2021 National Championships UPDATE

The J24 National Committee has taken the painful decision to reverse our earlier decision to run the 2021 Nationals on 7-10 January 2021.

The 2021 Nationals will not be held at this time and at this point there are too many variables to plan a replacement regatta and timing.

We all want to sail but due to the current flare up in SA, and the potential for this still to happen in other states with border closures and quarantine, it is not possible to guarantee a safe, trouble free running of the regatta. We have had discussions with Australian Sailing, some of the interstate competitors who have have contacted us and expressed an interest to compete, the Vic Association and SYC. This decision has been a unanimous one from all National committee members.


Gosford Classic J24 Regatta 2020

Dave West in Ace – winner on countback

The October long weekend at Gosford Sailing Club.

The J24 Gosford Regatta on the October Long weekend in NSW was enjoyed by 11 boats who attended. The breeze was a North Easterly sea breeze with blue skies and sunshine and no sign of the rain that we have endured in the past.

A new normal perhaps?  All boats sailed with 4 crew to meet current spacing recommendations with going to jib at around 10 knots of breeze.

Breeze perfect, venue and club perfect and waited on by a great club team including Tom Slingsby’s dad, we had so much fun, all fantastic – the best event ever.

We welcomed our new J owner Cameron Cooke, who purchased his J24 Artesis in September 2020 for $100, Cameron called the team for advice and could he borrow some sails.  The boat looked a treat with the wooden spinnaker pole and he was up there in his finishes – Welcome to the J24 class and we all look forward to seeing you at RPAYC for the NSW states.

Day 1 – 4 races – with the usual hot sailors taking up the front positions. Jeanette Syme taking out 4th overall and winning the Thompson trophy (no excuse that the national president failed to attend the regatta – something about locked up in a southern state).  John Crawford was very slippery with his new Genoa.

Day 2 – Sean Kirkjian sailing Sailpac showed the fleet his stern – arrived with his new crew having 2 spinnaker training sessions, now on day 2 the crew were fine-tuned with Race 1 first and Race 2 unfortunately OCS.  Race 6 saw John Crawford taking Blackjack skipper John Gardener off the track to keep his overall 2nd pace safe.

The scratch winner of the regatta was Ace, skippered by David West who was on equal points with Innaminka, skippered by John Crawford. The final result was decided on a count back. Third was Sailpac skippered by Sean Kirkjian with his team from Pacific Sailing School. 4th Kaotic – Garth Riley, 5th Okavango Delta – Janette Syme, 6th Blackjack – Alvaro Mejia, 7th Bandit – Terry Wise, 8th Starpac – John Gardner, 9th Pacatack – Wendy Tuck, 10th Waterbourne Again – Matt Miles, 11th Artesia – Cameron Cooke.

The handicap winner was Blackjack skippered by Alvaro Mejia from Pacific Sailing School, second on handicap was Okavango Delta skippered by Janette Syme in her new boat. Third was Kaotic skippered by Garth Riley in his first J24 Regatta.

Congratulations to winner Dave West, sailing consistently fast with many top places.

For more pictures go to :  j24-regatta-photos

It was great to see Terry Wise and his sailing school students at this regatta with 5 boats and very enthusiastic crews who thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The five crews from PSS joined the start line with Damien on Starpac (owner of a TP52) John Gardner Blackjack, (28 Gosford regattas) Sean Kirkjian on Sailpac, Terry Wise on Bandit (Bandit 1982 winner Worlds) and new J24 Skipper Wendy Tuck – (legend and lovely young lady and winner of Clipper round the world race)

Big thanks to John Crawford who was at the NSW Association head for over 10 years and welcome to new president Chris Lee.  To the Race Regatta team headed again by Peter Walsh, we thank you for arranging the perfect conditions and perfect race starts.

The whole weekend had beautiful sailing conditions and it was an excellent way to start our season.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the NSW State Titles at Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport on the 31st October – 1st November Weekend.

Story by Terry Wise and Chris Lee.
Edit: Simon


2020 (2021) World Champs

J24 World Championships 2020

At the recent J24 National Committee meeting it was decided the first six placegetters and the all-girl team from the 2020 Australian Championships held on Sydney Harbour, would be able to enter the 2021 J24 Worlds in Poole.  This is in accordance with the IJCA announcement.   Subject to International Travel restrictions being lifted, these qualifiers must advise the National Committee of their intention to participate in Poole by end of November 2020.  Should any of these qualifiers decide not to participate, then the  six qualifiers from the 2021 Australian Championships may enter instead.  Preference will be given in the order of the placegetters.  Any of the six 2021 qualifiers (plus an all-girl crew and Youth Boat) who do not wish to go to Poole may instead will be considered for the 2022 World Championships to be held in Argentina in March 2022.  This allows them 14 months to prepare for these Championships.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please refer these to your National Committee member.

Regards Ron Thomson

2020 World Championships Update

Following a meeting of the International J24 World Council last night (20 April) the 2020 World Championships to be held in Poole, UK has been postponed to late Sept 2021. This will be dependent on the lifting of the current travel restrictions by that time.

In addition, the following World Championships have also been moved:

Argentina            March 2022
Texas, USA          2023
Greece                 2024

Further information will follow in due course.

Victorian State titles 2020

Always a tough competitive regatta, the Vic States also has a tradition of great hospitality and social get together.

The Vic States this year are to be held at Sandringham Yacht Club on March 28/29.

Starting with a welcome BBQ at the Ken King Centre on Friday evening, racing on Saturday followed by dinner in the Harbour View restaurant (Totally booked out for the J24 competitors), racing on Sunday followed by a presentation BBQ at the Ken King Centre.

ENTRY and NOR available on the SYC website here


  • J24 registration and crew weigh-in will take place in the SYC Auditorium on Friday 27 March between 1600 hrs and 1900 hrs and Saturday 28 March between 0700 hrs and 0830 hrs.

 Proposed Race Schedule

Race No. Date Warning Signal
1 Saturday 28 March No earlier than 0955 hrs
2 Saturday 28 March At the completion of race 1
3 Saturday 28 March At the completion of race 2
4 Saturday 28 March At the completion of race 3
5 Sunday 29 March No earlier than 0955 hrs
6 Sunday 29 March At the completion of race 5
7 Sunday 29 March At the completion of race 6
8 Sunday 29 March At the completion of race 7

No warning signal shall be made after 1430 hrs on Sunday 29 March 2020.

There will be no re-sails after Sunday 29 March 2020.


  • 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.

All welcome, call Vic President Warren Campbell for more information on 0418 530 670

Site Administration news

Welcome Shelley Montague, the NSW secretary and welcome John Fraser, the new AUS-4763 owner!

John renamed the boat and sails it from NSW now. If you want to see the details, go to the Boat Registry .

The Boat Registry has a new face now, if you are a J24 owner or skipper or PR you can update your boat details and add a photo of your boat. You need to be logged into the site. Email us if you need access or have any suggestions.



This is a great article from North Sails

North Sails Expert Mike Ingham spoke with the 2019 J/24 World Champion skipper about what it took to win. Team Furio had an impressive win at the J/24 Worlds. The class is going strong, and with 79 boats from 20 countries, they averaged 5.5 points!

I trained with Keith’s team leading up to the Worlds, and we were both pretty quick, so a few days after his win I called to ask him how they posted such a consistently impressive scoreline over conditions that ranged from go-below light air to sailing with the small jib. He called out three key factors: team (the right balance of skill and attitude); preparation (a well prepared boat, and a solid training plan); and speed (he is a fanatic about sails, rig tune, and trim).

Continue reading …

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