HOST OF THE
2015 J/24 NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Date: September 10 - 13, 2015
Many of the details for the 2015 NA's will be similar to the 2014 Downeast Regatta however stay tuned for a complete new website and specific event information coming this September.
2014 J/24 Downeast Regatta
This year's J/24 Downeast Regatta will be the U.S. J/24 Class Northeast Regional Championship where the top not already qualified U.S. J/24 Class Member in the Northeast Region will qualify for the 2015 J/24 World Championship in Germany.
Also as you may have heard or if you went to www.2015j24nas.org and was directed to this site the Downeast Regatta in 2015 will be the site and event for the J/24 North American Championship for the International Class Association.
We expect strong participation both this year and next with the close proximity to the 2014 Worlds and 2014 Nationals both about 3.5 hours driving distance to our site in Southern Maine.
On average the Downeast Regatta sees 30 boats and about 6 races with very strong competition and with similar currents and conditions to the Newport Worlds inside courses this is a perfect event for tuning your team and boat.
As usual we provide FREE hosted housing to boats from away on a first come first serve basis. A low all inclusive entry fee provides great meals, drinks, entertainment and awesome sailing for the best value in sailboat racing found anywhere in the world.
The early entry fee is only $225 and includes:
Launch & Haul, Twin Lobster Dinner on Saturday, Live Musical Entertainment and Dancing on Sunday, Snacks and Chili on Friday, BBQ Dinner on Sunday at haul out location, Gritty's Beer and Mixed Drinks all weekend, breakfast Saturday and Sunday, two great days of racing, and much more......
This deal can't be beat but its only available for a short time. The early entry fee will end on May 1st 2014 so act fast. Click the Registration button on the top of this website under the Race Info Tab.
2013 Wrap Up
There was nothing average about the 27th Anniversary Downeast Regatta that took place this past weekend. In all 33 boats made it to the line for two days of racing on Casco Bay.
On Saturday there was a pleasant 8 to 10 knot southwest breeze that eventually shifted to the west ahead of a cold front that produced a bit more wind around 12 knots for the last of four races. The current and winds were shifting all day which provided for some not-so consistent finishes. The Race Committee lead by Mark Toso did a wonderful job of keeping up with changing conditions and ran four great races.
After day one the two most consistent performances were by the tied regatta leaders Sticky Fingers from Lunenburg, Canada and Dogfish from Newport, RI, both boats accumulated 18 points. These two boats were closely followed by Al, Eskimo Sisters and Buschwacker who were all just a few points behind.
After racing, an excellent twin lobster dinner was enjoyed by everyone under the tent at Portland Yacht Club and the band got going around 7:30 with great tunes all night long. Everyone enjoyed the complimentary Gritty's Beer and Double Cross Vodka plus treats by Gourmet Barbara.
Sunday brought the back side of the cold front and a northwest wind that started off light but just before the first start blew up to about 20 knots and kept building throughout the day. Many local cruisers out on the bay said the winds were a consistent 25 to 30 with gusts to 35 for most of the afternoon. Two races were held and despite quite a few broaches and wipeouts, no one was hurt and many huge smiles were seen on the dock once everyone got back to shore. Sticky Fingers, skippered by John Whynacht, kept their consistent performance, with a second and fourth place finishes, to win the regatta. Al moved up in the standing to second with a first and a third place finish, to place second overall.
Click here for photos from day 2 by Ann Blanchard
The 2013 Downeast Regatta was a US world qualifier regatta and the spot went to the first not-already qualified boat which was Eskimo Sisters, skippered by Tim Corbett from Newport, RI.
The Fleet Award presented to the top three boats from a J/24 Fleet was presented to Fleet 50 and Dogfish who place 3rd overall, Eskimo Sisters who placed 4th overall and On the Beach who placed 6th overall.
Thank you to all our sponsors, volunteers and participants that made this year's Downeast Regatta a very special event.
2012 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.
2011 Wrap Up
One word to describe the weekend EPIC!
In all 42 boats made it to the starting line during the 25th Anniversary Downeast Regatta in Falmouth Maine hosted by Portland Yacht Club and J24 Fleet 43. Two thirds of the fleet was from out of the State of Maine as far away as Florida, Wisconsin, Maryland, New Jersey, and Nova Scotia Canada.
Conditions were excellent given that there was a full moon and left over surge from Katia creating a decent current around and through the islands of Casco Bay.
On Saturday the fleet sailed in a north easterly breeze of about 8 to 12 knots with decent 10 to 15 degree shifts and even current over the course. It was difficult to pick which side of the course would pay out, when as both sides seemed to work a different times. Bad Apple skippered by Bruce Morse from Falmouth, Maine picked the right side at the correct time in race two to take the gun in a great race. However Bill Fastiggi, from Burlington VT, skippering USA 5357 Beauty picked all the correct sides all day and finished with two firsts and a second to lead day one.
On Sunday the competitors were met with flat water and no wind around 9am on the waterfront. However by 11am the southwesterly prevailing wind filled to 10 to 12 knots and started to build to 15knots by the end of the day. Again strong currents were a factor and played into a prevailing right course side favor in both in-coming and out-going tide, which perplexed even some of the locals. Tony Parker sailing USA 58 Bangor Packet, currently hailing from Washington D.C. won the day with two firsts and a third. Tony is a "honorary" Maine local having started his J24 career way back in the late seventies and early eighties and has won the State of Maine Championship on a couple of occasions.
Overall, consistency on both days paid as USA 2785 AL, skippered by Carter White and crewed by owner Mark Klein, Tom Hall, Scott Thomas and Molly White won the regatta and the State of Maine Championship for best Maine boat. They never finished worst than sixth and averaged 3 points to win the event by a narrow margin (3 points) over Bangor Packet.
Rounding out the top five were Beauty placing third, Dogfish skippered by Bob Kinsman from Newport RI placing fourth and Bubbles skippered by Taylor Neff from Wayzata Yacht Club in Minnesota placing fifth.
There was a fleet award presented to the top J24 Fleet from outside of the local Fleet 43. Calculated using the scores of the top three boats from each fleet the Fleet award the prizes went to Fleet 50 in Newport Rhode Island. The top three boats that helped them win were Dogfish, On the Beach skippered by Lee Buress and Tasmanian Devil skippered by Steve Wood.