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

August Screen Background

Here is an August 2019 background featuring another great Luis Ferreiro pic from the 2018 Vic States. This is a beautiful shot – close racing on the blue waters of Port Phillip. Lots of colour and warmth. You know the boats and most likely all the people.

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

Screen background for July

Here is a July 2019 background featuring a shot from Mick Reynolds spectating this year in the Cronulla Winter Championship in fine, cool weather with great racing. The title was taken out by Ron Thomson in his new boat ‘Wildfire’ (keeping it in the family) from Sandringham YC.

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

2019 J24 Winter Championships – Race Report

So the June Queens Birthday long weekend in Australia welcomes the first weekend of snow skiing in the Australian Alps, however it is now firmly entrenched in the minds of all J24 sailors, this is the weekend you make a journey to the waters of Southern Sydney and race your J!

This year, crews from Sandringham, Cronulla, Middle Harbour, Double Bay and Taree Sailing Clubs came to race on the waters of Bate Bay for the Winter Championships organised by the Southern Sydney J24 Fleet.

First Race and WILDFIRE, Ron Thomson, the Mexican from Sandringham took the challenge to the New South Welshmen! Second was TINTO, Stephen Wright, 2018 World J24 contender and ACE David West from Middle Harbour. Conditions were cold with a light Westerly wind.

Second Race and WOOD DUCK from Cronulla, owned by Peter Edwards though skippered by son Bryce, one of the up and coming stars of the 18 Footer League. Second was WILDFIRE, you’ll see a pattern here soon! With third going to TINTO.

Third Race and INNAMINCKA skippered by J24 stalwart John Crawford current NSW J24 President and Class Measurer, a man of many hats. With WILDFIRE in second and WOOD DUCK in third.

The final race for day one was punched out in an even lightening breeze and WOOD Duck again came up trumps. Showing his local knowledge David Mckay (That’s Mr Magoo to you!) ex Moth World Champion 1969-70 and still celebrating, took second in STAMPED URGENT and WILDFIRE again up in the results took third.

All boats retired to the club for necessary refreshments and the now famous J24 BBQ!!! Tales of woe and bets where made for the following day.

Day 2 and the sun shone! Race Five and Mr Magoo on STAMPED URGENT rose to the top, WILDFIRE in second and TINTO in third.

Race Six and INNAMINCKA again returned to first, STAMPED URGENT in second, and again WILDFIRE returned to the top three!

Race 7 gave the starter the option for a three lapper, and the World Champion in the Fleet on STAMPED URGENT rose to the top, NOKONIS and Craig Steer after buying this boat on Friday, sailing down on the Saturday morning, second in his first J24 event, next event is the NSW States look out! And third saw ACE show some form, so where was WILDFIRE?

Final race and the starter opted back for the 2 lap format, WOOD DUCK took first, and in equal second was ACE and WILDFIRE.

So who won? Consistence is the key to success and this was demonstrated by WILDFIRE and J24 National Class President Ron Thomson, with a forth as the drop over an 8 race series. Ron was using this regatta as a preparation event prior to traveling to Miami for the 2019 J24 Worlds. Go you Aussie!!!!

On Performance, Craig Sheer with his new boat NOKONIS was first, a fantastic result on borrowed sails in a boat purchased the day before. With the NSW States in November, I wonder what some new sails and a little practice will achieve?

The J24 Southern Sydney Fleet would like to thank our sponsors for the event, the MySail Team, AUSSEA Sailing School, AFLOAT Magazine, Wet Tech Rigging, The RMYC Port Hacking Infinity Rigging and DOYLE Sails. Thanks again

Lastly we would like to thank the volunteers from the Cronulla Sailing Club Bruce Swane the starter, Rob Croucher BBQ Chief extraordinaire, Dave Witten Start Boat Scribe, Glenn Smith, Billy Neill, Bob Sagar on support boats, Michael Druce on results and lastly Brian and Kerry Elliot, who have supported this event at the club since we revived it in 2004.

Thanks again see you at the NSW States

All photos are available on the J24SSF Facebook page.

OD Results

Performance Results


J24 Winter Championships – This weekend!!!

Thanks to all crews for supporting this event.

  1. Jargon                        AUS1642     Jared Macquart
  2. Innamincka              AUS4793    John Crawford
  3. Tinto                            AUS5386    Steve Wright
  4. El Fideldo                  AUS4859    Clinton Hood
  5. Stamped Urgent    AUS4475    David Mckay
  6. Mckay Marine          AUS1317     Julie Castle
  7. Slippery                      AUS1646    David Luck
  8. Ace                               AUS4801    David West
  9. Wildfire                      AUS5058    RonThomson
  10. Wood Duck               AUS4791    Peter Edwards

Sailing Instructions will be available in hard copy to all on Saturday morning and posted to the event website later this week.

Final wether report……… partly cloudy and light winds, perfect winters day!!!