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The J24 fleet made their way to The Royal St. George Yacht club for the J24 Nationals, a three day event with 9 races scheduled to be held. Competitor began to arrive on Thursday 1st to set up rig and see what other competition was in store. With events held in Dublin bay in the past the J24 fleet were anxious to get out racing. With its easy access and its perfect sailing area the events attracted 13 competitors. With strong winds forecasted for the weekend the sailors prepared themselves for a challenging event.
With the starting gun for the first race at 11:55 on the first day the J24 fleet made their way to the race course to sail the first beat and get an idea of the best starting position. With westerly winds of 13 knots gusting to 16 knots and increasing throughout the day the PRO was sure he would fit all four races in a reasonable time. As always Howth Yacht Clubs Ireland’s Eye Kilcullen finished first over the line closely followed by Jamais Encore and The Royal St George Yacht Club’s very own Hard on Port crossing the line in third. With winds due to increases as the day progressed many sailors waited until the last moment to change from genoa to jib. With the winds oscillating the fleet became accustomed to a sight of a change of course as they rounded marks as the day went on. With four races held on day one it looked like Ireland’s Eye Kilcullen was a comfortable first with 4 bullets leading to a total of 4 points, with a total of 12 points on the first day it was Hard on Port in second and Jumpin’ Jive lay third overall with a total of 15 points.
Sailors prepared for a hard day of sailing on the second day of the event as strong south westerly to westerly winds of 20 knots gusting 28 knots and heavy rain was forecasted. After some deliberation the PRO and his committee hosted the AP flag to postpone the racing until further notice due to poor visibility in hope the rain would clear and allow the fleet to head to the race course. With the fleet land bound for a period of the time they began to talk of past events and exchange ideas and thoughts on sailing tactics. As wind against tide started to take effect the swell at the mouth of the harbour showed signs that the fleet would not be racing of fear of damage to both boat and crew. At 14:00 the PRO hosted flag to signal all racing was cancelled for the day. With sailors disappointed to not get sailing on the day, they also took a sigh of relief. The Royal St. George looked after the fleet extremely well with the J24 dinner that night.
With great food and conversation the fleet were high spirits and itching to get out racing on the final day. Some to hold their position and some hoping to gain some places.
As the final day approached and with north westerly to westerly winds of 14 knots and gusting up to 18 knots the J24 fleet made their way to the race course on last time. With no racing on the Saturday the PRO broadcasted that he hoped to fit in three races if possible. With excellently laid courses and perfect sailing conditions the three races went without any major problems. Once again Ireland’s Eye Kilcullen were unstoppable finishing first in all three races. When the fleet arrived back to the yacht club hauling out was done in a timely and organised fashion. The atmosphere around the club grew as people in the bar got a birds eye view of the de-rigging process of a J24. With a BBQ fired up the fleet were in top form after a perfectly run event. With seven races held overall each J24 discarded their worst result. After the points were calculated it was clear to see who has come out on top in the Gold and Silver fleet.
With a final total of 6 points the Irish J24 National Champion was none other than
Howth Yacht Clubs Ireland’s Eye Kilcullen helmed by Cillian Dickson.
Flor O’Driscoll and his crew from Hard on Port of the Royal St. George Yacht Club
finished in second place with a total of 20 points
… in close third was Jamais Encore helmed by JP McCaldin from
Lough Erne/ Sligo Yacht clubs with 22 points.
Within the Silver fleet the new K25 crew from Howth Yacht Club Johnny Bravo finished in first place with a final score of 24.
Mark Usher and his crew on Jumpin’ Jive finished in second place with a score of 36. While Gerry Gilligan and his crew on Jana finished in third with a score of 39. As the J24 sailing season now draws to a close for another year many J24 sailors will spend the winter months fixing and improving their J’s. With the Autumn league in Howth approaching we may see some J24 heading out for on final racing series. For information on this please refer to the Howth Yacht Club website.
By Ciara Ryan
Results are posted here
The Sailing Instructions for the upcoming J24 Irish National Championships are now available -> J24 Nationals 2016 SI.
More information on the event form the Royal St George Yacht Club Event Page.
Updated Notice of Race now available.
August 6th and 7th saw the J24 fleet make their way back to Lough Ree Yacht Club, the second oldest yacht club in the world, for the J24 Westerns. With 10 boats, 50 competitors and strong winds the two day event was going to be one to be remembered. Boats travelled from Howth, Dun Laoghaire, Sligo and Lough Derg in Tipperary to take part. Lough Ree made sure to looked after all 50 competitors after their journeys when they fired up the BBQ to feed the hungry sailors after rigging. As light faded the crews made their way up to the Club House and settled in to renew old acquaintances and to discuss the challenges of the next two days on the lake.
The Provisional Race Officer Vincent Rafter and his team worked hard to fit in 4 races on Saturday, conscious that the conditions might deteriorate to a point where racing might be abandoned on Sunday. With Southerly winds reaching speeds of 22 knots and gust of 26 knots all boats prepared for a hard day of sailing. Winds from this direction allow short sharp wave action to develop on the lake and this affects the racers strategy. With all sailors enthusiastic to get racing one boat seemed too eager as they picked the committee boat end of the line to start only to get too close and pull the committee boats anchor with them calling for a general recall. With the J’s reaching top speeds on the spinnaker runs the next 3 races went off without any major incidents. With day one over it proved that once again the under 25 team were unstoppable with them finishing with 4 points. The racing on Saturday was followed by a J24 Class Dinner for all competitors and the race committee. The diners were entertained by the classical Duet of Ellen Godley on cello and Eva Barry on violin. Their mix of classical and traditional music soothed the frayed nerves of some very fatigued sailors.
On Sunday only one could be held due to deteriorating conditions. Gusts of 35 knots were being recorded and out of the 10 boats only 7 were brave enough to face these challenging conditions. With jib being the choice for all boats the up-wind legs were that bit easier to handle when the strong gusts hit. On the downwind leg all boats headed dead downwind as working the angles would not have any benefit. With each gybe the boats made there was always the fear of a broach. It wasn’t too long when one boat gybed getting caught by a gust and went into a fast broach. With the helmsman needing to be hauled back into the boat with a hand jury it was clear to see this race was not for the faint hearted. With the fear of structural damage to the boats and potentially injury to crew the second race was cancelled and all headed back to shore for de-rigging and prize giving.
With five races held and with one discard allowed it was clear to see who came out on top as the winner. With an outstanding performance of 5 firsts on the water the team on board Kilcullen Irelands Eye won the J24 Western Championships. Javelin a local boat which made its appearance back into the fleet after a long absence came in 2nd place with a total of 10 points. Flor O’ Driscoll from Dun Laoghaire and his team on Hard on Port were not far behind with a total of 13 points which put them in 3rd place. After all prizes were handed out the J24 fleet said goodbye to Lough Ree Yacht Club for now and all boats were on the road home to their respective home towns by 4pm.
The next J24 event is to be held in Dun Laoghaire on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th of September. With a promise of 13+ boats taking part it is set to be a event not to be missed by sailors and an excellent way to finish off the J24 2016 season.
The J24 association of Ireland would also like to extend their thanks to Waterways Ireland for their Sponsorship of this event.
Event Report by Ciara Ryan
Event Photos by Karl Ellieffe
Howth crew clear winners at J24 Northern Championships
Some great photographs courtesy of David Branigan [Oceansport]
All photos by David Branigan/Oceansport
A strong performance by Howth’s Under 25 keelboat team delivered victory in the J24 Northern Championship at Sligo Yacht Club last weekend. Counting all race wins or second-places, the Dublin crew won with a race to spare.
With sponsorship from Martin Reilly Motors, the Mespil Hotel and Malin Waters a fleet of 19 boats from all corners of Ireland competed for the six race series.
The event enjoyed a full range of conditions from near calm to fresh and gusty with the unwary likely to fall victim to broaches in the stronger gusts. At the opposite extreme, principal race officer Derek Bothwell battled light winds at times that made setting the course a particular challenge.
Despite the mastery of the overall winners, there was also close racing in the runner-up stakes where JP McCaldrin edged out Flor O’Driscoll into third overall by a single point.
The J24 class association had coach Graeme Grant on hand throughout the event to provide feedback and tips between races that added to crews’ knowledge base while the evening video briefings were a popular highlight of the social programme.
With the bulk of the fleet drawn from outside Sligo, a crane-in operation was set-up beside the marina in the town that speedily launched and recovered the boats.
“We put the call out far and wide to J24 crews around Ireland who responded with enthusiasm,” said organising chairman Martin Reilly. “We had great weather, a large and competitive fleet and warm camaraderie ashore after racing.”
Plans are already in the pipeline to persuade the class to hold the 2017 national championships in Sligo when more boats including several from outside Ireland can be expected.
J24 Northern Championships (final overall after six races)
1 Ireland’s Eye – Kilcullen (HYC U25)
2 Jamais Encore (JP McCaldrin)
3 Hard on Port (Flor O’Driscoll)
4 http://www.hamiltonbear.ie (Stefan Hyde)
5 Bad (Steve Atkinson)
6 Crazy Horse (M Reilly)
By David Branigan
You can see the full gallery here
Brief Event Report here
Article from Irishtimes on Howth Yacht Clubs K25 team here