What a blast !

J24s downwind during the nationals

The 2011 J24 Nationals are done and dusted, with ‘King of the Dusties’ only managing a 3rd this year – more bottled lube next year Sean !

In what became a shifting ballgame this year, Wallis said to me after the second day “I think we are in trouble” and that proved to be the case, not that it wasn’t hard fought, it was, but it just wasn’t to be, “he, always beats me when I come to Sydney” being the other comment of note from Sean.

‘He’ is Kirj, Kirjo, or more formally Sean Kirkjian and the arch rival of Wallis who interestingly had this to say after last year’s national’s win “And I couldn’t let this one past, congrats to Kirj for his 3rd on h/cap – trophy should look nice on your lounge room wall!!!” – stuff comes back to bite doesn’t it !

Happily the 3rd on Handicap Trophy goes on this authors wall this year.

Still here we have the best of the best of the last few years with Kirj taking out his 4th nationals win – pretty impressive effort in anyone’s books. Wallis has 3 titles and Wittey, has none.

But don’t let that result fool you. Nev Whittey is an awesome skipper and he put the recently used Laser (4th out of 72) away to split the Seans for a second that could have been a first overall bar a couple of things that didn’t go his way, like being a shade to aggressive on the start line under a black flag “that’ll be the drop” was the comment I heard as he had nothing higher than a 5th otherwise and most were 1s and 2s. Hope you get to Adelaide next year Nev !

So after Wallis on 23 points, the results table went west, with 4th place on 52 points being taken out by David West sailing Ace, back from recent medical scares, David put in a sold performance to beat John Crawford’s nephew Robert (a 470 sailor who had never sailed a J) in Innamincka. There is so much talent in the J fleet !

Notice how many local sailors at the pointy end yet. You guessed it, plenty of local talent and local knowledge. Conditions were tricky to ….. well, some of the visitor’s were heard to use other words and we’ll leave it at that, except to say 2m swells and 90deg windshifts with halyard busting bullets, otherwise just your average light and shifty day. That all changed on the last day and jibs replaced the big sails, some even going for poled out jibs downhill !  Not for the brave of course, ask Ron Thomson who decided that to show is all that his keel really was white not green !

Quite a blast really !

Actually that refers to the starters horn and the small liner required to support it. I made the decision not to be too close to the boat when the horn was going off, not only loud, but long !  Guys, turn it off please, I can feel the vibration of it in the rig “are you sure it isn’t a ferry coming!”

Many personal battles as usual, from the Seans to the backmarkers. In a now traditional rivalry Make My Jay has finally beaten Admiral Stevens by more than one place – at last, (and Pete is inviting me over to the SA States – for revenge I think). Sister has had to take humble pie from brother this time as Ron in Kicking Bottom takes out the Thommo Cup from Janette steering for Arthur on Kaotic. And a very nice Graeme Thorburn is apologising to everyone for his growing tally of little hits – at least he doesn’t leave green on your boat when he does it !

So that was the short story of the Nationals in Sydney this year. On behalf of the class I want to thanks the NSW guys for all the hard work they did in getting us organised, the MHYC for hosting the regatta and the Race Committee and all the other volunteers for making it happen. The wind gods need to be thanked for giving us mostly good breezes and Terry for organising a great layday at the Q Station. Thanks also to Nicole Scott for taking the regatta pics, you can see them on her website www.sailingimages.net

Next year the plan is to do a 3 day Nationals in March in Adelaide, but this is only the plan at this stage so stay tuned, keep looking at the website and see how it develops. Sean and his guys will be setting the next one up and will have the details ready for you in the future – but at least you know when you should be thinking about booking holidays.

J24 Nationals – Day 4

Day 4 was breezier than the rest of the week, with all boats carrying jibs today!  Race 9 saw Sean Kirkjian come out early and take the lead, with Sean Wallis in second and Nev Wittey in third.  Race 10 saw the same result, leaving no doubt that Sean Kirkjian was the first person to win 4 J24 Nationals – Death Star was hard to beat this week and out of 10 races, had 5 wins. 

Congratulatins to all competitors for some great racing this week, and for the efforts of 5 interstate boats making the trek to Sydney.  Thanks to MHYC for hosting a great regatta and for all those involved in making  this event a huge success.  Please also support Nicole at www.sailingimages.net   – she did a great job catching all the action on camera this week.

Overall Results

1st – Death Star – Sean Kirkjian

2nd – Sailpac – Neville Wittey

3rd – Lunatic Asylum – Sean Wallis

Full race results are available at:


J24 Nationals – Day 3

Day 3 started with similar conditions to the last 2 days and race 7 saw a fine downwind tustle between Sean Wallis on Lunatic Asylum and Neville Wittey on Sailpac on the last leg – with Sean Wallis just taking the honours by centimetres.  Sean Kirkjian followed with third on Death Star.

Race 8 saw a slight wind increase and some boats changing down to jibs for the first upwind leg.  This time Sean Kirkjian finished first with a nice lead, after using his genoa for the whole race. Sailpac came in 2nd again, followed by Sean Wallis in third.

The top 3 boats all scored 4 points each today.  It appears that the championship is between Sean Kirkjian and Neville Wittey but we will see what day 4 brings.

Innaminka, steered by Robert Crawford , first time sailing on a J24 took 2 fourth places today and are running 4th overall after a consistently good week.

Overall standings after Day 3

1st – Death Star – Sean Kirkjian

2nd – Sailpac – Neville Wittey

3rd – Lunatic Asylum – Sean Wallis

Full race results are available at:


J24 Nationals – Day 2

Day 2 started with similar wind conditions to  Day 1 – flukey 15 knots easterlies, tending north for the third race of the day produced difficult helming conditions for skippers.  Nev Wittey took out race 4 from Sean Kirkjian, with a convincing two and a half minute win. Robert Crawford sailing Innaminka came in a close third after Death Star.

Ron Thomson sailing Kicking Bottom had his best race of the series so far, with an impressive 4th, just 6th seconds behind

Race 5 produced an exciting finish between Sean Kirkjian and David West with only 1 second separating first and second.  Robert Crawford scored another third, only 10 seconds behind the winner.  Peter Stevens on Code Violation had his best race so far, to finish fourth.

Race 6 was a black flag start after a general recall, unfortunately seeing series leader Nev Wittey over the line, as well as Madder n Badder.  The two Seans, Kirkjian and  Wallis battled for first and second throughout the race.  Simon Grain helming  Make My Jay finished third -their best race so far!

Today’s black flag has caused major change in overall placings in the regatta with yesterdays series leader, Nev Wittey dropping back to third and Sean Kirkjian moving up the placings to first.

Overall standings after Day 2

1st – Death Star – Sean Kirkjian

2nd – Lunatic Asylum – Sean Wallis

3rd – Sailpac – Neville Wittey

Full race results are available at:


The crew of the 3 Pacific Sailing Schools boats in this years Nationals – Sailpac, Starpac and Pacatack.

J24 Nationals – Day 1

A challenging day for most of the fleet, especially interstate boats who aren’t used to the 2m swell and shifty light winds.

Race 1 was convincingly won by Nev Wittey on Sailpac who led from start to finish, closely followed by John Crawfords’ Innaminka, skippered by his nephew, Robert Crawford and third place went to Death Star skippered by Sean Kirkjian.      Defending National champion, Sean Wallis came 4th on Lunatic Asylum.

Race 2 saw Neville Wittey win again, very closely followed by Sean Kirkjian with Sean Wallis only 9 seconds further back.

The third race of the day was  abandoned after a wind shift and was then re-run, this time seeing Sean Wallis take honours over Neville Wittey and Ace, sailed by David West coming third.

Overall standings after Day 1 are:

1st – Sailpac – Neville Wittey

2nd – Lunatic Asylum – Sean Wallis

3rd – Death Star – Sean Kirkjian

Great performances today also from David West on Ace, Wavecutter II skippered by Graeme Thorburn and Robert Crawford on Innaminka who took the next three placings.

Full race results are available at:


J24 National Championship -Interstate Boats and Trailors

J24 National Championship -Interstate Boats and Trailors

MHYC do not have crane facilities and RANSA have kindly agreed to the launch of our J24s for this event at cost of 50% of normal fee @ $65 per boat.

The J24 Association of NSW will meet that cost for interstate boats.


To avoid parking penalties and some stress (welcome to Sydney), please stick to the following:-

On Arrival

Saturday or Sunday

· Call Terry on 0413 876184 to advise of your ETA.

· RANSA – New Beach Road, Darling Point

Terry will give you access to RANSA hardstand and operate crane.

1. Please get boat into water first and then insert mast

2. Please remove trailer and have one of your crew as soon as the boat is lifted off, take your trailer to the suggested trailer area.

· Via O’Sullivan Rd to Blair St , to  Military Road,  Nth Bondi (leave trailer alongside the North Bondi Golf course.)

· see map


3. Motor to MHYC  (about 1 hour)

On departure

Friday afternoon or Saturday morning

Call Terry on 0413 876184 to advise of your arrival time at RANSA

RANSA – New Beach Road, Darling Point

Terry will give you access to RANSA hardstand and operate crane.

1. Please get boat to RANSA and remove mast while in the water

2. Collect trailer

3. Please remove trailer and boat to Newcastle St Rose Bay St ,  (along side Rose Bay golf course).

· see map


Your boat will be legal here overnight.