Annapolis, Maryland will host one of the toughest fleets of J/24 racers ever assembled in the boat’s 30 year history.
The 2009 World Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club, April 30th – May 8th, has 82 entries from eighteen countries.All competitors qualify through a regional, national or international event or nomination to represent their country in the World Championship.Entries close at 1800 hrs on April 8th.
The fleet includes five former J/24 World Champions together with five North American champions; a four-time European champion; two South American and five US Midwinter Champions.Chris Larsen returns to try and repeat his 1996 win in “ Writing Instruments”, while two-time World Champion, Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil wants the title back after losing to current World Champion, Italian Andrea Casale at Cannigione, Sardinia in 2008.
We have 2 Aussies competing, “Bob Hagan & Doug McGain”.
Bob Turner, International J/24 Class Chairman commented, “After 30 years, the J/24 Class continues to attract the best international competition to the prestigious World Championship event.The Class has maintained its position in providing affordable and highly competitive racing the world over.”Turner will be among the competitors in Annapolis, having been on the 2nd place world Championship team in 2008.
The Asia – Pacific Regatta has been endorsed by the International committee and the winner will now have automatic qualification to the Worlds in 2010.
The response to the Regatta has been staggering , Despite securing 7 loan boats we still have more teams wanting a boat to compete in the Regatta. The finishing touches are being made to the NOR and this and the entry form will be released in several days.
We expect 20 plus entries and the figure is still growing. We have now secured billetting for 4 teams and working on billets for 2 more overseas teams.
In keeping with Continental Regattas there will be an old boats Perpetual trohpy.
The Asia – Pacific Winter Championships is the first J24 regatta on the Asian circuit with the next Regatta probably in Singapore in February. Our region is one of the last in the world to establish its own Continental Championship and Asia offers an exciting opportunity to sail at international level for little outlay.
There now look like being in excess of 20 entries with the hosts running out of loan boats and still trying to secure more billets. The standard of competition will be the best for many years in a J24 Australian held regatta .
Browse around the Regatta website for all the information and find out who has indicated they are coming in the competitors lisst.
Notice of Race to be released prior to Easter. Those who enter first will be allocated berths close to the clubhouse.
Next years Nationals are coming to Melbourne, to be hosted by the Sandringham Yacht Club. Melbourne is famous for it’s great racing, great restaurants and will soon be well known for the newest clubhouse in Australia, all the more reason to come to Melbourne in January
The recent J24 Nationals had 2 unique entries this year with 2 all-girl teams lining up to give it to the guys. The Guys in typical fashion were cocky, totally dismissed the girls team in being anywhere in the fleet, and the general consensus was that they would be at the back of the fleet. Continue reading “2009 J24 Brother National Australian Championship”