2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day Four

Hugo and winning crew 2018

Congratulations to Hugo Ottaway and his crew, Pauliina Mattila, Gareth Evans, James Tarode and Megan Aulich sailing ‘Bruschetta VI’, the new National J24 Class Champions for 2018 by 3 points from Simon Grain in ‘Jet’ and Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ in third.

Day four was a battle for first between Hugo and Simon right to the very end, with both finishing the last race in the same order as they finished the regatta.

Hyperactive and Vice Versa both finished on 58 points for fourth and fifth respectively an indication of the close racing throughout the regatta.

The last day started slowly with a 12-15 knot southerly, cloudy skies and much cooler temperatures (to everyones relief after the very draining 42 degree Saturday). With a shifty wind, a couple of generals and an exemplary attitude from the race committee, after one and a half hours and seven start sequences we finally got away. Jordan skippering the Sandy Youth boat ‘Sidetracked’ had an absolute blinder of a race finishing out front only to suffer the pain of finding he was OCS on a black flag race.

Watch Craig Wileys great race start videos

Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ took the gun, with ‘Jet’ just pipping ‘Bruschetta VI’ right on the line. Race 12 had ‘Bruschetta  VI’ taking out the race from ‘Jet’ and Kirsty Harris in ‘Hyperactive’

Again Luis Ferreiro was on the race track. You can see fanatastic pics of your boat in action at www.sportsnap.com.au

Hugo Ottaway in Bruschetta VI powering to windward. Luis Photo
Steve Wright sailed a great regatta, but we all have our moments !   Luis Photo
When the action gets busy, Luis was there – great shot !

So who came where – the full results for One Design are here

The Performance Handicap was won by Robin Townsend in ‘Witches Thimble’ from Jack Fullerton in ‘Two Dogs’ and Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’. Results are here

Robin Townsend and crew, worthy winners of the PHS competition.

In the very popular Thommo Cup, once again Ron took the honours from Jeanette 7 – 5. Although he tells me he got a real scare in the middle of the regatta when it was 4 all !

There are stories too many to mention from the fleet. The standard of racing is awesome, it dosn’t matter where in the fleet, from front to back the competition is full on. And everyone is loving it.

Our Sandy Race Management Team did a fantastic job in sometimes trying conditions. I heard no grumbles, only praise for their very professional work.

A comment from Peter Edwards from Cronulla regarding the Race Committee,
“For the next three days I got to experience the most proficient organised and skilled Race Committee I have ever been involved with. From the top Graeme Watt and Peter Taylor empower all their team with a cool calm and sense of importance that make you proud to be involved with them.
My thanks go to all the team for allowing me to be part of your team.
Sandringham Race Committee are as good as it gets if not better and I had so much enjoyment in being part of it, I really didn’t want to leave”.

(We know it but it is nice to hear it from outside – well done Wattie and team – a huge thank you on behalf of all the competitors and the Vic and National class committees)

Seven of the best in the business

The Vic Association did a fantastic job organising the regatta. President John Neville and the committee put in huge hours, effort and energy into making this Nationals one of the best anyone can remember – many people told me that.

The presentation was held in the Sandy Harbourview restaurant, another very successful evening with El Presidente, master MC and funnyman John Neville, lamenting that the regatta had not ended when he was winning but doing a sterling job presenting trophies, cracking jokes and keeping us all in laughter.

So at the end of it all – here is the money shot !

Winners are grinners !



Cheers Simon.

2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day Three

Day three turned most things right around. Gone is the light to medium Southerly, in is the 42 degree 20 – 25 knot Northerly. Jibs for everyone and for the first time in years code flag Y – life jackets today  !

Initially felt with some foreboding by some, the hot Northerly belted the fleet all day, but wasn’t the boat and crew crusher some expected.

Kirsty Harris sailing ‘Hyperactive’ cleaned up the first two races with a very, very close win from Simon Grain in ‘Jet’ and Brendan Lee in ‘By the Lee’ in the first and a convincing win in the second from Hugo Ottaway in ‘Bruschetta VI’ and Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’.

Hyperactive wins Race 8 – Photo Luis

A little further back, places 5-8 finished in line abreast with a spread of only 5 seconds (on the score sheet – I would have thought it was less than that), another example of the close racing the class is providing. Thanks Craig.

Posted by Craig Wiley on Saturday, 6 January 2018


Race Ten was taken out in grand and exciting style by class National President Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’, you can see that here :


Filling the minor placings in Race Ten were Brendan Lee and Simon Grain.

In any windy day there are things that just happen. Three people that I know of went into the water – but hung on to be pulled back on board. Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ had his bowman and kite pole go over – the pole didn’t come back!

Starting in the strong winds where you might expect things to get a bit more ragged, it was quite the opposite for most competitors (not all) with no U flag today. See videos and Craig Wiley’s comments here :

Being a windy day Luis Ferreiro, our amazing sports photographer was out getting some great action pics.

Go to www.sportsnap.com.au/portfolio to see yourself in action. Here is a small selection from today.

Race 8 & 9 winners Hyperactive
Jack Fullerton’s immaculate Two Dogs
Start line action – great shot !

So what happened on the result sheet. Well quite a few changes, sadly for John Neville, yesterday’s regatta leader, a less than a glam day, resulting in a fall from first to third behind new leader Hugo Ottaway and in second place Simon Grain. Still wide open, the first 6 places cover only 10 points and tomorrow sees some serious work still to be done for the title of National Champion 2018.

Full results here :  Results

Time also to say what a fantastic job the whole race management team is doing. The racing has been handled brilliantly with fair startlines and a mix of course length and structure. The protest committee has been busy with a few meetings over the last few days. From us to you – well done, thanks Guys and Girls of the Sandy team.

OK, tomorrow is a big day for a few of us, thanks for reading my little report.

Cheers Simon.

2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day Two

It’s Melbourne and as always it is never like this, but friends is was, today’s weather was an even better re-run of Day One, warm sunny and with 7-12 knot southerly breezes and flat water, the stay at homers will be wishing they weren’t.  A little point to note from John Neville’s briefing – he/she who wins the first race of the day commits them and their crew to cooking tonight’s BBQ at the Ken King Centre.

Yesterday’s problems are all fixed, ‘Sidetracked’ has new lower shrouds, ‘Sanguine’ has it’s bow fixed and ‘Baile De Luna’ has been replaced with ‘Scrumpy’, thanks to our very generous Leigh MacLeod.

So it was in Race 5 today that Brendan Lee put his hand up to cook the BBQ with a good win from Steve Wright in ‘Tinto’ and John Neville in ‘Vice Versa’.

Race Six and Sandy’s ex President, Newsletter Editor in Chief, resident Scotsman and all round keenest skipper, yelled ‘Och aye the noo’, freely translated this means ‘just now I won me first Nationals race’ and let me tell you folks if it wasn’t for being a Scotsman the credit card would be out and the bar shouted, of course being a Scotsman that didn’t happen but the beaming face is genuine (you can’t take credit for the free drinks at the BBQ Doug). Well done Doug !  In a race of upsets Jeanette Syme in ‘Wildfire’ had a well deserved second and Warren Campbell screamed into third. Wow !

Doug MacGregor, First time Nationals race winner – go Doug !

An amazing thing so far is that no boat is a stand out, every boat in the top half of the fleet has had a shocker and with only one drop in this 12 race series, some of these are going to count. Consistancy is the key.

Speaking of that. Brendan Lee has now had two wins and a few shockers – here is one of them, ouch!

But it could be any one of us trying just a bit too hard. Brendan spent the race outside the course looking at this very same video immediately placed on the Vic J24 FB site by the amazing Craig Wiley on the start boat. I’m told he looked at it over 20 times just to make sure. What I haven’t told you is that we are all under ‘U’ flag in this start. Bye Bye !

Race Seven and ‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway sailed away from the fleet – and John Neville in second to lead around every mark, Dave West in ‘Kaotic’ took third in a long battle from Simon Grain in ‘Jet’.

In the almost as important Thommo Cup Jeanette is creaming Ron by 4 points. Jack Fullerton, Sandy’s ‘replaced with new’ man is finally putting it together with a solid 10th place – nice shirts too Jack. Dave McKay from the South Sydney Fleet  is back in 11th, but here and sailing, he tells me he left Sydney with just one crew and put the rest together on the drive down, well done Dave, by the way has he told you he was World Moth Champion and Australian Sailor of the Year in 1969 – buy him two beers and he will tell you about it ! We love you in the class Magoo !

So you would think that Hugo would be looking pretting good at the end of Day Two and he is, but not quite as good as John Neville, sitting just one point above him on 23 points, Dave West is third on 25 points and Simon Grain is fourth on 29 points, clearly the results are close and with 5 races still to go the result is far from settled.

Well how does it all look, lets ask Brendan,

I think the face says it all – “I just had a win and an OCS, what a ******* day’.
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Doesn’t Maddie look much better on this glorious day !


Importantly to our class’ success a significant percentage of our crew are women

Back in the pack the new members of our Sandy group are finding out what bigger one design fleeet racing is all about, it’s hard racing but it’s fun and we are thrilled you guys have joined us – stick with it, we are better for your participation by far. Robin and Jim Townsend from SA have made the trip over and are as ever ardent supporters of the class and the regatta circuit, next year is your turn and we’ll be there.

For full results go here

That’s all for today folks. Cheers Simon.

2018 Monjon J24 Nationals – Day One

Racing gets underway in great conditions at the start of Day 1

Racing today got underway in glamorous conditions, sunshine and light southerlies, race’s one and two were light and then in a building but shifty breeze the fleet sailed another two for four races today with the last race sailed in a perfect 15 -16knot breeze.

Dave West sailing Arthur Crothers’ ‘Kaotic’ jumped out of the box in race one for a win from local sailor Simon Grain in ‘Jet’, with Jeanette Syme in ‘Wildfire’ from the South Sydney Fleet taking out third.

Race two saw Sandingham’s ‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway in ‘Bruschetta VI’ take the gun from Jet again, with Ron Thomson in ‘Kicking’ third.

As the breeze built in the race the placings started to change around, local President, owner of the Richmond kite and general stirrer John Neville put in a solid performance to take the gun from Jordan Sunkel-Lozell in the Sandy Fleet Youth boat ‘Sidetracked’, who was sailing like a champ and Kirsty Harris in ‘Hyperactive’.

Race four, the race management team sensibly got ahead of the program with a questionable weather forecast for Saturday, saw local worlds aspirant Brendan Lee sailing ‘By the Lee’ take the gun from Hugo and Steve Wright sailng ‘Tinto’ the lastest addition to the Australian fleet from Germany.

So the top 5 with very close results for the day go like this.

1 1.0S 5400 BRUSCHETTA VI Hugo Ottaway SYC 20.0 2.0 7.0 1.0 10.0
2 5386 TINTO Steve Wright CSC 20.0 3.0 4.0 8.0 5.0
3 2.0S 4792 JET Simon Grain SYC 21.0 6.0 11.0 2.0 2.0
4 5246 HYPERACTIVE Kirsty Harris SYC 21.0 9.0 3.0 5.0 4.0
5 4770 KAOTIC Dave West MYC 22.0 4.0 13.0 4.0 1.0

Full results are here

That’s what the results say, so what really happened ?

Jet looked great after the first two races, then faded, but in a gentlemans agreement with John Neville is one jug up !

Hugo started badly with a 10th but won the day, on a count back from Steve Wright – not exactly creaming the day but 1 point ahead of Jet and Hyperactive. And Kaotic with mixed performances is a further point back.

Looks like Simon likes the light but Hugo likes the mid breezes.

Back in the fleet, Chris Ravesi in ‘Sanguine’ had an altercation with newcomer Patricio Sepulveda in ‘Baile de Luna’. Jordan in Sidetracked busted a lower shroud when doing rather well near the top mark.

‘There be more stories’ – I just don’t know them. However Craig Wiley one of the race management team doing a great job on the start boat has posted videos of the starts on the J24 FB page. Click on the video below to see them.

Luis Ferreiro our amazing photographer who took awesome pics at Sandy’s last Nationals is also out this year and here is a quick selection of some shots from today.

PH: 0439 353 865

More tomorrow. Simon.

2018 Worlds in Italy

J24 World Championships Fraglia Vela Riva . http://expertolympicgarda.fragliavelariva.it/

Article from Sail-World
The World Council Meeting, held at the historic seat of Fraglia Vela Riva with the members of the international class J24 and the representatives of other world classes (including the Italian Pietro Diamanti and Fabio Apollonio), has officially disclosed that the J24 World Championship 2018 will take place in Riva del Garda from 24th to 31st August, which will follow the National Championships of the same class scheduled middle May.

The J24 is one of the most loved and spread monotype classes worldwide with 50,000 sailors and over 5,000 boats in almost 40 countries with a dynamic competing activity both at Italian and international level.

“It is a pleasure to host once again the J24 fleet for its major events as the Italian Championships (Open) in May and the Worlds at the end of August – stated the Fraglia Vela Riva’s President Giancarlo Mirandola and added, “this class is part of the sailing history and reveals to be lively and spread worldwide. After having hosted the 1999 and 2009 Nationals here in Riva del Garda, it is a great honour to organize the World Championship in 2018. Our club turns out to be up to this kind of major sporting events by granting the high standards requests of the international class, not only in term of logistics”.

The regatta will consist of ten races, for which many talented teams are expected to sail being attracted not only by the magnificent race course, but also by the natural beauties of Garda Trentino and the renowned organizing skills of Fraglia Vela Riva.

“The Fraglia Vela Riva’s representatives showed the members of the international class and the J24 presidents the facilities of the club, pinpointing the range of possibilities for the moorings of the boats, the trailers parking, and the services offered to the competitors – explained Pietro Diamanti, J24 Italian president – particular attention is payed to the venue of the gauge the tonnage, since Tim Winger, Technical Chair of the international class, asked for an indoor space sheltered from the wind in other to prevent any mistake in the gauging. Hence, the tonnage gauging will be located in the near PalaVela building part of ‘Riva del Garda FiereCongressi’”.

After the tour of the club, the participants of the “World Council Meeting” acknowledged the suitability of the facilities and appreciated the professional competence of Fraglia Vela Riva in running world events. Moreover, it was decreed that the World Championship will have a limited participation number of 80 boats. The Italian fleet, as hosting nation, has the right to entry 24 pre-selected boats and one boat for the former World Champion, one for the 2017 Italian Champion, one female team, one youth team (under 25) and two boats of the organizing club.

If you want togo to this article use this URL: swc.sail-world.org/158710

2018 J24 Nationals

Sandringham Yacht Club and the Victorian J24 Association invites entries for 2018 J24 National Championships, to be sailed on Port Phillip off Sandringham, from 4 January to 7 January 2018.

We are expecting a large entry this summer as the Nationals are the selection trials for the Lake Garda Worlds next year and there is plenty of interest being shown for the available Australian places. So get cracking on organising your crew, boat, accommodation and entry.

Entry fee is a low $380 this year.

STOP PRESS Regatta crew shirts will be available this year and for skippers who enter and pay before Friday 17 November, you will be able to nominate your crew shirt sizes.

Race Program
Day 1 Thursday 4 January No earlier than 1030
Day 2 Friday 5 January No earlier than 1030
Day 3 Saturday 6 January No earlier than 1130
Day 4 Sunday 7 January No earlier than 1030
There will be no resails after Sunday 7 January 2018

Race Documents and online entry

Notice of Race

Online Entry


Organized social events will include:

Date Event Location and time
3 January Welcome BBQ Ken King Centre at SYC, following registration
4 January SYC Twilight Race
5 January BBQ To be confirmed
6 January No scheduled event
7 January Presentation dinner Harbour View Restaurant at SYC.  7pm


  • Road trailers used to transport interstate boats to and from the regatta may be stored at the Sandringham Yacht Club for the duration of the event.
  • Each interstate boat will be provided with parking for one vehicle in the SYC member’s car park during the event. An access “key” will be required, subject to the payment of a refundable bond.
  • Car parking for Victorian members (boat owners and crew) will be subject to the normal rule of access at SYC. Car parking is available in Council car parks in Jetty Road or in nearby streets for those without SYC car park access.
  • For more information please contact
    Graeme Mills
    Mobile: 0438100797
    Email:     getmills@bigpond.com

Vale Kirby O’Brien

The J24 Class in Australia and Melbourne in particular have lost one of our dearest members.

Kirby came to us around 2008 and quickly realised a love of sailing, crewing with Mike Lewenhagen and then chartering his boat when he went overseas, a gutsy move as she was still very new to sailing. But that was typical of Kirby’s attitude to life –travelling, sailing, cycling, bush walking, running, swimming, kayaking, in fact almost anything outdoors and fitness oriented. She was cool in her Mini Cooper, gorgeous in her race going finery and our happy Kirb at the club.

She sailed with many of us at Sandy predominantly with Simon Grain, Ron Thomson and Hugo Ottaway in recent years.

Kirby also enjoyed a road trip and made many new friends at regattas interstate.  Just in the past year she sailed with Shane Guanaria and Arthur Crothers to a second place finish in the Nationals, travelled with Hugo to win the Cronulla Short Course Regatta, again with Hugo and the all-conquering team on Bruschetta VI to win the Women In Sailing (WISC) regatta. Her smile, quick wit and dry sense of humour made every boat she was on a brighter, happier place to be.

Kirby was about fun in her busy life as we all know, but she was also a tireless worker on the Vic Committee for years and earlier on the National Committee, both as treasurer – always volunteering first for work to be done, she gave so much to the class and all of us. She had a strong moral code and stood up for what was right, she spent time as a volunteer in Africa and travelled extensively to many parts of the world including many off the beaten track.

Kirb has left us far too soon and her energy and smile will be greatly and sadly missed.

You will sail on with us in our hearts Kirb.  Rest In Peace.

Wet Tech Rigging J24 Short Course Championships – 2017

Close racing in the Bate Bay swells
Series winner Hugo Ottaway from Melbourne
John Zagame’s Boudicca

The June long weekend saw the running of the Cronulla Sailing Club J24 Short Course Regatta in cold though fine (almost) conditions with wind ranging from 18-3 kts over the 2 days of sailing.

Competitors arrived from as far afield as Sandringham Yacht Club, the southern home of J24 yacht racing in Australia, with one boat Jet (Simon Grain) and another crew lead by ‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway, both J24 supporters of the Cronulla event for many years, also Wildfire (Janette Syme) and Marc Van Dinther (Pinot) made the journey from the Harbour and Botany Bay, to sail in the challenging inshore conditions of Bate Bay, Cronulla.

Our focus this year was to welcome new J24 crews to the Cronulla family. Sailmates (Steve Arnold) competed in their first regatta after purchasing their J24 locally, also Boudicca (John Zagame) an off shore crew member and now a proud J24 owner, enthusiastically listening and improving as the weekend progressed. Wes Batty, another local from Cronulla bringing out Pandamonium, the ever popular mooring minder to race and be involved again.

So to the results, Hugo Ottaway again proved too good on scratch scoring a consistent 12 with many bullets and second places. Second for the regatta was Vertigo (Clinton Hood), the current South Australian J24 State Champion, with Renaissance (Stephen Wright) the current Jubilee Champion and Cronulla campaigner.

Performance Handicap saw Vertigo pop up one place to first, Stockcar with the forever young David Mckay in second and Renaissance in third place.

The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank all our the events supporters; Wet Tech Rigging, Macquart Marine, Aussea Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht Photography, Newton Real Estate, Short Marine, CJ Construction, Cronulla Marina and Ryan Short Marine Services for your ongoing support to this grass roots event. Hope to see you all again at Cronulla next June for the Mid-Winter Championships.

Series OD results :  (Full race results are available at   cronullasc.com/race-results?page=J24SC16-17/SGrp66.htm

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Crew Crew. From Sers Score
1   AUS5400 Bruschetta IV Hugo Ottaway     SYC 12
2   AUS4436 Vertigo Clinton Hood     CSC 21
3 1.0S AUS1636 Renaissance Stephen Wright     CSC 22
4   AUS4792 Jet Simon Grain     SYC 22
5   AUS4433 Stockcar David McKay     CSC 23
6   AUS5058 Wildfire Janette Syme     MYC 37
7   AUS1317 MCKAY MARINE Julie Castle     CSC 53
8   AUS1309 ONLY A JOURNEY Max Sellers     CSC 54
9   AUS1635 Seas the J Jared Macquart     CSC 60
10   AUS4430 PINOT Barry Ryan     CSC 62
11   AUS135 Boudicca John Zagame Josh Feldmann Jacob Broom CSC 74
12   AUS1646 SLIPPERY FISH Michael Reynolds     CSC 82
13   AUS1642 JARGON Tony Landers     CSC 85
14   AUS950 Pandamonium Wes Batty     CSC 95
15   AUS95 Sailmates Steve Arnold     CSC 97
16   AUS4439 Jagged Edge Greg Paterson     CYCA 121

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.