The Monjon Victorian State Championships are being held on the 22nd and 23rd April … this is the ‘Balmy Regatta’ held in Melbourne’s soft Indian Summer and now it’s just around the corner. The NOR is now online at the SYC site. It’s also here ….
The J24 Association of NSW will be running two regattas this year and we’d love you all to enter and join the one design racing fun.
Gosford J24 Regatta – 30 September and 1 October 2017
Ran by Gosford Sailing Club with racing on Brisbane Waters, this is always a fun weekend. Book early and stay with your crew in Gosford or Terrigal and make a weekend of it, with Monday 2 October being a public holiday, and perfect for you to take your boat home without having to rush off after prize giving on the sunday!
NSW State Championships – 4 & 5 November 2017
2 days of racing on Sydney Harbour, ran by Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper to determine this years State Champion. In 2016 9 boats from Sydney and 2 from Melbourne made the trip to Cronulla, so hopefully this year we will get 9 from Cronulla making the trip to Sydney, and hopefully more from interstate for good competitive racing.
NORs will be issued in due course but for any early inquiries regarding any aspect of racing in J24 regattas please call Paula on 0404 539176.
If any boats are keen to race against other J24s over winter prior to these regattas, we encourage entry into the MHYC Winter Series on Saturdays where hopefully we can build a fleet with a view to the club giving the J24s their own division again as they have done in the past.
Hugo Ottaway, ‘Mr J24’ and long time champion of introducing the fairer sex to sailing and J24s in particular put a team together in his own J24 recently to compete in the Women in Sailing Regatta held at Sandringham on 26th Feb.
Here is his story:
Despite only one J 24 entry in the SYC Women in sailing regatta 2017, the result sheet was full of our J girls winning every division and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Doris Little Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Amongst the entries were Krystal Weir, dual Olympic representative, Kirsty Harris, competitor at the 2013 J24 World Championship in Sweden and Sophie Cisek, Volvo Round the World competitor and 2016 Victorian Female Sailor of the Year.
The regatta was sailed over 4 heats on Port Phillip Bay in ideal conditions with sunny skies and a breeze that freshened to 12 knots. J24 Bruschetta VI won the AMS division and placed 3rd in the Doris Little PHS trophy sailed by a mixture of girls from our Sandy J fleet, skipper Madeline Linton (Jet) Trim Pauliina Mattila ( Bruschetta VI) Kirby O’Brien and Maria Vasardani ( both from Kicking).
Kirsty Harris and her crew from J24 ‘Hyperactive’ sailed a modified Adams 10 to win IRC and come second in the Doris Little PHS trophy and Janet Dean, Past Commodore of RMYS and owner of Adams 10 ‘Jungle Juice’ and crew member on J24 Kicking, winner of the Doris Little perpetual trophy and PHS division. There were also many other J sailor amongst the competitors.
The talent amongst our J24 female sailors, has risen to a point where they have repeatedly won almost all the Women’s sailing in Victoria over the past few years, the number of women sailing J’s has risen to 30% + of our overall crew group, with the class is fostering growth in this area. These results are a reminder of the strength and depth of talent of our female J 24 sailors, well done girls, you make us proud.
Cronulla Sailing Club, is having their annual J24 Short Course Regatta, proudly sponsored by Wet-Tech. On the 10th and 11th of June, which is the Queens Birthday long weekend.
Our friends at Cronulla warmly invite you all to attend. This years regatta, is going to have two divisions, which will help encourage to get the older and wet boats out in the regatta.
Ed note : The last few years have seen a huge increase in J24 ownership and activity at Cronulla and the annual short course regatta has been a big boost to the class explosion at Cronulla. The regatta is held over two days with 4 short courses each day and a great social scene at the BBQ and bar at Cronulla Yacht Club right on the water in Gunamatta Bay. If you haven’t yet made it to Cronulla for this regatta, now is the time to put this one in the diary for this year. Cronulla ran a fantastic States and Nationals this season and you can bet the annual winter regatta will be just as good.