Irish Eastern Championships 2014 – HYC – June 21st & 22nd

April 20, 2014 Leave a comment

The J24 Eastern Championships Notice of Race is available now.

Full event info available here



Howth Yacht Club – Spring Warmers 2014 – First Race Sat March 29th

March 12, 2014 Leave a comment

Just to let everyone know that the Spring Warmers Series in Howth Yacht Club this year

will start on March 29th.


J24 Western Championships June 2013

December 3, 2013 Leave a comment

J24 Western Championships / Lough Ree Yacht Club /

22nd and 23rd June 2013.

Flor O Driscoll and crew in ‘Hard On Port’ take the 2013 Western Championships in Lough Ree.

There were 12 entries for the 2013 J24 Western Championships including two relative new comers to the fleet, Scorpio Jnr and Jumpin Jive both from Lough Derg.
Two local boats Jeb and Django (formally Jibberish) along with six from Howth and two from Lough Erne made up the fleet.
The forecast was for challenging conditions over two day including 20knots of wind from the west south west with occasional gusts of 25 knots
Due to the impending World Championships to be held in HYC, skippers were understandably reluctant to put their boat in harms way. A meeting of all skippers was held on the Saturday morning to put racing to the vote. All agreed that it was worth the risk to go on the water.
The PRO for the event, John Banham, and the on the water team had their work cut out for them. The high winds made anchoring the Committee Boat a bit of a challenge considering that his team was all female. Mark laying was also difficult with both the windward mark and the pin end dragging. John managed to get three races in despite the conditions.
The racing (all windward leeward with 2 legs) started in 11 to 16 knots. The testing conditions brought out the best in the fleet with the J24 showing why it is still so popular. Any crew brave enough to fly a spinni were rewarded with blistering down wind speeds and an exhilarating ride which didn’t always end well.
Day two, Sunday, was cancelled following an early morning scouting mission up the lake by two helms – Andrew Mannion and Martin Darrer. They reported an increase in wind pressure combined with a change in wind direction to North West resulting in a larger swell on the lake. Therefore the three races on Saturday constituted the event.
The defending National Champion JP McCaldin had a poor start to the event on Saturday with an OCS in the first race. This was followed by a 6th and a 3rd giving a total of 13 points and 6th place overall.
The under 25 team, sailing Kilcullen and helmed by local sailor Cillian Dickson, were out to prove a point and pushed hard through out the day. Their persistence paid off with bullet in the first race followed by a 2nd and a 5th giving a total of 8 which secured second place overall.
Experience won the day however with Flor et al on board Hard On Port scoring a 2nd, a 3rd and a 2nd giving a total of 7 points and the event.
The silver fleet trophy went to Brendan Gallagher on board Juvenescence followed in 2nd place by Gossip, helmed by Peter Barron.
The food provided by Georgina and her team on Saturday evening was well received. While they dined, the frayed nerves of the 60 competitors were soothed by the ‘Ree Duet’ who played both classical and traditional melodies. Thanks must go to Andrew Mannion and his shore crew. Launching and hauling out went like clockwork.
The event was a success despite the cancellation of the second day. The facilities at Lough Ree lend them selves to events like this and the club looks forward to hosting the J24 fleet again soon.


2013 was an eventful year in Lough Ree – A photo montage.

November 24, 2013 Leave a comment

Juvenessence takes the silver title

HOP take first prize

JP crosses the line.

It’s tough on foredeck duty – time for 40 winks

It’s going to be close

Anchor laying in a gale with a smile

Caoimhe on Pin and leeward mark duty

Close racing despite the conditions

Down Wind in 25knots

Event over for Django due to snapped goose neck

Gossip’s crew enjoying the conditions

Gybe in 25 knots

HOP and Stouche near the lwd mark

HOP Gybe goes wrong

It’s all under control

Scorpio Jnr crosses the line

Scorpio Jnr shows how it’s done

Stouche pushing hard to catch Kilcullen

Stouche still holds off Kilcullen as they near the line

Stouche by a length

Stouche crosses the line

Post race analysis on Kilcullen

Scandal crew looked wrecked.

Pin end crew looking a little wet.

Nice smile, glad to be on the PRO boat today

Mast down, time to go

Wind burn all round

Three abreast

The under 25 team are in a happy place

The sun comes out as Kicullen leads the way

The start of another exciting downwind leg


The bunch follows close behind

Stouche and Hard on Port full away under spinnaker

Stouche & Hard on Port

Time for food & war stories

Another squall makes engine work more difficult

Worsening conditions dictate and end to racing as day 2 is cancelled

Committee boat

The boss

The LRYC duet

The other boss

Ree duet

Peter wonders it it’s all worth it

Kilcullen & Hard on Port fight for 2nd place

JP shows off his new gopro footage

Scandal crosses the line

Insightful Blog from the J24 Worlds in Howth by Team Helly Hansen

November 23, 2013 Leave a comment

BMW J24 World Championships Aug 2013 – Howth Yacht Club

October 15, 2013 Leave a comment

In a tense and closely fought final day, Tim Healy and his crew from Newport, Rhode Island, on board ‘Helly Hansen’ were impressive winners of the BMW J24 World Championship at Howth Yacht Club, with eight top-five results (including three race wins) in the 10-race series.


Healy, who previously won the title in 2010, was pushed all the way by the defending champion Mauricio Santa Cruz from Brazil on ‘Bruschetta’, who also demonstrated remarkable consistency, but who had to be content with the runner-up spot, four points adrift of his rival.

Third place overall went to another American crew led by Travis Odenbach from Rochester on ‘Honey Badger’ who had been the series leader overnight but who did not enjoy the final day. A 20th and an 8th effectively knocked his chances, although he was only two points off Santa Cruz in the end.

In fresh westerly winds which touched 25 knots at times, the penultimate race saw a second win in the series for Britain’s Ian Southworth on ‘Il Riccio’, ahead of fellow Briton Bob Turner’s ‘Serco’. Third place went to local Howth skipper Mossy Shanahan on ‘Crazyhorse’, following up on his great form the previous day, a result which contributed to him finishing as the top Irish boat overall in 19th place.

Success in the last race went to the German boat ‘Rotoman’ (Tobias Feuerherd), with Keith Whittemore (‘Furio’) from Seattle 2nd and Santa Cruz 3rd. The Brazilian, however, needed Healy to be further down the fleet than his finishing place of 5th and so surrendered his world title to the American crew by four points after the one allowed discard.

With the exception of the Tuesday when racing was abandoned due to lack of wind, the championship featured four good racing days, with the wind strength progressively increasing as the week went on. There were six different race winners and the four US entries all finished in the top 10 which featured two German boats and the sole Italian entry.

After 10 races, the overall standings (after one discard) were:

1. Tim Healy (USA) 38 points
2. Mauricio Santa Cruz (Brazil) 42 points
3. Travis Odenbach (USA) 44 points
4. Ian Southworth (GB) 53 points
5. Tobias Feurherd (Ger) 73 points
6. Keith Whittemore (USA) 77 points
7. Bob Turner (GB) 83 points
8. Ignatio Bonanno (Italy) 88 points
9. Tony Parker (USA) 114 points
10. Sullberg (Ger) 115 points

JP McCaldin Takes J24 Northerns Title.

June 2, 2013 1 comment

JP McCaldin, sailing Jamais Encore had a clean sweep on the first day of the J24 Northerns in Lough Erne, and the still conditions on Sunday meant that no more races were sailed. Fresh 15 knot breezes on Saturday gave the competitors lots of work to do. While some boats were challenging JP in the different races his consistency left little scope for anyone to gain a sufficient advantage.

The next J24 Championship  will be in Lough Ree on June 22nd.

1st        Jamais Encore    J24    5278    LEYC    JP McCaldin            1    1    1    1            4    4
2nd        Stouche    J24    4215    Howth    Martin Darrer            2    2    4    4            12    12
3rd        Hard On Port    J24    4794    Howth    Flor O’Driscoll     4    4    2    5            15    15
4th        Kilcullen    J24    680    Howth    Cillian Dickson   3    3    10.0 DSQ    2            18    18
5th        JET    J24    418    Lough Swilley    John Hasson 10.0 DNS    6    3    3            22    22
6th        Jelignite    J24    4218    Lough Ree    Finbarr Ryan  5    5    5    10.0 DSQ       25    25
7th        Juvenesence    J24    144    LEYC    Brendan Gallagher    8    7    6    6            27    27
8th        Jeratrix    J24    24    LEYC    Michael Clarke            6    8    7    8            29    29
9th        T J    J24    4155    LEYC    Barry Humphreys            7    9    8    7            31    31




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