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J24 European Championship at the Royal Western Yacht Club - Overall

by Robin Price 18 Aug 2016 20:34 BST 13-19 August 2016

After battling with strong winds and a reasonable sea state for the first three days of the J24 European Championships in Plymouth, this morning, at the start of the final day's racing, the 37 boat fleet were greeted with different challenge, light winds.

The course for both races was in a tricky southerly varying in strength and direction. The smart tactic was to head out to starboard to catch the slightly stronger breeze and a lift off the Rame Headland.

In the first race of the day Nick McDonald, 'Cacoon', had to defend hard at the finish to fend off William Pollock in 'Flying Colours', who was able to keep clear on the run and overtake some six boats. But, was not able to beat McDonald to the line, only losing by a second, and closely followed by Andy Taylor in 'Phoenix'.

In the second and final race of the championships, the UK chairman of the class, David Cooper in 'Jawbeaker', finally showed his true potential by winning. He was followed over the line by Mike Mackie from Dartmouth in 'Jiggy' with Japanese 'Gekko' helmed by Tokuma Takesue in third place.

At the close of the 2016 European Championships, Plymouth, the winning boat was 'Phoenix' skippered by Andy Taylor. Second place went to Daniel Frost's 'JJOne' from Germany and in third place was the young Irish team of Cillian Dickson from Howth Yacht Club in 'Kilcullen' Winning skipper Andy Taylor, commented: "We've had a fantastic week's sailing, across all wind conditions. We were fortunate to go into the final day without a bad discard which gave us options. The GER JJone have been phenomenal all week, we knew they had the speed to escape from a poor start or tricky first beat and in final race put us in a boat on boat which was exciting, even as we crossed the line we didn't know if we had done enough.

"We've had a great team and got on, both on and off the water, brilliantly. Huge thanks to team Phoenix (Rob, Paul, Zoe and Izzy) for putting up with me as well as PRO David Lovegrove and his team for a brilliant regatta, hosted by the always excellent Royal Western Yacht Club and Plymouth J24 fleet."

A team worthy of note, 'Jool' helmed by Dirk Olyslagers, came over from Holland having only been together six weeks. After mastering the conditions on day one proved themselves by achieving five top ten results in the last six races. The team from Sweden, sailing a chartered boat 'Another Cacoon', was heard to say: "This is a fantastic location, as soon as you let us know when the next event is, we'll be back."

The main sponsor, Nick McDonald of Cacoon, said: "I'm delighted to have been a able to sponsor the Championships in my home port, and hearing comments like Dirk's above from visitors makes it all worthwhile.

All the competitors wanted to extend their special thanks to the organising team from the Plymouth fleet headed by Stig McDonald with Neil Dunkley, Helen Peat, David Cooper and Nick Triscott. Stig said: "Everyone has worked extremely hard over the past eighteen months to bring the event to Plymouth where we have a very active J24 class. The event couldn't have gone better, the weather has been perfect, the racing has been competitive and the après sail has been welcoming."

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Points
1GBR 4242PhoenixAndy TaylorParkstone353938753113(34/SCP10%)60
2GER 5475JJoneDaniel FrostJSC82(OCS)763114372971
3JPN 5449GekkoTokuma TakesueJapan Sailing Federation58761414210%17‑29380
4IRL680KilcullenCillian DicksonHowth167111461213‑231111294
5GER 5467VitesseManfred KonigHSC2312‑26149131010%541794
6GER 5386TintoTill PomariusSvaoe15968101110172210%‑2099
7GBR 4269CacoonNick McDonaldRWYC9122072016146(OCS)16102
8GER 5316Hungriger WolfMaz AugustinSvaoe712810%5569161517‑22108
9FRA 4934JaguarAorelian GarciaYCCA131591992820%‑3016105125
10GER 5381SullbergStefan KarsunkeBlankeneser113(OCS)521210%5DSQ3319126
11GER 5330LuvTom StryiSvaoe1141011816151884‑3221126
12GBR 4206Jam TooAusten DaviesBude6‑2710%3167410%2561227138
13NED 36JoolDirk OlyslagersWV De Maaskant‑2630%14211110%34107198141
14GBR 4245Unity LetsMatt ConyersRWYC1862421519118141822‑26157
15GBR 4266Flying ColoursWilliam PollockParkstone14(36/SCP10%)13182110%510%10%9213171
16GBR 4270Jolly RogerRoger MorrisParkstone410%2220%8141816201316‑25178
17GBR 4271JawbreakerDavid CooperSaltash171821151317(30/SCP10%)211712301182
18SWE 982Another CacoonMartin FridMSS1211524191219251520‑3524186
19GER 5269PfauLars HaagerAsvik19161912‑262417712222018186
20GBR 4213HijinksMark LewersRWYC24(DSQ)251320132324281489201
21GBR 4260JeliStig McDonaldRWYC1010161627‑32202210%101828202
22GBR 4241Jineration XSteve WassellTMSC2122(OCS)22232124111110%614205
23ITA 371J OCFabio ApollonioSTDV251727102227‑2928268144208
24GER 5313JuelssandAnn‑kathrin FrankSvaoe20211120%10%1093318(OCS)377221
25GBR 4268JiggyMike MackieRoyal Dart3110%29232525‑34261325152243
26GER 5266 Lynn WolgastMuhlenberger2923173112283215733‑3623250
27GER 1185GlenJanne SchleiferBlankeneser Segel22‑3118292429222929242416266
28GBR 4100Midnight ExpressSamuel MarshallSaltash23202332(38/SCP30%)30353031211310268
29GBR 4251Italian JobJohn GormanRYA282910%25292221313329(38/SCP10%)11277
30GBR 4035JiffyDavid MooreSaltash32242814‑3326272710%192732279
31GBR 4254JuJuQuinton HallEast Dorset3033263036(38/SCP30%)30363227915304
32GBR 4153JamBen MaddafordSaltash3534303635(38/SCP30%)25622312133308
33GBR 4026Just the TonicChris RandallSaltash‑362633342823363224302335324
34GBR 4103JoJoJames TorrSaltash2730313530313135‑37342634344
35GBR 779XP RiggingJacob BennettParkstone‑373534333235372335232536348
36IRL 4115Johnny BravoAlex ShackletonHowth342832‑3731362837343210%31355
37FRA 4032J'adoreErwan RichardLoguivy Canot33(OCS)10%28343710%3436283137359

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