New J24 Division in Balmain Regatta

  Balmain Regatta – New J24 Division

 The historic Balmain Regatta is again fast approaching, and take place on  Sunday  31 October  2010.

This year they are planning to run a number of One Design Classes as part of the Regatta including the J24’s for the first time as  a separate Division with their own group start.

 If you are interested in participating in  a wonderful day of sailing and festivities please get your crew organised and submit your entry form without delay.

The plan is to run the J24’s  on the West Harbour Course ie. from Balmain to Goat Island  and Return, including roundings of Snapper, Spectacle, and Cockatoo, Islands. 

Balmain Regatta is always a fun event so please support them so we can get a good J24 division running. 


NSW State Championships 2010 & Legends Regatta

Saturday was a great day on the water for Day 1 of the NSW State Championship 2010 –  a fleet of 27, with 5 boats from VIC and 2 from SA, a variable day with some rain – a generally light day from 3 – 12 knots – 4 races in testing conditions.

Day 2 saw variable conditions  again, with breezes from around 5 -18 knots, a lot of rain and 4 close races! At times Jibs replaced Genoas and kite runs were close and top mark roundings busy.

NSW State Championship Results

Legends Regatta

After a wonderful Legends Dinner, very well hosted by Rob Mundle, where some lucky bidders got some great deals on new sails and a tiller, thanks to our fantastic sponsors, and many wonderful raffle prizes were won, we were faced with some breeze and even some blue skies on Monday!   

Race 1  – 21 starters, and after a general recall we saw some fairly consistent breezes and a fantastic victory by Victorian boat, Make My Jay, skippered by our Association President, Simon Grain – well done to him and his crew for winning the Andrew Short Memorial Trophy.

Race 2 started with 2 more general recalls as the Legends were keen to cross the line first, but a black flag on attempt 3 saw a more conservative start with the race led almost all the way by Neville Wittey on Sailpac, resulting in their crew taking out the Ian Bashford Memorial Trophy.

Legends Results

Many thanks to all those who travelled to Gosford this weekend making for a wonderfully competitive fleets, and to all the Legends who returned to the class for a fantastic day on the water!

The second Bob Ross article from 1982

This is the second of the two articles I found in old Australian Sailing magazines written by Bob Ross. This one from April 82.

“In winning the J24 worlds, Mark Bethwaite and his Soling crew Ian MacDiarmid and Glen Read brought a fresh approach to tuning and equipment detailing that cut across much of the conventional wisdom in the class.   ………. (look under boat talk or Click here for more)

J24 Singapore at Worlds

Dear Friends,

I thought it would be nice to share the experience I had recently…..

Our team has just come back from Malmo Sweden after participating in the J24 World Championships. The J24 class is the world’s largest keel-boat sailing class and each boat has a crew of five people. On our boat are: Borstnar Valdimir (helm), Ng Daojia (trimmer), Borstnar Rafaela (center), Ronnie Tay (mast), and Omar Agoes (bow). This year’s world championships had a total of 55 boats with teams from 14 different countries. Asia Pacific was represented by three countries; Japan with four entries, Australia with two, and ourselves as the sole Singapore entry.

Continue reading “J24 Singapore at Worlds”

Hugo's 2010 Worlds Report

Hugo is back and talking about the Worlds – very interesting! And there is stuff I know he can’t put in here that he has told me. No doubt more will come out as the crews come back. Read Hugo’s very informative report on the 2010 Worlds in Sweden. Click here to read and keep checking back on this page as we will be putting more stories online as we get them.

Come and try a J24

Want to find out what you are missing out on?

Interested in sailing on a J24?

If you are in Adelaide the SA Association & the Port Adelaide Sailing Club fleet invite you to come & try a J24!

Come & try a J24!

J24 Supporters and Advertisers

This new page on our site will feature Class Supporters and Advertisers, we will be adding more to this page so have a look here if you need something or help with things for your J. To learn more about each sponsor or go to their website, use the link in the navigation bar above.

Currently we have a number of companies sponsoring our Legends Regatta and these companies will be featured here.

Advertisers can either pay a small fee or make an offer that helps the class to get a page on our website.  If you want to be listed here please contact Simon Grain.

Sail Renumbering night for NSW boats

Since last November, it is now a requirement that J24s in Australia comply with IJCA rulings regarding requiring IJCA Measurement certificates and international sail numbering as per your hull number.

In order for NSW J24 yachts to comply, the NSW J24 Association is holding a renumbering night in the Sand Bar at Middle Harbour Yacht Club on Friday 24 September 2010 commencing at 5.30pm. The NSW association will supply new numbers for each J24 owner for a set of sails. A free BBQ will also be provided on the night. 

Bookings essential via  Sail Renumbering Booking Form

"Bob Ross wrote in Feb 79"

I was cleaning out a bookcase the other day and came across two articles by Bob Ross from 1979 and 82 in copies of Australian Sailing. It is interesting to read how some things stay the same and others have changed considerably. This was all before my time in Js so rather than try to dissect it for you, I think it is better for you to read and take away some of the valuable information contained in these articles.

So here, on the eve of the inaugural Legends regatta with many from that era including Rob Mundle, who will MC the upcoming Legends Dinner evening in Gosford this October and features in this story, is the first one. Enjoy.

To read, click on the Boat Talk link above or click here