Big Moves at National Hookup

Last night’s national Skype hookup, with representatives from NSW, SA and VIC online, made some far reaching decisions on the class future over the next 12 months.

Expect to see a much higher class profile in the very near future with a major promotional campaign coming on, Australia’s leading and one of the world’s leading online sailing news sites.

Amongst a higher coverage of J24 events and news the campaign will be celebrating the class position as the birthplace of many keelboat sailing legends here in Australia and overseas culminating in a major event, “The Legends Regatta” to be held at Gosford on 2nd – 4th October 2010. Already we have significant interest from many Australian Sailing Legends, names you will already know well but not realised their involvement in the class in past years.

This site will soon begin a series of Legends features to profile these amazing people.

If you didn’t know it already   “J24 – Where Legends Begin”

Watch for more to come.

Vale Andrew Short and Sally Gordon

Two of Australia’s best known sailors drowned in the 2009 Sydney to Flinders Islet race on Saturday morning.

Ocean racing veteran Andrew Short owned and skippered the 80 foot (24.5) metre yacht, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, the former ShockWave 5, which ran aground on outlying rocks off Flinders Islet off Port Kembla just before 3:00am on Saturday.

Sally Gordon, was one of the most experienced women ocean racers on the Australian scene having sailed in 15 Sydney to Hobart races. She was the CYCA Ocean Racing Crew person of the year back in 2000.

Along with 16 other crew, the two sailors were taking part in an overnight race between Sydney and Flinders Islet. (Sail-World)

Many past and current J24 sailors have known both Andrew and Sally, sailing with and against them.  Andrew won the 85 and 86 J24 Nationals and would have been a keen competitior in the Legends Regatta planned to be held in Sydney next year.

Terry Wise, our NSW President, has known both very well for many years and says, “Sally and Andrew are a part of our CYCA sailing family, both regular, very experienced happy faces, will be sadly missed.”

I am sure you all join me in offering our personal and J24 class condolences to their families in this tragic loss.

Simon Grain
J24 National President

If you sail a J you can sail on any boat – anywhere !


Ben Lamb, the current NSW J24 Champion, recently spent two weeks at Airlie Beach and Hamilton Island as tactician onboard the Farr 55 Living Doll. The Doll was winner of both the Meridian Marinas Airlie Beach Race Week and the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week IRC Grand Prix Division 1.

In an article in Sail World Michael Hiatt the owner stated “The afterguard did a great job getting us in the right place at the right time”

Another onboard a winning yacht was Dale Sharp a former NSW J24 President who was in the crew of Alegria an Archambault 40 which won the Hamilton Island IRC Grand Prix Division 2 and was overall winner of the Audi Australian IRC Championship.

Also joining the exodus North was Arthur Crothers and Bibiana Fedorova who sailed on Local Hero at Airlie Beach.

Other NSW J24 sailors who headed North for the Audi Hamilton Island Race Week were Steve Girdis and Ray Pearson on Steve’s yacht Free Spirit in IRC Division 1. Chris and Rachel Lee sailed on Toy Box, John Crawford on You’re Hired and Simon Williams on Ruth Magic.

Important information for Boat Owners


Hello all, there is a need for a change in what we do in relation to measurement and measurement certificates and also sail numbers to comply with the International J24 class rules.

This is really important information for all boat owners, it concerns the registration, compliance and ulitmately the value of your boat.

Click here to read this information

Advertise on the J24 Site

The J24 “Comunity” is gaining momentum and our new site traffic stats are already impressive. We are now offering the opportunity to advertise your business to the J24 community. If you own a J the rates are unbeatable, if you crew or are a commercial operation wanting to advertise your business, then you will find our rates very attractive.

The J24 Community offers a wide range of skills that can benefit other owners and crew. We suggest you make a habit of supporting our advertisers, they are J sailors like you and will offer you the special service you expect from a small community.

In the very near future we will be commencing a promotional campaign on – the world’s largest sailing news site. This will drive a huge amount of traffic to our site. So if you want to promote your business to our market then now is the time to talk to us about your ad.

Call or email Simon Grain for more details. Ph 03 9568 3666 BH

J24 US Legends Regatta 2003 – by Dave Reed

It’s the opening night of the J/24 Silver Anniversary Regatta in Newport, R.I. One after another, J/24 “legends” take the stage and offer up a story or two. “He loves to tell this one,” someone in the crowd whispers to a friend. On stage is 1984 world champion Dave Curtis, telling the crowd of 600 or so about the time he, Bob and Stu Johnston, and Major Hall spent Block Island Race Week racing and sleeping on the 24-footer, just so the boat’s designer Rod Johnstone could say it comfortably accommodated four live aboards.

Rolph Turnquist, 55, of Hamel, Minn., and John Gjerde, 54, of Delavan, Wis., the longest-running co-owners of a J/24 and founders of Fleet No. 1 (Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka), follow up with one about the day they went to pick up their first boat from builder Tillotson-Pearson. As they inspected their new ride, hull No. 7, they noticed the stanchions were too small. Says Turnquist: “Everett [Pearson] says, ‘No problem. I’ll be right back.’ He goes and raids the naval shipyard and eventually comes back with a car full of stop and yield signs, saws off the posts and gives us our stanchions. They’re still on the boat today.”

Read more of these ‘can’t take your eyes off’ stories here …

Real short course racing

What Happens When You Do It Differently?

Yellow Jersey Racing in J/105s?

(San Diego, CA- July 18-19)- So what happens when you combine the best aspects of bicycle racing into a format for yacht racing? The SoCal J/105 fleet experienced the sensation last One Design Weekend when the SDYC Race Committee decided to shake things up in honor of the start for Le Tour de France.

Twelve boats came together on an ultra short course, taking a mere four minutes to complete a leg. Combined with the fact that two laps constituted a race and only two minutes between races and there you have the makings for close racing and some very tired crew. As in bike racing, there were not only prizes for winning the race, but intermediate prizes termed “primes” for random accomplishments such as the first to the mark, the fastest timed leg of a race, the fastest start and the ever coveted box of doughnuts to the last finisher of race three (delivered hot and fresh courtesy of the SDYC race committee boat).

In all, eight races were run on the day with the highlight being the last which was run in a “win and out” format. In this race the winner of each leg claimed a prime and retired from the race. The winner of leg one was first, the winner of leg two second and so on until the final sprint for fourth. Rails were scraping, Dacron was stretching and halyards were flying to be the boat to capture the title for the first edition of the Cardiac Cup.   

Overall, Doug Werners’ JAVELIN won the day followed closely by the Driscoll/ Hurlburt combination on TRIPLE PLAY and third went to the ever quick Dennis Case owned WINGS.  Overall the regatta gave a chance for the fleet to learn about the boat and about themselves, ultimately leading to better crew work and faster racing on the course.  Photo Credits: Mark Johnson