2016 South Australian States

Last year the ‘King of Smile’ Clinton Hood from Cronulla came and took away the SA Sate title (well he had some help from Dougie Watson’s boat), this year looks like a warm up for the VIC Titles as a solid 4 or 5 boats look like making the trip across the little desert (there is a LD pub out there on the road, worth a stop too). Will a VIC boat do the same thing this year?

Bet the SA fleet want the trophy back !

Jim Townsend the SA President (the ‘nothing is too much trouble’ man) is still the man to talk to regarding the SA States with all the info you could want to know about getting there, getting it done and getting out of town without too bigga hangover !

CYCSA is once again the venue. If you haven’t been to the CYC over there, you are missing out on a friendly little club with a great marina and lots of cold beer and SA wine and food – they always do it so well – on and off the water.

Here is the schedule:
Friday March 11th 2016
Boat and crew registration, and crew weigh in: 15:00–19:30

Saturday March 12th 2016
Boat and crew registration, and crew weigh in: 08:30–09:30
Regatta Briefing: 10:00
Racing: First warning signal 12:00 (it is intended that 3 races will be sailed this day)
Social function: Directly after racing (see what I mean !)

Sunday March 13th 2016
Racing: First warning signal 09:55 (it is intended that 3 races will be sailed this day)
Presentation and closing function: 16:30 (And they are doing it again, probably keep serving until Ronnie has left town!)

Six (6) races are scheduled over two (2) days of racing. No more than three (3) races may be sailed on any day.
No warning signal shall be made after 14:30 on Sunday, March 13th, 2016.

The entry form is on the back end of the NOR

NOR      J24 2016 States NOR

SI’s      J24 2016 State Championships Sailing Instructions- Draft A


The Substance Changes in the New 2016 Class Rules

These are the changes that were voted in at the World Council Meeting of 2014 in Germany:


Outboard engine


Companionway hatch

Electronic devices

Elastic (shock) cord


Forestay rigging screw

For the full details on these rules, go to the Rules Page

Botany Bay Multi Class Regatta 25-28 March 2016

Botany Bay Multi Class Easter Regatta 2016

26 to 28 March 2016

EARLY BIRD RATE EXTENDED TO 11 MARCH!! If you race a J24, there is a dedicated division for you to race one design over the 2016 Easter long weekend on the pristine waters of Botany Bay.  Entries open, see the Notice of Race and promotional poster 

Email the organisers at regatta@bbyc.com.au or call Kelly on 0439 404 156 if you would like to know more.





2016 J24 World Championships – Wakayama, Japan (Don’t miss out)


The J24 elite will converge on Japan in September this year for the 2016 World Championships. Wakayama is a seaside town near Osaka and in September the weather is perfect for yacht racing, with average temperatures at 25 degrees and winds generally in the 8 -10 knot range. The Japanese are very friendly and love J24’s, so this is a regatta well worth putting in the calendar if you can get there. Charter boats are still available, and very good boats can be chartered for around $3600 for the regatta and return airfares are available from $1200 with Qantas. This could be the best value World Championships we will see for a long time!

World Championships are the greatest events on the sailing calendar and start life long friendships and memories, so let me know if your interested and we will try and put an Australian team together. To get one of the very few charter boats still remaining, please let me know by the end of February if you would like to be there.

Dave Suda : stormyachting@hotmail.com

Event Website here 

J24 2016 Measurement Update

Just in case you missed the Nationals AGM, longtime J24 measurement guru Peter Stevens and recently awarded J24 Life Member, has a modified role and is now our class records and technical officer. We must thank Peter for his continued support of the class, much of his hard work goes unnoticed!

In 2016 we are going to be focusing our measurement efforts on inventory and safety equipment.

Just about every J24 still racing competitively has been measured in detail over the last ten years and now our focus will shift to ensuring that everybody is carrying all inventory items that they list on the inventory.

For more information on this article and 2016 measurement, please go to the Measurement page here

Discover…Wyndham Harbour!!

Lets fill the harbour with Js
Lets fill the harbour with Js

The J24 Victorian association is doing some late editing to the events calendar of 2016. Given that we’ll all turn up to the opening of an envelope, it seems very wrong that we miss the opening of a new marina on Port Phillip! So on the weekend of 27/28 February, we are planning a weekend away so that the J’s can be seen at the “Grand Opening” of Wyndham Harbour.

The plan is to sail over there on the Saturday, to arrive in time for the BBQ and live music which takes place from 6-9pm. It’s $10 pp and they cater for vego’s and gf’s and even better, if we book through Wyndham Harbour then the $10 goes to the coast guard as a donation. The berths for the boats are free – now there’s a bargain for a night’s accommodation – even our Scottish skipper might be lured in for this deal! There are portable toilets there and a shower too – so no excuses for being part of ‘the great unwashed’… Drinks are BYO.

Sunday morning, we have the BBQ facilities for the exclusive use of the exclusive J24 association, so the association will put on a breakfast BBQ and we can all fuel up for the race home…or it might end up being a race there on the Saturday…we need to get closer to the weather for the weekend and work out which day looks more likely not to suit Pacemaker (which is any day not ending in ‘y’ really…)

I’m looking into what the accommodation options are for the marina, so hopefully we should still be in luck for finding some good accom at some pretty respectable prices – for those not opting for the free, floating kind. Watch this space…

If you can please let the Vic association know if you are going ASAP and complete the attached form would be excellent – if we book all the berths at once then they’ll put us all in the one spot. RSVP’s to:  Kirby O’Brien    kirbyobrien@gmail.com

And now it’s welcome to Wyndham!!

Opening Registration Form

J Girls excel at the 2016 Women in Sailing Regatta.


Team Bruschetta in action at the top mark
Team Bruschetta in action at the top mark

Despite there being only one J 24 entered at the 2016 Women in sailing regatta, our girls took out the major placings. On a perfect day for racing on Port Phillip Bay Melbourne, 18 boats varying from 50 feet down to the smallest boat a J24, sailed four heats in ten knots, 28 degrees and smooth seas.

Taking out the major prizes were Kirsty Harris, winner in PHF and Steph Strong winner on a count back in AMS (and also came 3rd on PHF Wisc), both these girls are local J 24 skippers and they and their crews sailing much larger boats just held off Pauliina Matilla and her team in J24 ‘Bruschetta VI’ who came second in both divisions.

Our girls have a pedigree like no other, Paullina’s crew of Sonja Schalin, Madeleine Linton and Maria Vasardani, recently crewed on J’s that came 3, 4 & 5 in the 2016 J 24 Australian Championships, whilst Kirsty and her crew came 6th in the Nationals. Steph and her team sail the J24 Youth boat ‘Sidetracked’ supported by our local fleet and regularly get podium finishes.

The best women’s teams come together from the major clubs around the bay and to see our J 24 girls in first and second, over two divisions is a feather in the cap for the efforts that have been made in encouraging women in our sport. Amongst our local J fleet of 20 boats we have a participation ratio of 40% female skippers or crew.
Well done girls…. a great result. Story by Hugo Ottaway.