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 24 Regatta Notice of Race 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

Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta – Preview

Cronulla short course racing !

Cronulla short course racing !

Competitors are gathering once again !

As this is going to press the competitors at the Wet Tech Rigging Cronulla J24 Short Course Regatta will be either lowering boats into the water, cleaning out all the accumulated junk from a summer of club racing or simply catching up with old friends and acquaintances made in previous years.

The Cronulla J24 Fleet has seen a surge in interest and over the past 3 years has resurrected a regatta to support the J24 Class and to promote participation in sailing for all who wish to be involved.

12 boats have entered with an expected final number on the start line tomorrow of some 15, possibly more, J24 one design boats.

The Cronulla Fleet is lead by the forever young, David McKay with his race boat Stockcar plus his personnel fleet of 2 other J24’s. Hot on his heels will be Barry Ryan with Pinot, Clinton Hood in Vertigo and Steve O’Rourke in Cini O’ Bryne, last years scratch winner with Steve Quigley on the tiller.

Visiting boats include Hugo Ottaway from Victoria sailing Arthur Crother’s Chaotic, John Crawford, NSW Class President with Innamincka and David West on Ace, both from Sydney Harbour, all getting some insider knowledge on the Cronulla venue host for the November NSW Championships and the Australian Titles in January 2017.

The racing is sure to be close with a windward/leeward course of no more than 800 metres. Conducted in the waters of Bate Bay or the confines of the Port Hacking Estuary should strong winds come into play (forecast to happen ! – ed).

The Regatta is proudly supported by Wet Tech Rigging, Macquart Marine, Quantum Sails, Cronulla Marina, Afloat Magazine, Spot a Yacht Photography and AUSSEA Sailing School.
All results will be posted on the Cronulla Sailing Club website at www.cronullasc.com and the Cronulla Sailing Club J24 Facebook page. Standby for a full race report next week.

Article by Mick Reynolds (The ‘motivator’ at Cronulla)

Our Youth Program bears fruit………..

Jack Fullerton re-launches Two Dogs

Jack Fullerton re-launches Two Dogs

Watching Two Dogs being christened by Jack’s girlfriend was the culmination of a three year youth program achieving what we had all hoped for, another keen boat owner.
Jack Fullerton entered the J24 world as a youth crew, before graduating as skipper on one of two youth boats, sponsored by class members John Neville and Simon Grain and subsidised by Sidetracked Entertainment Centre, Sandringham Yacht Club and the Victorian J24 association. The J24 class in Victoria has fostered youth sailing, which this year saw Steph Strong and her all girl crew and Jack’s boys team sail in the State titles amongst several past and present Australian Champions.
Following the state titles, Fly Away J came on the market and Jack leapt at the opportunity to get his own J24. I first heard of the purchase when I saw him working on the boat straight after signing the deal, returning the J back to its original name ‘Two Dogs’.
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the next generation of sailors, getting their teeth into the best one design sailing world wide, it’s the future of our class, well done Jack, welcome and fair sailing in your new boat ……. enjoy……………

Article by Hugo Ottaway

Who is Luis Ferreiro

Luis Ferreiro

Luis came to us at the nationals and did such an impressive photography job for us (for nothing) that I am delighted to be able to promote his J24 pictures and his normal business photography services.

In 2004 Luis hung up his apron for the last time as a qualified chef who has worked in the USA, Europe and Caribbean. He had owned a bar in Port Douglas, tossed prawns on a trawler for a season. He has extensive and varied experience as an employer and an employee in a range of settings.

Luis’ fascination with images started quite young. He decided to take his love of image making to the next level where he went back to school in 2007 as a mature age student to study and immerse himself with other people with the same mindset. This lead him onto a couple of commercial photographers who he still assists to this day in between shooting his own stuff.

Says Luis, “I always enjoyed sports, growing up I played soccer for the local club during my teens, then it was all about Surfing/Skateboarding/Snowboarding/Photography.  As a qualified chef I had the opportunity to travel and work all over the world, during this time I decided to follow my passion for sport photography. Once I arrived home for good, I went back to school to study full time Applied Photography for two years, here I was able to get in contact with commercial photographers, The Herald Sun and other sporting photography companies. After several years of this I decided to start SPORTSNAP and when Doug MacGregor contacted me about photographing the J24 Nationals, I was thrown in the deep end so to speak … Which was a good thing…”

Find pictures of your boat if you were at the Nationals or Vic States at www.sportsnap.com.au

Competitors can download images for free, just follow the prompts to checkout…

Mark rounding

Having just photographed the Vic States Luis is becoming a seasoned sailing photographer … and his pics are sensational.  I am sure Luis will travel to photograph any regatta anywhere, (other work permitting). Talking about other work, Luis is an accomplished professional photographer in the business world too.

He works for many commercial clients ranging from event photography, wedding photography, product photography, portrait and houses for interior designers, architects and builders. Check his work out here  www.luisferreiro.com

I am happy to recommend that you call upon Luis to photograph your next project !

Says Luis, “After living on the coast for many years in Port Douglas I never got involved with sailing?? ….. I wish I did…”

2016 MONJON J24 Victorian State Titles – The Balmy Regatta


'Stompin' John Neville rounds ahead of the Black Prince

‘Stompin’ John Neville rounds ahead of the Black Prince

True to recent form, the real regatta results centred around who would come second, sad really, but the Black Prince is supreme, almost untouchable. I say ‘almost’ because he is, ‘Mr J24′ Hugo Ottaway creamed one off him and ‘Stompin’ John Neville almost did.

In the challenging lighter conditions National Champion ‘Pacemaker’, skippered by David Suda (aka The Black Prince of Sandringham’), sailed what could be described as his best ever regatta. Despite an uncharacteristically larger number of average to poor starts, the Prince silently slipped through the fleet to record a perfect score after the drop. Many thought it would be game over from a position like that however, with great boat speed and excellent tactics it didn’t seem to matter. “Did you see him go past?”, asks my crew, “no, must have gone the other way up or down”, “which way was that?” they ask, “well not the way we went, that’s for sure”. We had a bad regatta.

So who did come second. Well he isn’t a J sailor, none of the crew are J sailors, but they are all bloody good, 49er and top dinghy sailors. Michah Shuwalow is the SYC club coach – seems he knows his stuff. Simon lent his spare boat ‘Make My Jay’ to get him on the water and told him to sail it like a dinghy – looks like that worked !  MMJ might be worth just that little bit more – better rewrite the ad !

Michah Shuwalow  - 2nd overall in Make My Jay

Michah Shuwalow – 2nd overall in Make My Jay

And third, collecting the bronze medallions was a resurging Hugo Ottaway ‘Mr 24′, consistent across the regatta and absolutely blitzing Dave in race 3, could have made the Princes’ pedestal a bit wobbly right there Hugo.

This year’s 2016 Monjon Victorian State title saw 20 entries including two from South Australia and two from New South Wales. The depth of talent included past national champions and multiple runners up all vying for a top finish. In true J 24 spirit the regatta began with many boats not passing the maximum crew weight of 400 kgs, (the Jet crew lost 10kg in the last week before) of particular amusement was Brendan Lee running up and down Beach Road wrapped in a plastic garbage bag.

Day one and I was somewhat alarmed to see the measurer (Mr J24) walking down the marina armed with a pair of bolt cutters and blatantly cutting the life lines off an offending yacht – not as alarmed as the owner !  However it was quickly fixed and then ready to sail, despite the concerns of the owner.

The weather range was from 0 to 15 knots with direction the full 360 degrees, fortunately this settled, however there was no consistent pattern making it a fresh challenge every race. With lighter winds, some awkward slop at times and an often tight 20 boat fleet, clear lanes were not easily found, so back in the pack quickly meant further back.

This year we saw new faces in the front pack with Michah Shuwalow second overall and Stephen Byrne in ‘Code Violation’ scoring a 2 & 4 in the last two heats. The race for the minor places was tight with one point between second and third and three points between fourth and sixth. Of special note was the performance of ‘Stompin’ John Neville and crew on Vice Versa, finishing 5th, who made a rush just to get to the start line after repairs from a major collision several weeks prior. They were a regular appearance at the front of the pack only losing one race to Suda on the line. John has become a class stalwart in Melbourne, always with a quip and a smile and soon to take on the running of the Vic Assn from ‘Wee Dougie’ who has done an immense and amazing job of running the association for the past 3 years. We will miss the briefing and presentation speeches from Doug. but as you all know, ‘Stompin’ John has his own brand of humour and presentation. Never a dull moment in Melbourne !

Who could have imagined a couple of hours waiting for wind on Sunday morning at the ‘Balmy Regatta’. Don’t know who started it but we have a new light weather sport – ‘Boat Ball’. With all the boats milling around a small ball is being thrown from boat to boat, some catch it and some don’t, which means a boat scramble to pick it up. Hours of aimless fun in the sun with many dipping into their attitude adjuster supplies – well what the hell, we may not even get to race. But we did.


Boat Ball is in full swing as we wait

Boat Ball is in full swing as we wait

A light SW came in and we got away to two smooth water races in the sun and warm conditions – purrfect sailing. Even yours truely put in a better one. He who chose to win banged off another two bullets, visiting ‘Other Dougie’ on the three legged donkey ‘El Fideldo’ and Dave ‘Westie’ West sailing local boat ‘Fly Away Jay’ cemented their 4th and 7th positions. Thanks for coming guys- always a better regatta with you here. Brendan Lee was in there at 6th after having just weighed in finally.

Back in the pack the normal fun loving, hard sailing J crews battled it out, better in some races and down in others – there have to be lots of stories that I don’t know about, I think there was a man overboard somewhere and I know there was plenty of mark yelling at times. Ron beat Janette on points, but Janette won the Thommo Cup – not sure how that one worked out, maybe it was done on PHS this time. Warren Campbell on ‘J Force’ was suddenly fast, blitzing the starts, seems he discovered a huge amount of ‘long time’ water in his forward buoyancy tanks – goes better without it. Nothing wrong with the boat now!

There’s the usual people who get in the same people’s way – you know who you are – there’s the little races within a race actions, the fight for second last place, the younger crews on youth boats and the older guys hanging in there. Once again the women sailing in our fleet is running at about 40% (a much prettier fleet than some), we have female skippers and crews with incredible talent enjoying competitive racing in the J24 fleet. Eat your heart out skinny boat class !

Massive thanks to the sponsor MONJON, SYC race officials who only flew one Black Flag and the interstate competitors who travel thousands of kilometres to make our regatta, of national standard. Thanks also to Luis Ferreiro for taking the most amazing pics out of a less than visually exciting regatta. I will be doing another article featuring more pics from Luis. To see his pics go to www.sportsnap.com.au

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

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


Victorian Title: 1st Pacemaker – David Suda, 2nd Make My Jay – Michah Shuwalow 3rd, Bruschetta VI – Hugo Ottaway.

Handicap: 1st Vice Versa – ‘Stompin’ John Neville, 2nd Code Violation – Stephen Byrne, 3rd Gridlock  – Simon Pickett.

Full results here

Contributions to the article above from Hugo Ottaway (thanks), you know who the ed is.