For Sale – Mast & Boom

Older style mast for sale. Currently racing at Sandy. Recently replaced sheaves and cleaned back areas of metal joints and repainted white.
Generally tidy for its age. Missing one spinnaker D-ring, otherwise complete and ready for action. Selling due to upgrade.
Boom also still in service.

$600 ono

Contact Leigh
0438 561 566

Wet Tech Short Course Regatta at Cronulla 2017

Cronulla Sailing Club, is running their annual J24 Short Course Regatta, proudly sponsored by Wet-Tech. On the 10th and 11th of June 2017, which is the Queens Birthday long weekend. Everyone is welcome to come and share more of the great ocean sailing and incredible Cronulla hospitality. This regatta is more about the BBQ’s with some sailing thrown in between drinks. Limits, no limits … so leave your scales at home.

Go here for the Cronulla Event page with NOR and Event Registration … here

Event Schedule

Friday 09th June 2017

Crane available for use 1200 – 2200hrs

Registration 1600 – 2200hrs

Saturday 10th June 2017

Registration 0800 – 0900hrs

Regatta Briefing 0930hrs

Racing First Warning Signal 1155hrs

Prize Giving BBQ         On Completion of Racing

Sunday 11th June 2017

Racing First Warning Signal 1055hrs

Prize Giving BBQ         On Completion of Racing

Monday 12th June 2017

Crane available for use 0800 – 1200hrs


Non-refundable entry fee is $120 (inc. GST), payable online through the Cronulla Sailing Club Website or through direct deposit.

Hit the Mark !

It’s back !

Melbourne’s best J24 author and editor is back in business with a new issue of ‘Hit the Mark’ – the outrageous and often misquoted Doug MacGregor (and his team of 50 journalists by the river) returns to the typewriter for our benefit.

So …. Put the kettle on. Make tea. Open a packet of Jaffa
Cakes (Tim Tams are allowed). Because… we are

2017 Autumn…HIT THE MARK..J24_Newsletter_2017

2018 National Championships

The 2018 J24 National Championships will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne.

The dates are :

3 January – Measurement, Registration and Invitation Race

4 – 7 January – Racing

7th – January, Evening – Prize Giving and Dinner in the Harbourview Restaurant

The normal venue rotation has been changed this year to coincide with the visiting Volvo Round the World Race, which arrives around the 27th December this year and leaves again on the 2nd January. This gives those interested to see the race start the opportunity to do so. There is much to yet be organised and confirmed with the Volvo visit, but we are working to organise promotional opportunities for the class to work in with the race visit in Docklands. More information to come once it has been confirmed.

There is considereable interest within the class in gaining selection for the 2018 Worlds in Lake Garda next year and the Nationals will be a major selection trial for this. Therefore, in advance of the Nationals the Vic Association is considering running a weekend practice regatta on either the 9 – 10 or the 16 – 17 December. If you would like to compete in this practice regatta please contact Simon on 0413 870 046 with your preference for dates. It depends on both competitors and club resources, but we would like some feedback if you are interested to attend. Your boat can be left at Sandy over this period.

Monjon Vic State Champs 2017 – Hail the New Prince

Coulda’beens and shoulda’beens

The Blue Prince rounds the top mark on his way to the trophy

With the passing of the Black Prince from our fleet, the aspirations of the many once again become confused with the dominance of the few. 

Some call him the new Blue Prince, others ‘Bloody Brendan’, but sportsfans, he seems to have stopped crashing and is just plain smashing the rest of us … on a regular basis ! 

First the summer aggregate and now capped off with the Vic Champs Crown, Brendan Lee sailing ‘By the Lee’ is fast and clean these days. 

He went straight out of the blocks with 2 wins on Saturday morning, fading just slightly to a drop of 5th but then came back with a 2nd in the 6th and sadly, final race on Sunday morning to win by 3 points as the lack of wind and any redeeming finish placing by those affected by mediocrity took over the day.

Shane Guanaria, second place getter rounds ahead of Hugo Ottaway

Second and with a real chance of taking the regatta out at the end of Saturday was Shane Guanaria steering Arthur Crothers’ ‘Kaotic’ from Sydney, one of only two interstate entries this year. As the 2018 Nationals have been changed to Sandringham, the Kaotic team have started their program for a win with this trip south of the border. 

Third place Pres John Neville and crew

Talking about rising stars, it seems our Vic class president has finally found the loud pedal (actually he has been loud for years), John Neville sailing ‘Vice Versa’ took out the last race taking him from 5th to 3rd in the overall standings, well done John … seems the top job might suit the result sheet. 

The ‘Balmy Regatta’ fleet downwind to the finish

Promoted as the ‘Balmy Regatta’ it lived up to it’s name with great sailing on Saturday morning in a warm 12-15kn northerly, with late summer shirt and shorts sailing being enjoyable, the breeze fade somewhat in the afternoon (inline with yours truly’s placings) and the last race of the day was shortened to make sure we got a finish. With the bulk of the fleet sailing very well and compacting so much, mark rounding is becoming a real place winner … or loser !  With a little tide flowing on the top mark on Saturday, many boats had trouble making it with the tight fleet killing the already light breeze for the unfortunates struggling to make the mark. 

As usual there is a list of shoulda’beens and coulda’beens. Coming in 4th was our own ‘Mr J24’ – Hugo Ottaway in ‘Brushetta VI’ with a coulda’been 3rd, really it could have been, Hugo finished on the same points as John Neville, what we can say is that Hugo improved his placings through the regatta (pretty much) and on that track if we had sailed the full 8 races … well you know the rest ! 

Mike Bond in ‘Code Violation’ shoulda’been … further down the pack with almost zero racing this season, but came flying home to finish 5th. Bugger … shoulda’been better was Simon Grain sailing ‘Jet’  only making 6th and only by the good sailing and metal alertness of the crew, squeaking in ahead of Kirsty Harris sailing ‘Hyperactive’ on the same points … another coulda’been better due to only getting a new stick in the boat the day before after losing it over the side earlier in the year. 

Hyperactive, new mast and back in the thick of it

There are another 10 stories in the 17 boat fleet I am sure, some old some new and we welcome our new owners, crews and their stories into our J community. Darren Cutts only had a few days to play with his new boat ‘Joyride’, Warren’s old ‘J Force’, before going into the ring. Warren’s new ‘J Force’ – the old ‘Pacemaker’ (are you following me so far) coulda’been better on previous form.  But the back end of the fleet is getting a lesson from the front, we are all happy mates ashore … but no quarter is given on the race track.  

Where did that tiller go !

Doug Macgregor, blistering form some days over summer … coulda’been, Ron Thomson, shoulda’been way better in this flat water series … but still took out the prestigious Thommo Cup, Ron’s seriously thinking about upgrading! Thanks for coming Janette and crew, we love seeing you down here and on the circuit. 

That’ll be some circle work coming up Ron !

So it all ended prematurely on Sunday when the wind went to lunch. We had a last race start time to sit and wait for, but for those who stayed reflected in the glass – it didn’t. The two horns went off, the bar flag went up and we headed for home …. only to watch a perfect little breeze spring up for the ‘Off the beach’ fleet. Grumble, grumble … 

Glassed out Sunday !

Christ Waters did his first major RO job under the tutelage of Wattie, and the rest of the volunteers and club workerbees did their bits …. we the gladiators, thank you once again for your untiring efforts. Thanks to Monjon for their sponsorship of the event and the class at Sandy. 

John Neville in fine form (well actually slowly drying out from Saturday night) refused the soapbox and MC’d the prizegiving at the level of the common man, a scream as usual, The Black Prince made time to present the trophies (says he doesn’t miss it … I know Herschel does), Ron Thomson supervised barbecuing the goodies the Victorian Association and Bruce Alexander had amazingly conjured up and the thirst was slaked by the many. 

Luis Ferreiro, our photographer who took the amazing pics from the last Nationals here, was out on the water and has once again captured the spirit of the regatta extraordinarily well, even with the wind ‘excitement level’ close to zero. The pics here are all his and you can see more (over 400 pics I think) of the regatta and your own boat at his website   I will post some more up separately.

The Nationals are at Sandy in January and we are in the process of organising interactivity with the Volvo Fleet, once this has been achieved we will advise of the possibilities to be part of it. There is talk of a short practice regatta at Sandy in December, but if you feel the need for regatta practice, there is the Cronulla Regatta in June and the NSW States in November on the harbour (dates to be advised).