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J/24 National Championships at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week

By Rob Clark on 8 Jul 2013 4-7 July 2013
Photos © Tom Gruitt / www.tom-gruitt.co.uk
J/24 nationals at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week day 2
J/24 nationals at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week day 2
J/24 nationals at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week day 1
J/24 nationals at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week day 1

Twenty-five teams from the UK, Ireland and USA headed to Plymouth to contest the UK Nationals at the start of July.

With 10 races scheduled over 4 days the race committee wasted no time getting going with 3 rapid fire courses set on the first day to ensure the fleet completed a series given the patchy wind forecast. The following 3 days settled into a pattern with competitors enjoying lazy mornings in the balmy conditions whilst waiting for the sea breeze to fill and then as the wind arrived revelling in the close quarters racing and tight calls at every start, mark rounding and finish. With a matter of boat lengths separating first to last on the water this was one design racing at its very best. Sailtracker units were carried on all the boats meaning friends and families could watch races unfold from shore and over 1,300 visitors logged in to check on the action across the 3 days of racing. You can still view the feed via the SailRacer site here.

With an all-star cast, including the 2010 and 2011 European Champions, 2013 US National Champions, as well as multiple UK and Irish National titles shared between the teams, racing was always going to be tight, with 6 different teams taking race wins from the 9 races contested and consistency being the key to establishing a good series. Masters of this were Chris McLaughlin / Ian Southworth and their Il Riccio team who, with every result inside the top 5, put enough space between them and their closest rivals to be able to reclaim the UK National Championship crown last held by them in 2006.

The UK National Championship Title goes to Chris McLaughlin / Ian Southworth, Il Riccio (5219) with Mike Ingham, Hitchhiker (USA 4242) taking 2nd place and Rob Clark of JuJu (4252) taking 3rd. The Westerly Trophy was also hotly contested and eventually went to the all girls team skippered by Alison Young, Nitro (4270).

Next up is the summer regatta season with a number of J/24's intending on heading to Yarmouth, IOW to join in with the fun at the Tattinger Regatta at the end of the month.

Anyone interested in getting involved in J/24 sailing in the UK can find out more information through the class website www.j24class.org.uk

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the UK J/24 nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosSail NoBoat NameSkipperHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
1GBR5219Il RiccioChris McLaughlinIan SouthworthRoyal Corinthian Cowes3‑4144122320
2GBR4242Hitch HikerMike InghamMike InghamRochester (USA)21(BFD)333312835
3GBR4254Ju JuRob ClarkRob ClarkParkstone YC62591‑1584136
4GBR4247SercoBob TurnerNathan BatchelorCastle Cove SC(DSQ)331124126445
5GBR4064CacoonNick McDonaldNick McDonaldRYA810718518‑1448
6GBR4268Jiggy 2Shane HewlettShane HewlettRYA4845910‑113548
7USA4265MadeleineDuncan McCarthyDuncan McCarthyParkstone YC12‑14287777252
8GBR40261Redrow HomesTom CloadTom CloadPlym YC5‑19625114161665
9GBR4271JawbreakerDavid CooperDavid CooperSaltash SC1‑179101069101166
10GBR4248Skilled ServicesAdrian BennettAdrian BennettSaltash SC157136‑16955666
11IRL4794Hard on PortFlor O DriscollFlor O DriscollHowth YC991513‑182109774
12IRL4215StoucheMartin DarrerMartin DarrerHYC/RCYC1011(BFD)121186151588
13GBR4260JeliStig McDonaldStig McDonaldRWYC7138141213‑1513989
14GBR4266Flying ColoursWilliam PollockWilliam PollockParkstone YC136(BFD)176162011291
15GBR4245IlluminatorMatthew ConyersMatthew ConyersRWYC(DNC)511151312172010103
16GBR4251The Italian JobJohn GormanJohn GormanRYA1115121617171314‑18115
17GBR4206Jam TooRonney BallRonney BallRWYC1612(BFD)71514161820118
18GBR4213HijinksMark LewersMark LewersRWYC141614‑181418141117118
19GBR4270NitroAlison YoungAlison YoungRYA1820(BFD)191920181713144
20GBR4103JoJoSamuel MarshallSamuel MarshallTamar River SC17181620‑2119192119149
21GBR4026Just the TonicChris RandallChris RandallSaltash SC2021102120‑22211921153
22GBR5647JetlagRobin PriceRobin PriceRWYC192217(DNF)2221222222167
23=GBR4166ChaoticNick PhillipsNick PhillipsPlym YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC208
24=IRL727Player turned PayerStefan HydeNeil BoughtonRoyal Cork YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC208
25=GBR4232BoomerangJim AndersonJim AndersonIsland SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC208
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