The Thrill of International Class Racing

The J24 Tasmanian State Titles will be run in Hobart on Saturday February 28th and Sunday 1st March 2009.These will be conducted by the Royal Yacht Club Tasmania. Racing will consist of up to 7 windward/ leeward races commencing each day at 0955am each day.

Hot competition is expected between up to 9 boats racing on the Derwent River over the weekend.dscf7215

Peter Gautschi on “Cio Cio San” will be bringing his boat from Cygnet, where he has been successful in summer racing.

John Lewis in “Drumbeat” will travel from his home of Geilston Bay to challenge the “Southerners”.

New owner Nathan Males in his “Storm Petrel” have shown much improvement over the summer season and are keen to take on the top boats. Gavin Adamson will swap his bigger boat “Fine Cotton”, to race “Poopseas” as the owner is overseas and unable to return in time to compete.

Craig Squires in “Divine Madness” has imported some interstate crew and purchased new sails for the Titles and is keen to do well.

Peter Bingham and his crew in “Streetcar” have been very consistent in their performances so far this summer and could be a strong contender for the title.

Gridlock”, last year’s winner, will this year be under the control of Rohan Clark, rather than his Grandfather Des Clark. This crew is on a high after winning the lead up Sprint series run by DSS. They will be hard to beat.

Kaye Roberts, the only female skipper in the fleet, on Kaos, will be hoping to break the run of “always the bridesmaid” having come second in the State titles for the last few years. The crew have sailed to success in the RYCT Summer Pennant Series and have purchased some new sails to replace the rather tried ones they have had for the last four years.

dscf7231Hobart has seen a rekindled interest in strict one design class racing by the International J24 keelboat class. This 24 foot keelboat has just celebrated its 31st anniversary as a class and numbers some 15,000 boats around the world and over 200 in Australia.

The strict one design class racing and affordability has lead to this revival of a formerly strong class in Hobart. Racing a J24 places strong emphasis on crew work, strategy and tactics. The boat is also an excellent day sailer and suitable for short overnight racing or long weekend regattas. The fleet in Hobart is sailed buy a wide ranging age-group. Some of the boats are owned by syndicates to make the boat even more affordable. The boats are usually raced with a maximum crew weight of 400 kg, for example four burly blokes or six petite ladies. The J24s are normally stored out of the water in cradles which ensures that even the older boats stay dry and remain competitive.

Class racing is conducted in Hobart by the Derwent Sailing Squadron and RYCT. The J24s also participate in racing held by other clubs on most days of the week proving the boats versatile nature.

J24 Tasmania can help anyone interested in purchasing a J24 for racing.

Anyone tired of arbitrary handicaps in yacht racing, looking for a cost effective strict one design racer and interested in participating in the class as either crew or even as an owner should contact or the class President: Kaye Roberts on 62435136.