The wind was a little stronger for Friday with three races in the day. 'Headcase' started strongly with two race wins but 'Crew Clothing' returned in the last race of the day with a win to stay just one point off the lead going into the weekend.
Saturday saw a number of general recalls and the black flag caught out several boats. Ian BRAHAM'S 'Flagship Flyer' made the most of the morning race to win and J/24 Class Chairman, Phil OWEN in 'Zaphod' took his first ever nationals race victory in the afternoon race. 'Crew Clothing' now had a one point lead over 'Headcase' going into the final race
Sunday dawned with a sea fog hanging over Poole Harbour but the wind was filling in already from the Southwest. Everything was still to play for in the championship race with a straight battle between 'Headcase' and 'Crew Clothing' for the title and the rest of the top places still remarkably close. The fleet was very over-eager with four attempts needed to start the final race. 'Headcase' made better work of this start to take an early lead, but 'Crew Clothing' hooked into a good lift and with some excellent speed climbed the fleet to lead at the windward mark with 'Stouche' second. Positions stayed the same on the run and the committee shortened the course after the second beat as the wind showed signs of switching off completely. 'Crew Clothing' took the winners gun and the team of Mark JARDINE, ISAF's very own Craig MITCHELL, Jim Griffiths, Mike VALENTINE & Cassie RICHARDSON took the championship in the closest J/24 nationals in years. 'Headcase' finished second overall with 'Stouche' third.
In all there were five different race winners in the eight race series with nine different yacht clubs represented in the top ten showing the spread of J/24 sailing in the UK. 'Speedy Bean' won the Westerly division with 'HiJack' second and 16 year old Sam Pearson helming 'Legend' to third.
Overall Top Ten
|1||CREW CLOTHING||Mark Jardine||2||2||4||2||1||2||5||1||14|
|7||FUZZY DUCK||Ron Lee||15=||9||12||16||9||9||44d||3||73.5|
|8||FLAGSHIP FLYER||Ian Braham||4||15||14||13||18||1||23||11||76|