Ben Lamb, the current NSW J24 Champion, recently spent two weeks at Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island as tactician onboard the Farr 55 Living Doll. The Doll was winner of both the Meridian Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC Grand Prix Division 1.
In an article in Sail World Michael Hiatt the owner stated “The afterguard did a great job getting us in the right place at the right time”
Another onboard a winning yacht was Dale Sharp a former NSW J24 President who was in the crew of Alegria an Archambault 40 which won the Hamilton Island IRC Grand Prix Division 2 and was overall winner of the Audi Australian IRC Championship.
Also joining the exodus North was Arthur Crothers and Bibiana Fedorova who sailed on Local Hero at Airlie Beach.
Other NSW J24 sailors who headed North for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week were Steve Girdis and Ray Pearson on Steve’s yacht Free Spirit in IRC Division 1. Chris and Rachel Lee sailed on Toy Box, John Crawford on You’re Hired and Simon Williams on Ruth Magic.
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It’s the opening night of the J/24 Silver Anniversary Regatta in Newport, R.I. One after another, J/24 “legends” take the stage and offer up a story or two. “He loves to tell this one,” someone in the crowd whispers to a friend. On stage is 1984 world champion Dave Curtis, telling the crowd of 600 or so about the time he, Bob and Stu Johnston, and Major Hall spent Block Island Race Week racing and sleeping on the 24-footer, just so the boat’s designer Rod Johnstone could say it comfortably accommodated four live aboards.
Rolph Turnquist, 55, of Hamel, Minn., and John Gjerde, 54, of Delavan, Wis., the longest-running co-owners of a J/24 and founders of Fleet No. 1 (Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka), follow up with one about the day they went to pick up their first boat from builder Tillotson-Pearson. As they inspected their new ride, hull No. 7, they noticed the stanchions were too small. Says Turnquist: “Everett [Pearson] says, ‘No problem. I’ll be right back.’ He goes and raids the naval shipyard and eventually comes back with a car full of stop and yield signs, saws off the posts and gives us our stanchions. They’re still on the boat today.”
Two J24s, Kaizen and Fun2, were caught in a “freak” water spout during the Queen of the Gulf Regatta.
Kaizen, unfortunately, almost sunk completely straightaway, with only the tip of the mast visible. Later, the wind increased to 50 knots and with 3m seas, Kaizen was pushed toward shore. Her keel was lost, and she was destroyed in the surf at Taperoo Beach.
Fun2 was towed (very slowly!) back to the Club, and with the help of many members, was refloated, pumped out and hauled onto a trailer. Fun2 sustained approximately $18,000 in damaged/lost items. Her sealed bulkhead helped to save her from total annihilation. Due to this, many J24 skippers are considering sealed bulkheads.
With thanks to Alyn Stevenson for article details – published in Groundswell December 2007
Your sailing calendar doesn’t get any clearer than the tassie page. Have a look at that organisation at work, looks like the rest of us need to do the same. We do plan to have the site calendar back up soon.