A small group of hardy J24 sailors made the annual sailing and party pilgrimage to Geelong this year. The weather was sunny and hot and with a great range of breezes to suit and gave us some great close racing.
This year we did the passage race on the Thursday, 3 windward / leewards on the Friday and a short round the sticks race on Saturday, Sunday was light wind and blazing hot, more than that it was time to go home after the race and you guessed it, the wind was on the nose back to Sandy, so we skipped the last race in favour of the tow we organised from one of the Sandy patrol boats and we all bought blue tarps to keep the sun off.
So perhaps the most unusual regatta picture is of 3 of the 4 boat tent city towing back to Sandy.
You’ll remember the last few years we have run our J24 promotion and events under the banner of ‘Where Legends Begin’.
For anyone that didn’t get the message loud and clear during that time – here is an excerpt from the current J Boats Newsletter with coverage on the Key West Regatta – Day Four
“Amongst the J sailors, champions and alumni in other racing divisions, it’s pretty clear they’re having a dominating impact on both IRC Divisions and other one-design divisions. Top amongst them is long-time J/80 sailor Ben Schwartz, now leading the notoriously pro-heavy M32 Class with his boat PISCES over such notables as John Kilroy on SAMBA PA TI. Sailing with him is America’s Cup veteran and J/24 World Champion Ed Baird calling tactics and Quantum professional and J/24 Champion Scott Nixon trimming the jib and spinnaker. “You have to give Ed and Scott a lot of credit for getting our boat up to speed,” said Ben. “I’m fortunate to have a great crew, the guys never stopped working and we were able to change gears pretty well.”
POWERPLAY lived up to its name by making a strong move in IRC 2/ TP52 class with a strong line of 1-3-4 on Tuesday and a 2-6.5-3 today. Owner Peter Cunningham, a resident of Georgetown in the Cayman Islands and a champion J/22 sailor locally, has a nice mix of amateur and professional crew with tactician Tony Rey from Newport (yet another top J/24 sailor). “We’ve only had the boat for six months and we’ve made a lot of modifications during that time,” Cunningham said. “We’re pretty happy with our performance so far. We’re sailing fairly well and having a lot of fun.”
QUANTUM RACING, skippered by former J/24 and J/44 owner Doug DeVos, continues to set the pace in the 52-foot class and leads PowerPlay by 14 points. Terry Hutchinson, helmsman for the Swedish syndicate Artemis Racing that is Challenge of Record for the America’s Cup and a J/24 World Champion, has made strong tactical calls in leading Quantum to the top of the leader board.”
Yes, that’s 5 J24 Sailors in 3 paras about other classes.
So sail like a legend today – you might be one tomorrow !