The J24 Class NSW Championship 2020 is being planned for the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club on Pittwater, over the 31Oct-01Nov weekend. NOR released!!!
Please note, all organisation for this event is based on the expectation of a relaxation to the current COVID-19 rules, restricting competitors from different regions being together. Expected announcement date 07Oct.
We are asking entries to start rolling in for planning purposes. Entries are open through the RPAYC Regatta page. Payment option will commence 07Oct.
The Regatta was again hosted by the Cronulla Sailing Club racing in the waters of Bate Bay on Saturday and the Port Hacking Estuary on Sunday. 14 J24’s made the commitment with 5 hulls from the harbour, 1 from Botany Bay, and a crew from Melbourne showing the depth and strength of J24 racing.
Saturday began in a light 4-8 knot breeze, Dave Mclachlan, PRO and his team on the start boat got proceedings underway on time. ACE, David West and his crew, using this regatta in their lead up to representing Australia at the J24 World Championships in Italy later this year, won the start and the first race ahead of NSW J24 President, John Crawford on INNAMINCKA in second and Bryce Edwards driving WOOD DUCK in third.
Second race saw the forever young David McKay in STAMPED URGENT rise to the top, with INNAMINCKA in second and again new comer to the class WOOD DUCK third.
The PRO kept things moving in a dying breeze and race three got underway. Stephen Wright and his crew in TINTO, preparing for the J24 Worlds successful in first. ACE in second, with Mr Mckay again making an appearance in third.
The forth and what ended up being the final race for the day saw TINTO again take first with WOOD DUCK in second and Janette Syme in WILDFIRE arriving in third. Sails were then dropped and each J24 mounted there 3.5 hp engines of fury for the motor back to Cronulla Sailing Club for an evening BBQ with the sun disappearing on the horizon.
Day 2 and someone ordered wind right???
With the southerly change hitting early Sunday morning wind was certainly no question for day 2. A steady 20 knots with 30 knot busters made for some interesting times and some equipment failure.
Race 5 saw the girls from Sandringham Yacht Club, with Kirsty Harris driving HYPERACTIVE win pole position followed by Mr Consistency TINTO and WOOD DUCK in third. Race 6 and WOOD DUCK popped to the top followed by again TINTO with INNAMINCKA in third. Race 7 saw WOOD DUCK again hit first, TINTO in second and STAMPED URGENT in third, Cronulla Boats 1, 2, 3.
This is where the PRO decided enough was enough and racing was concluded. However the crowd on Bass and Flinders Point had enjoyed watching the colourful sails and inspecting the clean hull of VERTIGO, Clinton Hood.
Final results, congratulations to Stephen Wright and TINTO first on scratch and handicap, Second on scratch was Class new comer Bryce Edwards in his dad’s J24, could be an interesting discussion leading into the States in November. Bryce also achieved 3rd on handicap. Second on handicap was J24 Southern Sydney Fleet President, John Zagame driving JARGON with third overall going to the forever young David McKay on STAMPED URGENT.
The Organising Committee would like to thank firstly all of the events sponsors Infinity Rigging, Wet Tech Rigging, AUSSEA Sailing School, Cronulla Marina, SPOT-A-YACHT Photography, Sail Connect, Ocean Sports and Newton Real Estate.
Lastly events like this are only as successful as the unpaid volunteers thank you to all who contributed on BBQs Driving Support Boats, Dock duties and just generally being there. This list of volunteers is too long to mention them all by name however special mention goes to Jared Macquart, supporting this event since its inception through his professional advice on boat set up, maintenance assistance including supply of tools to effect emergency repairs to INNAMINCKA on Friday afternoon. Cheers Jared and thanks for the ongoing support.
The next J24 event on the Australian Calendar is the NSW Titles in November, again shaping up to be a 20 plus hull event.
Spot-A-Yacht this year have a pre-ordering option for your photos. Not only will the team of photographers give you priority attention on the day, but you’ll also save with $10 off our photo package. By pre-ordering, you can ensure they focus time and lens on your yacht and crew and provide you with the best photos.
Who says it’s always raining in Sydney over the Easter Long Weekend???
This Easter, the sun shone and the kites flew at the 2018 Botany Bay Easter Regatta, held on the waters of Botany Bay under the flight path of Sydney International Airport.
Five teams raced over the two day regatta, 3 from Cronulla Sailing Club lead by TINTO and Steven Wright, 3rd at the Nationals at Sandringham in January, FUN with Jared Macquart current Cronulla J24 rep and Mick Reynolds with SLIPPERY. From Botany Bay came Marc Van Dinter on PINOT with his AUSSEA Sailing Sea Crew and Terry Wakefield on Hop Step the local contender.
Racing got underway in shifty light conditions at 1200 Saturday, TINTO broke away and established them as the boat to beat, PINOT in second and FUN in third, too keep this short, this order was solid throughout the regatta, with FUN and PINOT alternating results.
Day two saw the teams arrive on course with little to no wind however that soon changed when at 1200 the wind came from the NE and we got underway for the final day. TINTO again assumed the lead position all credit going to Steve and his steady crew proving team work and commitment to the cause will always see you through (Best of luck at the Worlds in Italy later this year). PINOT and FUN continued the battle however in the stronger conditions the hardened strong wind and big swell sailors from Cronulla came to the fore with FUN scoring three seconds and even a first in the final race (Look out TINTO, FUN’s coming!!)
Over all, TINTO first with 7 points, followed by FUN on 14, and PINOT on 19. On performance, FUN in first followed by SLIPPERY and PINOT in third.
The J24 Southern Sydney Fleet wish to thank the Botany Bay Yacht Club for conducting the event with special mention to all the volunteer members on start boats, buoy boats, cooking BBQ’s and organising the Bar. Put simply, at this grass root level without volunteers our sailing just would not be happening.
A big thank you also to the supporters of the regatta, Herrick Sailmakers, WetTech Rigging, Infinity Rigging and AusSea Sailing School.