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

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

2018 NSW J24 States – Update 3

One week to go!

Currently 12 entries, the Etchell Worlds have taken some usual supporters however the field is looking good with Club, State, Australian and World Champions rounding out the field.

The organisers do ask all entries trailering and sailing in to email j24ssf@gmail.com when they are expected to arrive at the club. Friday nights can get a little hectic at Cronulla Sailing Club so your patience is asked for.

A big thanks to all the teams committing to the Championships thus far.

2018 NSW J24 States – Update 2.1

So what a difference a weekend makes….

Currently standing at 11 entries and still awaiting some noticeable contenders from the harbour, including the bastion of J24 Racing in NSW, the stables of Terry Wise and Pacific Sailing School…..

So, Cat-7 Plus requirements at Cronulla. What this mean is we need to ensure all boats carry the Cat-7 Plus safety equipment, to race on the waters of Bate Bay. This requirement is based around the fact that if you were to keep running on your spinnaker in a westerly, you’d reach the land of the long white cloud (Bring a sandwich)…..

For visiting boats, during your registration process can you present your current Cat-7 form, then a member of the CSC Safety Team will confirm you have the extra items as listed on the NOR.

Second reminder, to all Southern Sydney Fleet members is that membership can be paid at registration or prior via our online services.

Thirdly, and this will be reinforced at the race briefing, the best spot for a pick up by ambulance should that be necessary while racing, is the Royal Motor Yacht Club – Port Hacking on (02) 9523 9300

Last point, after this Friday all entries received will receive a late entry fee. I encourage you to have those ducks in a row and enter this week.

2018 NSW J24 States – Update 2

2 Fridays to go…….

Big reminder entries close with effect 1700 on Friday 26 October 2018, entries received after that time will be subject to a late entry fee.

Below lists out current entries, I’m certain this will expand greatly in the next week.

AUS-4795, Waterborne Again, B Lee

AUS-4475, Stamped Urgent, D Mckay

AUS-4436, Vertigo, C Hood

AUS-5058, Wildfire, R Thomson

Please also remember, unmeasured sails must be presented for measurement to the J24SSF Measurer prior to 1600, Thursday 1 October 2018.

I hope you all have a great weekend and are utilising the entry link here to get your boat on the list above.

2018 NSW J24 States – Update 1

As of today, 3 Fridays untill we will be at the Cronulla Sailing Club, jockeying for position with the Friday punters and Twilight racers.

The entry site is open and ready to get you sorted for the Championships.

If you are needing accomodation over the weekend, even those making the journey from…. over the bridge, that big one not the Captian Cook Bridge please let us know.

Ive got good intel that the rain will be finished. The 28 day forcast tells me nil-low chance of rain!!!! So come and enjoy the sun at Cronulla.

Gather your mates and lets work on making this the most competitive J24 fleet since the Worlds. (Not asking much…..)

j24ssf@gmail.com