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North Sails J24 Tips & How One Design Racing Levels the Playing Field

6th March 2019
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J24s racing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay J24s racing at Volvo Dun Laoghaire Regatta on Dublin Bay Photo: Afloat.ie

The North Sails Trim Talks tour of Ireland has been going really well and it's always a treat for us to get out of the office and meet the clients and potential clients in a relaxed learning environment writes Loft manager Nigel Young.

Lots of topics and questions get presented to us as we travel and this year was no different. However, there is often a recurring theme that pops up as we move around the country and this year was no different. The big talking point at many clubs this year was One Design racing and the class that got mentioned more than most was the J24.

"The J24 is a very popular choice by many of the Under 25 Youth Teams in Ireland"

In the summer of 1975 Rodney Johnstone designed and built hull number One in his garage in Stonington, Connecticut USA and the class has been going strong ever since.

The J24 is a very popular choice by many of the Under 25 Youth Teams in Ireland and we were very happy to help support the U-25 Squad in Foynes YC last month. From the outside, the J24 looks simple and in reality, it is. However as with all One Designs from Optimist dinghy through to the Melges 32 they all have special techniques required to get the very best out of them. The J24 is no different....however if you want a short cut to success in this class look no further!

North Sails have been involved in the class right from day one and the experience and knowledge our class experts have to share is second to none. Our own Shane Hughes here in Ireland is one of the class experts in the J24 so if you cannot find the answer below please do not be afraid to contact Shane or any other member of the North Sails Team.

We hope you find the Tips and trick below of interest. I am 100% confident you will...

Please take a look at the first of three J24 focused articles from North Sails here

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Loft Manager and One Design Expert, Nigel Young started sailmaking in 1981 in Cowes and opened North Sails Ireland in 2004. He races regularly with Irish clients and has competed in Melges 24s since their introduction into Europe in 1994 and has competed in 18 of 20 World Championships, with his best result of a third overall. Nigel also races Dragons Internationally, RS200s and Yachting World Dayboats.

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North Sails Ireland is operated by Loft Manager and One Design Expert Nigel Young at his Cork Harbour base at Myrtleville. The company specialities include Bend on / Bend off, Canvas, Certified Service, Sail Hardware Upgrades, Sail Inspection / Evaluation, Sail Measurement, Sail Repair, Sail Storage and Sail Washing. Working with Nigel are Maurice O'Connell, Shane Hughes and Richard Marshall.

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