2018 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

J24 skippers can still catch the early bird fee. It’s time to get on board with the J24 Botany Bay Regatta!

With two and a bit weeks to run, 5 teams are comitted to the flat waters (without ferries!!!) of Botany Bay.

This will be a great regatta to begin your campaign to the NSW States.  Botany Bay in Easter, Cronulla for the June Long Weekend and then Cronulla again for the NSW States 3-4 Nov 2018.

Dust off the J, gather the crew, get amongst it!!!! Enter now!!

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

Sailing Instructions now available

Near New Quantum Sails

For Sale

Near new Quantum Main purchased for the NSW Championships in 2016. hoisted once and since that event in storage. Current new retail price $2015.00 USD ($2565 AUD).  Cash price $1700

Near new Quantum Jib purchased for the NSW Championships in 2016. hoisted once and since that event in storage. Current new retail price $1555.00 USD ($1980 AUD).  Cash price $1300

Both these sails are available now, nothing wrong with them, nothing to do, all measured and regatta ready. Free delivery included in the Sydney metropolitan area, they’re in near new condition, and constitute a real value purchase. These prices are fixed.

Photos to come however they look just like a new J24 Jib and Main.

Please contact me on 0414 274 412 or j24aus1646@gmail.com

J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

Entry List

  1. AUS4430     PINOT            M. Van Dinther
  2. AUS1646     SLIPPERY     M. Reynolds
  3. AUS2641     HOP STEP     T. Wakefield
  4. AUS2634     FUN                  J.  Macquart
  5. AUS5386     TINTO            S. Wright

With one month to run, 5 solid teams have committed to the flat waters (without ferries!!!) of Botany Bay.

This will be a great regatta to begin your campaign to the NSW States.  Botany Bay in Easter, Cronulla for the June Long Weekend and then Cronulla again for the NSW States 3-4 Nov 2018.

Dust off the J, gather the crew, get amongst it!!!!

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

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NORJ24 Regatta 2018

J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta

The Botany Bay Yacht Club with the support of the J24 Southern Fleet will again be running the J24 Botany Bay Easter Regatta on 31 Mar and 01 Apr 2018.

Currently, 4 J’s are competitive at BBYC, led by Marc Van Dinther and PINOT.

Please consider supporting this event.

For further details please contact Marc on 0419 229 522 or marc@ausseasailingschool.com.au

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NORJ24 Regatta 2018

Who is Luis Ferreiro

Luis Ferreiro

Luis came to us at the nationals and did such an impressive photography job for us (for nothing) that I am delighted to be able to promote his J24 pictures and his normal business photography services.

In 2004 Luis hung up his apron for the last time as a qualified chef who has worked in the USA, Europe and Caribbean. He had owned a bar in Port Douglas, tossed prawns on a trawler for a season. He has extensive and varied experience as an employer and an employee in a range of settings.

Luis’ fascination with images started quite young. He decided to take his love of image making to the next level where he went back to school in 2007 as a mature age student to study and immerse himself with other people with the same mindset. This lead him onto a couple of commercial photographers who he still assists to this day in between shooting his own stuff.

Says Luis, “I always enjoyed sports, growing up I played soccer for the local club during my teens, then it was all about Surfing/Skateboarding/Snowboarding/Photography.  As a qualified chef I had the opportunity to travel and work all over the world, during this time I decided to follow my passion for sport photography. Once I arrived home for good, I went back to school to study full time Applied Photography for two years, here I was able to get in contact with commercial photographers, The Herald Sun and other sporting photography companies. After several years of this I decided to start SPORTSNAP and when Doug MacGregor contacted me about photographing the J24 Nationals, I was thrown in the deep end so to speak … Which was a good thing…”

Find pictures of your boat if you were at the Nationals or Vic States at www.sportsnap.com.au

Competitors can download images for free, just follow the prompts to checkout…

Mark rounding

Having just photographed the Vic States Luis is becoming a seasoned sailing photographer … and his pics are sensational.  I am sure Luis will travel to photograph any regatta anywhere, (other work permitting). Talking about other work, Luis is an accomplished professional photographer in the business world too.

He works for many commercial clients ranging from event photography, wedding photography, product photography, portrait and houses for interior designers, architects and builders. Check his work out here  www.luisferreiro.com

I am happy to recommend that you call upon Luis to photograph your next project !

Says Luis, “After living on the coast for many years in Port Douglas I never got involved with sailing?? ….. I wish I did…”

2016 South Australian States

Last year the ‘King of Smile’ Clinton Hood from Cronulla came and took away the SA Sate title (well he had some help from Dougie Watson’s boat), this year looks like a warm up for the VIC Titles as a solid 4 or 5 boats look like making the trip across the little desert (there is a LD pub out there on the road, worth a stop too). Will a VIC boat do the same thing this year?

Bet the SA fleet want the trophy back !

Jim Townsend the SA President (the ‘nothing is too much trouble’ man) is still the man to talk to regarding the SA States with all the info you could want to know about getting there, getting it done and getting out of town without too bigga hangover !

CYCSA is once again the venue. If you haven’t been to the CYC over there, you are missing out on a friendly little club with a great marina and lots of cold beer and SA wine and food – they always do it so well – on and off the water.

Here is the schedule:
Friday March 11th 2016
Boat and crew registration, and crew weigh in: 15:00–19:30

Saturday March 12th 2016
Boat and crew registration, and crew weigh in: 08:30–09:30
Regatta Briefing: 10:00
Racing: First warning signal 12:00 (it is intended that 3 races will be sailed this day)
Social function: Directly after racing (see what I mean !)

Sunday March 13th 2016
Racing: First warning signal 09:55 (it is intended that 3 races will be sailed this day)
Presentation and closing function: 16:30 (And they are doing it again, probably keep serving until Ronnie has left town!)

Six (6) races are scheduled over two (2) days of racing. No more than three (3) races may be sailed on any day.
No warning signal shall be made after 14:30 on Sunday, March 13th, 2016.

The entry form is on the back end of the NOR

NOR      J24 2016 States NOR

SI’s      J24 2016 State Championships Sailing Instructions- Draft A


2015 VIC States Photos by Chris Furey

Chris Furey has again taken some great pics of the J24 States in Melbourne on the weekend. So here they are as thumbnails – approx 235 pics ! I have been through them and there are sensational shots of most boats.

Chris has been very kind and generous with his photography and as agreed to help us support the Luke Mathews fund. We have agreed to a small fee of $25 for up to 10 shots – if you want more then another $25, this will go to Luke’s Fund. So anyone can buy shots for this small donation to help Luke.

Here is what you need to do to get your selection.

  1. Choose your selection and make a list of these picture numbers
  2. Go to the ‘Pay Victorian Assoc Online’ page also on this site (under VIC on the top navigation bar) and fill in your name, your email and your list of numbers into the ‘Description’ field. Fill in the amount in the ‘Amount’ field.
  3. Click the ‘Checkout’ button and use your credit card to pay the amount due.
  4. I will then email you your high res files once Kirby has passed your selection on to me
    This donation is purely planned to help Luke as much as possible, so I do suggest that your crew buy some shots as well rather than sharing files you buy, so be honest and help Luke and Karen get through this terrible time.

If I get inundated with requests this may take me some time to email all but the result for Luke’s Support Fund could be wonderful. Some pics are a little fuzzy where the reflected sunlight has played with the focus and this may not be apparent in the thumbnail.

Regards Simon

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Girls Going Sailing in Melbourne 2015

The 25th Australian Women’s Keelboat Regatta at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron in Melbourne is coming up in June and the Silver Anniversary is going to be bigger and better than ever! With teams coming from across Australia and interest being shown from international teams, the fleet is already shaping up to be a competitive one.

The Hyper Girls (centre in the pic above) have taken this one out more than once before, proving that the J24 is very competitive in this fleet, so if you are local at Sandy why not get your boats up the bay. Looks like there may also be a crew from Manhattan coming. Which means if you are from Sydney or Adelaide, you really are coming from just around the corner. Boats may be available to use from the Sandy fleet.

If you are a female sailor and would like to get involved, or if you are a boat owner who would like to donate your boat to a team please contact RMYS Sailing Coordinator Allicia Rae – awkr@rmys.com.au

The AWKR will be held from 6-8 June 2015.


Want to go sailing with girls before then – try the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series

The YV Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series (PPWCS) 2015 marks the third series which combines the existing ‘signature’ women’s events from the five keelboat clubs at the top of the bay into one event and will be contested on the waters of Port Phillip from February to May 2015. Check out the Championship details here  http://www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au

Don’t want to do the whole championship – why not sail the opening race and enjoy the party !

The Jennifer Goldsmith Trophy is also race 1 of the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series
For more information on the series please visit   www.womenandgirlsinsailing.com.au

This is the traditional ‘Lady Skippers’ Race’ and has been a feature on the sailing calendar at Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron for many years.

Traditionally the race is open to any yacht as long as it is ‘skippered’ by a woman.  She can have a crew of all males, a mixed crew or a crew of all females but the boat must be helmed throughout the whole of the race by a female.

Entry for the 2015 Jennifer Goldsmith Perpetual Trophy is now open. You can read the NOR and enter here: http://www.rmys.com.au/jennifer-goldsmith-perpetual-trophy.html

This is the first race in the Port Phillip Women’s Championship Series and as always there are going to be some gorgeous prizes thanks to the Goldsmith Family.

Details of the lunch post racing will be available soon.

J24 One Design in Melbourne. Racing at its absolute best.

Sunday 9th November.  Fourteen J24s on the water.  Seventy Sailors.  Blue skies.  Perfect winds.  Three blistering races.  And excellent race management.  The most active keelboat class on the bay ‘giein’ it laldy’ as they say in Scotland.  Was a state titles?  Was it a National Championship?  Was it a regatta?  Nope…just a normal J24 Sunday race day!

As predicted, this season is turning out to be like no previous J24 season.  The days when Pacemaker would win race after race by ten boat lengths are gone.  There are now any one of five boats who can win a race and the latest development is that even some of the historic middle markers are popping up at the pointy end.  There now is no boat that is noticeably quicker than any other and the J24s are now producing racing that is all about seamanship, tactics, crew work and reading the shifts.  Feel like you are missing out?  Rob Date (Victorian Ocean Racer Of The Year and owner/skipper of Scarlet Runner) doesn’t, he skippered Hyperactive for a sprint day.  Albert Doggett (Fast Company) doesn’t, he trimmed on Crackerjack.  Geoff Wood (Fast Company and Calm) doesn’t, he trimmed on Crackerjack earlier in the season.  Marissa Chalkley (owns Hush) doesn’t, she crews on Jet.  Husband Pete Chalkley and Marissa both crewed on Code Violation in the NSW state titles.  Peter Fitzgibbons “Fitzy” (Veloce) doesn’t, he crews on J Force.  Joelle Roderick (38 degrees) doesn’t, she crews on Hyperactive…hey, the list is long and I don’t want to lose you dear reader but you’ve just got to try this stuff!

Final point.  Fourteen boats on the water at Sandringham Yacht Club.  That’s more than the J24 Nationals in Sydney earlier this year, it’s more than the NSW State Titles held a couple of weeks ago and its 82% of our available racing fleet.  Fantastic numbers in anyone’s book.

NOTE. There are three J’s for sale in Melbourne … two under $15,000 and one available at the top end.  Just sayin’.

Doug MacGregor, President J24 Association Victoria

One with the lot … thanks

Pictures next week we hope so do come back !

This year’s NSW States offered something for everyone, or in reality everything for everyone. From almost no wind in race 4 on Sunday morning to around 60knots in Saturday arvo’s thunderstorm, along with lightning, thunder and rain … a good decision by the race committee to close the show down after race 3.

Saturday always looked like being windy, jib weather from way back – although there were a couple of genoas being stretched on the course, the comment was that they weren’t really any advantage though. Looks like there were a couple of people taking a swim too, Sean lost Big Tim and one of the girls over the side when the lifeline let go. The default question was why the other two weren’t hiking hard enough to go in with them …. mmm questions being asked !  I heard Jeanette also had a swimmer but don’t have the details. Tricky sailing with really shifty westerlies and a start line deep in Rose bay to a top mark to the north of Shark Is. Race two and a course change saw us and a couple of others head out to the left only to find that the top mark hadn’t moved more than a boat length, so we had a reach in around the island back to the top mark …. so much for thinking I had picked a winner there !

We were having our own little problems on Code, the boat hadn’t been raced for a couple of years and we had a few boat issues, new crew (Trimmer Pete is used to steering a bigger boat and our training prior was in everything under 5knots and how to use a motor to get back home) and of course the weather and the bloke on the helm – no wonder we won the handicap prize. But seriously we improved with every race untill the last two and I have to thank my crew for the huge effort in getting up from Melbourne and racing the boat, as usual we had fun and when you aren’t winning, that is what sailing is all about.

Race 2 gave us all a chance to go downwind in a big breeze (for a change) and many boats took the no kite option … Terry, next time I am risking the national debt with the kite and you are coasting along without one at the same speed next to me, could you just please move away so it isn’t so obvious ! Jeanette Syme sailing Brett Hudson’s Wildfire (with Brett in the crew said, “it was a bit hair raising on Saturday, especially squalls on the downwind, I was surprised to see my battered and bruised team turn up on Sunday – but their moral usually lifts after a good flogging! And poor Elena slipped in after a big westerley lift dropped into a knock and we fell over to windward with 6 and came up with 5. She was such a trooper smiling all the way!”

But of course the front of the fleet is sailing away from us at light speed and as usual the bloody Black Prince is up there and will ask ‘where was I’ later, but this time he’s not getting it all his own way. Steve Girdis has gone cycling on pain of death from someone and Robbie Brewer is out of retirement and driving Convicts and driving well, with two to one on Dave in Kaotic, he is the day winner. In fact we are all winners when most of us get home before the next storm cell hits. So glad we are not racing in that. Not without some drama at the club and round the corner for the boats going back to the CYC though. It’s as black as … and then white, as the 60knot front of the thunderstorm lifts the top 2 feet of water into the air around the boats in pleasant little Felix Bay. Some of us got ashore  … and some didn’t. Vortex went ashore too, well done Sean in the crew tender turned rescue boat dragging Vortex off in the height of the storm. Sean, yes that’s the Commodore, organiser, tender driver, boat rescuer, crew rescuer and the guy that also comes 3rd  – makes me feel very humble !

Check this out  http://youtu.be/eLcBjieN-H0

This year we have 4 boats from Cronulla, the fast developing fleet down in the ‘Shire’. One might say a mixed bag of boats and sailors like anywhere, but a great group of guys and girls that love a good time and some hard racing. It’s been a process to get them to the harbour but 3 have sailed up and Dave Mackay has trailed. Dave is the guy that won the big one in the Moths some … well quite some years ago. Known affectionately as “Magoo” and with a sense of humour that instantly puts you at ease and laughing, he is no slug on the race course and comes home 4th overall in Stockcar. Welcome to our world Dave, hope you come and play more often. And that goes for all our new friends at Cronulla, Barry Ryan in Pinot, Clinton Hood in CJ Constructions and Mick Reynolds in Slippery Fish who has worked so hard to get the Cronulla Js into class racing with us. Lets get more of you to come and play.

Sunday has dawned sunny and with a dropping westerly breeze, very shifty and getting very light, the Black Prince sailing Arthur Crother’s Kaotic with a mixed crew out of Melbourne bangs in another win to make the tally 2 all with Convicts. We drift around for a little while as the wind tries to make up it’s mind. Finally the wind changes to a south east breeze, settling down and offering great top end genoa racing for the last two …. or was that the last 5 races.

Three practice starts in the last race had the RO threatening the black flag and that was enough to finally get a clean start away. Convicts they might be, but they nailed the last two and it was a done deal. Robbie Brewer and team on Convicts Revenge taking it out from Dave Suda on Kaotic and the Commodore on Sailpac coming in 3rd.

The team on Code Violation won the Zimmer Frame with Barry Ryan in Pinot and Geoff Cowen in Nokomis 2nd and 3rd.

Congratulations to Kate Holmes for being awarded the Women on Water Trophy for many years of attendance and effort with Jeanette on various boats. No Thommo Cup this year as Ron didn’t show, so I guess Jeanette keeps it by default.

Thanks to the team at RPEYC, the NSW Association, the help at the crane at RANSA and the effort from the Cronulla guys to get there, all the Sydney guys and girls that turn up and race and thanks to all the volunteers and friendly smiling faces that made the regatta an event we look forward to.

If you want to add your own comments or pics about the regatta send them to me and I will put them online. Cheers Simon