This is a great article from North Sails

North Sails Expert Mike Ingham spoke with the 2019 J/24 World Champion skipper about what it took to win. Team Furio had an impressive win at the J/24 Worlds. The class is going strong, and with 79 boats from 20 countries, they averaged 5.5 points!

I trained with Keith’s team leading up to the Worlds, and we were both pretty quick, so a few days after his win I called to ask him how they posted such a consistently impressive scoreline over conditions that ranged from go-below light air to sailing with the small jib. He called out three key factors: team (the right balance of skill and attitude); preparation (a well prepared boat, and a solid training plan); and speed (he is a fanatic about sails, rig tune, and trim).

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Three crews are at the 2019 Worlds in Miami

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Megan Aulich with the Aussie flag at the opening ceremony. Three crews from Sandringham YC are at the worlds.

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The first day of on water activity included a practice race and a few much needed practice starts. Pretty punishing weather saw a fleet of 50 odd boats out for the invitational race, which started on a black flag after nearly half the fleet jumped all three practice starts.

The opening ceremony was held at Shake-a-Leg Miami with live music and the procession of flag bearers, the Australian flag being borne by current 2019 Sandringham Yacht Club, Club person of the year Megan Aulich.

Megan is sailing with Jack Fullerton on Two Dogs competing with the other 81 J24s on beautiful Biscay Bay. There are two other Australian teams from Sandringham competing, being crews lead by Warren Campbell (J Force) and Ron Thomson ( Wildfire). Racing is expected to be very intense with 10 races over 5 days in one of the most competitive fleets seen in recent J24 world championships. 20 different nations have entered, 5 former world champions, and a number of professional teams showing the great depth the class worldwide.

Current results can be found here

What makes sailing (J24s) so special

Published in Scuttlebutt on September 11th, 2019
by Josh Toso

This is a really great article on the special bond that sailing and J24 sailing in particular brings to our lives and I recommend you have an enjoyable read, maybe even pat yourself on the back to be part of this community.

A week before the start of 2019 J/24 US National Championship, I was presented with the opportunity to hop on a crew for the regatta. A buddy of mine, whom I have sailed against for many years and a couple times on his J/24, was in dire need of crew as his had bailed and he was contemplating just bagging the event altogether.

Having not raced in a major regatta in over 3 years, although I grew up racing and campaigning J/24s through high school, college and into my late 20s and early 30s, I jumped at this chance to get back in the saddle again.

Our final result was not exactly what we had hoped for, finishing around mid-fleet, but being at the event I was reminded how absolutely amazing the sport of sailing truly is and how special the J/24 class is, which was on full display this late August weekend in Rochester, NY.

New Friends become Old Friends
Because my driver’s entire crew had bailed, we ended up scrambling to fill out our crew. I was slated to trim the genoa upwind and the spinnaker downwind, but we still needed to find a bow, mast and middle/tactician. As we turned our sights to the crew-boards we were able to secure three women to complete our crew.

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October Screen Background

Here is an October 2019 background featuring another great Luis Ferreiro pic from the 2018 Vic States. This is another beautiful shot – close racing on the blue waters of Port Phillip. Lots of activity coming into the top mark. Some might have noticed there was no September background – I was away.

To set as your background, click on the pic above to make it larger and then right click and select ‘Set as your background’.

Cheers Simon

2020 Nationals – Updated NOR Released

This summer the 2020 Nationals will be at Middle Harbour Yacht Club in Sydney.

Please note:

The NOR has just been updated and you can download a copy here  NoR_2020J-24AustralianChampionships(Updated12Dec2019)

If you are thinking about going to the next World’s in the UK then you need to check out the last page of the NOR for details on qualifying

Regatta dates are :

Rego and measurement – Wednesday January 1st

Racing – 2nd to 5th January

The NSW Association has organised a Cocktail Function Friday 3rd at 6.00pm for $35 per head, yummy finger food  provided, drinks at bar prices!

J24 bits for sale

Having gotten rid of the J24 I had I have a few pieces left over which might be of use to someone?

1 pair of new winch bases, new

1 x J24 mast, not sure of age but from boat with sail # AUS102

No idea of what this stuff is worth – open to offers.  Pics below, more photos/details on request.

Chris Dawe

0416 070501