The J24 Nationals will take place on Saturday November 21st 2009. See attached regatta documents:
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Nine J/24’s and 4 J105’s headed down to St. George’s Dinghy Club to take part in the J’Classes Regatta. It was a breezy day - 20 knot breeze and a stiff chop out at sea, with the usual current running round the tip of Bermuda. Out in the Atlantic for the first time in many years, the J24 fleet tuned up as the R/C valiantly dropped marks in the deep water (and hoped they’d hold - which they did).
Breeze was out of the SW, the sun was shining, and the water was a glorious indigo - what a place to sail.
Three windward-leeward races took place - the racing was close, with more than one mark rounding jammed with boats. Speed in the waves and solid crew work paid dividends. Keeping the crew all on the boat also helped.
Race 1 and boats favoured the pin end and then the fleet split with most going left, led by Erin & Jezebel. After two laps New Wave edged in front and took the gun, folowed by Erin and Jezebel.
Race 2 and carnage at the pin as New Wave tacked in front of four starboard tackers - it was as noisy as the Stretford End as Man U scored from a penalty. Two turns later New Wave was at the back with boats returning from over-early. Two laps later, New Wave had worked through the fleet again to take the gun, this time with Siren and spoRHADiC taking the next 2 places.
So going into Race 3 New Wave led, followed by Erin, Siren, Jezebel and Sadiiqi. Final Race had a clean start and boats making early gains on the left. The wind was easing up a little, but the current was picking up so finding a route through the waves was key. After two laps, New Wave rounded out a perfect score with spoRHADic and Erin closely behind.
A tired and happy fleet headed into the Dinghy Club to leave the boats overnight; slake their thirst; and hear the results.
New Wave were presented with the J/24 St. George’s Trophy, Ross Spurling as R/C was thanked along with his volunteers, and a greatr time was had by all!
In the J105 fleet Pasion led over Not Mine with a 1-2-3.
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After a day of rain, thunder and lightning, it was nice to get to the dock to see the skies clearing. The wind was blowing (!) in from the West, and the Quinn-patented nipple-ometer recorded gusts of 4 knots. It was going to be a slow night.
The wind direction meant a spinnaker start. We started not too badly, and immediately had Richard Neame calling “starboard” on us, even though we were sailing downwind and he was on port. A big bunch of boats gybed at once, causing mass movements across the harbour. The big J125 Crossfire took a while to get moving, but once under steam was scything through the fleet.
The course meant nipping out into the Great Sound briefly, so a short course. By the time we had reached Two Rock several beers had been consumed, the chute had collapsed half a dozen times, and we had crept backwards slightly. but no-one cared as we were a) in Bermuda, b) not working and c) enjoying a frosty beverage or two.
In the Sound the fleet spread out. Some boats opted to round the mark and then head for land (Long Island) - hoping to catch a breeze off the shoreline. Others (including us) didn’t. The shoreline boats fared better. At Two Rock on the way back in there seemed to be a lot of shouting from Rhadical, which was being squeezed up onto the infamous “Three Rock” despite calling for water. We avoided most of the melee because we were close to the back of the fleet. The boat, however, was getting lighter as we emptied beer cans. I can attest to the difficulty of flying a spinnaker one-handed whilst drinking with the other.
Luckily, Pete Ramsdale was not doing Race Committee, which meant no sailing down the harbour and back up again. As we headed towards the Dinghy Club the sun came out - finishing off a great evening’s sailing.