V-berths and vermiculite

This article was originally written and published in the International J/24 Magazine in 2003. During the writing of that article an option occurred to me that I included in the article as an option. Since then, it has become clear to me that the option is really the best way to do the job, so it is the only way presented here.

Background – Some years back, J-Boats Italy introduced a new hull liner that effectively sealed in the v-berth area and the lazarettes to reduce the accessible interior space in the boat which in turn, reduced the tax that is assessed in Italy based on the internal volume of a boat. Additional benefits of this liner were added buoyancy and some cost savings. When US Watercraft took over production of J/24’s in the US, they added this feature for a cleaner look inside as well as the buoyancy and cost savings

To convert older TPI boats to take advantage of the buoyancy benefits gained here only takes the addition of three panels, a little fiberglass work, three inspection ports and lots of sealant. The conversion as described here, adds about 325 kg. (715 lb.) of buoyancy.

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Legends Regatta Photos


The Legends Regatta was born out of an idea from Peter Stevens early last year and it was decided to run it in NSW due to the larger amount of boats and Legends residing there and last weekend saw the culmination of a massive amount of work to make this event happen.

The Gosford weekend was a huge success for the class and I want to thank the members of the NSW Association that put in such a huge effort to make this all happen. The result is a real credit to the vision and hard work of Terry Wise, Arthur Crothers and Paula Shires-Clarke who were the main drivers of this event, I know personally that Paula has lived and breathed this event for the last 6 months, working tirelessly to make it all a success. Many others were involved and I wish to thank them for their effort also especially Tim Briggs for his support in offering sponsorship and help with the legends venue. Thanks must go to all the sponsors small and large that offered their help with the regatta, with around $50,000 worth of sponsorship this surely rank as the most amazing event of recent times within the class and indeed within yachting in Australia.  Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club for running the regatta and to Graeme Watt and his wife Margo who came from Melbourne to bring their considerable experience as international fleet race officers to run the racing. And finally a huge thank you to all the competitors and Legends who came and made this the most exciting J24 event in recent Australian sailing history.

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New J24 Division in Balmain Regatta

  Balmain Regatta – New J24 Division

 The historic Balmain Regatta is again fast approaching, and take place on  Sunday  31 October  2010.

This year they are planning to run a number of One Design Classes as part of the Regatta including the J24’s for the first time as  a separate Division with their own group start.

 If you are interested in participating in  a wonderful day of sailing and festivities please get your crew organised and submit your entry form without delay.

The plan is to run the J24’s  on the West Harbour Course ie. from Balmain to Goat Island  and Return, including roundings of Snapper, Spectacle, and Cockatoo, Islands. 

Balmain Regatta is always a fun event so please support them so we can get a good J24 division running. 


NSW State Championships 2010 & Legends Regatta

Saturday was a great day on the water for Day 1 of the NSW State Championship 2010 –  a fleet of 27, with 5 boats from VIC and 2 from SA, a variable day with some rain – a generally light day from 3 – 12 knots – 4 races in testing conditions.

Day 2 saw variable conditions  again, with breezes from around 5 -18 knots, a lot of rain and 4 close races! At times Jibs replaced Genoas and kite runs were close and top mark roundings busy.

NSW State Championship Results

Legends Regatta

After a wonderful Legends Dinner, very well hosted by Rob Mundle, where some lucky bidders got some great deals on new sails and a tiller, thanks to our fantastic sponsors, and many wonderful raffle prizes were won, we were faced with some breeze and even some blue skies on Monday!   

Race 1  – 21 starters, and after a general recall we saw some fairly consistent breezes and a fantastic victory by Victorian boat, Make My Jay, skippered by our Association President, Simon Grain – well done to him and his crew for winning the Andrew Short Memorial Trophy.

Race 2 started with 2 more general recalls as the Legends were keen to cross the line first, but a black flag on attempt 3 saw a more conservative start with the race led almost all the way by Neville Wittey on Sailpac, resulting in their crew taking out the Ian Bashford Memorial Trophy.

Legends Results

Many thanks to all those who travelled to Gosford this weekend making for a wonderfully competitive fleets, and to all the Legends who returned to the class for a fantastic day on the water!