Gosford J24 Regatta 30 September & 1 October 2017 – sponsored by Underground Coffee Roasters

The J24 Association of NSW welcome our new sponsor, Underground Coffee Roasters, as sponsors of the Gosford J24 Regatta 2017.  We hope you can make it to Gosford on the long weekend to join us for a fun weekend of racing on the beautiful Brisbane Waters.  For queries on any aspect of the regatta or if you are short of crew, call Paula on 0404 539176

Gosford J24 Regatta 2017 Notice of Race

Gosford J24 Regatta 2017 Entry Form

In order to assist Gosford Sailing Club to process your entry, please remember to only send your entry form in once you have the mandatory attachments to send with it:

  • 1. Inventory of Required and Optional Equipment.
  • 2. Copy of a Current Audited Category 7 Equipment Compliance Certificate.
  • 3. Certificate of currency for yacht insurance including a third party cover of $10 million

Underground Coffee Roasters

Tim Briggs recently bought a micro roasting business, complete with and all the software-based roasting profiles that had been developed over many years.

Tim thought the product was fantastic, but knew the blend could be improved with a little tweaking.

Underground Coffee Roasters (UCR) has been sourcing their beans through suppliers who have a direct relationship with growers (Direct Trade). It’s a system that provides farmers with the best outcome and UCR with the best possible product.

Each varietal of bean is roasted to its full potential as UCR applies individual profiles depending on size, density, moisture content and weight. These individual beans are painstakingly blended to create beautiful and complex roasts. Each roast style whether for espresso of filter coffee must fall into our strict parameters of moisture loss , roast development percentages, temperature and colour both external and internal.

Of course, freshness is the key to great flavour. Coffee beans will often only have a ‘best before date’; UCR roasts to order to ensure ultimate freshness and stamps a ‘roast date’ instead.

Specialty beans bring the blends to life and you won’t find UCR doing the old industry trick of substituting cheap beans into a blend. No chance.

“The coffee industry is very exciting, as it hasn’t been completely taken over by multinationals and consumers have such an emotional connection with their drink. In Australia the competition is extreme and it’s led to our nation having arguably the best final product in the world.”

To find out more, or order coffee, visit www.undergroundcoffee.com.au

Underground Coffee Roasters also have a fantastic Mobile coffee truck for hire:

Hire ‘Henri’, our fully restored Citroen H Van to bring an Underground vibe to your next Sydney or Blue Mountains event.

Henri is not your average mobile coffee van. Equipped with a customised La Marzocco Linear coffee machine, he not only looks the business, he makes an espresso worth fighting for.


  tim@undergroundcoffee.com.au or 0410 586 724


Gosford J24 Regatta & NSW State Championships 2017

Gosford J24 Regatta – 30 September and 1 October 2017

Ran by Gosford Sailing Club with racing on Brisbane Waters, this is always a fun weekend.  Book early and stay with your crew in Gosford or Terrigal and make a weekend of it, with Monday 2 October being a public holiday, and perfect for you to take your boat home without having to rush off after prize giving on the sunday!

The 2017 NSW J24 Association AGM will be held in the Boat Shed Bar at Gosford Sailing Club on Friday 29 September at 2000hrs.

NSW State Championships – 4 & 5 November 2017

2 days of racing on Sydney Harbour, ran by Royal Prince Edward Yacht Club in Point Piper to determine this years State Champion.  In 2016 9 boats from Sydney and 2 from Melbourne made the trip to Cronulla, so hopefully this year we will get 9 from Cronulla making the trip to Sydney, and hopefully more from interstate for good competitive racing.

NORs will be issued in the next week or two but for any early inquiries regarding any aspect of racing in J24 regattas please call Paula on 0404 539176.

Vale Kirby O’Brien

The J24 Class in Australia and Melbourne in particular have lost one of our dearest members.

Kirby came to us around 2008 and quickly realised a love of sailing, crewing with Mike Lewenhagen and then chartering his boat when he went overseas, a gutsy move as she was still very new to sailing. But that was typical of Kirby’s attitude to life –travelling, sailing, cycling, bush walking, running, swimming, kayaking, in fact almost anything outdoors and fitness oriented. She was cool in her Mini Cooper, gorgeous in her race going finery and our happy Kirb at the club.

She sailed with many of us at Sandy predominantly with Simon Grain, Ron Thomson and Hugo Ottaway in recent years.

Kirby also enjoyed a road trip and made many new friends at regattas interstate.  Just in the past year she sailed with Shane Guanaria and Arthur Crothers to a second place finish in the Nationals, travelled with Hugo to win the Cronulla Short Course Regatta, again with Hugo and the all-conquering team on Bruschetta VI to win the Women In Sailing (WISC) regatta. Her smile, quick wit and dry sense of humour made every boat she was on a brighter, happier place to be.

Kirby was about fun in her busy life as we all know, but she was also a tireless worker on the Vic Committee for years and earlier on the National Committee, both as treasurer – always volunteering first for work to be done, she gave so much to the class and all of us. She had a strong moral code and stood up for what was right, she spent time as a volunteer in Africa and travelled extensively to many parts of the world including many off the beaten track.

Kirb has left us far too soon and her energy and smile will be greatly and sadly missed.

You will sail on with us in our hearts Kirb.  Rest In Peace.

Wet Tech Rigging J24 Short Course Championships – 2017

Close racing in the Bate Bay swells
Series winner Hugo Ottaway from Melbourne
John Zagame’s Boudicca

The June long weekend saw the running of the Cronulla Sailing Club J24 Short Course Regatta in cold though fine (almost) conditions with wind ranging from 18-3 kts over the 2 days of sailing.

Competitors arrived from as far afield as Sandringham Yacht Club, the southern home of J24 yacht racing in Australia, with one boat Jet (Simon Grain) and another crew lead by ‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway, both J24 supporters of the Cronulla event for many years, also Wildfire (Janette Syme) and Marc Van Dinther (Pinot) made the journey from the Harbour and Botany Bay, to sail in the challenging inshore conditions of Bate Bay, Cronulla.

Our focus this year was to welcome new J24 crews to the Cronulla family. Sailmates (Steve Arnold) competed in their first regatta after purchasing their J24 locally, also Boudicca (John Zagame) an off shore crew member and now a proud J24 owner, enthusiastically listening and improving as the weekend progressed. Wes Batty, another local from Cronulla bringing out Pandamonium, the ever popular mooring minder to race and be involved again.

So to the results, Hugo Ottaway again proved too good on scratch scoring a consistent 12 with many bullets and second places. Second for the regatta was Vertigo (Clinton Hood), the current South Australian J24 State Champion, with Renaissance (Stephen Wright) the current Jubilee Champion and Cronulla campaigner.

Performance Handicap saw Vertigo pop up one place to first, Stockcar with the forever young David Mckay in second and Renaissance in third place.

The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank all our the events supporters; Wet Tech Rigging, Macquart Marine, Aussea Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht Photography, Newton Real Estate, Short Marine, CJ Construction, Cronulla Marina and Ryan Short Marine Services for your ongoing support to this grass roots event. Hope to see you all again at Cronulla next June for the Mid-Winter Championships.

Series OD results :  (Full race results are available at   cronullasc.com/race-results?page=J24SC16-17/SGrp66.htm

Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper Crew Crew. From Sers Score
1   AUS5400 Bruschetta IV Hugo Ottaway     SYC 12
2   AUS4436 Vertigo Clinton Hood     CSC 21
3 1.0S AUS1636 Renaissance Stephen Wright     CSC 22
4   AUS4792 Jet Simon Grain     SYC 22
5   AUS4433 Stockcar David McKay     CSC 23
6   AUS5058 Wildfire Janette Syme     MYC 37
7   AUS1317 MCKAY MARINE Julie Castle     CSC 53
8   AUS1309 ONLY A JOURNEY Max Sellers     CSC 54
9   AUS1635 Seas the J Jared Macquart     CSC 60
10   AUS4430 PINOT Barry Ryan     CSC 62
11   AUS135 Boudicca John Zagame Josh Feldmann Jacob Broom CSC 74
12   AUS1646 SLIPPERY FISH Michael Reynolds     CSC 82
13   AUS1642 JARGON Tony Landers     CSC 85
14   AUS950 Pandamonium Wes Batty     CSC 95
15   AUS95 Sailmates Steve Arnold     CSC 97
16   AUS4439 Jagged Edge Greg Paterson     CYCA 121

For Sale – Mast & Boom

Older style mast for sale. Currently racing at Sandy. Recently replaced sheaves and cleaned back areas of metal joints and repainted white.
Generally tidy for its age. Missing one spinnaker D-ring, otherwise complete and ready for action. Selling due to upgrade.
Boom also still in service.

$600 ono

Contact Leigh
0438 561 566

Wet Tech Short Course Regatta at Cronulla 2017

Cronulla Sailing Club, is running their annual J24 Short Course Regatta, proudly sponsored by Wet-Tech. On the 10th and 11th of June 2017, which is the Queens Birthday long weekend. Everyone is welcome to come and share more of the great ocean sailing and incredible Cronulla hospitality. This regatta is more about the BBQ’s with some sailing thrown in between drinks. Limits, no limits … so leave your scales at home.

Go here for the Cronulla Event page with NOR and Event Registration … here

Event Schedule

Friday 09th June 2017

Crane available for use 1200 – 2200hrs

Registration 1600 – 2200hrs

Saturday 10th June 2017

Registration 0800 – 0900hrs

Regatta Briefing 0930hrs

Racing First Warning Signal 1155hrs

Prize Giving BBQ         On Completion of Racing

Sunday 11th June 2017

Racing First Warning Signal 1055hrs

Prize Giving BBQ         On Completion of Racing

Monday 12th June 2017

Crane available for use 0800 – 1200hrs


Non-refundable entry fee is $120 (inc. GST), payable online through the Cronulla Sailing Club Website or through direct deposit.

Hit the Mark !

It’s back !

Melbourne’s best J24 author and editor is back in business with a new issue of ‘Hit the Mark’ – the outrageous and often misquoted Doug MacGregor (and his team of 50 journalists by the river) returns to the typewriter for our benefit.

So …. Put the kettle on. Make tea. Open a packet of Jaffa
Cakes (Tim Tams are allowed). Because… we are

2017 Autumn…HIT THE MARK..J24_Newsletter_2017

2018 National Championships

The 2018 J24 National Championships will be held at Sandringham Yacht Club in Melbourne.

The dates are :

3 January – Measurement, Registration and Invitation Race

4 – 7 January – Racing

7th – January, Evening – Prize Giving and Dinner in the Harbourview Restaurant

The normal venue rotation has been changed this year to coincide with the visiting Volvo Round the World Race, which arrives around the 27th December this year and leaves again on the 2nd January. This gives those interested to see the race start the opportunity to do so. There is much to yet be organised and confirmed with the Volvo visit, but we are working to organise promotional opportunities for the class to work in with the race visit in Docklands. More information to come once it has been confirmed.

There is considereable interest within the class in gaining selection for the 2018 Worlds in Lake Garda next year and the Nationals will be a major selection trial for this. Therefore, in advance of the Nationals the Vic Association is considering running a weekend practice regatta on either the 9 – 10 or the 16 – 17 December. If you would like to compete in this practice regatta please contact Simon on 0413 870 046 with your preference for dates. It depends on both competitors and club resources, but we would like some feedback if you are interested to attend. Your boat can be left at Sandy over this period.

Monjon Vic State Champs 2017 – Hail the New Prince

Coulda’beens and shoulda’beens

The Blue Prince rounds the top mark on his way to the trophy

With the passing of the Black Prince from our fleet, the aspirations of the many once again become confused with the dominance of the few. 

Some call him the new Blue Prince, others ‘Bloody Brendan’, but sportsfans, he seems to have stopped crashing and is just plain smashing the rest of us … on a regular basis ! 

First the summer aggregate and now capped off with the Vic Champs Crown, Brendan Lee sailing ‘By the Lee’ is fast and clean these days. 

He went straight out of the blocks with 2 wins on Saturday morning, fading just slightly to a drop of 5th but then came back with a 2nd in the 6th and sadly, final race on Sunday morning to win by 3 points as the lack of wind and any redeeming finish placing by those affected by mediocrity took over the day.

Shane Guanaria, second place getter rounds ahead of Hugo Ottaway

Second and with a real chance of taking the regatta out at the end of Saturday was Shane Guanaria steering Arthur Crothers’ ‘Kaotic’ from Sydney, one of only two interstate entries this year. As the 2018 Nationals have been changed to Sandringham, the Kaotic team have started their program for a win with this trip south of the border. 

Third place Pres John Neville and crew

Talking about rising stars, it seems our Vic class president has finally found the loud pedal (actually he has been loud for years), John Neville sailing ‘Vice Versa’ took out the last race taking him from 5th to 3rd in the overall standings, well done John … seems the top job might suit the result sheet. 

The ‘Balmy Regatta’ fleet downwind to the finish

Promoted as the ‘Balmy Regatta’ it lived up to it’s name with great sailing on Saturday morning in a warm 12-15kn northerly, with late summer shirt and shorts sailing being enjoyable, the breeze fade somewhat in the afternoon (inline with yours truly’s placings) and the last race of the day was shortened to make sure we got a finish. With the bulk of the fleet sailing very well and compacting so much, mark rounding is becoming a real place winner … or loser !  With a little tide flowing on the top mark on Saturday, many boats had trouble making it with the tight fleet killing the already light breeze for the unfortunates struggling to make the mark. 

As usual there is a list of shoulda’beens and coulda’beens. Coming in 4th was our own ‘Mr J24’ – Hugo Ottaway in ‘Brushetta VI’ with a coulda’been 3rd, really it could have been, Hugo finished on the same points as John Neville, what we can say is that Hugo improved his placings through the regatta (pretty much) and on that track if we had sailed the full 8 races … well you know the rest ! 

Mike Bond in ‘Code Violation’ shoulda’been … further down the pack with almost zero racing this season, but came flying home to finish 5th. Bugger … shoulda’been better was Simon Grain sailing ‘Jet’  only making 6th and only by the good sailing and metal alertness of the crew, squeaking in ahead of Kirsty Harris sailing ‘Hyperactive’ on the same points … another coulda’been better due to only getting a new stick in the boat the day before after losing it over the side earlier in the year. 

Hyperactive, new mast and back in the thick of it

There are another 10 stories in the 17 boat fleet I am sure, some old some new and we welcome our new owners, crews and their stories into our J community. Darren Cutts only had a few days to play with his new boat ‘Joyride’, Warren’s old ‘J Force’, before going into the ring. Warren’s new ‘J Force’ – the old ‘Pacemaker’ (are you following me so far) coulda’been better on previous form.  But the back end of the fleet is getting a lesson from the front, we are all happy mates ashore … but no quarter is given on the race track.  

Where did that tiller go !

Doug Macgregor, blistering form some days over summer … coulda’been, Ron Thomson, shoulda’been way better in this flat water series … but still took out the prestigious Thommo Cup, Ron’s seriously thinking about upgrading! Thanks for coming Janette and crew, we love seeing you down here and on the circuit. 

That’ll be some circle work coming up Ron !

So it all ended prematurely on Sunday when the wind went to lunch. We had a last race start time to sit and wait for, but for those who stayed reflected in the glass – it didn’t. The two horns went off, the bar flag went up and we headed for home …. only to watch a perfect little breeze spring up for the ‘Off the beach’ fleet. Grumble, grumble … 

Glassed out Sunday !

Christ Waters did his first major RO job under the tutelage of Wattie, and the rest of the volunteers and club workerbees did their bits …. we the gladiators, thank you once again for your untiring efforts. Thanks to Monjon for their sponsorship of the event and the class at Sandy. 

John Neville in fine form (well actually slowly drying out from Saturday night) refused the soapbox and MC’d the prizegiving at the level of the common man, a scream as usual, The Black Prince made time to present the trophies (says he doesn’t miss it … I know Herschel does), Ron Thomson supervised barbecuing the goodies the Victorian Association and Bruce Alexander had amazingly conjured up and the thirst was slaked by the many. 

Luis Ferreiro, our photographer who took the amazing pics from the last Nationals here, was out on the water and has once again captured the spirit of the regatta extraordinarily well, even with the wind ‘excitement level’ close to zero. The pics here are all his and you can see more (over 400 pics I think) of the regatta and your own boat at his website www.sportsnap.com.au   I will post some more up separately.

The Nationals are at Sandy in January and we are in the process of organising interactivity with the Volvo Fleet, once this has been achieved we will advise of the possibilities to be part of it. There is talk of a short practice regatta at Sandy in December, but if you feel the need for regatta practice, there is the Cronulla Regatta in June and the NSW States in November on the harbour (dates to be advised).

AUS 1636 “Renaissance” For Sale

Steve & Karyn bought “Renaissance” (formerly Excite your Senses) a couple of years ago to get into the class and have had a great time learning the basics of J24 racing.

We have had some good racing results, taking regular line honours at Cronulla and placing 6th NSW States and 11th Nationals.

BUT – It’s time to upgrade to a newer boat, so “Renaissance” is for sale.

  • In good condition, ready to race or cruise
  • Hull No 1636, Jarkan 1981 built
  • Current measurement Certificate
  • Hull is stiff and clean, always kept on the hardstand
  • New Quantum genoa
  • Spinnaker by Barracouta 18 mths old
  • All sheets replaced, tapered spinnaker sheets & halyard
  • 3.5 Tohatsu Outboard, 18 months old

AUS 1636 “Renaissance” For Sale    $10,000

For more information or to inspect, call Steve 0438 327012 or email sjwright01@bigpond.com