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J/24 District 1 Championship Results & Recap

June 4th, 2013 by

The results are in after two amazing days of racing in the waters just off the coast of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. In all 19 boats competed for the 2013 J/24 District 1 Championship. After 8 great races in 10 to 20 knots, Team AL skippered by Carter White and crewed by Mark Klein, Dave Van Cleef, Shelly Paules and Molly White won the event by 10 points. With only a slight lead on day one their consistent finishes of 2, 2, 1, 1 on day two set the team apart and provided for their back to back win of the District 1 Championship. Carter White is now qualified for the 2014 J/24 World Championship in Newport, RI  Click here for full results.

The 2013 District 1 Championship started off great with a filling 10 knot southerly just off the mouth of the Piscataqua River, near Portsmouth, NH. Most of the boats setup for a typical go left day assuming the wind would stay left and be stronger away from shore. However, the crew of Sticky Fingers proved everyone wrong having turned an over early and near last off the line and bail out right into a first at the first weather mark by a long shot.

Now the game was on and right side upwind stayed the way to go the rest of the day until the wind started to get a bit fluky in the last race. On the second beat of the last race the crew of Airodoodle went left and moved around most of the fleet to go from around 14th to 2nd in one leg. Unfortunately for Airodoodle the wind didn’t hold for the whole race and at the finish, moving positions became the norm and they lost a few of the boats they had gained. In all, four races were run with all 19 boats racing and finishing all races on day one.

Day two started with a stronger southerly breeze produced by a front moving across the eastern part of the United States. The wind started around 12 knots and built to gusts of almost 20 knots and with an out going current produced by the Piscataqua river the waves and chop were sometime difficult to get through. With a pin end a bit more favored than day 1 boats that started on the left of the course and favored that side did a bit better early on than what took place on day 1.

In the first two races the team from Canada on Sticky Fingers had the starts and course nailed by taking two bullets. However, Team AL kept close by finishing second in both those races. Aidan Glackin sailing Mental Floss was having a difficult battle with Zot skippered by Frank McNamara as they traded third and fourth places in the first two races of the day.

The wind built as the day went on and the right side started to get a bit more favored as the current started to shift offshore and Team AL went into protection and cover mode on the right side of the course and capitalized on a couple of imperfect starts by Sticky Fingers. The waves were large sometimes reaching 3 to 4 feet in height which made for some epic surfing when the right puff hit, making the approach to the leeward gates fun.

Racing was over by 3pm and the travel teams all packed up and made it to the Kittery Point Yacht Club for a BBQ and awards ceremony that capped off a great weekend of sunny skies, great wind and even better camaraderie.

A huge thank you goes out to all the volunteers from J/24 Fleet 139 Portsmouth, NH who made the event so welcoming to boats from all areas and made the event run very smooth. PRO Tom Brown did an excellent job with the courses, providing great championship style racing.

Click here to check out more photos from both days of racing and the awards ceremony taken by local volunteer Bill Rapf.

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J24 Downeast Regatta will be the 2015 North American Championship

December 4th, 2012 by

The J24 Downeast Regatta has been awarded the honor of hosting the 2015 J24 North American Championship for the International J24 Class Association.

A proposal submitted by J24 Fleet 43, Portland Yacht Club and Handy Boat Service, beat out another proposal from Davis Island Yacht Club in Tampa Florida last night at a J24 Class Association meeting.  The recent success of this event that has built participation to a high level; 4th largest J24 event in North America in 2011 with 45 boats.  The past sponsor and participant support of this event has provided the tools for our event to succeed at the highest levels of event management, both on and off the water and this has been recognized throughout the sailing community.

The J24 North American Championship is the second most prestigious Championship the International Class holds with the World Championships being the most prestigious.

We expect in excess of 45 boats for the 2015 event and increased participation at the J24 Downeast Regattas between now and then.

Stay tuned to www.j24downeastregatta.com for more details as they become available.

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2012 J24 Downeast Regatta Wrap Up

December 3rd, 2012 by

2012 J24 Downeast Regatta Wrap Up

Sometimes average is really good.  The fleet of 31 J/24s who raced in the Downeast Regatta September 8th & 9th must have thought so, at least as far as wind is concerned.

Saturday was a gear-buster, with many boats showing their keels at times as they struggled with the gusts up to 32 knots.  After three great races the fleet was more than happy to return to land and recover over a lobster, Gritty’s Beer and Double Cross Vodka.

Sunday was just the opposite.  Very little wind, just enough to tempt the Race Committee to send the fleet off.  Later, after drifting and dreaming for what seemed like forever, the engines came on after one race to push boats back to Handy Boat for the closing ceremony.

Congratulations to the crew of AL as they took the championship trophy and were crowned champions for District 1 and the State of Maine.

The next four places went to sailors from out of state fleets.

Second place went to Fleet 50 member Tasmanian Devil skippered by Steve Wood who with only four crew members stayed in contention in the breeze on Saturday and then won the only race on Sunday.

Third place went to Fleet 28 member Vitamin J, skippered by Ted Johnson.

Fleet 28 from Marblehead won the fleet trophy with Vitiman J placing third, Airdoodle skippered by John Denman placing fourth and XINGU skippered by Robert Kramer placing 11th.

Congratulations as well to the team of over 50 volunteers, led by Molly White and Jess Harris, who managed all the shoreside planning and organizing.

Click here for the full results

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Maine Sailing Legend Passes

February 23rd, 2009 by

A long time Casco Bay racing scene fixture passed away last week.  See the Obituary below.  George sailed a memerable J24 named Trick or Treat. Often with a black cat or other holloween type image on the spinnaker, you could see george leading the very competitive and large local J24 Fleet 43.  The season trophy for best performance of a Fleet 43 boat is named for George as his legend of competing lives on.

Recently I was going through some race results from Portland Yacht Club in Falmouth, Maine and noticed that George at the young age of 80 won the PYC Lightship race.  The race is a twenty plus mile all day race from Clapboard Island to the location of the lightship buoy and back.   Often the race produces a wonderful long windward beat and a long and fun downwind sled ride.

George Tonini PORTLAND — George Tonini born in Trieste, Italy, Dec. 20, 1922, passed away Feb. 19, 2009. George was a Merchant Marine and trained on the Italian navy ship Amerigo Vespucci. During WWII he was an Ensign and while cooperating with the U.S., he served in The Royal Italian Navy as navigator on the Italian submarine Goffredo Mameli.

He was stationed in many different places, but the most interesting was Great Diamond Island in Casco Bay. He also worked as a dispatcher and translator at the American Motor Pool for the Allied Military Government in Trieste, Italy.

He settled in Maine, married and worked the rest of his life as a Chef and Caterer in several different capacities. (If you were one of the lucky ones you would have tasted his food). He was a member of the Portland yacht Club since 1964, he taught many people how to sail, and was an avid J/24 racer until the ripe age of eighty.

There was so much more to his life then we can put into words. He loved life, the ocean, sailing, dancing, cooking, playing poker, fishing, the Caribbean, and most of all, his wife Dorothy of 50 years. He was loving, vibrant, flirty, energetic and cute. We will miss him dearly.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Tonini of Cumberland; daughter Juliana Tonini of Windham, son Daniel Tonini of Portland; along with his granddaughter, Aria Tonini of Alfred; daughters Adele Harnois of Portland and Linda Beck of Gorham, sons Eric Tonini of Ft. Myers, Fla., and Giorgio Tonini of Trieste, Italy. He has five grand children.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, 2009, at the memorial Chapel of Independent Death Care, 471 Deering Ave., Portland.

Memories may be shared, condolences expressed and a guest book signed at the obituary page at www.independentdeathcare.com

Donations may be made to: American Stroke Association 51 U.S. Route 1 Scarborough, Maine 04074 or Animal Refuge League 449 Stroudwater St. Westbrook, Maine 04092 George Tonini

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J24 Wednesday Night Race – Downeast Regatta teaser!

August 1st, 2008 by

Ok, I bet you didn’t know that Regatta Promotions has its own video production crew. Well, we don’t really. Hall Web Marketing of Scarborough, Maine has generously donated their time and expertise to Fleet 43 and the Downeast Regatta to make this quick intro to the fleet. They will also be taking video during the 2008 Downeast Regatta for the sailors to enjoy each evening after racing.

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