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   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

Monjon Victorian State Champs

The Monjon Victorian State Championships are being held on the 22nd and 23rd April … this is the ‘Balmy Regatta’ held in Melbourne’s soft Indian Summer and now it’s just around the corner. The NOR is now online at the SYC site. It’s also here ….




Make sure you check back regularly to for any amendments and more information.

Online entries are also open here at

If you want to use a local hull and bring your sails you will need to contact us pretty quickly. Call Simon on 0413 870 046

NSW J24 Regattas in 2017

The J24 Association of NSW will be running two regattas this year and we’d love you all to enter and join the one design racing fun.

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!

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 due course but for any early inquiries regarding any aspect of racing in J24 regattas please call Paula on 0404 539176.


If any boats are keen to race against other J24s over winter prior to these regattas, we encourage entry into the MHYC Winter Series on Saturdays where hopefully we can build a fleet with a view to the club giving the J24s their own division again as they have done in the past.

J24 Girls rule at the WISC Regatta

Hugo Ottaway, ‘Mr J24’ and long time champion of introducing the fairer sex to sailing and J24s in particular put a team together in his own J24 recently to compete in the Women in Sailing Regatta held at Sandringham on 26th Feb.

Here is his story:

Despite only one J 24 entry in the SYC Women in sailing regatta 2017, the result sheet was full of our J girls winning every division and 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Doris Little Memorial Perpetual Trophy. Amongst the entries were Krystal Weir, dual Olympic representative, Kirsty Harris, competitor at the 2013 J24 World Championship in Sweden and Sophie Cisek, Volvo Round the World competitor and 2016 Victorian Female Sailor of the Year.

The regatta was sailed over 4 heats on Port Phillip Bay in ideal conditions with sunny skies and a breeze that freshened to 12 knots. J24 Bruschetta VI won the AMS division and placed 3rd in the Doris Little PHS trophy sailed by a mixture of girls from our Sandy J fleet, skipper Madeline Linton (Jet) Trim Pauliina Mattila ( Bruschetta VI) Kirby O’Brien and Maria Vasardani ( both from Kicking).

Kirsty Harris and her crew from J24 ‘Hyperactive’ sailed a modified Adams 10 to win IRC and come second in the Doris Little PHS trophy and Janet Dean, Past Commodore of RMYS and owner of Adams 10 ‘Jungle Juice’ and crew member on J24 Kicking, winner of the Doris Little perpetual trophy and PHS division. There were also many other J sailor amongst the competitors.

The talent amongst our J24 female sailors, has risen to a point where they have repeatedly won almost all the Women’s sailing in Victoria over the past few years, the number of women sailing J’s has risen to 30% + of our overall crew group, with the class is fostering growth in this area. These results are a reminder of the strength and depth of talent of our female J 24 sailors, well done girls, you make us proud.


Wet-Tech Cronulla Short Course Regatta 2017

Cronulla Sailing Club, is having their annual J24 Short Course Regatta, proudly sponsored by Wet-Tech. On the 10th and 11th of June, which is the Queens Birthday long weekend.

Our friends at Cronulla warmly invite you all to attend. This years regatta, is going to have two divisions, which will help encourage to get the older and wet boats out in the regatta.

Ed note :  The last few years have seen a huge increase in J24 ownership and activity at Cronulla and the annual short course regatta has been a big boost to the class explosion at Cronulla. The regatta is held over two days with 4 short courses each day and a great social scene at the BBQ and bar at Cronulla Yacht Club right on the water in Gunamatta Bay. If you haven’t yet made it to Cronulla for this regatta, now is the time to put this one in the diary for this year. Cronulla ran a fantastic States and Nationals this season and you can bet the annual winter regatta will be just as good.

The Notice of Race will be available shortly.

Regatta Touring


The SA States are now being held on the 1st and 2nd of April at the CYCSA (great little spot and now complete with all new renovations to the wining and dining area) to be followed by the Vic States on 22nd – 23rd April (The Balmy Regatta).

If you are planning to go to SA you need to give Jim Townsend a call asap to make any arrangements for accom, yacht club parking and any other questions you might have as that is only a month away !

For the adventurous from NSW you may already see a possible 2 regatta circut here. Take your boat to Adelaide and Sandy before you head back to the sunny north. We can help you !

Drive down to Adelaide with your boat, fly back to Sydney, do your work and then fly back to Melbourne, in the meantime we will organise for one of our guys to drive your car and boat across to Melbourne for you. Can’t be fairer than that !

Ok, if you can’t do that and still want to come, then you need to talk to Jim Townsend in Adelaide to see what boat you can organise there, and you need to talk to John Neville in Melbourne to see if you can do the same here. But get in quick !

Jim  0419 814 464

John   0407 858 335

2017 Nationals Competitor's Booklet

2016 Nationals booklet cover

The Souvenir booklet produced for the Nationals has been very well recieved by all and a number of people have asked for more copies. An easier and cheaper method of people making more copies is to download the file attached of the booklet and print it out yourself or take it to a digital printer and make a few copies.

Booklet art file : 2016 Nationals booklet FINAL

Sean Kirkjian wins the 2017 Quantum Nationals


Sean Kirkjian’s Pacific Sailing School team admirably aided by the inimitable ‘AJ’ Tony Reynolds and the school graduates in ‘Sailpac’ have taken out the 2017 nationals with a solid and consistent result over Shane Guanaria, helming class stalwart Arthur Crother’s ‘Kaotic’ by 4 points. Brendan Lee sailing ‘By the Lee’ from Melbourne was third by another 7 points.

A recent record fleet of 25 boats competed in the nationals hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club, located in Port Hacking on the southern edge of Sydney. Many competitors were visiting Cronulla for the first time and have come away with great memories and glowing opinions of the regatta. Cronulla Sailing Club ironed out all the bugs identified in the NSW States held in early November and ran a faultless regatta. From the brilliant sailing waters on the ocean side to the picturesque Gunamatta Bay where the club is located (5 min walk to the surf beach on the other side of the small Cronulla peninsula) and the friendly, helpful and happy club volunteers serving us dinner every night off the BBQ, I didn’t hear one grumble about the running and management of the regatta. I an confident in saying there are many looking forward to another in the future – even those from the harbour loved it !

Close racing in the 2017 Nationals at Cronulla
Close racing in the 2017 Nationals at Cronulla

Out on the racetrack the competition was fierce, with black flags and consequent DSQs happening after each general recall, PRO Dave McLachlan ran a near faultless series, a couple of major wind changes right on the starting signal being the only difficulty encountered. The usual gladiators took out the top end of the results with the exception of Brendan Lee who is a rising star from the Sandringham fleet in Melbourne. Brendan has been putting in a major effort in both club and regatta racing and his 3rd place reflects this. Stephen Girdis sailing ‘Convicts’ took out 4th with Dave West’s ‘Ace’ being sailed by SA blow in crew Doug ‘El Fideldo’ Watson due to Dave’s wife’s medical emergency. Another great performance at the last minute by Doug.

‘Mr J24’ Hugo Ottaway sailing Bruschetta IV and NSW Class president John Crawford, took the next two from Steve O’Rourke, Simon Grain and Janette Syme rounding out the top ten.

Racing was generally light to medium in SE to NE breezes with most boats never pulling out jibs for the whole regatta. A 18 – 20 knot NE breeze tested some of the boats on the last day but not really causing any real trouble. Generally going left paid but not always and sometimes it was possible to find a wind bend on the right hand corner that gave you a few places. Racing was tight around the corners and the otherwise well behaved fleet experience a little shouting !

Janette Syme sailing ‘Wildfire’ took out the Thomo cup from brother Ron in ‘Kicking’ – a popular and deserving win.

Handicap results went much the same way as the OD results although with a reversal in order at the top. Winning with 51 points was Brendan Lee from Sean Kikjian on 52 and Stephen Girdis on 53, so a close finish there. Fourth was Shane Guanaria on 66 from Simon Grain on 67.

Full results are on the Cronulla site : here

Seven boats made the trip up from Melbourne and two (Robyn and Jim Townsend plus son Andrew) from South Australia (a substantial trip by any measure) – ten Cronulla boats and the rest from the harbour. All in all a good spread from around the country.

The Cronulla Club and its’ volunteers did a fantastic job in making us feel very welcome and efficiently ran the on-shore and on-water parts of the regatta. The success of the regatta is in no small way a result of work done over a long period of time by the enthusiastic Mick Reynolds (sadly being away during the regatta) and others in helping to build the Cronulla fleet. Running up to and during the regatta, Fiona Campbell, Bronwyn Elford, Rhonda Wodzinski and the team of volunteers serving up the BBQ dinner everyday, looking after launching and retrieving on the hardstand, the teams out on the water all did a fantastic job and on behalf of all the competitors and associations involved, we thank you for your magnificent efforts. A big thank you to Quantum and our other sponsors ; Spot a yacht, Afloat Magazine, Wet Tech, Aussea, Sailor Sunscreen, CBON, Explore Sailing.

Cronulla – you have many new converts to your magic location !

More pics are available on the Cronulla Facebook page

Onward and upward – you might like to plan for the annual Cronulla SC Queens Birthday Short Course regatta in June this year. The SA States are late March and the Vic States are mid April. The NSW States are around the first weekend in November (likely to be back in the harbour) and of course the next Nationals are to be at the CYCSA in Adelaide in early Jan 2018 – see the regatta calendar page in the near future for more details and dates.

2017 Quantum National Championships

Day 3 and we are sitting around waiting for the wind to come and the rain to stop.  The first two days racing has seen multiple race winners, but leading the OD series is multiple nationals winner Sean Kirkjian from Stephen Girdis and Shane Guanaria. Full results are available at