Tiny tip – organizing optional gear

A small trick we use on Pacemaker to make sure the optional weight is correct is to mark all our optional items with tape and write the weight on it.

For example, the outboard has it’s fully fueled weight written on it.

This helps us work out what is required on board for racing and roughly how much it weighs when we get to the next regatta.

This year's World Championship is sold out with 82 registered boats.

Annapolis, Maryland will host one of the toughest fleets of J/24 racers ever assembled in the boat’s 30 year history.

The 2009 World Championship, hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club, April 30th – May 8th, has 82 entries from eighteen countries. All competitors qualify through a regional, national or international event or nomination to represent their country in the World Championship. Entries close at 1800 hrs on April 8th.
The fleet includes five former J/24 World Champions together with five North American champions; a four-time European champion; two South American and five US Midwinter Champions. Chris Larsen returns to try and repeat his 1996 win in “ Writing Instruments”, while two-time World Champion, Mauricio Santa Cruz of Brazil wants the title back after losing to current World Champion, Italian Andrea Casale at Cannigione, Sardinia in 2008.
We have 2 Aussies competing, “Bob Hagan & Doug McGain”.

Bob Turner, International J/24 Class Chairman commented, “After 30 years, the J/24 Class continues to attract the best international competition to the prestigious World Championship event. The Class has maintained its position in providing affordable and highly competitive racing the world over.” Turner will be among the competitors in Annapolis, having been on the 2nd place world Championship team in 2008.

Visit the Worlds website here  http://www.j24worldchampionship2009.com

J24 Battery

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 This is the photo of my battery installation in AUS174. It s a jumpstart battery pack bought on special for $39.00

We modified it for use on the boat by removing the jump start leads, installing a ON/OFF switch shown on the right.

The unit has a cigarette lighter socket on the right for your external power out connection.

The unit is mounted under the sink and tied to the forward bulkhead  using 3 stainless steel saddles . The main advantage over a stand alone battery is that the enclosure houses a battery metre, a low voltage indicator, and a 240VAC charging pack.

2009 Vic States Photos

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One of Melbourne’s premier yachting photographers, Steb Fisher was on hand during the regatta to cover the racing. There are many more pictures available than we have shown here.

Steb’s pictures are now online. To see these go to www.steb.com.au and click on the “Sailing General” link or email Steb at photo@steb.com.au

Pictures are available for sale.

Pacemaker wins 2009 Victorian State Championships in a sensational result

startj24s38-561The 2009 Victorian State Championships were held this weekend in typically light Melbourne autumn weather. Breezes of less of than 10 knots made for challenging, but close racing. In fact the racing was so close that the regatta result was not determined until the last race and then only after multiple count backs as both Pacemaker (Herschel Landes) and Make My Jay (Simon Grain) finished with identical results (2 firsts, 3 seconds and a third). In the end, Pacemaker’s win in the final race gave them a second consecutive Victorian State Championship. In another close battle, Hyperactive (Robyn Coombs) edged out the South Australian visitor Hi (Peter Stevens) to take third place for the second year running.


Make My Jay got off to flying start, winning the first two races. In both races they sailed the wind shifts perfectly to beat Pacemaker and Hyperactive in Race 1 and then Pacemaker and Hi in Race 2. Race 3 placegetters were the same as Race 2, but this time Pacemaker finished stronger to defeat Make My Jay and Hi. Race 4 was sailed in the lightest breezes of the day and Vertigo (Andrew Hely) sailed a great race to claim victory from Make My Jay and Pacemaker. At the end of Day 1 Make My Jay held a two point lead, and with two wins, it looked like Pacemaker would need to win both races on Day 2 to reclaim their title.


aus171j24s38-089Day 2 delivered a consistent breeze of 5-10 knots from the SE and everyone was looking to get to the pin end and sail inshore in the hope of picking up lifts. The girls from Hyperactive love these conditions and sailed a great race to record a win that would ultimately secure them their third place. Pacemaker and Make My Jay slugged it out and in their tightest finish Pacemaker picked up second by a mere 8 seconds. The final race was to decide the championship.

Pacemaker knew they had to secure a second victory and hope that Make My Jay finished third or worse. Pacemaker got away to a flying start and with Make My Jay back a little in the pack it looked like they were headed for the result they needed. But not to be outdone Make My Jay worked their way through the field to pick up the second place they needed to tie up the series. With identical results no-one was sure who would be declared the winner. Whilst both Pacemaker and Make My Jay would have been happy to finish equal first the rulebook stated that in such a tie, the result of the last race would determine the winner. Pacemakers win in Race 6 not only leveled the series on points it was to win them the State Championship.


aus168j24s38-154Of great interest to the racing was the provision of GPS trackers to all boats so that the entire regatta and fleet tracks can be analysed after the racing and individually on PCs in the future.


Thanks also to Steb Fisher for supplying the pictures of the regatta on this site. You can check out more on the album page.


The result indicates a rise for the Victorian J24 group based out of Sandringham YC, with a number of new people entering the class the standard is improving dramatically and Pacemaker who finished 22nd in the last worlds in Italy now has serious competition for Victoria’s top spot. The J24 class is once again coming into its own as the alternative keelboat class to the Etchells in Australia. With around 6000 in the world the class has enourmous depth and world level competition.

The next big J24 regatta is the Asia Pacific Mid Winter regatta in Adelaide over the Queens Birthday weekend, with over 24 entries including 3 overseas entries, it promises to provide an important step into the building of the future Asia Pacific series and also as a lead up to the next Nationals to be held at Sandringham in Victoria in Jan 2 – 8, 2010.


Full results can be found at syc.com.au

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2009 Asia Pacific Winter Championships – Update

The Asia – Pacific Regatta has been endorsed by the International committee and the winner will now have automatic qualification to the Worlds in 2010.

The response to the Regatta has been staggering , Despite securing 7 loan boats we still have more teams wanting a boat to compete in the Regatta. The finishing touches are being made to the NOR and this and the entry form will be released in several days.

We expect 20 plus entries and the figure is still growing. We have now secured billetting for 4 teams and working on billets for 2 more overseas teams.

In keeping with Continental Regattas there will be an old boats Perpetual trohpy.

See you all in June

2009 Victorian State Championships

The Vic states will be held April 18-19 at SYC.

  • 4 races on Saturday, 2 on Sunday
  • BBQ on Saturday night, Prizes and drinks on Sunday afternoon
  • Billeting available for interstate competitors
  • Heaps of parking

Contact Simon on 0413 870 046 for more information. NOR to come.

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