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.

Vic States Flyer

2009 Asia Pacific Winter Championships – Latest News

Regatta Website : http://www.cycsa.com.au/ANC/index.html

The Asia – Pacific Winter Championships is the first J24 regatta on the Asian circuit with the next Regatta probably in Singapore in February. Our region is one of the last in the world to establish its own Continental Championship and Asia offers an exciting opportunity to sail at international level for little outlay.

There now look like being in excess of 20 entries with the hosts running out of loan boats and still trying to secure more billets. The standard of competition will be the best for many years in a J24 Australian held regatta .

Browse around the Regatta website for all the information and find out who has indicated they are coming in the competitors lisst.

Notice of Race to be released prior to Easter. Those who enter first will be allocated berths close to the clubhouse.

The Thrill of International Class Racing

The J24 Tasmanian State Titles will be run in Hobart on Saturday February 28th and Sunday 1st March 2009.These will be conducted by the Royal Yacht Club Tasmania. Racing will consist of up to 7 windward/ leeward races commencing each day at 0955am each day.

Hot competition is expected between up to 9 boats racing on the Derwent River over the weekend.dscf7215

Peter Gautschi on “Cio Cio San” will be bringing his boat from Cygnet, where he has been successful in summer racing.

John Lewis in “Drumbeat” will travel from his home of Geilston Bay to challenge the “Southerners”.

New owner Nathan Males in his “Storm Petrel” have shown much improvement over the summer season and are keen to take on the top boats. Gavin Adamson will swap his bigger boat “Fine Cotton”, to race “Poopseas” as the owner is overseas and unable to return in time to compete.

Craig Squires in “Divine Madness” has imported some interstate crew and purchased new sails for the Titles and is keen to do well.

Peter Bingham and his crew in “Streetcar” have been very consistent in their performances so far this summer and could be a strong contender for the title.

Gridlock”, last year’s winner, will this year be under the control of Rohan Clark, rather than his Grandfather Des Clark. This crew is on a high after winning the lead up Sprint series run by DSS. They will be hard to beat.

Kaye Roberts, the only female skipper in the fleet, on Kaos, will be hoping to break the run of “always the bridesmaid” having come second in the State titles for the last few years. The crew have sailed to success in the RYCT Summer Pennant Series and have purchased some new sails to replace the rather tried ones they have had for the last four years.

dscf7231Hobart has seen a rekindled interest in strict one design class racing by the International J24 keelboat class. This 24 foot keelboat has just celebrated its 31st anniversary as a class and numbers some 15,000 boats around the world and over 200 in Australia.

The strict one design class racing and affordability has lead to this revival of a formerly strong class in Hobart. Racing a J24 places strong emphasis on crew work, strategy and tactics. The boat is also an excellent day sailer and suitable for short overnight racing or long weekend regattas. The fleet in Hobart is sailed buy a wide ranging age-group. Some of the boats are owned by syndicates to make the boat even more affordable. The boats are usually raced with a maximum crew weight of 400 kg, for example four burly blokes or six petite ladies. The J24s are normally stored out of the water in cradles which ensures that even the older boats stay dry and remain competitive.

Class racing is conducted in Hobart by the Derwent Sailing Squadron and RYCT. The J24s also participate in racing held by other clubs on most days of the week proving the boats versatile nature.

J24 Tasmania can help anyone interested in purchasing a J24 for racing.

Anyone tired of arbitrary handicaps in yacht racing, looking for a cost effective strict one design racer and interested in participating in the class as either crew or even as an owner should contact j24tas@gmail.com or the class President: Kaye Roberts on 62435136.

2009 SA State Championships go to Fun2

The S.A. State Championships were held at Adelaide Sailing club and sailed in 4 – 8 knts most of the weekend with plenty of windshifts. There was plenty of close racing with several heats only being won by 1 second.

Good Company – Robin townsend and Vertigo – Jamie Goode were in the action all weekend but Fun2 consistantly played the shifts and kept to the middle of the coursre.

By the end of the Regatta Cookie Monster benefitted from being at the event and had wins on handicap on the last day

Congratulations to Fun2, skippered by Alyn Stevenson for the One Design AND Handicap wins!

http://j24southaustralia.com/J24StateResults.htm