Benny and the Jets

Ben Lamb blitzing upwind to the title

Story by Simon Grain

Jetwash was the blast that our own Dave Suda felt at the end of the 2012 Monjon Victorian State Champs on the weekend. After taking out the Nationals in Adelaide by narrowly beating Ben Lamb from NSW, Dave had to take a back seat this time to Ben’s dominant 5 wins out of 7 races over the two days of the states. The remaining 2 wins went to Steve Girdis also from NSW who picked up third.

Second wasn’t all bad for Dave though as without a win he showed that consistancey is the name of the game and he had nothing worse than a 5th, inspite of having to go back to the start line a couple of times.

Saturdays racing was held in perfect conditions with 5 – 15 knots, flat water and sunshine. Sunday was quite a different story with winds averaging 20 – 30 knots making for exciting racing. We had a few prangs, the worst being for Brendan Lee who after practising with Simon Grain had another coming together in the last race, this one being terminal to his racing. However Brendan took out the Handicap Trophy with Steve Girdis (Convicts Revenge) and Dave Suda (Pacemaker) in 2nd and 3rd.

Our biggest fleet in years with 20 boats made great racing and the fleet looked fantastic as we took over the racetrack off Sandy.

Sarah Thompsons Vic committee excelled themselves in working with SYC for great on water management headed by Graeme Watt again (our own personal PRO by now !) and also by putting on an awesome social scene with a sausage sizzle after measuring on Friday night, a huge and now traditional party on the Saturday night, this time at Michaels Lewenhagens new house and another great BBQ feed at the presentation at the OTB after the racing on Sunday.

We were very happy to welcome John Moncrieff, the owner of Monjon Security – our States Championship Sponsor – on Sunday and he was able to present the winners with their trophies. He expressed a keenness to support the class on an ongoing basis in the future which is fantastic. Our thanks to Doug MacGregor who organised the sponsorship with Monjon. Naturally if you need security in the future, call Monjon and ask for John, don’t forget to tell him you are a J24 sailor.  The committee also organised two minor sponsors, U.K Halsey sailmakers and Quantum Sailmakers, thank you to both these companies for being interested in our class and sponsoring our two winners with vouchers for sails.

The fleet had 4 boats skippered and crewed by young guys and girls, this is a great omen for our future growth and they all will have learned heaps in the regatta – look out all us oldies !  ‘Size Doesn’t Matter’ once again was the best of them – and Adam Evans and his crew proved their worth by coming 4th ahead of perhaps one of the most experienced J24 sailors, Hugo Ottaway – Mr J24 himself !

The blur of speed - A classic J24 pic, sadly a little out of focus. Pic by Chris Furey.

For the results go to the Sandringham Yacht Club site.    Results

More stories and great pictures from Chris Furey (one of Victorias original J sailors and class promoters) to come shortly.

3 thoughts on “Benny and the Jets”

  1. Fabulous great weekend-big thanks to all involved with organisation and competitors alike-from us girls sailing “kicking bottom”

  2. Thanks Simon fond memories of Vic Champs-Arthur and the jets were brilliant-love the cover pic-beautiful

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