2019 J24 Victorian States

Stephen Girdis and crew – 2018 Winners


One of the best regattas on the Australian J24 circuit is the Vic States.  Thinking about coming from interstate, then come and enjoy two days of competitive racing with the Sandy fleet. Got no details yet but you know the drill. First race on Saturday probably at 10. Last start not after 14.30 on the Sunday. lots of racing and a party in the middle. Someone will win and the rest of us will start thinking about next year. Still, the weather will be great as always and the friendly Sandy mob will make you feel welcome.  Call John Neville if you have any questions (he’s the man)  0407 858 335.

Sandringham Yacht Club is the organising authority of the J24 Victorian State Titles to be held on Saturday 30 and Sunday 31 March 2019. The regatta will be conducted on Port Phillip off Sandringham Yacht Club.







Here are the details :

NOR and Entry at :    SYC here

Race Documents and Online Entry:

  • Sailing Instructions (Coming Soon)
  • NOR J24 State Titles 2019
  • Online Entry


  • 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.


J24 March Computer Screen Background

Here is a March 2019 background featuring another great Luis Ferreiro pic from the 2018 Nationals, but this time of our 2019 National Champ Brendan Lee – well the front of his boat anyway. To set as your background, click on the pic above to make it larger and then right click and select ‘Set as your background’.

Luis’ pics are the best I have seen of J’s anywhere so if you haven’t had a browse for a while, dig back into www.sportsnap.com.au and go check out your amazing boat pics.

If anyone has any very good pics from the 2019 Nationals you would be happy to have me use for backgrounds, please send them to me.

Cheers Simon

Festival of Sails – the Geelong Regatta

The longest continuous sporting event in Australia is the Australia Day Regatta in the harbour side city of Geelong Victoria. This year the 151st regatta boasted 300 entries from the Grand Prix TP52 Sydney to Hobart winners, to possibly the smallest boats, our J24’s.

Four Sandringham J’s sailed the 35 nautical mile distance race across Port Phillip Bay from Melbourne to Geelong, finishing approximately half way through the fleet despite their size. Two of our competitors represented Australia at the 2018 worlds in Italy, the other two were new comers to the class with an additional  two J’s from Geelong with a Malaysian charter crew, joining us when we arrived for the Sunday twilight race. Most of the crews slept on the boats over the three days, rafted up together and sharing stories and drinks.
Sailing a performance handicap in the ‘Passage and Twilight’ series, the new guys took it right up to the more experienced crews finishing 2nd and 4th. Once we arrived in Geelong the party began, with great music and a carnival atmosphere which lasted till Monday morning when we sleepily slipped anchor and cruised back home.
Top J was Jet, Scrumpy second and Bruschetta VI third and Sanguine fourth. Racing was intense as always, and everyone vowed to come back next year, hopefully with more J’s  joining us.
Story by Hugo Ottaway, edited by SG

J24 February Computer Screen Background

Here is a February 2019 background featuring another great Luis Ferreiro pic from the 2018 Nationals. To set as your background, click on the pic above and then right click to set it as your background.

If anyone has any very good pics from the 2019 Nationals you would be happy to have me use for backgrounds, please send them to me.

Cheers Simon

2019 J24 National Championships – NOR

The 2019 Nationals will be held at the CYCSA in Adelaide with the 2nd as a set up, measurement and register day, racing is from 3 – 6 January.

Jim Townsend is known for his off water party catering with the delights of SA’s wine and food available at previous BBQs, so the social side of the regatta will be as much fun as the great Adelaide sailing.

Interest in the regatta is starting to snowball and already we have an expected fleet size of around 15 boats with several from Sydney Harbour, a possible 4 from the South Sydney Fleet and a possible 6 entries from Melbourne, plus the local entries.

An updated NOR is online on the regatta page.

Topyacht online entry is now openEnter Here.

SAILING INSTRUCTIONS  –   Download J24 2019 Australian National Championships Sailing Instructions – Revision 1-2

For more information go to the regatta page here

‘Me Too Two’ for sale, Bargain Buy for summer


‘Me Too Two’ is for sale, a bargain buy for summer at just $7500 or near offer.

Get your self into a cheap J24 at this rock bottom price. Ok it’s not the top racing J24 in Oz but a sound hull and rig with club sails, plus extras. Start here in the class on your way to class competition or …

Fancy a J24 cruiser down on the lakes – this boat has the second middle lifeline, full pulpit and pushpit, adjustable outboard bracket, removable stainless anchoring bow guide. Includes an excellent condition Honda 4-Stroke outboard, refurbished interior, all deck gear, standing and running rigging in good order.

Nothing to do – just go sailing

Call Simon   0413 870 046

J24 Tool Kit from North Sails

Want to go fast !
Ok its a North Sails promo – but a very useful one so here is the link to this updated kit. You’ll even find our own ‘Mr J24’ Hugo ottaway’s name listed in it.

By the way, at yesterday’s Vic AGM, ‘Mr J24’ was presented with pretty much every Vic trophy for the year – well done Hugo !

Link to the Tool Kit here