Held on Sunday 18th March and sailed in what many in the fleet refer to as “J Weather” the 2012 Tasmanian titles where hosted by the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania. Five boats contested 4 out of the 5 scheduled races held in near perfect conditions on the River Derwent featuring bright sunshine and 5-10 knot winds.
Looking to defend their 2011 title, the crew of Another Toy where early favourites and proved to be well deserving of this status winning all 4 races to retain their title. Owner Greg Rowlings and regatta helm Peter Pangas were pleased with their victory after campaigning the boat strongly all summer which also included winning the Royal Hobart Regatta Lipton Trophy, The Showdown Regatta and finishing equal first (second on count back) for the 2012 Crown Series Regatta.
Having sailed close to Another Toy all day, Peter Bingham’s Street Car finished in 2nd place, having finished 2nd in 3 of out 4 races. Craig Squires’ Divine Madness was a constant performer and finished a well deserved 3rd place.
The newly renamed Whistler J (formally Drumbeat) was the surprise of the day picking up a second place in race 3 after a near perfect start that saw them lead the fleet approaching the top mark. Helm Jory Linscott, whose star studded crew had never sailed the J24 before, looked very excited when crossing the line.
New comer to the class Martin Pieterse, sailing Storm Petrel with James Anderson at the helm rounded out the fleet and showed moments of speed and close racing, picking up two 4th spot finishes. A pleasing result for a boat and crew that only came together a week prior to the regatta.
The winning crew of Another Toy: Peter Pangas, Greg Rowlings, Adrian Clark and Daojia Ng.
Champagne Sailing – “J Weather”
Streetcar leading Another Toy around the top mark
The Tasmanian Association would like to thank the Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania for hosting the regatta and their continued support for J24 sailing in the state.
Article by Jamie Lawrence and Greg Rowlings
Another Toy Greg Rowlings 1 1 1 1 4
Street Car Peter Bingham 2 2 3 2 9
Divine Madness Paul Turner 3 3 5 3 14
Whistler J Jory Linscott 4 4 2 5 15
Storm Petrel James Anderson 5 5 4 4 18