The Winter Series at Middle Harbour Yacht Club only had one J24 entered this year – Brett Hudson’s Wildfire skippered by Grant Dawkins, plus Kaotic as a casual entry – and boy, did they show the bigger yachts how it’s done!!
Over 10 races, Wildfire produced 3 wins and 2 thirds (lovely Henri Lloyd jackets for all the crew!!), taking them to an overall series win against the bigger boats! The real competition came from Kaotic – who raced as a casual entry in 3 races….Skippered by the legendary Janette Symes – of course they won whenever they were out… – and with a whopping 17 minute lead in the last race, and with the owner not on board too!..Arthur will have to lift his game if he wants his spot back!!!!
Special mention must go to one race that Kaotic got disqualified in though– if after 20 years, Arthur chooses to sail through the Bomborra, he can expect to be yelled at by Paula as Wildfire were always watching their every move…Maybe he got so carried away with Janette’s helming skills that running aground didn’t worry him!!!
A generally light wind series allowed the Js to pull away from the big boats…lets hope more J24s decide to enter next winter and really show the fleet how its done!!