14 J24s turned out for the 2nd Irish J24 event of the year.
Scorpio Jnr, helmed by Andrew Deakin won the first J24 event to be held in
Iniscealtra Sailing Club on Lough Derg.
2 days of tricky sailing conditions in warm weather were marred only by a few
heavy downpours on Sat. The majestic appearance of one of the local sea eagles before
racing on Sunday more than made up for it.
Results are available here.
More photos from Iniscealtra Sailing Club are available here
The Irish J24 Eastern Championships were run in Howth Yacht Club last weekend as part of the inaugural Sportsboat Cup.
Event Report from Howth Yacht club can be found here
After 2 days of close racing Flor O’Driscoll(Hard on Port) won the J24 Eastern Championships in Howth Yacht Club.
Steve Atkinson(Bád) won the silver fleet.
After 3 races on Saturday afternoon in a decreasing & veering north easterly breeze Hamilton Bear had a 2 point lead over Hard on Port, with Jebus close behind. Reigning National Champions Eurocarparks Kilcullen had a tough day on the water and were lying another point behind Jebus overnight. The 3rd race of the day was abandoned & restarted after the wind veered massively just after the start.
Once the discard applied Hard on Port & Hamilton Bear were on equal points. In the first race of the day Flor O’Driscoll moved into a 2 point lead by winning the race while Hamilton Bear finished in 6th place. Eurocarparks Kilcullen finished 2nd to move 2 points ahead of Jebus who could only manage a 5th. Bad & Jamias Encore also moved closer to Jebus finishing 4th & 3rd respectively.. In the 2nd race Hard on Port beat Hamilton Bear to give herself a comfortable 3 point cushion going into the last race. In the chasing pack Eurocarparks Kilcullen got a 7th place meaning Jebus jumped ahead of them again to 13 points, Kilcullen on 14 points and Bád on 16points made for a tense last race. In the last race Hamilton Bear took an early lead, and needing to put 2 boats between herself & Hard on Port sat relentlessly on them up the beat. The race positions were up and down, but in the end Hard on Port took 2nd behind Hamilton Bear to win the event, while Eurocarparks Kilcullen 4th place finish was enough to keep them ahead of Jebus & Bád who both finished one point behind her on 19 points.
With 3 race wins Hard on Port also won the overall Sportsboat Cup.
The NOR for the J24 Western Championship in Iniscealtra are available here:
Also some info on the local area.
The above photo is of Bob Johnstone ‘autographing’ the J24 ‘Jebus’ on the forecourt of the club. Bob with brother Rod founded the famous J-Boat Company in Connecticut in 1975.
‘Jebus’ (hull number 191) and now owned by HYC Honorary Sailing Secretary Emmet Dalton, was built in 1978 and then shipped to Italy to be used as the plug for the European built boats, eventually building the world wide fleet to over 5000 boats – making it the most popular racing keelboat of all time.
Bob enjoyed supper in HYC with J24 Class President Robin Eagleson and Irish Class President Flor O’Driscoll in the company of former HYC Commodore Derek Bothwell and their respective partners.
Updated NOR available here: 2014 Sportsboat Cup J24 Easterns NoR Rev 3
Start times changed to bring us in line with other fleets.
The J24 Eastern Championships Notice of Race is available now.
Full event info available here
Note, this event will consist of at most 6 races.