Arguably the toughest regatta of the year (due to the weather), the 2016 Monjon Securities J24 Winter series has been the closest we have had in years. The top 4 boats each scored multiple race wins over the 15 races. The depth of the talent in the fleet echoed in the final score with only one point between each of the top three boats. The result was only confirmed with the OCS of a back marker on the last day which impacted on the discards. Of note were the performances of John Neville and his Vice Versa team on 20 points, leading until the final day only to come third despite three thirds on the day. Brendan Lee winning the most races, 5 including two on the final day coming second 19 on points and Simon Grain winner on 18. Consistancy wins the day and Simon’s worst race in the series was a third, with a crew who have sailed together throughout the season, they competed in all the races despite the bitter Melbourne winter. Two new comers to the fleet impressed, Stephen Byrne with two seconds on the last day fourth overall and Jack Fullerton sailing his beautifully prepared Two Dogs. This regatta serves as a start to the season, which could see as many a five Victorian boats in contention for the 2017 Australian Championship in Cronulla NSW.
Article by Hugo Ottaway