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Wicklow Sailing Club to Host Inaugural J24 Southern Championships in July

10th June 2024
The J24 Southern Championships will be sailed on July 27th and 28th at Wicklow Sailing Club for the first time
The J24 Southern Championships will be sailed on July 27th and 28th at Wicklow Sailing Club for the first time Credit: Afloat

Wicklow Sailing Club is preparing to host the inaugural Little Dragon sponsored J24 Southern Championships on July 27th and 28th, 2024.

Promoters say the event will spotlight the J24 class for the first time in Wicklow and is the result of dedicated efforts by J24 sailors and club committee members Conor Haughton and Johnny Flood.

"Hosting the Little Dragon J24 Championships is a significant achievement for Wicklow Sailing Club," Johnny Flood, WSC Cruiser Commodore, told Afloat. "Our volunteer-led club works tirelessly to host the prestigious Round Ireland Yacht Race biennially. Introducing another keelboat regatta to our calendar was no small feat, but we see the J24 class as an accessible opportunity for our members and juniors. We hope it will inspire more of our own members to pursue keelboat racing."

Flood says the event is anticipated to draw 75 - 100 J24 sailors from across Ireland. Online entry here and download the Notice of Race below.


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About the J24 keelboat

American Rod Johnstone designed the J/24, a one-design boat, in the mid-1970s.

Since 1977, it has been manufactured and at present, at least 5,500 hulls have been constructed throughout the globe.

The J/24 has significantly contributed to the popularity of competitive sailing, and numerous internationally recognised racing personalities have won international J/24 championships.

This class still thrives and remains a favourite among owners and crews of all levels.