Hugo, Hugo, Hugo….watch out for him..and his new boat!!! Mr Ottaway is the proud new ower of Bruschetta…passing ViceVersa on to a new J owner at Sandringham, John Neville. We welcome John to the class, and if he can sail Vice Versa half as well as Hugo did he will be on to a good thing – good luck both of you battling it out on the race course in the near future!!
Last weekend saw some 300 boats over 13 divisions compete in the Audi Sydney Harbour Regatta – we managed to get a J24 fleets together with 6 boats on the saturday start line! A solid 18 knots – some decent gusts – some great wind shifts and a huge tide…mmm..not the easist day!
Marc Tromp steering Waterborne again came out with a great lead in race 1, followed by a win for Kaotic and a win for Ace. Seeing Kaotics crew half under water at one point was pretty funny after a big gust and shift – …only to find ourselves on Wildfire also suddenly very wet too and fighting to stay on board….Brett claimed he couldn’t get the main sheet off quick enough but I reckon it was something to do with me being his tactician for the first time….iniaation processes and all that….even funnier was then seeing David West do the same to his crew…but didn’t settle for just once!!!..Twice – at least the water is still 23 degrees!!
Day 2 saw lighter winds…but still a bit flukey…unfortunatley Waterborne Again couldn’t race so we were down to a fleet of five…Fun and Wildfire trying hard to catch Kaotic and Ace who won race 4 and 5, and Madder and Badder who picked the right side well to win the last race of the regatta!
Great sailing everyone….tight results – Janette Syme steering Arthur Crothers Kaotic finished equal first with David West on Ace – on countback David just clinched it…Lucky guy -now gets to go car racing at Eastern Creek in the challenge for a new Audi – we’ll let you know if he wins!!!!
With 14 boats now on the hardstand at Sandringham Yacht Club, the home fleet is posed to enjoy the biggest State fleet in Victoria for over a decade.
Up to 5 boats are expected come from interstate for the regatta, known locally as the Balmy Regatta due to Melbourne’s often experienced long Indian summer giving warm sunny, hazy days and lighter winds.
The Sandy fleet’s newest boat, bought by Brendan Lee, a Laser and Flying Fifteen sailor, is “Hi” from Peter Stevens in Adelaide. With the fleet now at modern record numbers, space on the hardstand is becoming tight, racing is tight and with another 3-4 people currently interested in becoming J boat owners, competition is expected to be even more fierce over the next few years as the fleet grows even more.
Pacemaker (David Suda) is still the boat to beat, but they are not having it all their own way recently. Make My Jay (Simon Grain), who have come second in the last two Vic States (one on a countback, last race result) and are currently second by 1 point in the J24 Summer aggregate at Sandy are just one boat breathing down Pacemaker’s neck. Ron Thomson in Kicking Bottom who just seems to prove green is fast and getting faster, the girls in Hyperactive and Adam Evans in Get Smart are all currently capable of winning races in this fleet.
‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway has become the dark horse in Melbourne with only irregular appearances this season, but make no mistake, when it comes to the states and if Hugo has even a half decent crew together he will be at the pointy end without doubt.
STOP PRESS:Hugo is truly our “dark horse” and at the last minute has sold Vice Versa and bought Bruschetta and plans to raid the trophy cabinet at the Vic States this year !!!
There is plenty of competition further down the fleet as well, with an emerging group of boats keen to shift up a gear and plenty of new guys looking to make their own name in the class too. Interest is also being shown by people outside the class looking for either a boat to beg, borrow or charter as they see the level of competition increase.
Need to know more about coming to the Vic States?
Now is the time to set up a crew slot if you want to come from interstate, we will billet any crews so don’t waste money on accommodation.
The dates are the 16 & 17 April 2011, NOR is not available yet (will be shortly) but normal program is 4 races on Saturday and 2 races on Sunday. Racing is run by SYC in conjunction with the SYC One Design Regatta and this will include other one design classes on separate starts.
Boats will be expected to have a current measurement certificate and crew weight is the normal 400kg.
Contact the Doug McGregor of the Victorian State Association on 0400 584 067.
J24 South Australia in conjunction with the Cruising Yacht Club of SA invite J24 sailors to join us in the Great Southern Regatta incorporating the 2011 J24 SA State Championship on the weekend of 2 & 3 April.
Racing will be conducted off North Haven sailing windward/leeward courses with three races scheduled each day. We’re looking forward to some fantastic racing over the two days so get organised and join us!
See the SA Events section on this site for the Notice of Race & Entry Form.