Watching Two Dogs being christened by Jack’s girlfriend was the culmination of a three year youth program achieving what we had all hoped for, another keen boat owner.
Jack Fullerton entered the J24 world as a youth crew, before graduating as skipper on one of two youth boats, sponsored by class members John Neville and Simon Grain and subsidised by Sidetracked Entertainment Centre, Sandringham Yacht Club and the Victorian J24 association. The J24 class in Victoria has fostered youth sailing, which this year saw Steph Strong and her all girl crew and Jack’s boys team sail in the State titles amongst several past and present Australian Champions.
Following the state titles, Fly Away J came on the market and Jack leapt at the opportunity to get his own J24. I first heard of the purchase when I saw him working on the boat straight after signing the deal, returning the J back to its original name ‘Two Dogs’.
Nothing is more satisfying than seeing the next generation of sailors, getting their teeth into the best one design sailing world wide, it’s the future of our class, well done Jack, welcome and fair sailing in your new boat ……. enjoy……………
Article by Hugo Ottaway