Australian History

Here is a gallery of pictures and articles from the past, sometimes enlightening and always interesting.

I asked Chris Furey to see if he could send some pics for the site – His response has been immediate and overwelming, so instead of trying to put all the pics and captions on this page, please follow the link below to see the amazing collection Chris has put online for us in his FB page. I have left some of the pics here below Nick’s pics, but there are many more on the FB page.

Chris’ pics on Facebook – Go here

From Chris :

From 1979 – early 80s I was the original dealer for the J24s in Victoria. Before there were enough boats to run class racing we raced in club and JOG events. Back then there were no wind limits and we often raced in 30 knots + Never saw a capsize, no broken rigs, perhaps the odd swim. Great times with some good people.

 

Pictures from Nick Capper :

 

Taken at Geelong Regatta – 1978 or 1979

Taken at Geelong Regatta – 1978 or 1979

Not sure when this was taken

Not sure when this was taken

Leaving St Kilda Marina – I think the boat was very new then. Would have been 1978

Leaving St Kilda Marina – I think the boat was very new then. Would have been 1978

coming out of St Kilda Marina – we would sail the RMYS Saturday round the stick races and also the Thursday (or was it Wednesdays) twilight races

coming out of St Kilda Marina – we would sail the RMYS Saturday round the stick races and also the Thursday (or was it Wednesdays) twilight races

That’s me giving Chris Furey (who took the photo) a brown eye as for once I beat him in a J24 race. Mike Northwood (we shared ownership) is on the helm and the guy with the beard is “Mongel” – Ian Richards

That’s me giving Chris Furey (who took the photo) a brown eye as for once I beat him in a J24 race. Mike Northwood (we shared ownership) is on the helm and the guy with the beard is “Mongel” – Ian Richards

Chris furey Pics below :

 

Margie Hibbert, Geoff Floyd & Sue Johnston on Pelorus Jack, March 1982.

Margie Hibbert, Geoff Floyd & Sue Johnston on Pelorus Jack, March 1982.

My late mother Valerie christening the first Pelorus Jack with my late father Harry dutifully right behind her. Chuck McPhail and David Johnston in this photo are FB friends today. David Lindsay far left, was our best man in 1998.

My late mother Valerie christening the first Pelorus Jack with my late father Harry dutifully right behind her.
Chuck McPhail and David Johnston in this photo are FB friends today. David Lindsay far left, was our best man in 1998.

Delivering New Horizons for Nick Capper & Mike Northwood.

Delivering New Horizons for Nick Capper & Mike Northwood.

PJ winning the Mornington Y C Opening Day race 1979 with John Youl and Tony "Chuck" McPhail. Still have the trophy around here somewhere.

PJ winning the Mornington Y C Opening Day race 1979 with John Youl and Tony “Chuck” McPhail. Still have the trophy around here somewhere.

Frank Hammond and Harry Russell's J24 Double Exposure seen here with her JOG heavy weather kite on the same windy day as the Jailbreak photo.

Frank Hammond and Harry Russell’s J24 Double Exposure seen here with her JOG heavy weather kite on the same windy day as the Jailbreak photo.

 Lloyd Fallshaw's Gizmo


Lloyd Fallshaw’s Gizmo

Rob Mundle launches our J24, Pelorus Jack immediately after the Melbourne boat show of 1979

Rob Mundle launches our J24, Pelorus Jack immediately after the Melbourne boat show of 1979

Another shot of Frank Hammond & Harry Russell's Double Exposure on the burst in plenty of breeze. DE is now based at RMYS as part of their sail training fleet.

Another shot of Frank Hammond & Harry Russell’s Double Exposure on the burst in plenty of breeze. DE is now based at RMYS as part of their sail training fleet.

Won One, sailed by Gary Gietz was so-named because he won the boat in a lottery! The first time I ever sailed a J24 was with Gary on Kevin Brightwell's Pure Imagination. Won One was the winner if the first ever Victorian titles held off Sorrento Sailing Club as it was then. We had a nine boat fleet and Mundle and I ferried many of the boats down to Sorrento from Melbourne and then back again afterwards, mostly single handed! We all learned a bit about sailing in tides in that regatta.

Won One, sailed by Gary Gietz was so-named because he won the boat in a lottery! The first time I ever sailed a J24 was with Gary on Kevin Brightwell’s Pure Imagination. Won One was the winner if the first ever Victorian titles held off Sorrento Sailing Club as it was then. We had a nine boat fleet and Mundle and I ferried many of the boats down to Sorrento from Melbourne and then back again afterwards, mostly single handed! We all learned a bit about sailing in tides in that regatta.

Kanga Birtles Jarkan Yachts in Nowra built the first batch of 150 or so J24s in Australia. One of the nicest guys I have ever known in the marine industry, I was privileged to be able to do some offshore miles with Kanga on his Holland 44 "Sangaree"

Kanga Birtles Jarkan Yachts in Nowra built the first batch of 150 or so J24s in Australia. One of the nicest guys I have ever known in the marine industry, I was privileged to be able to do some offshore miles with Kanga on his Holland 44 “Sangaree”

Sent to me by long time crew Geoff Floyd, this shows PJ leading a bunch in a JOG fleet, possibly at the JOG Nationals out of RYCV, early 1980s. J24s weren't an International Class at this time, hence the Club prefix and sail number

Sent to me by long time crew Geoff Floyd, this shows PJ leading a bunch in a JOG fleet, possibly at the JOG Nationals out of RYCV, early 1980s. J24s weren’t an International Class at this time, hence the Club prefix and sail number

John 'Locko' Lockeridge who made all the stainless rails etc for the original J24s. Seen here after winning the JOG Nationals out of RYCV in a 60 (YES - SIXTY) boat mixed JOG fleet, early 1980s

John ‘Locko’ Lockeridge who made all the stainless rails etc for the original J24s. Seen here after winning the JOG Nationals out of RYCV in a 60 (YES – SIXTY) boat mixed JOG fleet, early 1980s

Rawhiti 11 with Douglas Brockhoff (sadly now RIP) cleaning the bottom in Pittwater during an early NSW Champs. A wonderful skipper and extraordinarily generous man - I sailed many races on Ra 11 with Douglas and often with Coach, Mike Fletcher. Doug virtually gave me the boat after we sold our own J24. Mind you, I had to tow it to Melbourne from his home on The Grove in Mosman. Possibly the only time anyone ever attempted to tow a J24 up Awaba Street - Dick Sargent rebuilt the gearbox - fortunatelyDoug was well connected.

Rawhiti 11 with Douglas Brockhoff (sadly now RIP) cleaning the bottom in Pittwater during an early NSW Champs. A wonderful skipper and extraordinarily generous man – I sailed many races on Ra 11 with Douglas and often with Coach, Mike Fletcher. Doug virtually gave me the boat after we sold our own J24. Mind you, I had to tow it to Melbourne from his home on The Grove in Mosman. Possibly the only time anyone ever attempted to tow a J24 up Awaba Street – Dick Sargent rebuilt the gearbox – fortunatelyDoug was well connected.

Pictures and descriptions from Rob Hartnett, a previous and soon to be once again J24 owner:

Rawhiti 2 - now Excite your Senses

Rawhiti 2 – now Excite your Senses

Rawhiti 2 (now Excite Your Senses) on its way to NSW States at Port Hacking in 1986 when owned by Dr Lewis Perrin who bought it from Doug Brockoff. It is sitting on a cradle made by my father for our J-24 “Jellybean” KA 86. The Datsun 200B did not do the towing to Sydney, it was used to move the trailer in the yard at RYCV only! Photo Rob Hartnett

Eds comment, now you know how to move your boat if you don’t have a proper J24 trailer !

Ian Basford in Ireland

Ian Basford in Ireland

The second pic is one of the late great Ian Bashford. It was taken by my wife Leisa at the 1990 J-24 Worlds in Ireland where Leisa and I were covering the regatta for Australian Sailing and Australian Yachting Magazine. Basho’s boat “Fruitcakes” is on the crane and that is his trimmer and sailmaker Bruce Anson in the pink hat in the background. Basho liked this pic and his contribution to J’s and Australian sailing in general should not be underestimated. Photo Leisa Hartnett

This picture and story from Chris Furey:

J24 Jailbreak 1982

J24 Jailbreak 1982

Chris Furey is an ex J sailor and a great J friend from Sandy – he shot this pic and info to me this arvo, thought you might like to see it. Taken by Chris off Williamstown in the early 80’s, this is Athol Lidgett’s J24 ‘Jailbreak’ seen here on the burst in classic J style. Chris says, “It was during a JOG regatta out of RYCV when the race officials decided it was far too windy to race so several of us J sailors decided we would go for a blast anyway. The guy on the deck in the blue jacket is John Hooper, the sail maker.  The helmsman was Mark Bethwaite (from the famous Bethwaite clan) who went onto win the World J-24′s held in Sydney a few years later. He did this a week after winning the World Soling title in Perth I believe. John and Buster were active J-24 sailors sailing with Kevin Hill I recall. (Additional comment from Rob Hartnett) John and his brother, Olympic Coach Buster, both sailed on the boat.

Jailbreak met an unfortunate end when sailing back from a Mornington race into a strong  northerly that built to well over 35 knots. Athol decided they had taken enough punishment in the strong wind and seas and reached off into the lee of Rickets Point where they picked up a mooring just off the old Keefer’s Boatshed near Beaumaris Motor Yacht Squadron. The crew were picked up and taken ashore but that night the wind suddenly switched to an equally hard south westerly with enormous seas. The boat was torn from its mooring and smashed to unrecognisable pieces on the rocky Beaumaris shore just below the Beauy Pub. Somewhere on the rocks not far offshore  there is a J24 lead keel!”

Thanks Chris – keep those old pics coming !

 

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