Victorian Association AGM and start of season reminders

Ladies and Gentlemen

Our first Sprint Series day is Sunday the 9th of October, this is now just two weeks away !

Daylight Saving starts on Sunday 2nd Oct right after Opening Day this weekend and the first twilight race is on the 6th – thats next week !

The Annual General Meeting of the Vic Association will be held after racing on Sunday 9th October in the member’s library at Sandringham YC.

The association encourages all skippers to attend with your crews even if you are not racing on the first day of the season. Matters will be discussed that concern you!

As your annual class subscription is also due on the 1st October, it would be a good idea to go online to the Victorian page of this website where you can most easily pay the annual fee of $50 per person online. Don’t forget to identify yourself when you do !

For more information on any prior matters relating to the AGM you should contact the President Doug MacGregor on 0400 584 067.


The club recently held a keelboat information evening where a number of changes coming up were discussed, some of these are very important and the information covered can be accessed here :

One of the matters covered is the annual MOB declaration, please note that this is due by the end of October and boats not lodging this form will not score points in club racing.

Entry for our summer series and for twilight racing is now open and you will find a very welcome reduction in entry fees. The Sprint Series is now $80 and the Twilight Series is $100 – your club is looking after you, a parting gift from Kate Mitchell our recently crowned ‘Past Commodore”.

If you have any queries on this please call Doug on 0400 584 067 or Simon on 0413 870046

Last call for entries into the Gosford J24 Regatta on 1 & 2 October 2016

Always a fun sailing weekend – you have just a few days to get your entries in and join us for 2 days of racing on Brisbane Waters.

Gosford 24 Regatta Notice of Race 2016

Gosford J24 Regatta Entry Form 2016

Gosford J24 Regatta Sailing instructions 2016

Remember that annual memberships run from 1 October to 30 September so if you are planning on racing at the Gosford J24 Regatta you will need to organize your membership, and this can be done anytime by sending in the form and payment.

J24 NSW Membership Application 2016

J24 NSW Sponsor – Matt Pearce Quantum Sails Australia





Matt Pearce Quantum Sails Australia

Matt is working very close with the J24 class this season and beyond to ensure the ever growing numbers returning to this great one design class. This includes communicating with Quantum’s One Design department globally to ensure that Quantum’s Australian customers are confident they’re getting the best value for money, the latest designs and the support locally that is needed.  Matt is actively involved in the Class and happy to discuss any development and boat tuning you require.

If you want to take advantage and get yourself some boat speed, call Matt now at Quantum Sails.

Retail pricing including GST

  • Main – $1998
  • Genoa – $2720
  • Jib – $1880
  • Spin – $1970

Mobile::+61(0) 422 543 754


Matthew Pearce, a Sydney-to-Hobart racing veteran, started sailing at just eight years of age in Sydney, Australia. With more than 40 years of involvement in the yachting industry, he not only has the skill and passion for sailing, he is also a qualified sailmaker with more 30 years of experience.

Throughout his career he has worked in numerous America’s Cup challenges, won 18-foot skiff championships against some of the best sailors in the world, and has competed in 20 Sydney-to-Hobart races, his first being in 1991.

Matthew has been part of the Quantum Sail’s family for the past six years, first in Europe and now very happily in his new role as State Sales Manager of NSW in Sydney, Australia.

Career highlights:

  • 2016 Driver/Tactician, Antipodes 72,Darwin-Ambon (new race record),1st Place, 1st IRC, 1st ORIC
  • 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd place
  • 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Transpacific (L.A.–Hawaii), 2nd place
  • 2015 Pit Boss/Trimmer, Ragamuffin90, Subic Bay-Boracay (new race record), 1st p
  • 2014 Bow, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 3rd place
  • 2014 Bow, Ragamuffin90, Okinawa-to-Tokai (new race record), 1st place
  • 2013 Bow, Ragamuffin90, Hong Kong-Vietnam (new race record), 1st place
  • 2013 Bow/Trimmer, Ragamuffin100, Transpacific (L.A.–Hawaii), 1st place
  • 2013 Bow/Driver, Antipodes 72, Hong Kong-San Fernando, 1st place, 1st PHS, 1st IRC
  • 2013 Bow/Trimmer, Antipodes 72, Subic Bay-Boracay, 1st place
  • 2013 Trim/Watch Captain, Ragamuffin52, Sydney-Coffs Harbour, 1st ORCi, 1st PHS, 1st IRC
  • 2012 Bow, Ragamuffin100, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd place
  • 2012 Driver/Trim/Watch Captain, Electra Lift 60, Sydney-Coffs Harbour, 1st place, 1st PHS
  • 2011 Driver/Trim/Watch Captain, Skandia Wild Thing, Sydney-to-Hobart (retired sail damage) in 2nd place
  • 2010 Helm/Trim, Shogun, Sydney–Southport, 3rd place IRC
  • 2010 Crew, Wild Oats X, IRC Hamilton Island race week, 3rd place
  • 2010 Bow, I-Sea, Farr 100 Loro Piana super yacht regatta, Sardinia, 1st place
  • 2010 Crew, Wild Oats X, Sydney-Southport, 2nd line honors & 2nd place IRC
  • 2010 Tactician, Scarlet Runner, IRC Dockland Invitational Melbourne,1st place
  • 2009 Driver/Crew Boss/Watch Captain, Shockwave V, Sydney-to-Southport, 3rd overall
  • 2008 Watch Captain/Primary Trimmer, Skandia Wild Thing, Sydney-to-Hobart, 2nd on line honors
  • 2007 Helmsman/Boat Captain/Watch Captain, DHL, Sydney-to-Hobart, 1st in class (three Volvo 60’s) 3rd on PHS
  • 2007 Bow/Trimmer, Ichi Ban, Sydney-to-Southport 3rd place
  • 2006 Primary Trimmer, Skandia, Sydney-to-Hobart, 3rd place
  • 2006 Driver/Trimmer, Beneteau 44.7, Dubai-to-Muscat Yacht Race, 1st place, 1st IRC
  • 2006 Primary Trimmer, Wild Thing, Sydney/Mooloolaba/McKay race, 1st place
  • 2005 Mid Bow, Estate Master, Australian Titles, 1st place
  • 2005 Mid Bow, Estate Master, Internationals, 2nd place
  • 2004 Bow, Computer Associates, World Championships, 5th place
  • 2001 Bow, Club Marine, Australian and State Championships, 1st place
  • 2001 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 1st place
  • 2000 Bow, Club Marine, Grand Prix Series, 1st place
  • 2000 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 2nd place
  • 1999 Bow, Magic 25, Australasian Championships, 1st place
  • 1998 Trimmer, Nokia, Sydney-to-Hobart, 5th place
  • 1988 Bow, Cherub World Championships, 6th place

 Winning the J/24 European Championship

August 26, 2016

mattJ/24 European Championship. Courtesy Photo.

The 37-boat J/24 fleet enjoyed a variety of conditions at the European Championship at the Royal Western Yacht Club in Plymouth, England. The fleet managed twelve races from Aug. 13-19, and in the end it was Andy Taylor’s Quantum-powered Phoenix who won by eleven points. The all-amateur crew credits their quick learning and instruction from Quantum’s Travis Odenbach as the keys to their success.

Helmsman Andy Taylor said the crew has several years of experience, but they’ve all taken time off for family and other commitments. This year, however, they committed themselves to competing. “We decided that this year we would put a team together to commit to sailing together for a couple of years and developing our boat speed and racing nous,” he said. “The guys we have on our crew are all very keen to learn and are quick to overcome small adversities, meaning we’re able to keep moving rather than compounding mistakes.”

To help them learn as much as they could, Taylor turned to Odenbach for advice. “Having struck up a good rapport with Travis at Worlds in Boltenhagen in 2015, we saw an opportunity to sail with him at Kiel and polish our approach to racing an international regatta,” said Taylor. “Travis showed us that these boats need everyone to contribute, and – while mistakes can be made – you need to keep pushing hard and get the next decision right.”

That advice became Phoenix‘s greatest strength. While other teams carried scoring penalties or mid-pack results, Taylor’s team maintained consistent boat speed and confidence with their Quantum sails. They remembered the tips they’d learned to help them maintain their advantage over the fleet.

“When we sailed with Travis in Kiel, we learned the importance of synchronizing the genoa and main trim to keep the boat moving and on her feet,” said Taylor. “That was really important in Plymouth as the large tidal stream across the course created choppy seas that needed drive to get through. The Quantum genoa was especially quick for us in the light winds.”

Phoenix sailed consistently throughout the event, only finishing out of the top ten once and ending with six top-five finishes. Their 60-point total was eleven points lower than their closest competitor and put them at the top of the podium.

The win has inspired Taylor and his team, who are already making plans for the next two years. “Along with attending UK events, we intent to travel to the German nationals next June in preparation for the Hungary Europeans then Worlds in Lake Guarda, Italy, 2018. We hope that Travis will also be able to attend these regattas with us.”

Odenbach said he’d be happy to sail again with Taylor, and he’s thrilled with Phoenix’s results. “I really enjoyed sailing with Andy and his team,” Odenbach said. “It makes me very proud to see a team that allowed me to jump in and sail with them succeed, and do even better without my help! I look forward to sailing with them in the future, and – hopefully – helping them to many more fun times on the water.”

Congratulations to the crew of Phoenix, and good luck with your future events!

2016 J/24 European Championship
1st – Andy Taylor, Phoenix

Finally …….. Jet wins the day!!!

Jet with second place getter By the Lee
Jet with second place getter By the Lee

Arguably the toughest regatta of the year (due to the weather), the 2016 Monjon Securities J24 Winter series has been the closest we have had in years. The top 4 boats each scored multiple race wins over the 15 races. The depth of the talent in the fleet echoed in the final score with only one point between each of the top three boats. The result was only confirmed with the OCS of a back marker on the last day which impacted on the discards. Of note were the performances of John Neville and his Vice Versa team on 20 points, leading until the final day only to come third despite three thirds on the day.  Brendan Lee winning the most races, 5 including two on the final day coming second 19 on points and Simon Grain winner on 18. Consistancy wins the day and Simon’s worst race in the series was a third, with a crew who have sailed together throughout the season, they competed in all the races despite the bitter Melbourne winter. Two new comers to the fleet impressed, Stephen Byrne with two seconds on the last day fourth overall and Jack Fullerton sailing his beautifully prepared Two Dogs. This regatta serves as a start to the season, which could see as many a five Victorian boats in contention for the 2017 Australian Championship in Cronulla NSW.

Article by Hugo Ottaway

End of an Era

Pacemaker wins, Dave, Herschel, Sam, Damo, Rachael
Pacemaker crew, Dave, Herschel, Sam, Damo, Rachael (Luke)

When I read the text message that announced that David Suda and Herschel Landes were selling their J24 , I was not surprised. Current Australian and Victorian Champions, 2016 twilight series winner, David crowned 2015 Victorian Keelboat sailor of the year, they were exiting their extensive association with J24 on a high.

Whist David steered Pacemaker to 3 National titles and multiple state titles, it was Herschel who put the teams together. Both Herschel and I bought our first J’s in 1986, in 1988 we sailed against each other in the World Championships in Sydney where his crew included two World Laser champions, American Ed Baird and Australian Stuart Wallace, Ed steering, later went on to win a J world championship and sail in the America’s Cup. The following years Herschel’s team included Campbell Rose and Addie Bucek, both Olympic representatives, Addie a World Champion.

It was his insight that put these teams at the front of the pack. Herschel also had an eye for the future of the class. He was the principle person who introduced a culture of youth sailing to the class, he along with Damian Lee both worked tirelessly to attract a new breed of junior sailor. Herschel was instrumental in moving the class from Royal Brighton Yacht Club to its current home, Sandringham Yacht Club, a move which not only saved the class, but gave it a new focus, currently boasting the most competitive fleet in Australia.

Herschel sought out the best sailors, both Damian Lee and Australian Cadet Champion Luke Mathews had a stint at steering his boats, but it was the combination of David Suda also a Cadet Australian Champion, steering and Luke trimming that gave them the edge. Apart from multiple titles, they represented Australia in two J24 World Championships, Sardinia and Melbourne 2006.
I spoke with Herschel and reminisced some of the high’s and lows of his 30 years of J24 sailing, many of which I witnessed.

On the low side was wiping out in 30 knots in the 88 Worlds whilst trying to avoid a boat sinking collision with Nick Chapman and Ian Torode, Sailing in front of the Manly Ferry an act that almost cost them, the boat, a fine and the exit of the entire crew, and later that day a T-Bone collision on port tack, only stopping the boat sinking by stuffing the brand new Genoa into the hole. I also experienced disaster as a guest helmsman, Herschel and I sailed in Metung in 30 knots, with the spinnaker up, only to tear the rudder off the back of the boat, resulting in us tipping over and shredding his brand new mainsail …oops.

There are many on the high side, with Luke Mathews steering Herschel told me of the fastest kite run he ever did an estimated 17 knots totally out of control on Lake Macquarrie , their first National Title in Adelaide, backed up with a second in Melbourne against the newly crowned 2016 World Etchell Champion Ben Lamb. How ever I believe they sailed their best this year, despite the absence of Luke Mathews following a horrific accident, the team of David Suda, Damian Lee, Rachel Suda, Heschel Landes and Sam Clayton won both the 2016 J24 National title and arguably the harder 2016 Victorian title.

I have sailed against Herschel and his teams for over 30 years, longer than anyone else I have competed against, we have been fierce and some times bitter rivals on the water, no matter what the event, it has always been sailing against each other to the maximum. I will truly miss that. To Herschel, David and the Pacemaker crew, all the best in whatever direction sailing takes you……….

Hugo Ottaway Bruschetta VI.

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships

The Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships will run at Cronulla Sailing Club on 5 & 6 November 2016.

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships Notice of Race 2016

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships Entry Form 2016

Online Entry

Remember that annual memberships run from 1 October to 30 September so if you are planning on racing at the State Championships you will need to organize your membership, and this can be done anytime by sending in the form and payment:

J24 NSW Membership Application 2016

or can be done at Regatta registration and weigh in:

  • Friday 4 November 2016    1700 – 1900hrs
  • Saturday 5 November 2016   0800 – 1000hrs