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

2018 NSW J24 State Titles – Regatta Report

Cronulla Sailing Club in partnership with the J24 Southern Sydney Fleet again hosted the NSW State Championships in the water of Bate Bay.

Saturday came with the crew briefing lead by starter Bruce Swane, laying down the law and setting the scene for what was to come, two days of exciting, frustrating but most of all enjoyable and friendly One-Design racing.

Race 1 got underway in a steady though light 8 kt easterly shooting out from Shark Island into Bate Bay. Twelve J24s headed out, popping spinnakers and heading into Cronulla only for half the fleet to be becalmed at the bottom mark and the leaders TINTO (S Wright) and INNAMINCKA (J Crawford) streaking ahead on the breeze. However, the wind returned with TINTO first followed by INNAMINCKA in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN (B Lee) in third.

Race 2 and the cream began to rise. Sean Kirkjian driving KAOTIC, past multiple Australian and NSW Champion came in first followed by TINTO and the forever young Cronulla local David Mckay in STAMPED URGENT.

The race committee then began the search for the elusive wind…… AP flew and the fleet began the race into the Club house for some stories of where’d the wind go followed by some great BBQ delights! And to enjoy the $500 bar tab supplied by the Harbour Fleet. (Also, on Sunday night!!) Cheers!!!

Sunday arrived with an increasing North Easterly race 3 and all bar one went with the Genoa however that changed. Brenden Lee from Sandringham Yacht Club took race 3 followed by KAOTIC and ACE (D West).

All under Jib in race 4 and again the man from Sandringham driving WATERBORNE AGAIN came first VORTEX (C Lee) in second and STAMPED URGENT made up the podium. Special mentions go to the team on JARGON (J Macquart) making the most of the one design nature of a J24, flying his kite sideways to take advantage of the blustery NE summer breeze!!

Race 5 and KAOTIC returned to the top spot, ACE in second and WATERBORNE AGAIN in third, the title was to be decided in the final race.

With the course reset into the estuary the results of Race 6 where to reflect the final overall result. KAOTIC in First followed by WATERBORNE AGAIN and TINTO following.

Congratulations to Sean Kirkjian and his crew on KAOTIC, NSW Champion 2018, in front of Brenden Lee from Sandringham on count back, and Steve Wright from the Cronulla Sailing Club in third.

Performance results saw VORTEX skippered by Chris Lee, making a return to One Design racing in first, followed by KAOTIC and in third WATERBORNE AGAIN.

Cronulla SC and the J24 Fleet of Southern Sydney would like to thank all the sponsors, Spot-A-Yacht photography, My Sail Team management, Macquart Marine, Wet Tech Rigging and Infinity Rigging.

J24SSF would also like to thank the team of volunteers at Cronulla Sailing Club, making this Championship one of the best to date:

Start Boat – Bruce Swane, Dave Witten, Elenore Turner, Peter Conway,

Mark Boats – Bucko, Tim MacGillvray, Jack MacGillvray, Glenn Smith, Howard Blowes, Geoff Batty, John Minter

Results – Michael Druce

Fuel – Steve Blackman

Registration – Rhonda Wodzinski

Refreshments – John Cox

Kitchen – Kerry and Brian Elliot, Tammie Edwards, Billy Neill, Chris Merfield

Food Co-ord – John Zagame

Accommodation – Magoo, Fiona, Mick, John Cox

J24 Harbour Fleet – $500 bar tab both Saturday and Sunday night plus wine gifts for all the CSC volunteers.

From the cooks on the BBQ to the servers behind the line, the on-water crew moving marks and setting courses to the results team getting everything online quickly and efficiently, thank you.

The next J24 regatta is the 2019 Australian Titles, hosted in Adelaide at the CYCSA 3-6 Jan 2019.

Pictures to come shortly from our sponsor Spot-A-Yacht