November 7, 2015
The J/24 East Coast Championship on the Chesapeake Bay saw moderate breezes both days. While Saturday was mostly cloudy and cool all day, Sunday dawned with northerly chilly winds and partly cloudy skies. Severn Sailing Association welcomed everyone on the opening day with a cookout as teams assembled, launched and got ready for the weekend of racing. The J/24 ECC was sponsored by Hillman Investments, and the fleet of 15 boats enjoyed very close racing amongst the top five teams that included past East Coast, National, North American and World Champions amongst the skipper and crews. In the end, it was Travis Odenbach’s HONEY BADGER from New York who won with 21 points. Tony Parker’s BANGOR PACKET, with two bullets and three thirds, finished second with 27 points. The SEA BAGS SAILING TEAM with Carter White and crew from Portland, Maine posted an all top seven scoreline to secure third place with 31 points. The balance of the top five was Mike Marshall’s PIPE DREAM from Jamestown, RI with 34 points, and in fifth was Peter Rich’s crew from host SSA. Here is the report from the winning team skipper Travis Odenbach: “Walking away with a trophy and great lessons; though the numbers were small, the competition was tight! The weather was perfect, with mid-60 temps the whole weekend. Friday conditions were 10-15 knots out of the north, which made for shifty but flat water. Saturday brought sunshine, powerboats and light fluky winds out of the southeast. Sunday had some more shifty conditions with the wind ranging from 7-13 knots. Annapolis is known for streaky wind and having to go to the puffs instead of waiting for them to come to you, but for the most part that wasn’t the case. Overall, we enjoyed some of the best conditions I have sailed in at Annapolis. I learned a lot about sailing in Annapolis last weekend, but there was one thing that stuck with me: in shifty conditions, get on the lifted tack in a good lane as quick as possible! The start line was short, and there were only 15 boats. Our team talked about where we wanted to start and what end of the line we favored. In the grand scheme of things, the favored line didn’t matter as much as being on the correct tack right after the start. Our goal became having a clean start and, if lifted, staying until the next shift or immediately tacking onto the lifted tack. Whether we had a good start or a bad start, we always got on the lifted tack trying to lead to the next shift first. I will say it again: be the first to lead to the next shift! Geoff Ewenson, my tactician for the weekend, never really said that was our strategy, but after the third race on Friday I started to see a trend. Whether we could tack and cross the fleet or duck the fleet or go straight for a few minutes, we were always on the right tack heading to the mark. That is a very good feeling when driving the boat. The other thing I really concentrated on was rig tension. With it being so shifty and puffy, my go-to plan was set up for the lulls! Friday was windier–hardly ever dropping below 9 knots, so I stayed at 24 on the uppers and 21 on the lowers. A good gauge for when to be at this setting is when everyone is always on the rail and the backstay has to be used every so often. Saturday and Sunday, we stayed at 20-15 because it was so patchy across the course. We never went below base unless it was super flat and super light. I did get caught one race below base, and every time the breeze came up over six knots I had no height (the boat felt stalled out the whole time). The East Coast Championship in Annapolis is a staple event for the J/24 fleet. As usual, Mark Rivera and Pat Fitzgerald hosted a great event. From dock talks on Friday to flip cup on Saturday, I wouldn’t ever miss this event. (And Annapolis delivered on a great Halloween party in town!) So thanks to Pat and Mark for a great weekend, and thank you to my team–Geoff Ewenson, Ian Coleman, Wilson Stout, and Collin Kirby–I will see you next year!” For more J/22 East Coast sailing information, visit http://www.j24eccs.org/.
November 6, 2015
The 2016 USJCA wall calendar is now for sale. It makes a great gift for crew and family, plus buy one for yourself! In addition to photos donated by Tim Wilkes, the J/24 Class Association also held a photo contest on Facebook for several pages of the calendar. The winning entries were taken by Christopher Howell, Peter Shumar, Steve Crawford, Tonja Holmes-Moon and Martha Blanchfield.
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October 30, 2015
Fourteen boats in all participated in the 2015 Southern California District 21 Road Series, although unfortunately not all in every race. Normally, this series consists of six races, held in various venues around Southern California, but this year,two races didn’t happen for our fleet (one coincided with the J/24 Nationals, and the other didn’t gather a class). The winner, by a wide margin, was Deke Klatt in Jaded, who participated in every race and never did worse than second! The competition for the remaining places was tight, as two boats tied for second place, and three for third.
October 20, 2015
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October 18, 2015
Fourteen J/24s completed six races at J/Fest Southwest from October 10-11 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, TX. Natalie Penner on Giggles won four races and added a second and a third for 9 points and the victory. James Freedman on Miss Conduct took second with 20 points, and Kelly Holmes-Moon on Bad Moon was third with 24. For complete information, visit the event website at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/10656.
New Jersey City, NJ (October 12, 2015) – In what was described as a “miracle race” by Eric Leitner, the host club representative from the Manhattan Yacht Club edged out a competitive field in the final race to win the 2015 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship (Oct. 10-12) and claim the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy.
After three days of racing, Mark Hillman of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, who was in the lead entering the 12th and final race, finished in second overall just two points behind Leitner.
“In the last race, we rounded the windward mark in sixth and were going to gybe, but the boats gybed inside of us, so we held off and all the boats passed us,” explained Leitner. “We went right and just hoped it played out. We were the furthest team right and when we came in we managed to squeeze in front of the two boats and the rest is history.”
Leitner’s crew included Adam Sandberg, Doug Witter, and Michael Ambrose, and Tom Sinatra. The come-from-behind win was capped off when Leitner’s team finished second and first in Monday’s two races. They were eight points behind Hillman when the day started. Hillman posted a pair of seventh place finishes on Monday.
Carter White of the Northeast Sailing Association also had a strong finish by placing first and second on the final day. The top three teams were separated by just five points.
“We probably had about three and a half knots of current out here, so it was pretty crazy,” mentioned White. “In only four or five knots of breeze, that made things difficult. We had some interesting mark roundings where you had to sail past the mark and pray you could get around it. It made it challenging but everyone had the same body of water to sail in.
“It’s just great to get in equal boats with people of equal skill sets, which made for some close racing.
“The nice part of this event is that it moves around the country each year. If we can do it, we’d love to race at this event again.”
Fourteen teams battled it out in this historic US Sailing Championship, hosted by the Manhattan Yacht Club. Teams were comprised of both men and women in J/24 class sailboats. Regional Sailing Associations (RSA) selected their respective teams to compete.
With the Manhattan skyline and the Statue of Liberty as the picturesque backdrop, spectators enjoyed the viewing from the shoreline of Liberty Park and from Ellis Island.
Final Standings (Top 5 of 14; 12 races)
1. Eric Leitner/Adam Sandberg/Doug Witter/Michael Ambrose/Tom Sinatra, Manhattan Yacht Club, 9-1-7-1-1-1-8-3-9-4-2-1- ; 47
2. Mark Hillman/Jon Forst/Eric Reinke/Ron Weed, Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association, 2-6/TLE-4-2-5-2-3-8-1-2-7-7- ; 49
3. Carter White/Molly White/Michael Mcallister/Ben McAndrew/Fiona Gordon, Northeast Sailing Association, 1-4-1-15/TLE-3-3-12-5-4-1-1-2- ; 52
4. Talbott Ingram/David Whittle/Carol Lee Ingram/Stuart Van Winkle/Robert Slook, North Jersey Yacht Racing Association, 7-2-2-8-6-7-11-6-10-13-4-3- ; 79
5. Bryan Dyer/Tony Waldon/Jeffrey Keller/Marc Nilsson, Texas Sailing Association, 3-6/TLE-8-10-14-8-2-13-2-6-5-5- ; 82
October 15, 2015
October 5, 2015
To all participants of this past weekend’s 37th Annual Changing of the Colors Regatta, Fleet 24 would like to extend a well earned “thank you”! All that can be said is WOW to the weather and sailing for the three days. Thursday when all were arriving, the winds were blowing out of the North at 30+ and continued to increase on Friday and then up to 40+ on Saturday morning! Unfortunately, racing was postponed on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, though the awesome PRO and Race Committee monitored the weather situation hourly, and by noon on Saturday the winds died down to a blustery 20+. The warning signal was sounded, and they got in three races that left everyone wet, cold, bruised, exhausted and ready to hit solid ground. Sunday brought some additionally challenging weather with light shifting winds, a complete 180 degrees from just 12 hours earlier. Race Committee again did a spectacular job to get off another three races, and they ended up with six total races for the three days. There was some great racing and some new boats this year from Canada, Virginia, Maine and Long Island, NY (who won “Best Visiting Fleet”) to name a few. Two all women’s boats and two other boats with ladies at the helm kicked some serious butt out on the water, so congrats to Kira Munger (Best Female Skipper), Jessica Harris & Sea Bags Women’s Sailing Team (Best All Female Boat), Rachelle Cambria and Lee Ann Zaretsky. The official results have been posted at http://www.regattanetwork.com/event/10377#_home – under Race Documents, showing Mike Ingham’s Nautalytics besting the 35-boat fleet. Fleet 24 thanks all who hauled their boats and crews long distances. Hope you will return again next year to beautiful Lake George, NY.
District 10 Championship, Melbourne Yacht Club and Eau Gallie Yacht Club, Indian Harbor Beach, FL, October 3-4
Fourteen boats participated in this annual Championship, and they were welcomed by the first cold front of the season introducing gorgeous weather on the Indian River. This regatta was hosted by two of the local clubs with EGYC responsible for all the onshore activity (east of the bulkhead) and MYC managing the racing (west of the bulkhead). This year, three sponsors were on board to ensure all crews had a good time. Intracoastal Brewing Company hosted the welcoming party at their Eau Gallie facility, assuring crews were met on shore with a tasty brew each day. Also they donated hats to each of the participating boats. Anchorage Marina stepped up to launch and retrieve most of the participants with no hassle and much fanfare. Noble Awards supplied prizes for each of the winning crew and Florida State Series t-shirts to each of the boats sailing. Always fortunate of a daily SE seabreeze in central Florida, the passing of the cold front with a constantly shifting Northern breeze puzzled all, including the locals, to which side of the course to attack. Seven races were sailed in breeze of 10 knots or less (they may have gotten 12 knots the last race but it soon dwindled). Lots of course changes and some out of the blue (south) wind lines made it important to not drop your attention to the racing. Though they did not have their Chamber of Commerce brochure conditions, they certainly were fine enough for the District Championship. Todd Fedyszyn sailing Spoony Tactics from Davis Island Yacht Club won the 2015 District 10 Championship, while Scott MacGregor sailing Rabble Rouser scored second overall, followed by Dave Noble and crew on Half Ass for third. To all the volunteers and attendees, thank you for making this a great event once again. This was the first stop of the Florida State Series, followed in November by The Florida Yacht Club’s Kings Day Regatta.
September 23, 2015
Malletts Bay Boat Club in Vermont hosted the J/24 District 1 Championship from September 19-20. Eight boats battled through six races, as Mr. Hankey (Carey’s hull #1530) edged out the Seabags team (White’s hull #2785) by one point. Mr. Hankey totaled 8 net points to Seabag’s 9, while Jam (Gardner’s hull #3286) placed third with 16 points. For complete results, visit http://mbbc-vt.org/2015race/Data/J24District1.htm.