Here is a great page with some videos from the worlds. I haven’t seen them all yet, but look out for Doug (AUS-186) at the top mark in race 7.
Watching some videos from the worlds, I noticed that kevlar genoas are now legit… for those interested, North have got a couple of very well prepared pages with some more info.
In the end, the paneled Kevlar Genoa was very strong in moderate-heavy air and about even in the lighter breeze. The 3DL Kevlar genoas were great when they were going but sailed to a narrow groove. They seemed to react well to a tighter halyard and less sheet activity than the older generation Pentex sails.
In conclusion, we are happy with what we have done so far and where we have the ability to go. When the rule changes we’ll be ready. We are at a point in our R & D where the Pentex Genoa is hardly obsolete but the new innovations are beginning to look quite promising. The class is at an interesting and exciting crossroads and North Sails One Design is trying hard to help get you through it.
A new article has been posted on seabreeze.com.au about the asia pacific regatta… which by the way, is only two weeks away! See you there!
A small trick we use on Pacemaker to make sure the optional weight is correct is to mark all our optional items with tape and write the weight on it.
For example, the outboard has it’s fully fueled weight written on it.
This helps us work out what is required on board for racing and roughly how much it weighs when we get to the next regatta.
Annapolis, Maryland will host one of the toughest fleets of J/24 racers ever assembled in the boat’s 30 year history.
Bob Turner, International J/24 Class Chairman commented, “After 30 years, the J/24 Class continues to attract the best international competition to the prestigious World Championship event. The Class has maintained its position in providing affordable and highly competitive racing the world over.” Turner will be among the competitors in Annapolis, having been on the 2nd place world Championship team in 2008.
Visit the Worlds website here http://www.j24worldchampionship2009.com