Recent J24 Class Rule Change

I wish to advise the following class rule change recently approved by the ITC.
Harken has recently made changes to their winch product line. They have discontinued the 32B that has been one of the mainstays of the winches used as primaries, and replaced it in their product line with the Radial 35.2 PTA . Also the model 16 that has been a common secondary winch for the class has been replaced by the model 20. Both the 32B and 16 are no longer in production and there is very limited to no availability of either winch.

We have processed an emergency rule change through ISAF to allow
1. The Harken Radial 35.2 PTA winch which has a drum diameter of 79.4 mm. The existing class rule accommodates the 32.2 winch 75 mm drum diameter but not the 35.2.
2. The Harken model 20 winch which has a drum diameter of 73.4 mm. The existing class rule accommodates the 16 winch 70 mm drum diameter but not the 73.4 mm of the model 20.
Following is the text of the rule change issued by ISAF:
The following amendments to the Class Rules have been approved to be effective 16th July 2010 by the Class Rules Sub Committee.
Class Rule 3.8.3 (Fixed fittings and equipment to be carried when racing) Amendment:
Change the following sentence to read as follows:
Two primary sheet winches positioned on deck between the mainsheet traveller and the aft face of the forward end of the cockpit well with a drum diameter not exceeding 80 mm.
Class Rule 6.1.2 (Optional Equipment) Amendment:
Change the following sentence to read as follows
Two secondary winches with a drum diameter not exceeding 74 mm. These may be used to sheet the tails of all running rigging.

Peter Stevens – National Measurer/ITC Delegate 0417 802 640

2010 Port Line Cup (SA)

Only inches from the shore

The Port Adelaide Sailing Club has been hosting this premier sailing event since 1958.

The Port Line Cup to be contested on Sunday 8th August  presents a unique challenge for S.A.’s keelboat’s that have to compete in close quarters in the river. The race tests the skills of the crew with lots of tacking and changing of sails.

This creates exciting competition, a few bumps the odd boat going aground but fantastic viewing for the spectators.

In excess of 50 yachts are expected to race coming from clubs all over the Adelaide area including the Cruising Yacht Club and Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron. There will be boats form 20 to 50ft sailing for the Cup but also in 5 different divisions.

Up to ten J24’s are expected to compete in the event as the Port Line Cup race will be the final race of the Ice Breaker series to be held over the two days of the weekend.

This year the start and finish will be at Snowdon’s Beach allowing a large viewing area for spectators. Good viewing spots will be at Snowdons beach and Keitch road south of the Sub Corp.

The Port Adelaide Sailing club fleet will be bolstered with some new boats to the club, having attracted a group of Fast sports boats including Touch & Go- G Price and some newer 30 to 40 footers including Blue Max – Peter Montgomery.

The big surprise is they have a new fleet of J24’s including 3 times Australian Champion Sean Wallis , 4 times State Champion Alyn Stevenson and Peter Stevens complete with a new boat.

The Port Adelaide club is enjoying a major membership growth with and extensive Sunday programme planned for the summer plus junior keel boat training on Sundays.

Port Princess has been hired by the club to take out spectators and will be at the club wharf prior to the start. Spectators for a modest fee can watch the entire race on the water.

Where it’s happening – The Port

Second J24 Fleet in SA

The J24 class in South Australia is looking forward to further growth over the coming season with the formation of a second fleet in SA, based at the Port Adelaide Sailing Club.

J24 SA President Sean Wallis said “Along with our well established fleet at the Cruising Yacht Club of SA it is fantastic to see the class establish the second fleet at the Port and this will certainly benefit us in achieving our goal of increasing the number of J24’s sailed in this state.”

Wallis, who is also the current Australian Champion will be basing himself at the PASC and went on to say “The Port Adelaide Sailing Club has been as enthusiastic as we have as far as the establishment of the fleet. They are an excellent club with world class facilities and offer very competitive membership and hard stand fees.”

The sailing program for the PASC is in the final stages of preparation and will include dedicated fleet racing for the J24’s both in the Port River and in the Gulf. The sailing program has been designed to compliment that offered by the Cruising Yacht Club of SA providing sailing at either club on most Saturdays or Sundays throughout the season.

“This is our second fleet in South Australia and is the first step of our plans to establish additional fleets in this state. Ideally we would like to have a third fleet in the Adelaide metro area in the next 12-24 months but right now our focus is ensuring that we see further growth with our existing two fleets” said Wallis.

The next event on the J24 SA calendar is the Port Line Cup, hosted by the Port Adelaide Sailing Club on the 7th & 8th August. A good sized fleet of J24’s is expected to compete in the event which has short course racing scheduled on the Saturday and the Port Line Cup on the Sunday.

For further information contact J24 SA President – Sean Wallis 0417 180 928 or email

J24s Show The Bigger Boats In MHYC Division 2 How It's Done!!!

The Winter Series at Middle Harbour Yacht Club only had one J24 entered this year – Brett Hudson’s Wildfire skippered by Grant Dawkins, plus Kaotic as a casual entry – and boy, did they show the bigger yachts how it’s done!! 

Over  10 races, Wildfire produced 3 wins and 2 thirds (lovely Henri Lloyd jackets for all the crew!!), taking them to an overall series win against the bigger boats!  The real competition came from Kaotic – who raced as a casual entry in 3 races….Skippered by the legendary Janette Symes – of course they won whenever they were out… – and with a whopping 17 minute lead in the last race, and with the owner not on board too!..Arthur will have to lift his game if he wants his spot back!!!!

Special mention must go to one race that Kaotic got disqualified in though– if after 20 years, Arthur chooses to sail through the Bomborra, he can expect to be yelled at by Paula as Wildfire were always watching their every move…Maybe he got so carried away with Janette’s helming skills that running aground didn’t worry him!!! 

A generally light wind series allowed the Js to pull away from the big boats…lets hope more J24s decide to enter next winter and really show the fleet how its done!!