashos currently for sale there. They both represent excellent buying and come with road trailers. A bit of a drive, but you only do it once !  I took many pics and have a good handle on the boats condition. So if you are thinking about either of them give me a call and I will share this info with you.  Call me on 0413 870 046, Cheers Simon.

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, 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

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