Kevlar Genoas

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.

http://www.onedesign.com/class/j24/j24-article-kevlar-genoa-QA.html

http://www.onedesign.com/class/j24/j24-article-kevlar-genoa.html

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.

Tiny tip – organizing optional gear

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.

This year's World Championship is sold out with 82 registered boats.

Annapolis, Maryland will host one of the toughest fleets of J/24 racers ever assembled in the boat’s 30 year history.

The 2009 World Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club, April 30th – May 8th, has 82 entries from eighteen countries. All competitors qualify through a regional, national or international event or nomination to represent their country in the World Championship. Entries close at 1800 hrs on April 8th.
The fleet includes five former J/24 World Champions together with five North American champions; a four-time European champion; two South American and five US Midwinter Champions. Chris Larsen returns to try and repeat his 1996 win in “ Writing Instruments”, while two-time World Champion, Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil wants the title back after losing to current World Champion, Italian Andrea Casale at Cannigione, Sardinia in 2008.
We have 2 Aussies competing, “Bob Hagan & Doug McGain”.

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