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J/24 nationals at Atwell Martin Plymouth Race Week day 2
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
If you finished in the top ten at the UK J/24 nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here
|Pos||Sail No||Boat Name||Skipper||Helm||Club||R1||R2||R3||R4||R5||R6||R7||R8||R9||Pts|
|1||GBR5219||Il Riccio||Chris McLaughlin||Ian Southworth||Royal Corinthian Cowes||3||‑4||1||4||4||1||2||2||3||20|
|2||GBR4242||Hitch Hiker||Mike Ingham||Mike Ingham||Rochester (USA)||2||1||(BFD)||3||3||3||3||12||8||35|
|3||GBR4254||Ju Ju||Rob Clark||Rob Clark||Parkstone YC||6||2||5||9||1||‑15||8||4||1||36|
|4||GBR4247||Serco||Bob Turner||Nathan Batchelor||Castle Cove SC||(DSQ)||3||3||11||2||4||12||6||4||45|
|5||GBR4064||Cacoon||Nick McDonald||Nick McDonald||RYA||8||10||7||1||8||5||1||8||‑14||48|
|6||GBR4268||Jiggy 2||Shane Hewlett||Shane Hewlett||RYA||4||8||4||5||9||10||‑11||3||5||48|
|7||USA4265||Madeleine||Duncan McCarthy||Duncan McCarthy||Parkstone YC||12||‑14||2||8||7||7||7||7||2||52|
|8||GBR40261||Redrow Homes||Tom Cload||Tom Cload||Plym YC||5||‑19||6||2||5||11||4||16||16||65|
|9||GBR4271||Jawbreaker||David Cooper||David Cooper||Saltash SC||1||‑17||9||10||10||6||9||10||11||66|
|10||GBR4248||Skilled Services||Adrian Bennett||Adrian Bennett||Saltash SC||15||7||13||6||‑16||9||5||5||6||66|
|11||IRL4794||Hard on Port||Flor O Driscoll||Flor O Driscoll||Howth YC||9||9||15||13||‑18||2||10||9||7||74|
|12||IRL4215||Stouche||Martin Darrer||Martin Darrer||HYC/RCYC||10||11||(BFD)||12||11||8||6||15||15||88|
|13||GBR4260||Jeli||Stig McDonald||Stig McDonald||RWYC||7||13||8||14||12||13||‑15||13||9||89|
|14||GBR4266||Flying Colours||William Pollock||William Pollock||Parkstone YC||13||6||(BFD)||17||6||16||20||1||12||91|
|15||GBR4245||Illuminator||Matthew Conyers||Matthew Conyers||RWYC||(DNC)||5||11||15||13||12||17||20||10||103|
|16||GBR4251||The Italian Job||John Gorman||John Gorman||RYA||11||15||12||16||17||17||13||14||‑18||115|
|17||GBR4206||Jam Too||Ronney Ball||Ronney Ball||RWYC||16||12||(BFD)||7||15||14||16||18||20||118|
|18||GBR4213||Hijinks||Mark Lewers||Mark Lewers||RWYC||14||16||14||‑18||14||18||14||11||17||118|
|19||GBR4270||Nitro||Alison Young||Alison Young||RYA||18||20||(BFD)||19||19||20||18||17||13||144|
|20||GBR4103||JoJo||Samuel Marshall||Samuel Marshall||Tamar River SC||17||18||16||20||‑21||19||19||21||19||149|
|21||GBR4026||Just the Tonic||Chris Randall||Chris Randall||Saltash SC||20||21||10||21||20||‑22||21||19||21||153|
|22||GBR5647||Jetlag||Robin Price||Robin Price||RWYC||19||22||17||(DNF)||22||21||22||22||22||167|
|23=||GBR4166||Chaotic||Nick Phillips||Nick Phillips||Plym YC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||208|
|24=||IRL727||Player turned Payer||Stefan Hyde||Neil Boughton||Royal Cork YC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||208|
|25=||GBR4232||Boomerang||Jim Anderson||Jim Anderson||Island SC||(DNC)||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||DNC||208|