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J/24 Fleets descend on Port Credit Yacht Club for the 2016 North American and 2017 World Championship Races

J/24 Fleets descend on Port Credit Yacht Club for the 2016 North American and 2017 World Championship Races

Whether your style is weeknight beer-can racing or competing on the world stage – the J/24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat to make waves around the world. This appealing keelboat started with Rodney Johnstone’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer in 1975.

“Things really took off with the first J/24 Midwinters in 1978. Twenty J/24s came to Key West, Florida for the event that would unofficially rocket the J/24 into orbit When the week was over, everyone told us not to mess around with the boat, you’ve got a great thing going here,” said Johnstone.

This good advice was followed, and J/24 racing today remains the same battle of skill it was in 1978, only now with another 5,000 boats to sail against worldwide. Close to 40 years later, the world-wide acceptance of the design and the strong one-design class rules have propelled the J/24 into a legend status and has also been the competitive launch pad for the careers of numerous America’s Cup professionals.

When asked about the biggest change he’d seen after 20 years in the class, Vince Brun said, “That’s the beauty of it, there’s been
very little change. You don’t have to change for sailing to be fun. It’s the people involved, and the evenness of the boats. If the speed difference between the top five and bottom five is small, that’s the key.”

Hank Killion noted that, “The J/24 class was more about people than anything else. The boat brought us together as a group with similar sailing interests. The camaraderie of the people at both the local and world level have made the class fun; this and the willingness of top people in the class to openly share their ideas with less experienced sailors.”

Brun concurs and adds. “For between $8,000 to $15,000 and a little bit of work, you can get into a J/24 and have a good boat. It’s a very good return for your investment. The low cost and availability of competitive used boats gives you the variety of sailors and lets the younger people sail.”

While some of the world’s best sailors have the latest version J/24, a well-prepared 1977 model, built to the same shape and weight with rigid end-grained balsa core construction can still win the J/24 Class world championship even after 30,000+ miles of trailering. That’s “One Design” racing! The International J/24 has more than 50,000 people sailing over 5,400 boats in 27 countries.

The J/24 2016 North American Championship and J/24 2017 World Championship races, taking place at PCYC, September 2016 8th- 11th 2016 and September 15th-23rd, 2017, will bring sailors from around the world to the GTA. As Title Sponsor, DriveHG.ca will take the J/24 races to international mainstage races. For more information on how you can become involved as a competitor and/or a sponsor go to

www.2016j24nac.org OR www.2017j24worlds.org

 

PCYC Aerial 2010

Results and pictures from Pointe Claire YC

Results and pictures from Pointe Claire YC

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NOD j24 Ottawa Regatta

NOD j24 Ottawa Regatta

 

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Early bird discount ends Monday, May 30, 2016

 

http://nod.nsc.ca/node/add/registration

 

Canadian Championships to be held in PEI

Canadian Championships to be held in PEI

Event Link: http://www.cyc.pe.ca/race-week.html

The Canadian National Championsihps will be held during Charlottetown Race Week, July 14 – 16.

The event will also be hosting J/29 North Americans and J/70 Atlantic Canadians- a fun 3 days of racing!

We encourage boats from the USA to attend.

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2016 J24 North American / 2017 J24 Worlds new title sponsor announced

2016 J24 North American / 2017 J24 Worlds new title sponsor announced

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Port Credit Yacht Club Ron Turenne

As of June 14 there are 36 boats registered for the North Americans – Early Bird Deadline is June 30th!

The 2016 and 2017 J/24 Championships Race Committee is pleased to announce Humberview Chevrolet Buick GMC and Motorsports Brands and Humberview Volkswagen on behalf of DriveHG.ca as Title Sponsors of the J/24 2016 North American Championship and J/24 2017 World Championship held at the Port Credit Yacht Club of Mississauga.

“We are delighted to be the Title Sponsors of these two premier sailing events. Both Jim and I are avid sailors so we understand the level of commitment these racers put forth and are excited to be able to contribute to the J/24 Championships. We look forward to helping make these races the world class events they deserve to be.’ – Andrew Lennox, General Manager of Humberview Chevrolet Buick GMC and Motorsports Brands.

The Humberview Group, under the name DriveHG.ca, are proud members of the Etobicoke community and have been for over 25 years. Giving back to the surrounding community is a big part of who they are and an important value in their organization. From the Dorothy Ley Hospice Race, to Bike Sponsorships, Ski Sponsorships, and many more philanthropic endeavours, this automotive group is passionate about enlivening its community.

“Having participated in a few sailing races on my own, I understand the enthusiasm, dedication and excitement that each racer experiences leading up and during their race. Being the Title Sponsor of the J/24 North American and Worlds is a relationship we are eager to be a part of.” said Jim Leckie, General Manager of Humberview Volkswagen.

The J/24 2016 North American Championship and J/24 2017 World Championship races, which will be taking place at PCYC, September 2016 eighth-11th 2016 and September 15th-23rd, 2017, will bring sailors from around the world to the GTA. With well over a hundred boats at both events, in addition to family members, member involvement and spectators, these races will be milestone events for sailing in Canada. As Title Sponsor, DriveHG.ca has helped the J/24 races go from local community events to international mainstage races.