- 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 be well prepared, please be reminded that the J24 Association of NSW are hosting 3 J24 Regattas in coming months:
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 due course.
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.
Cronulla Sailing Club are also hosting a regatta for one design J24s on 11 & 12 June and entries are now open – www.cronullasc.com. While this is not a J24 Regatta, you will be required to use only measured sails.
Any questions, please call Paula 0404 539176
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…
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…”
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 !
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.
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
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.
With a final score of 5, all bullets, it is no surprise that the Black Prince of Sandringham is once again crowned Victorian Champion.
Day 2 got off to a slow start with the fleet drifting around playing ‘boat ball’ whilst waiting for the wind to settle. Finally two races were held in perfect light balmy conditions. The Prince ran away with the day’s races and that was game over. Well done Dave and crew.
Michah Shuwalow edged ahead of Hugo Ottaway by one point to take second.
John Neville had a great regatta taking out 5th in OD and first in Handicap from Steve Bryne and Simon Picket.
Full report and pics to come. Results on SYC site.
Not surprisingly the Black Prince of Sandringham is once again stamping his mark on the ‘balmy regatta’.
What is surprising is John Neville sailing Vice Versa showing a turn of speed that nearly took a race off the Prince, only losing the lead just before the finish in race 4. John is currently in 5th place.
Mr J24 himself, the old master in the class, Hugo Ottaway is back and in a tight second place overall after the first day.
J24S can be a tough gig to step into, but SYC coach Michah Shuwalow racing Make my Jay with a crew put together at the last moment is running second equal on points with Hugo. Must be the reason he is the coach.
The ever present Doug WatSon in El Fideldo from SA is 4th.
Racing today was tight with 20 boats competing, conditions ranging from 12kn through to 15kn by the end of the 4th race.
For full results go to www.syc.com.au/ raceresults
From a wee Scotsman, our own Vic Pres – Doug MacGregor
J Folk! It’s time once again for the best regatta on the calendar. Often called the balmy regatta as more often than not the wind sits around 10kts and temperatures will have you sailing in T shirts and shorts. (by the afternoon!) Thanks once again to our incredible sponsor, John Moncrieff, owner of MONJON (Australia) Ltd (the very best security company in the land!!), we will be supplying brilliant racing, excellent race management, free welcome BBQ, free presentation BBQ and free snazzy J24 T shirts. Entry fees are being kept to a minimum and we estimate that 20+ boats will be on the start line at the best yacht club in the southern hemisphere. There’s no charge to berth your boat, no charge to use the crane, no charge for leaving your trailer in the yard and towing vehicles will be able to use the club car park and all of that means there’s no excuse for you not to enter.
Follow this link to the NOR http://syc.com.au/on-water/keelboat-racing/regattas/sydney-38-and-j24-state-titles-2016/
Online entry is available, through the SYC web site, from this link https://www.topyacht.com.au/db/aus/entry_menu.php?EventID=593
Kirby is at it again !!! Is your boat not going as fast as it should? Are you tired of seeing the inside of everyone else’s spinnakers as you follow them down the course? Do you need more time between races to eat and drink while everyone else is still finishing?
Then you should consider a new mast!!! A new mast from the Victorian J Association is guaranteed to generate an extra 3 knots of boat speed and offer an expert opinion on when best to tack for maximum advantage*. We have two for sale, at the bargain price of $4,200 each, and they will be available the week before the Monjon Victorian State Titles^!
It’s a limited edition anodized Sparloft – last of its kind? Comes with an SS mast gooseneck bracket and 5/16 vertical pin, 2 pole Dee’s, a stainless steel Vang fitting and a high load exit box, otherwise known as a topping lift entry box. Wow, if that doesn’t just sell itself!!
If you are interested then please talk to one of the Victorian association committee.
* Outright lie
^ This bit is actually true
From SG. Now for the really useful extra bit of info. Getting a new mast is a go fast, just ask the Black Prince about the worlds in Sardinia, new sails and masts were the rule.
So getting a new mast is great but here’s the big plus – you’re looking at the cost and thinking, can you afford it? I can’t guarantee a sale of your old one immediately, but it will sell to someone who has a really old mast and wants to upgrade half way – that will get you around $2k – 2.5k (depending on condition) back in your pocket. So think outside the box.
The J24’s are back on the historic waters of Botany Bay this Easter long weekend as part of the 2016 One Design Regatta.
Interest is quickly growing about this regatta and there is a possibility of 10+ Js competing. Are you a light weather lover, the March wind average is for pleasant 10knt breezes – could be very nice indeed.
Easter long weekend 26 to 28 March 2016
Get your entry in quick to take advantage of the early bird rate!
Schedule for the weekend:
Friday 0800 – 1600 launching & registration
Saturday 0930 Skippers briefing
1130 – First race
Sunday 1130 – First race
Monday 1100 – First race
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