Last call for entries into Gosford J24 Regatta 1&2 October 2016

Always a fun sailing weekend – you have just a few days to get your entries in and join us for 2 days of racing on Brisbane Waters.

Gosford 24 Regatta Notice of Race 2016

Gosford J24 Regatta Entry Form 2016

Gosford J24 Regatta Sailing instructions 2016

Remember that annual memberships run from 1 October to 30 September so if you are planning on racing at the Gosford J24 Regatta you will need to organize your membership, and this can be done anytime by sending in the form and payment.

J24 NSW Membership Application 2016

Finally …….. Jet wins the day!!!

Jet with second place getter By the Lee

Jet with second place getter By the Lee

Arguably the toughest regatta of the year (due to the weather), the 2016 Monjon Securities J24 Winter series has been the closest we have had in years. The top 4 boats each scored multiple race wins over the 15 races. The depth of the talent in the fleet echoed in the final score with only one point between each of the top three boats. The result was only confirmed with the OCS of a back marker on the last day which impacted on the discards. Of note were the performances of John Neville and his Vice Versa team on 20 points, leading until the final day only to come third despite three thirds on the day.  Brendan Lee winning the most races, 5 including two on the final day coming second 19 on points and Simon Grain winner on 18. Consistancy wins the day and Simon’s worst race in the series was a third, with a crew who have sailed together throughout the season, they competed in all the races despite the bitter Melbourne winter. Two new comers to the fleet impressed, Stephen Byrne with two seconds on the last day fourth overall and Jack Fullerton sailing his beautifully prepared Two Dogs. This regatta serves as a start to the season, which could see as many a five Victorian boats in contention for the 2017 Australian Championship in Cronulla NSW.

Article by Hugo Ottaway

End of an Era

Pacemaker wins, Dave, Herschel, Sam, Damo, Rachael

Pacemaker crew, Dave, Herschel, Sam, Damo, Rachael (Luke)

When I read the text message that announced that David Suda and Herschel Landes were selling their J24 , I was not surprised. Current Australian and Victorian Champions, 2016 twilight series winner, David crowned 2015 Victorian Keelboat sailor of the year, they were exiting their extensive association with J24 on a high.

Whist David steered Pacemaker to 3 National titles and multiple state titles, it was Herschel who put the teams together. Both Herschel and I bought our first J’s in 1986, in 1988 we sailed against each other in the World Championships in Sydney where his crew included two World Laser champions, American Ed Baird and Australian Stuart Wallace, Ed steering, later went on to win a J world championship and sail in the America’s Cup. The following years Herschel’s team included Campbell Rose and Addie Bucek, both Olympic representatives, Addie a World Champion.

It was his insight that put these teams at the front of the pack. Herschel also had an eye for the future of the class. He was the principle person who introduced a culture of youth sailing to the class, he along with Damian Lee both worked tirelessly to attract a new breed of junior sailor. Herschel was instrumental in moving the class from Royal Brighton Yacht Club to its current home, Sandringham Yacht Club, a move which not only saved the class, but gave it a new focus, currently boasting the most competitive fleet in Australia.

Herschel sought out the best sailors, both Damian Lee and Australian Cadet Champion Luke Mathews had a stint at steering his boats, but it was the combination of David Suda also a Cadet Australian Champion, steering and Luke trimming that gave them the edge. Apart from multiple titles, they represented Australia in two J24 World Championships, Sardinia and Melbourne 2006.
I spoke with Herschel and reminisced some of the high’s and lows of his 30 years of J24 sailing, many of which I witnessed.

On the low side was wiping out in 30 knots in the 88 Worlds whilst trying to avoid a boat sinking collision with Nick Chapman and Ian Torode, Sailing in front of the Manly Ferry an act that almost cost them, the boat, a fine and the exit of the entire crew, and later that day a T-Bone collision on port tack, only stopping the boat sinking by stuffing the brand new Genoa into the hole. I also experienced disaster as a guest helmsman, Herschel and I sailed in Metung in 30 knots, with the spinnaker up, only to tear the rudder off the back of the boat, resulting in us tipping over and shredding his brand new mainsail …oops.

There are many on the high side, with Luke Mathews steering Herschel told me of the fastest kite run he ever did an estimated 17 knots totally out of control on Lake Macquarrie , their first National Title in Adelaide, backed up with a second in Melbourne against the newly crowned 2016 World Etchell Champion Ben Lamb. How ever I believe they sailed their best this year, despite the absence of Luke Mathews following a horrific accident, the team of David Suda, Damian Lee, Rachel Suda, Heschel Landes and Sam Clayton won both the 2016 J24 National title and arguably the harder 2016 Victorian title.

I have sailed against Herschel and his teams for over 30 years, longer than anyone else I have competed against, we have been fierce and some times bitter rivals on the water, no matter what the event, it has always been sailing against each other to the maximum. I will truly miss that. To Herschel, David and the Pacemaker crew, all the best in whatever direction sailing takes you……….

Hugo Ottaway Bruschetta VI.

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships

The Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships will run at Cronulla Sailing Club on 5 & 6 November 2016.

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships Notice of Race 2016

Quantum Sails J24 NSW State Championships Entry Form 2016

Remember that annual memberships run from 1 October to 30 September so if you are planning on racing at the State Championships you will need to organize your membership, and this can be done anytime by sending in the form and payment:

J24 NSW Membership Application 2016

or can be done at Regatta registration and weigh in:

  • Friday 4 November 2016    1700 – 1900hrs
  • Saturday 5 November 2016   0800 – 1000hrs


Gosford J24 Regatta 1 & 2 October 2016

Always a fun sailing weekend – get your entries in and join us for 2 days of racing on Brisbane Waters.

Gosford J24 Regatta Entry Form 2016

Gosford J24 Regatta Notice of Race 2016

Gosford J24 Sailing Instructions 2016

Remember that annual memberships run from 1 October to 30 September so if you are planning on racing at the Gosford J24 Regatta you will need to organize your membership, and this can be done anytime by sending in the form and payment.

J24 NSW Membership Application 2016

J24 NSW AGM 2016

The AGM for 2016 will be held at Cronulla Sailing Club on Friday 4 November 2016 at 1900hrs.

North Sails Promotion

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Starting July 15th 2016 and running until August 15th 2016, for standard North design OD orders confirmed with a 50% deposit and delivery late October, North are offering 10% off.
For more information click here to go to the North Page

Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta – Report

Dave West sailing ACE ppowers to windward on the saturday

Dave West sailing ‘Ace’ powers to windward on the Saturday

The Mexicans are coming!!!!!

Will this be the cry from the border as we prepare for the up-coming NSW States in November and Australian Titles in January 2017. We’ll see…

The Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta, started under the watchful eye of Cronulla Sailing Club Principle Race Officer Dave McLachlan. A stalwart at Cronulla who can remember when the Club last hosted a J24 State and Australian Titles back in the mid 1980’s, just like yesterday.

With a solid 18 plus knots from the west and a course set inside the confines of the Port Hacking Estuary, all boats set a jib on the first day. The first race was taken out by the visitor from Sandringham Yacht Club Ron Thomson driving his sister’s boat Wildfire, by 7 seconds to J24 stalwart Hugo Ottaway in Bruschetta IV from Sandringham Yacht Club and a further 30 seconds back to Dave West in Ace from Middle Harbour Yacht Club. The Short Course format with legs of no more than 800 metres ensures close fast racing with the field complete within 4 minutes first to fifteenth.

The second race saw Bruschetta IV again perform taking first followed closely by Wildfire and then to John Crawford our NSW J24 Class President from MHYC in Innamincka taking third. The Third race started soon after in a steady westerly with 20 plus knot bullets hurtling down port Hacking. The third saw Mr Consistency Hugo first with Cronulla contender Barry Ryan in Pinot second and Ace again third. A pattern was emerging…

Downwinds are getting fresh to exhilarating in the short course format

Downwinds are getting fresh to exhilarating in the short course format

Racing continued with Wildfire returning to the podium followed by Ace then Bruschetta IV, at this stage the Cronulla locals were getting restless. Race PRO made the call to conduct a fifth race for the day knowing the forecast for Sunday wasn’t the most pleasant. And here Team Cronulla showed its tenacity,  Pinot first over the line to Wildfire and then Bruschetta IV.

The next day, 3 races were planned to achieve the series as dictated. With the wind abating all decided the Genoa was on. Race 6 saw Barry Ryan return with first, Innamincka and the ‘always there’ Bruschetta IV. Race 7 and again Hugo Ottaway rose to the top with Cronulla local Dave McKay in Stockcar second and Ace in third.

The penultimate race of the series and the PRO calls for three laps, Ace completed the series on a high followed again by Bruschetta IV and Pinot in third.

Sunsday's racing is glamour Cronulla

Sunday’s racing is glamour Cronulla

The presentation was conducted back at the sailing club, taking in the fantastic views from the head of Gunnamatta Bay as all the competitors enjoyed the fruits of the BBQ provided by the always present CSC Volunteers lead by Dennis Mclaren and Ken Mackay.

As you can guess Mr J24 Hugo Ottaway finished in first, followed by Wildfire and Ace in third.

The Cronulla Sailing Club would like to thank its primary Sponsor Wet Tech Rigging and its supporting sponsors Macquart Marine, Quantum Sails, Cronulla Marina, AUSSEA Sailing School, Spot-A-Yacht and Afloat Magazine. Without this support the event would not have been possible.

The Club would also like to thank its volunteers, the Cronulla Sailing Club is run by sailors not employees, and the leader of those volunteers in organising the J24 regatta is Fiona Campbell, without her drive and attention to detail this event simply would not be the success it is.

The next event for the club is the NSW State Titles over the weekend of 6-7 Nov. This is shaping up to arguably be one of the best and most closely contested titles in recent years, with an expected field of 20 plus boats, State, National and World Champions all competing on the waters of Bate Bay.

Just look out for those Mexicans….

Story by Mick Reynolds – (Great work on the whole regatta and story Mick – without you this would not have happened at all, you and your team deserve a huge vote of thanks – Ed)

And the OD results are …

Series Results [Class ET] up to Race 8 (Drops = 1)
Place Ties Sail No Boat Name Skipper From Sers Score
1 AUS5400 Bruschetta IV Hugo Ottaway SYC 13.0
2 AUS5058 Wildfire Ron Thomson MYC 22.0
3 AUS4801 Ace D West MHYC 23.0
4 AUS4793 Innamincka John Crawford MHYC 29.0
5 AUS4430 PINOT Barry Ryan CSC 30.0
6 AUS4791 Team CiniO’Byan Stephen O’Rourke CSC 44.0
7 AUS1636 Renaissance Stephen Wright CSC 48.0
8 2.0S AUS4433 Stockcar David McKay CSC 50.0
9 6.0S AUS4436 Vertigo C Hood CSC 50.0
10 AUS1317 MCKAY MARINE Julie Castle GLSC 50.0
11 AUS1314 In the Mood Marc van Dinther BBYC 76.0
12 AUS1642 JARGON Tony Landers CSC 84.0
13 11.0S AUS4439 Jagged Edge A Williams CYCA 85.0
14 AUS1635 Seas the J Jared Macquart CSC 85.0
15 AUS1646 SLIPPERY FISH Michael Reynolds CSC 96.0


NSW J24 Raffle

Would you like the chance to win a 3.5hp Long Shaft Outboard Motor?

Simply buy a $20 raffle ticket to go into the draw to be the lucky winner.

Contact John on 0408 454663 for tickets.

Winner will be drawn at an executive meeting at the end of July.

Upcoming Regattas in NSW

So that you can be well prepared, please be reminded that the J24 Association of NSW are hosting 3 J24 Regattas in coming months:
  • Gosford Classic Regatta – 1 & 2 October 2016 at Gosford Sailing Club
  • NSW State Championships – 5 & 6 November 2016 – Cronullla Sailing Club
  •  2017 J24 National Championships – 4-7 January 2017 – Cronulla Sailing Club
So that you can join in the fun of class racing, now is a good time to start thinking ahead about coming to these regattas. Association membership runs from 1 October annually, and NOR and entry forms will be circulated in coming weeks.
Book accommodation early for Gosford as it’s Labour Day long weekend, and remember that any new sails you wish to order will need to be measured prior to use in any regatta and this must be organized through the association.  If you need crew let me know early and there’s a good chance I can find available crew for you.  Paula 0404 539176