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Irish J24 Class Sailboat News & Regatta Results
The crew of Irish Champion J/24 Headcase after sweeping the board in Kiel Week are (left to right) Ryan Glynn (Ballyholme YC), Sam O'Byrne (Howth YC), Cillian Dickson (Howth YC & Lough Ree YC, Louis Mulloy (Mayo SC) & Marcus Ryan (Mayo SC)
Whatever excitements the Irish J/24 class may have been providing in home waters this past weekend, the current all-Ireland Champions (in every sense) with the not-inappropriately-named Headcase have succeeded brilliantly in keeping their heads above water and their noses in…
The J24 sinking at WIORA regatta on the Shannon Estuary at Kilrush. The three mark boats on the water were quickly on the scene to take the crew of the yacht on board the safety boat and quickly brought them ashore all in good spirits. Efforts was made to recover the boat but unfortunately, the boat later sank; all relevant authorities were informed, according to an event spokesperson
There has been a dramatic start to the WIORA Championships at Kilrush on the Shannon Estuary with one boat sinking and the second day of racing cancelled due to strong winds. This year has a bumper numbers of entries for the…
Racing for J24 Northern Honours on Lough Erne
12 teams travelled from throughout Ireland to compete in the 2022 J24 Northern Championships hosted by Lough Erne Yacht Club over the weekend of 18th and 19th June. Four local boats including Barry Humphreys on TJ, Tim Rippey on Jigalo,…
The late Fred Ternan of Lough Erne
The boating community and those who treasured the maritime heritage of County Fermanagh’s Lough Erne learned with shock last weekend of the sudden death of Fred Ternan. Fred was a true son of Fermanagh. He was born on Inniscoonra Island…
Kinsale Yacht Club U25 sailors celebrate the launch of the new club J/24
Kinsale Yacht Club has launched its Under 25 Team’s J24 and named it ‘Kinsailor.’ The boat is the last J24 to have been built by Jeremy Rogers, who also built Contessas, on the Isle of Wight. “At 31 years old…
Royal Cork's Under 25 crew flying downwind in the club J/24
I’m encouraged by the opening of the Under 25 support programme for the season ahead. It is a further positive step towards bridging the gap through which young sailors were lost to the sport. That was when they wanted to…
Royal Western October Series racing
The Shannon Estuary's RWYCI October Series concluded this weekend on the 30th of October. The series had scheduled races over the first four Sundays and the final Saturday in October. Racing was cancelled due to bad weather on the first…
Kinsale Yacht Club is planning to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24 like the Royal Cork club boat (pictured above) for its new under 25 team
Kinsale Yacht Club plans for an Under 25 sailing team are progressing in West Cork.  The plan is to acquire a suitable yacht (most likely a J/24) that will compete on the under 25 keelboat circuit around Ireland. It follows expressions…
Good company. J/24s in their 2021 style – in the foreground is Out of Control (David Kelly), one of two boats recently up-graded in a pandemic lockdown project in Rush
While several national and international classes are notably successful in having a truly all-Ireland spread, only in the J/24s would you somehow end up with ten different clubs from every part of the country coming up in lights in the…
David Kelly Jnr, Sailing Secretary (left) and Lauren O'Hare, committee member and Senior Instructor with the newly refurbished club J/24s at Rush Sailing Club
Every sport sees it happen. Young enthusiastic kids who can't get enough training, competing, fitness, drills, and dreams of making it big writes Paul O'Hare of Rush Sailing Club. Many then drift away from the sport they loved as they…
RCYC has added a J24 keelboat (above) to widen its fleet of club boats
The Royal Cork Yacht Club at Crosshaven in Cork Harbour is buying a J24 keelboat to widen its fleet of club boats. Funding for this is coming from the sale of two of its existing fleet of four 1720 sportsboats.…
The late Larry Martin in his youthful Trans-European motor-cycling days
We have lost an incredible friend with the passing of Larry Martin. I first met him through sailing many moons ago, and was immediately struck by what an obvious and true gentleman he was. He had endless and extraordinary stand-apart…
The J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 26-October 1, 2021 has been cancelled
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole in Dorset have announced that the 2021 J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 26-October 1, 2021 has been cancelled. It follows a previous decision to postpone the…
Robin Eagleson, J24 sailor from Lough Erne
Lough Erne Yacht Club historian, Michael Clarke reported yesterday via social media the death of Robin Eagleson who passed away on board his motor yacht, October Dream. It was only a few months ago that he suffered the sad loss…
Competitors go downwind in breeze at 2020 Mullagmore Regatta
County Sligo's Mullaghmore Sailing Club hosted its annual regatta last weekend, as Afloat previewed here, with careful consideration of health and safety in accordance with Irish Sailing’s ‘Return to Sailing’ guidance. While some of the normal onshore post-sailing activities had…
A J24 crew racing on Dublin Bay
The International J/24 Class Association (IJCA) and the Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole United Kingdom has announced that the 2020 J/24 World Championship scheduled for September 12-18, 2020 will be postponed until September 24-October 2, 2021. "With the current COVID-19…

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