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 :

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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
www.luisferreiro.com

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

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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

TRAILER AND CAR PARKING

  • 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.
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  • For more information please contact
    Graeme Mills
    Mobile: 0438100797
    Email:     getmills@bigpond.com

Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW State Championships 2017

A huge thank you goes to Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club for hosting this weekends Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW State Championships, and thanks to Shane for the sponsorship prizes.

Thanks go to Terry Matthews and Adrian Broadbent and the race committee team for their efforts both on and off the water and we hope those of you that joined us at the Crew Dinner on Saturday night agree that Tracy and her team did a great job.

Two cold, wet days and tricky conditions with shifty breeze was not the easiest of racing but we appreciate the efforts of the 13 crews that participated.

Scratch Results

1 Kaotic Sean Kirkjian / Arthur Crothers
2 Ace David West
3 Convicts Revenge Stephen Girdis

Handicap Results

1 Wildfire Janette Syme
2 Waterborne Again Brendan Lee / M & O Tromp
3 Vertigo Clinton Hood

This year, the Women on Water trophy was awarded to Amanda Williams for her efforts skippering Jagged Edge in club races, twilights and regattas, showing determination and relentless enthusiasm during her learning curve.

Photos to follow, which I will also send to skippers in the next day or two.

J24 Site update

To all administrators, editors and authors of j24.com.au

We (website administration – mainly Simon Grain and Lisa Simonov) have updated the j24 website last week.  May be you have noticed, if not – please refresh your pages and clear your browser history 🙂

The main things about the new site:

Logins

All your logins should have remained the same, just make sure that your are logging in to the new site, the address is j24.com.au/wp-admin, or follow the link in the footer of the j24 site page, on the right.

Main Menu

The main menu does not update itself any more, please add your links to it manually. That allows you to use menu labels different from the page title, for example the page may be titled “J24 Victoria – World Class racing at Sandy” and the menu label is simply “VIC”.

You should be able to view and edit main menu and Links menus. The instruction page is here:
https://codex.wordpress.org/WordPress_Menu_User_Guide

Green lock

The site is now SSL protected, you will see that green lock in the browser url window next to the site address.

!!! Important !!!!
When you add pictures to your articles please make sure they have a https:// address. If they don’t or you are not sure, please upload them to the site library first. When an image from an insecure source is embedded into the page the pretty green lock disappears 😢

I will keep an eye on that too.

Future updates

The Boat Register and Skipper ranking are being updated, we are working on them. Luke – on the boat register and Lisa on the ranking. Should see some progress in a couple of weeks.

Please let us know if you have questions and suggestions, call Simon Grain or email admin@j24.com.au

Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW J24 State Championships 2017

The J24 Association of NSW welcomes Shane Guanaria bringing Doyle MacDiarmid Sails on board as the sponsor for the 2017 NSW J24 State Championships, hosted by Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club on 4 & 5 November 2017

Doyle Macdiarmid Sails NSW J24 State Championship 2017 Sailing Instructions

Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW J24 State Championships 2017 Notice of Race 

Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW J24 State Championship 2017 Entry Form

In order to assist Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club to process your entry, please remember to only send your entry form in once you have the mandatory attachments to send with it:

  • 1. Inventory of Required and Optional Equipment.
  • 2. Copy of a Current Audited Category 7 Equipment Compliance Certificate.
  • 3. Certificate of currency for yacht insurance including a third party cover of $10 million

The J24 Association of NSW are subsidising a Crew Dinner for association members at RPEYC on Saturday 4 November and bookings are essential – call Tracy on 9327 3149
For moorings call or SMS Adrian on 0419 831 781
Call Amanda for crane use on 0421 442119

membership application 2017

Doyle MacDiarmid Sails

Shane started his sail making career under the guidance of Ian MacDiarmid, working at MacDiarmid Sails for seventeen years before eventually purchasing the company in 2013 prior to merging with Doyle Sydney in 2015. From skiffs to maxi yachts, Shane has the expertise for building all types of sails and brings invaluable experience to the Doyle team. Both Shane and Ian have a successful history racing J24s and Shane is currently on the J24 Kaotic program bringing a host of success to the team and is a former national champion in the class crewing for Sean Kirkjian.

A hugely experienced sailor, Shane’s impressive resume covers offshore racing, including ten Sydney-Hobart races, and several classes. Recent racing success includes 1st Overall (IRC) as helmsman on Victoire in the 2014 Gosford to Lord Howe Island race, 1st Overall as trimmer on Zen in the 2014 Lincoln Race Week, and helmsman for Victoire’s 1st Overall IRC/ORCi in the Sydney-Hobart.

Shane will be happy to discuss you sail requirements for your J24 anytime – shane@doyleaustralia.com or call on 02 9817 4155

www.doyleaustralia.com.au

Gosford J24 Regatta 2017

The J24 Association of NSW wishes to thank Underground CoffeeRoasters for sponsoring the Gosford J24 Regatta 2017 and for the great prizes of Underground coffee beans and some very nice bottles of The Artisan Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, specially labelled for the regatta.

Gosford J24 Regatta 2017 prizes - Underground coffee beans Gosford J24 Regatta 2017 prizes - The Artisan Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, specially labelled for the regatta

 

Thanks also go to Gosford Sailing Club for hosting a great regatta as they always do and a windy Saturday saw 4 races completed followed by two races in light conditions on Sunday.

Thanks go to the 9 entrants that made the effort to come to Gosford for the weekend, and congratulations to Kaotic for the magnificent consistency of 1,2,1,1,2,1 to win the regatta with crew of Shane (helm), Arthur (owner), Brett, Harry and Matt.

Scratch Results

Place Boat Skipper Points
1 Kaotic Shane Guanaria 8
2 Sailpac Sean Kirkjian 18
3 Innaminka John Crawford 19
4 Waterborne Again Tony Reynolds 23
5 Wild Card Brett Lewis 29
6 Starpac David McLean 39
7 Pacatack John Gardiner 40
8 Jagged Edge Julian Bowker / Amanda Williams 47
9 Black Jack Ian Mason 49

Handicap prizes were also awarded to:

Place Boat Skipper
1 Pacatack John Gardiner
2 Waterborne Again Tony Reynolds
3 Black Jack Ian Mason

We hope to see everyone at the Doyle MacDiarmid Sails NSW J24 State Championships at RPEYC in Sydney Harbour on 4 & 5 November!