NSW J24 Championships RPEYC – Sydney Harbour

Many Thanks to Janette Syme – Skipper of Whisper for contributing her version of events at the NSW J24 Championships RPEYC – Sydney Harbour

Friday – the day before the regatta – boats arrive at RANSA from various points on Sydney Harbour, Victoria and one from South Australia. There is a mixture of crews, skippers , boats owned begged borrowed and stolen – pieced together . And crew all keen – boats sleek, shiny and cleaned. They were all ferried around to moorings outside RPEYC.
RPEYC has a magnificent aspect of the harbour at Point Piper. Essentially an historic building, oozing character, it was comfortable and welcoming. We all sat waiting for the wind on Saturday morning, perched on the verandah, or reading books in the lounge or feet up on the lawn( as you do at regattas!) After a couple of weeks of seabreeze, southerly busters and generally plentiful wind, there was nothing, and grey clouds!( think it must have been the Mexican influence).
None-the-less off we all went at first puff and bobbed around within a couple of start line shifts until a reasonable Easterly settled in. 5-10knots. So the first day only managed 2 races but hotly contested in the light airs. Dave Suda ( Sandringham YC) in Pacemaker secured a win as did Sean Kirkjian (RPEYC) in Sailpac. The racing was set around mid harbour – across the chanel – windward/leewards. Sean Wallis (Perth ) sailing Kaotic was first to the windward mark in race 1 only to hit it – lost 4 places doing penalty turns. Creditable sailing from Ace (MHYC), Vortex(MHYC) , Kicking Bottom ( Sandringham YC) and El Fidelo (SA CYC) , Code Violation (Sandringham YC) and By the Lee ( Sandringham YC)to fill the places.
Sunday started with a 10 knot sea breeze NE – sun shining– the harbour littered with the usual power boats, ferries , speed bumps etc. Definite western shore lift and turning tide run out – affecting all boats up and down stream especially races 5 and 6. The wind lifted to 15-20 knots NE , perfect seabreeze and great sailing. Downwind legs generally favoured the shoreline and boats mostly headed for the starboard gate. Ferries had a habit of splitting the fleet with many boats gaining or loosing a place because of a ferry or two. All in all, the series was predominantly clearly contested which is great to see.
So after 6 races I think we could all feel our arms, shoulders and hands and wore a generous amount of sea spray and wind burn. But for the most part everyone was smiling.
Congratulations to Dave Suda and the Pacemaker crew who deservedly won the NSW title again. To Sean Kirkjian and crew a fabulous 2nd and Sean Wallis and crew in Kaotic ( Arthur Crothers)rolled in third. Handicap winner was Jagged Edge ( Leon Ratner REPYC), 2nd By The Lee (Brendan Lee Sandringham YC) and 3rd Whisper ( Janette Syme with fab all girl crew MYC).
Many thanks to NSW committee especially Sean Kirkjian for organizing a great regatta – see you next year same time same place!

Nationals Accommodation


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Go to the 2013 Nationals page under the regatta heading above.

NSW J24 State Championships

Many thanks to Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club for hosting the 2012 NSW J24 State Championships and too all entrants for their participation in another great regatta.  Very light breeze on Saturday building to a decent 15knots by the end of Sunday meant we still got 6 races in, blue skies and all round great weather! We appreciate all the efforts for skippers for racing and recognise the efforts of the interstate boats in getting to Sydney and hope you will continue to return for many more regattas.  To All NSW owners, we apologise that the Trophies again went to Victorian, Dave Suda..he’s hard to beat but lets keep trying!!!

NSW J24 State Championships Full Results

Place Points Sail No Name Helm Club
1 9 AUS 5333 Pacemaker David Suda Sandringham Yacht Club
2 11 AUS 5085 SailPac Sean Kirkjian Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
3 13 AUS 4770 Kaotic Sean Wallis Manly Yacht Club
4 22 AUS 1111 El Fidelo Doug Watson Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia
5 25 AUS 4801 Ace David West Middle Harbour Yacht Club
6 28 AUS 1324 Kicking Bottom Ron Thomson Sandringham Yacht Club
7 29 AUS 4796 Vortex Chris Lee Middle Harbour Yacht Club
8 31 AUS 4795 By The Lee Brendan Lee Sandringham Yacht Club
9 31 AUS 4857 Code Violation Simon Grain Sandringham Yacht Club
10 53 AUS 4764 Water Born Again Marc Tromp Middle Harbour Yacht Club
11 54.5 AUS 4439 Jagged Edge Leon Ratner Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club
12 56 AUS 4791 Whisper Janette Syme Manly Yacht Club
13 58 AUS 4773 Madder and Badder Chris O’Neill Greenwich Flying Squadron
14 62 AUS 5058 Wildfire Brett Hudson Middle Harbour Yacht Club
15 74 AUS 4434 Waterhound Ralph Pickering Greenwich Flying Squadron

The NSW Women on Water trophy went to Sophie Kennedy for her continued support of the class, over the years racing on various boats from Sailpac, Kaotic, Wildfire and Whisper.

Thanks also to Danny, AJ and James for your help with tenders and photos!