President's Message

This year has seen a renewed interest in the class with many new people involved both on the sailing and the admin side. Certainly it has been a steep learning curve for your new president.  ….  More (click here)

Social Night in Melbourne – August 5

Hugo Ottaway awards the New Whitworth's Trophy to Luke Mathews from Pacemaker
Hugo Ottaway awards the New Whitworth's Trophy to Luke Mathews from Pacemaker

Updated report on the night.

Following the very successful J Nights at Sandringham YC last year the Victorian Association has done it again. This time the night was held in the  brand spanking amazing new clubhouse.  For those who have not yet been into the new building you are in for a surprise – simply awesome !

The night started with a few people gathering in the members bar and then the group was given a complete tour of the new building. From the aircraft carrier bridge type race control tower at the top to the fully equipped auditorium and offices on the ground floor and the public areas on the first floor, the group was very impressed with the new building.

Drinks as usual and the with Victorian Association picking up the tab for a light finger food dinner as well, the evening went off well. About 20 members enjoyed the hospitality in the members lounge.  Simon Grain gave an overview of the national scene and Hugo Ottaway did the same with the local scene.

Hugo then presented Luke Mathews with the new Summer Aggregate Series  trophy – The Whitworth Marine and Leisure Cup (an impressive cup revived from the SYC loft as it had not been used for some time) – for last season’s Summer Aggregate racing won by Pacemaker. With the Nationals here next summer this new trophy will be hard fought for in the coming season.

(Apologies for the quality of my phone photo, it was the mood lighting !)

Six months to the day

The view over the J24 hardstand area and pond from the new clubhouse balcony

Today, the 8th of July is 6 months to the day, of the 2010 Nationals prize giving – will you be there getting a trophy?  Sean Wallis thinks he will.

The Victorian J24 Association is planning a huge National Championship in January next year. With the renewed interest in the class and the standard of both the local Victorian and the National fleets ramping up significantly in the last 12 months, we are expecting a strong fleet. At this stage over 20 boats have already indicated a desire to attend.

The Nationals program will commence on Saturday the 2nd of January with registration, measuring and an invitation race on Sunday. The championship will be a series of 10 races scheduled on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with Wednesday being a layday with provision for resail. The prize giving will be held on the Friday night in the new Sandringham Clubhouse. In fact we will be the first National Championship to be held there.

The new building is amazing, located right on the breakwater for race area viewing and with the first floor bar, terrace and balcony overlooking the heart of the J hard stand and dockside area, we guarantee you will have a great time in these new facilities.

The new Sandy clubhouse - right on the breakwater !
The new Sandy clubhouse - right on the breakwater !

But it isn’t all fun – some of us will get serious on the race track and with the current high standard of our one design fleet, the race for first place will be intense. Can you knock off Sean Wallis who will be out to defend his Nationals Title, if you think you can, Melbourne is the place to try.

For those with less ferocity for the top spot, why not enjoy the class strength and go for the handicap trophy, this is winnable by anyone in the fleet. The race for this trophy is the place to learn more about the class, meet new and old friends, getting back into one design and it is fun. So if you haven’t sailed your J in a nationals for a bit and want to share in the experience, this could be your competition.

Well, there is a lot more to come in the next 6 months of preparation for the big one in Melbourne, so keep your eye on the website for NOR around the end of July, and info on just about everything from measuring to social programs in the following months.

Remember – the dates to put in your diary are the 2nd to the 8th January

If you want more information contact Simon Grain on or Hugo Ottaway on

IJCA Mourns Loss of Geoff Evelyn

July 1, 2009  –  From Eric Faust, Executive Director, J/24 Class Association, as posted on the IJCA site
The International J/24 Class Association is sad to report that past IJCA Chairman and Councilor of Honor, Geoff Evelyn of Canada, passed away Saturday, June 27, 2009, at age 64 after suffering complications from a brain hematoma. Geoff was a long-time supporter of the J/24 Class and volunteered many hours to helping the Class, both as the Chairman and more recently as a Councilor of Honor. Geoff’s spirit and devotion to the sport of sailing will be sadly missed.
Geoff is survived by his wife, Wendy; daughter Jenn, and grandson Curtis Tureck. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, July 2nd. Condolences can be expressed at through the link on the right side of the screen.

Many Australian J sailors and those who have held administrative positions or travelled to overseas regattas would know Geoff.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that people make a contribution to the charity of their choice. The website also allows you to note your charitable contribution and share that with the family.

Eric Faust
Executive Director
J/24 Class Association

I have posted the following condolence on the Chapel site above:

On Behalf of the Australian J24 Class Association and our many members who have over the years had friendship, contact and dealings with Geoff, we would like to send our sincere condolences to his family and friends over the loss of Geoff. We recognise his huge contribution to J/24 International in being one of the key players whose stewardship has made the class what it is today. There is no doubt that his work protected the class from falling into the abyss that so many others have. We know he is sailing smoothly now.

Simon Grain, President, J24 Australia.

Thank you Alyn and Hugo for your help with preparing this message