The J24 is a One Design Class

The summer sailing season is almost upon us and along with all the other things you are doing to your boat to get it ready – don’t forget one very important thing – you must have a current measurement certificate !

The onus for this is on the boat owner – no other person or body. This means that if you don’t have a current IJCA certificate organised through our National Measurer Peter Stevens in the last couple of years, then you are not a legal J24 and will not be able to race. The pic above is the top of the correct certificate, if yours doesn’t look like this you have the wrong one.

If you don’t have your correctors in, your V-berth or your shelves are not fitted or you have made any other changes and not remeasured then you will not comply.

Now is the time to act, either contact your state measurer or Peter direct if you have any questions or doubts about your compliance.

The class is getting more competitive and we need to make sure all boats are racing on an even basis.

We have had formal direction from the IJCA and I have had a number of members contact me informally concerned about this matter. The National committee will be right onto this via our national measurement register this year and I gauge the mood from various members is also a “get tough” attitude. A non compliant boat is a protest just the same as a port and starboard, so don’t forget this important item in your boat preparation.

Alyn Stevenson has written an excellent piece here for us that you should all read as well concerning this matter.

J24 Measurement compliance and playing fair

As a past president of the class and someone who is not on any committees but is passionate about the class I thought it prudent to write an article on compliance of boats and measurement certificates.

Firstly members should be aware that measurers are there to protect the Class rules and ensure compliance, and in turn take their directive from the J24 International Technical Committee.

Owners are responsible for their boat measurement!

The J24 Measurement certificate is the same as an IRC certificate without it you can’t race!

If you change anything on your boat it must be done in consultation with a class measurer.

Your Measurement certificate is the most important document in your racing kit – value and respect it.

It has come to my attention that over the last 18 months there are incidences of boats removing correctors and this certainly is clear breach of RRS never mind J24 class rules.

The stalwarts of the class that have won most Nationals over time with boats that are optimized to the n’th degree but they will measure and comply.

They know the value of optimizing a boat but also don’t want to lose a Regatta because the boat doesn’t measure. They know the difference between optimization and an invalid boat that doesn’t measure. (They respect the rules)

The Australian Fleet

Boats that have missing correctors, made alterations etc. and have not had a new measurement certificate need to contact their State measurer and fix this immediately. (There can be no exceptions to these infringements of the rules)

The second categories of boats are older boats that have some basic missing items that invalidate them. The peers in class need to assist these owners to get their boats up to standard so they comply.

Having said that – Owners need to accept their responsibility and comply with directives from class measurers.

Two main areas are missing V berths and missing shelves. All of these can be replaced cheaply with lightweight replacements that comply with the class rules. A lot of us that have been in the class for a while can assist with information on how to achieve this.

At the end of the day it is ATTITUDE and RESPECT of J24 Class rule that counts, and anyone wanting to have their J24 comply will receive enormous assistance from within the class. That is the strength of the class, helping new owners come in and progress through the fleet.

COME ON – let’s play FAIR and accept our own obligation of an owner and competitor.

Alyn Stevenson