Archive for April, 2011

PYC Spring Clean Up

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Hey Fleet 43 Sailors (Skippers and Crew)

This Sunday is Spring Cleanup at the club.  Free brunch will be served at 11:00AM. It would be great to see some J24 sailors out there-sporting their Fleet 43/J24 gear!  Please swing by even for an hour!

Bill & Molly

Two Great Dates to Add to Your Calendar

Monday, April 25th, 2011

A quick reminder about two important dates:

This Wednesday, April 27th from 5 to 8:00 pm meet up with fellow J24 sailors for a Fleet Happy Hour at Oasis!

Wednesday, May 4th, from 5:30-7:30 pm swing by Handy Boat Service for the Points East Crew Match party.  Find crew, find a boat, have munchies and beer!

Fleet Happy Hour Part 2

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
Don’t forget that a week from tonight, Fleet 43ers are gathering at the Oasis to catch up and start preparing for the 2011 season. We hope to get as many J24 sailors out of the wood-work as possible! Tell your crew and friends.

When: Wednesday April 27th

Time: 5-8:00 pm

Where:  The Oasis on Wharf Street in Portland

Why: To catch up with fleet members, recruit new ones, and play giant board games.

Hope to see lots of folks there!

North U Rules Seminar

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011
North U Racing Rules Seminar

Hosted by SailMaine
Sunday, May 1, 2011

at Portland Yacht Services.

SailMaine is hosting a North U Rules Seminar. Todd Berman, whose sailing experience spans boats ranging from dinghies to maxis, will be the instructor. For further information or to register for the seminar:

or contact:
Special Discount:  Code:  SM-7245
Entitles you to select the Additional Crew Level Tier Pricing starting at $85
Indicate Code either under “Comments” on line, or when you call in.
Looking forward to seeing you at the seminar!


Director of SailMaine Programs
Director of Events

Class Rule Changes

Thursday, April 14th, 2011

New J/24 Class Rules Effective April 14, 2011

Please direct your members to the IJCA website for information:

The International J/24 Class Association has received approval of its
proposed rule changes from the ISAF. The new rules will be in effect as of
April 14, 2011.

The biggest change, which will affect all J/24s, is the 15 kg reduction in
the all-up weight for racing. This will not require your boat to be
re-weighed, but will only require changes to the Optional and Required
Inventory List that should be kept on each boat while racing.

If you have a valid IJCA measurement certificate, you will not be required
to obtain a new one.

The new all-up racing weight for the J/24 is 1330 kg, down from the previous
1345 kg. This means you can now remove some of the items that perhaps are
kept on your boat merely to make the all-up weight.

A copy of the new Optional and Required Inventory List is attached and also
available online here:

Other changes to the IJCA Class Rules include:
– Class Rule 3.8 was modified to deal only with “Fixed Fittings” to be
carried when racing. This is a wording change and does not alter the way the
boat is provisioned or sailed.

- Class Rule 4 was modified to remove the word “safety” from the title. This
is a wording change and does not alter the way the boat is provisioned or

- Class Rule 8.1.5 was deleted as it is redundant to the RRS.

- A proposal to allow a wire strap between the mast bearing beam and the
underside of the deck was not included in the new IJCA Class Rules. All rule
changes require the approval of J/Boats Inc. (the J/24 copyright holder) and
the company was unwilling to allow this rule change until the affect on the
hull structure could be studied more carefully. The ISAF therefore rejected
this rule change proposal.

A full list of the changes approved by the ISAF is attached or can be
downloaded by here:

The latest complete version of the J/24 Class Rules is attached or can be
downloaded by here:

Downeast Planning Meeting

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Hey Everyone,

Don’t forget that we are getting together at Rich Ketchum’s house (just up from the Yacht Club on Old Powerhouse Road in Falmouth) to work on Downeast Planning.

As I have said before, Jess and I welcome any to attend this meeting and help us plan and generate ideas.  The more the merrier!

Hope to see you on Monday the 11th at 6:00 pm


J24 North Americans

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Another event to throw on your J24 calendars is the J24 North Americans. This year they will be hosted in Halifax, NS. It looks to be a great event, awesome venue and is about the same distance as Lake George from Maine.

Remember that sailing in District 1 Championships, Northeast Regionals and North Americans confirm you a spot in the 2012 Worlds in Rochester, NY.