It is without doubt, that the Sandringham Yacht Club Thursday twilight stern chaser series is the hardest regatta to win of the year. With a variable PHS in play and conditions that often favour the larger boats with soldier’s courses, the strength of the J24 fleet is regularly demonstrated in winning performances.
This year’s twilight series attracted 77 entries over two divisions including with up to 13 J24’s, it runs every week for 24 weeks, although there are a number of drops in the series, miss one important week and you’re dead! The fleet ranges from 50 footers in division one to the smallest J24 in Div 2.
This is a great series as the J’s start anywhere from 10 to 16 minutes after the first boat crosses the start line. Chasing the fleet down has become an intense competition made even harder by a shifting performance handicap that penalises any boat who finishes in the top 3 in any race.
This year was a bonanza with J24’s filling the top 3 positions. The 2017/2018 winner was Jack Fullerton in his beautifully prepared “Two Dogs”. Jack won by a huge margin often proving impossible to catch with good boat speed and tactics. He is a shining example of our younger breed in the J24 class at Sandy. Second (and current runner up in the 2018 National Championship) Simon Grain in Jet and third (current National Champion) Bruschetta VI skippered by Hugo Ottaway.
J’s feature strongly in this multi design race often getting line honours and filling the top places over recent years.
Bashford Built 1991
– Completely refurbished 2013
– Measurement Certificate 24/8/2017
– Out of Water Survey Report 6/2014
– Mast Boom & Rigging Maintenance Check List Report 5/5/2017
– Cat 7 plus ( Safety Audit dated Aug 2017)
– Stored on Hardstand (No Antifoul)
– Sails : Club Set Full set Main, Genoa, Jib and Kite in excellent condition with very little use ( approx. 10-15 Races old)
Regatta Set very very minimal use, almost brand new : Main, Genoa, Jib and 2 x Kites
– Tohatsu 3.5hp outboard in excellent condition
– Extras include Boom Sail Cover, Cockpit Carpet
– Unencumbered Vessel
– New Kite Halyard (2018)
– New Kite and Headsail Sheets (2018) with Wichart Snap shackles and soft shackles
– All running rigging in excellent condition
– Ready to Race – last time raced it won the 2017 Mid Winter Regatta
– Located at Cronulla
Asking $17000 – Contact Peter Edwards
Who says it’s always raining in Sydney over the Easter Long Weekend???
This Easter, the sun shone and the kites flew at the 2018 Botany Bay Easter Regatta, held on the waters of Botany Bay under the flight path of Sydney International Airport.
Five teams raced over the two day regatta, 3 from Cronulla Sailing Club lead by TINTO and Steven Wright, 3rd at the Nationals at Sandringham in January, FUN with Jared Macquart current Cronulla J24 rep and Mick Reynolds with SLIPPERY. From Botany Bay came Marc Van Dinter on PINOT with his AUSSEA Sailing Sea Crew and Terry Wakefield on Hop Step the local contender.
Racing got underway in shifty light conditions at 1200 Saturday, TINTO broke away and established them as the boat to beat, PINOT in second and FUN in third, too keep this short, this order was solid throughout the regatta, with FUN and PINOT alternating results.
Day two saw the teams arrive on course with little to no wind however that soon changed when at 1200 the wind came from the NE and we got underway for the final day. TINTO again assumed the lead position all credit going to Steve and his steady crew proving team work and commitment to the cause will always see you through (Best of luck at the Worlds in Italy later this year). PINOT and FUN continued the battle however in the stronger conditions the hardened strong wind and big swell sailors from Cronulla came to the fore with FUN scoring three seconds and even a first in the final race (Look out TINTO, FUN’s coming!!)
Over all, TINTO first with 7 points, followed by FUN on 14, and PINOT on 19. On performance, FUN in first followed by SLIPPERY and PINOT in third.
The J24 Southern Sydney Fleet wish to thank the Botany Bay Yacht Club for conducting the event with special mention to all the volunteer members on start boats, buoy boats, cooking BBQ’s and organising the Bar. Put simply, at this grass root level without volunteers our sailing just would not be happening.
A big thank you also to the supporters of the regatta, Herrick Sailmakers, WetTech Rigging, Infinity Rigging and AusSea Sailing School.
Previous National Champion Steve Girdis and his mixed crew of Victorians and New South Welshmen (notionaly a Victorian crew then) sailing ‘Convicts Revenge’ are the new 2018 Monjon J24 Victorian State Champions, from Dave West sailing ‘Kaotic’ (NSW) and Brendan Lee in ‘By the Lee’ (Vic).
Current National Champion Hugo Ottaway is the winner of the PHS competition from Kaotic and Convicts Revenge.
With hot sunny and light conditions on Saturday and heavier southerlies on Sunday, the regatta had a bit of everything, many old faces moved back in the fleet with new blood coming to the fore. The NSW entries did well in a very competitive fleet of 19 boats. Racing was very close with many races having the bulk of the fleet finishing with a few minutes of each other
The Vic States is rapidly approaching, with racing on March 10 and 11.
The NOR and other info is posted on the SYC website and below, along with links to get your entries in.
Along with the racing, there will be plenty of off field activities, including a BBQ after registration on Friday evening, dinner in the HVR ($30 per head) on Saturday night and BBQ presentation on Sunday afternoon.
Keep your eye out for the posts on SYC.com.au and get your entries in.
It’s now the other end of January, the Nationals are done and dusted, Australia Day is out of the way and it’s time for a bit of summer reflection. What did just happen over the New Year break ?
Are you thinking back to the Nationals, why not look back at them !
Our amazing photographer Luis Ferreiro from Sportsnap has OVER 2,000 beautiful pictures of our 2018 Nationals online. This is an awesome collection of brilliant pictures. Luis’ pics are clear, sharp, colourful and capture the action in a way few can do.
In a fantastic deal with the Vic Assn, these pics are FREE for you to download. DID I MENTION FREE AND VERY EASY TO SELECT AND DOWNLOAD !!!
Select LATEST EVENTS – pick the gallery you want to view and start looking at pics. When you see one you want, click on the little ‘Cart Icon’ at bottom right.
To recieve a decent size colour pic into your computer or phone, click on ‘Personal Use’ – select the ‘Medium’ size button ($0) and click ‘Add to cart’, then click on ‘Continue Shopping’ for more pics. Select and add to cart as many as you want and the files will be stored in your cart and an email sent to you with a download link when you decide to check out.
If you want Luis to print out a bright colourful shiny print, select the ‘Print/Product’ choice, there is a fee for this, but the prints are amazing.
Don’t forget to thank the Vic Association and Luis next time you see them, what a great deal and what a great photographer.
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
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
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)
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 !