Chris Furey is an ex J sailor and a great J friend from Sandy – he shot this pic and info to me this arvo, thought you might like to see it. Taken by Chris off Williamstown in the early 80’s, this is Athol Lidgett’s J24 ‘Jailbreak’ seen here on the burst in classic J style. Chris says, “It was during a JOG regatta out of RYCV when the race officials decided it was far too windy to race so several of us J sailors decided we would go for a blast anyway. The guy on the deck in the blue jacket is John Hooper, the sail maker.  The helmsman was Mark Bethwaite (from the famous Bethwaite clan) who went onto win the World J-24’s held in Sydney a few years later. He did this a week after winning the World Soling title in Perth I believe. John and Buster were active J-24 sailors sailing with Kevin Hill I recall. (Additional comment from Rob Hartnett) John and his brother, Olympic Coach Buster, both sailed on the boat.

Jailbreak met an unfortunate end when sailing back from a Mornington race into a strong  northerly that built to well over 35 knots. Athol decided they had taken enough punishment in the strong wind and seas and reached off into the lee of Rickets Point where they picked up a mooring just off the old Keefer’s Boatshed near Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron. The crew were picked up and taken ashore but that night the wind suddenly switched to an equally hard south westerly with enormous seas. The boat was torn from its mooring and smashed to unrecognisable pieces on the rocky Beaumaris shore just below the Beauy Pub. Somewhere on the rocks not far offshore  there is a J24 lead keel!”

Thanks Chris – keep those old pics coming !

Need a VHF Handheld radio for your J ?

Arthur Crothers spotted this very good deal out of Bias Boating. You can buy them online for $99 plus freight – here’s the link


This is one of their specials so I am not sure how long this will last  – be quick if you need one

J24 Gosford Classic Regatta 2012

The Gosford J24 Clasic Regatta was once again a great success with a fleet of 13 making the huge effort to sail and trailer to Gosford from Sydney and Lake Macquarie.  Saturday delivered very gusty westerlies with an average of 25knots all day.  We saw some fantastic broaches, whole crews hanging off life lines up to their eyes in water which thankfully wasn’t as cold as Sydney, a man overboard, a few cautious kite hoists and someone with a very squeaky voice now!  Day two gave us a virtual glass out mixed with some nice 10knots and at one point saw boats changing to a short lived jib.

Scratch Results

1st  Sailpac – Sean Kirkjian

2nd Innaminka – John Crawford

3rd  Wildcard – Brett Lewis

Handicap Results

1st  Waterborne Again – Oloff & Marc Tromp

2nd  Pacatack – John Gardiner

3rd  Katoic – David West

This year we recognised boats that are antifouled or live in boats bags, competing against hard stand boats.

1st Overall Antifouled boat:

Black Jack – Riccardo Bertozolli

1st Overall boat kept in a Boat Bag:

Innaminka – John Crawford

Thanks to Gosford Sailing Club for running good courses in touch conditions, to Terry Wise for bringing 6 Pacific Sailing School teams and introducing them to the fantastic world of J24 Racing, to  Water Hound for the huge effort to get their boat to their first regatta – they assure me they are now hooked…and we will be seeing more of them…to Waterborne Again for breaking away from club racing and joining the fleet…to all our usual loyal skippers who come back year after year for the fun…and everyone for competing.

Many thanks to Kevin Phillips for his on water photos and for full results and some great photos go to http://3gwiz.com.au/j24gosford/ If anyone wants a full sized image circa 12Mpixels and 6Mbytes email Kevin on kevinphillips@telstra.com quoting the photo number.

We hope to see you all at Balmain Regatta on 28 October, and the NSW State Championships on 3 & 4 November at RPEYC.  Remember, we will be presenting a Travellers Award at the end of the season so the more you enter, the better your chance of being the best overall NSW J24!!!