Monday, 7 September 2015

Monday 7th September

What a shame to miss out yet again whilst Vinyl Solutions sits on the concrete!!

An almost windless start saw Jobs for the Buoys and Madeleine over the line, so our Worlds' representatives on board Pheonix, led at the first windward mark.
However, their German exploits took their toll and Georgina, Sophie and friends slipped back to finish 4th behind Flying Colours and Crackerjack.
Madeleine, meanwhile recovered from their poor start, to register yet another win in the series .

1st 4265 Madeleine
2nd 4266 Flying Colours
3rd 4074 Crackerjack
4th 4222 Pheonix
5th 4263 Jobs for the Buoys
6th 4235 Wijit
7th 4239 Zaphod

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Parkstone Monday Evening Twilight Series

After a 6 week absence Vinyl Solutions was finally up and racing again on Monday 31st August. The fleet had shrunk to only 5 boats due to other Bank Holiday commitments.
With an extremely low tide, an anticipated power packed incoming tide from 18.30, and a northerly breeze, the race officer had a difficult task to set a competitive course, but it turned out very well.
A tight reach to Stakes, a spinnaker run to Bell race mark, via Glovers and then a windward / leeward around Buoy 21 and Bell race mark, kept everyone on their toes.
Sadly for us, on board Vinyl Solutions, a split pin disappeared, followed by a cotter pin, which left a bottle screw floating in the breeze. An unstayed mast meant that a retirement quickly followed, whilst Madeleine was followed home by Flying Colours, Jobs for the Buoys and Zaphod.

The series results are posted on the Club board, but, in summary, so far:

1st Madeleine
2nd Jolly Roger
3rd  Jobs for the Buoys
4th  Flying Colours
5th Zaphod
6th Wijit
7th Crackerjack
8th Pheonix
9th Vinyl Solutions

PS On 24th August the third placed boat sported the number 427. I have not include their result as yet. Can anyone tell me who it was, please?

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Sunday, 26 July 2015

J24 Parkstone

Whilst I await the results from Yarmouth, Taittinger Champagne Trophy, this is where we stand with regard to the Parkstone Monday evening series.
Unfortunately Vinyl Solutions is still grounded awaiting her new cap shrouds, and my right knee is only slowly mending, so I am not expecting to be out tomorrow either.

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Friday, 24 July 2015

Parkstone Monday Summer Series 2015

It is now Friday 24th July, and , unfortunately, an injury to Vinyl Solutions followed by an injury to me (too much Laser sailing in strong winds last weekend) has curtailed our involvement in the J24 Summer Series for a couple of weeks.

Vinyl Solutions is awaiting new cap shrouds but, hopefully, will be back on the water next Monday.

In the meantime best of luck to those taking part in the Taittinger Regatta in Yarmouth this coming weekend. Sorry we couldn't join you but family commitments put paid to that idea.

On Monday 13th July I was pleased to join William Pollock's team on board Flying Colours competing with four other J24s in some quite strong winds. A windward/leeward course made place changes frequent. Crackerjack started the first upwind leg like a train, but gear failure prevented their use of a spinnaker. Andrew Hill and team on board Wijit got away from the fleet on the second downwind leg and never looked back, registering their first win of the season.


1st 4235  Wijit
2nd 4270  Jolly Roger
3rd 4266 Flying Colours
4th 4263 Jobs for the Buoys
5th 4074  Crackerjack

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Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Monday 6th July

First at the start is not as important as first at the finish ! Vinyl Solutions' false dawn was soon quashed as the five other J24s, all carrying genoas in the decreasing breeze, overhauled the initial leader, carrying a smaller jib, before even exiting the harbour! The fierce outgoing tide provided thrills and spills, and plenty of foredeck squeals, on our way to rounding Swash Channel buoy no.2. The spinnaker run return was placid in comparison as the fleet hugged the Training Bank. Flying Colours did well to lead most of the race whilst Jolly Roger swapped places once in a while but could not hold on, so Flying Colours took the final honours.
1st 4266  Flying Colours
2nd 4270 Jolly Roger
3rd 4265 Madeleine
4th 4263 Jobs for the Buoys
5th 4239 Zaphod
6th 4067 Vinyl Solutions


Parkstone Yacht Club J24 Monday Evening Summer Series  
8th June 15th June 22nd June 29th June 6th July Points
4270 Jolly Roger DNC 9 1 2 1 2 15
4263 Jobs for the Buoys 1 3 5 5 4 18
4074 Crackerjack 3 2 4 4 DNC 7 20
4266 Flying Colours DNC 9 DNC 9 3 2 1 24
4265 Madeleine DNC 9 DNC 9 1 3 3 25
4239 Zaphod 4 4 7 7 5 27
4235 Wijit 2 DNC 9 DNC 9 6 DNC 7 33
4067 Vinyl Solutions DNC 9 5 6 8 6 34

Monday, 6 July 2015

Round the Island Race on a J24

It was billed as a Lad's weekend so we weren't going to take the Round the Island Race too seriously; well that depends on what you mean by seriously!
Two of the four owners of J24 Jobs for the Buoys were away, one in Gothenburg welcoming his daughter, and yacht SCA, at the conclusion of the Volvo Round the World Race. The remaining two, Bob and Wade, needed three Likely Lads to join them on a much shorter circumnavigation. So along came Pat, Craig and me, and I was the lucky one to be given the helm, at least for the start.
After a beautiful 4 hour spinnaker run from Poole to Cowes on Friday, it was early to bed and up at 05.30 on Saturday morning.
A gentle breeze was steadily increasing and by start time, 08.20hrs, the gusts were increasing handsomely. A genoa was chosen, and, despite misreading our watches, our start proved to be perfectly acceptable. Ducking and diving, finding lanes and clear air, minimising tacks (it's a marathon, not a sprint!) and just generally trying to avoid the bigger boats, was the order of the day, as we carried the ebb tide down towards the Needles.
We missed the family waving from Hurst Castle whilst endeavouring to get to the faster tide adjacent to the Shingle bank. The Needles were viewed a little too closely for some but that enabled us to put in the shortest port tack before setting off towards St. Catherine's. Leg One complete.

A two sailed reach or a tight spinnaker reach? OK let's go for it. It is a race after all.  A few broaches but many smiles and a few good sleigh rides down the waves ensued, and then a fabulous view of the lighthouse at St. Catherine's, as we bore away from the increasing SW wind. Wind over tide conditions can cause some steep waves, but these can be avoided by staying close in along to Ventnor, so not a difficult decision.  
A pleasant run down to the Bembridge Ledge, drop the spinnaker and turn back into the wind. Initially it would have seemed that a jib would have been a good call, but once Ryde Sands was negotiated, once again ducking and diving to avoid the bigger boys, the breeze eased and only a couple of tacks were necessary before we found ourselves trapped under the hills surrounding Osbourne Bay. In there one can avoid an adverse tide. Steady wind and adverse tide out in the Solent versus flukey breeze and a slack tide in the Bay.
The latter often proves to be the best option and at last, at 16.30hrs, we crossed the finishing line and were looking forward to that first beer, 8hrs 10minutes after our start.

The J24 proves to be a very capable boat in strong wind conditions and Jobs for the Buoys certainly looked after five slightly older gentlemen on a great "Lad's weekend". A couple of beers and an Indian dinner, a perfect recipe for the beginning of a great night out? You might think so, but for us it was bedtime by 9.30!!

We might even pick up a trophy as the other J24s finished a little later than us.

William Lack

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Monday 22nd June

A quite blustery NW wind greeted the 7 J 24s to the start line on Monday, with a windward / leeward course between Stanz and NC2 being set. The start of the ebb tide encouraged some to sail into Parkstone Bay immediately after the start, which seemed to pay off. Madeleine and Jolly Roger set the pace with Flying Colours, Crackerjack and Jobs for the Buoys in hot pursuit. However, an audacious tactic by Vinyl Solutions to sail into the Wytch Channel, brought her back into contention.
A long beat against the tide ensued and a second lap, full of mishaps, one lost halliard, one grounding, and a few sandy bumps followed. However Madeleine held on to win with Jolly Roger not far behind. Vinyl Solutions just managed to pip Zaphod at the last !!

1st Madeleine
2nd Jolly Roger
3rd Flying Colours
4th Crackerjack
5th Jobs for the Buoys
6th Vinyl Solutions
7th Zaphod


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Friday, 5 June 2015

Monday 1st June

Congratulations to Jolly Roger. As soon as the N flag was raised on Monday on the Club flagstaff, Roger Morris and his crew were declared winners of the Parkstone Monday evening Spring Series.
The wind was far to gusty, even though the Laser fleet did venture out, no doubt for several dunkings all round.

So the series results which are on the results board read like this:

1st Jolly Roger 6 points, six straight wins!
2nd Madeleine. 16 points
3rd Wijit. 28 points
4th Jobs for the Buoys 31 points
5th Zaphod 32 points
6th Flying Colours 34 points
7th Pheonix 40 points
8th Vinyl Solutions. 46 points
9th Crackerjack. 47 points

Next Monday start of the Summer Series.


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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Update from Parkstone Monday Evening Spring Series

A very gusty and strong breeze on Monday 18th May left several J24s firmly attached to their pontoon berths, whilst Madeleine, Jolly Roger, Wijt and Pheonix proved to be the brave ones.

The following Monday, the penultimate race evening of the Spring Series, again saw the breeze coming from the NorthWest and, whilst fickle in direction, was gentle enough for six boats to take to the course. What should have been a windward / leeward course around Stakes and Glovers eventually turned into a spinnaker reach and a one sided beat.

Now with only one race tp go in the series Jolly Roger would appear to have an unassailable lead, but a second discard will come into play if the race is run.

Parkstone Yacht Club J24 Monday Evening Spring Series Total
6th April 13th April 20th April 27th April 4th May 11th May 18th May 25th May 1st June 1 discard
4270 Jolly Roger DNC 9 1 O 1 1 1 2 1 7
4265 Madeleine 1 5 N 2 2 2 1 DNC 9 13
4263 Jobs for the Buoys 4 3 R 4 6 4 DNC 9 5 26
4266 Flying Colours 2 7 3 3 3 DNC 9 DNC 9 27
4235 Wijt DNC 9 DNC 9 S 5 4 6 3 2 29
4239 Zaphod DNC 9 4 E 6 5 5 DNC 9 3 32
4067 Vinyl Solutions 3 8 U 8 7 8 DNC 9 6 40
4222 Pheonix DNC 9 6 L 7 8 7 4 DNC 9 41
4074 Crackerjack DNC 9 2 T DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 DNC 9 46

William Lack 
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Parkstone YC 11th May 2015

A slightly gusty SW breeze, but one of sufficient strength, to allow the Race Officer to set a course out of the harbour. Nine J24s crossed the start line, with me being invited to helm Jobs for the Buoys, in the two David's absence greeting Annie Lush in Newport, Rhode Island, on her Volvo Round the World Yacht Race marathon, on board SCA.
A short beat to No26, a spinnaker run to Glovers, and another after North Haven Beacon, on down to Poole Head off Shore Road and then a beat back to the entrance, a spinnaker hoist before being headed after Brownsea and then a short beat home. There was close sailing throughout with Madeleine, Jolly Roger and Hitchiker sailing around the leeward mark inches apart, followed by Jobs for the Buoys and Flying Colours doing likewise. Vinyl Solutions match-raced Matchmaker from class 1whilst keeping a watchful eye on an ageing and wobbly winch.
The wind shadows off Brownsea caught out Hitchiker with Flying Colours benefiting by squeezing into third place. Jolly Roger, once again, proved too hot to handle. Vinyl Solutions started and finished under the helmspersonship of Jenna and, but for an indifferent spinnaker hoist would have fared much better.

1st 4270 Jolly Roger
2nd 4265 Madeleine
3rd 4266 Flying Colours
4th 4263 Jobs for the Buoys
5th 4239 Zaphod
6th 4235 Wijit
7th 4222 Pheonix
8th 4067 Vinyl Solutions
DNF 4242 Hitchiker

Unfortunately the race results for 20th April have been voided so the Series Results are as attached.


Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Parkstone J24 Monday evening series 4th May

Jolly Roger romped away again !!  " It's the classy team uniform that makes them go so quickly" according to the team on board Vinyl Solutions.
A couple of tacks into the easterly breeze, as the rain steadily increased in density, took us against a strong incoming tide, along the North Channel. Then spinnakers up before the Royal Motor YC. At the North Haven Beacon the tide took us sideways until the sanctuary of Stoney Island was reached. A tack around Amy Group buoy left some wishing they had achieved a windward drop. We tried but failed miserably and nearly ran the buoy down!  Viscous gusts past Brownsea  almost caused wet feet to windward!! and after running downtide to buoy 28 a beat inshore to the finishing line proved the undoing of some and a few place changes, with Zaphod capitalising on one.

1st 4270 Jolly Roger
2nd 4265 Madeleine
3rd 4266 Flying Colours
4th 4235 Wijit
5th 4239 Zaphod
6th 4263 Jobs for the Buoys
7th 4067 Vinyl Solutions
8th 4222 Pheonix

I am still awaiting a decision on the result of the race on 20th April to post the series positions


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Sunday, 3 May 2015

Fwd: J24 Parkstone Results

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Begin forwarded message:

From: William Lack <>
Date: 3 May 2015 20:48:43 BST
To: "" <>
Subject: J24

Monday 27th April

Eight J24s came to the start line last Monday in a consistent SW breeze. The race officer chose a windward / leeward course of four laps of Buoy 28 to Northshore Homes to keep the sail handlers on their toes throughout the evening.

Jolly Roger was on top form with Madeleine and Flying Colours leading the chasing pack.
Jobs for the Buoys recovered from an indifferent start to finish fourth, whilst we on Vinyl Solutions need to sharpen up our sail handling skills to compete favourably.

1st Jolly Roger
2nd Madeleine
3rd Flying Colours
4th Jobs for the Buoys
5th Wijt
6th Zaphod
7th Pheonix
8th Vinyl Solutions.

Round four next Monday

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

21st April Parkstone Monday Evening Series

Vinyl Solutions, helmed by a 13 year old, came 3rd! That will do. End of report!!

If only......After a great beat up to Glovers in a very narrow channel with plenty of sand and mud on view throughout Poole harbour, the breeze died and the fleet of eight J24s drifted on an ever increasing flood tide, which diminished the wind strength even more, all the way to Hutchins beyond Poole YC. Pheonix led the way, followed by Flying Colours, Madeleine and Jolly Roger. The beat back proved to be even more testing, with the mud being leant into on several occasions.
Then the controversy......the Race Officer shortened the course to finish to port of Buoy 28, but not everyone heard the change of course and, whilst Pheonix, Flying Colours and Madeleine made their way to finish at the box, the remaining boats went for the shortened course finish.
So Jolly Roger finished first, Jobs for the Buoys second and Vinyl Solutions third whilst Wijt and Zaphod finally gave up the ghost.
So what is the result? Perhaps Pheonix and Jolly Roger could be equal first and so on? Or the result stands as the Race Officer dictates? Or the places at Hutchins could be counted? Or the whole result is canned (hope not! ). I believe a protest is to be heard.
Over to you Race Officer or Fleet Captain.




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A lovely evening on the water

Friday, 17 April 2015

J24s at Parkstone Mon 13th April

Another beautiful evening with a larger J24 fleet than the previous week; eight boats on the start line but a dying Westerly breeze meant a slow, tricky beat to Hutchins buoy, beyond Poole YC. The fleet spread across the harbour but the first six boats arrived at the windward mark almost at the same time. Jolly Roger led the spinnaker run with Zaphod and Crackerjack close behind.
Crackerjack got the better of Zaphod on the run and after a 180 degree wind shift, the latter was 
"mugged" ( not my word...ed) out of 3rd place by Jobs for the Buoys.

1st 4270 Jolly Roger
2nd 4074 Crackerjack
3rd  4263 Jobs for the Buoys
4th 4239 Zaphod
5th 4265 Madeleine
6th 4222 Pheonix
7th 4266 Flying Colours
8th 4067 Vinyl Solutions

The series results will be posted on the Club Results board each week.

William Lack

Friday, 10 April 2015

J24 at Parkstone Mon 7th April

Here is the first report of the season from William, and first results:

A beautifully warm evening, a gentle northerly breeze, very little water in the harbour, and a wind direction that made it difficult to achieve a meaningful beat. Four J24s set off despite a little confusion with regard to whether a race was supposed to happen. Northshore Homes was left to starboard and the North Channel was followed until spinnakers could be raised around Bell and on down to a port rounding at Amey Group buoy in South Deep. A strong incoming tide allowed Vinyl Solutions to squeeze past Flying Colours on the subsequent beat whilst Madeleine stayed well out in the lead. Meanwhile Jobs for the Buoys found the ground for too long and never recovered.
Flying Colours took advantage of uncertainty about crossing the start line on a downwind leg, and retook second place from Vinyl Solutions.

1st Madeleine
2nd Flying Colours
3rd Vinyl Solutions
4th Jobs for the Buoys

Saturday, 24 January 2015

J24 - Poole Fleet

Poole J 24 2015

Welcome to the Poole J24 Fleet website, designed for members of the Poole fleet, and others interested in joining or crewing the best one design racing fleet around. 

Class Captain - Duncan Mcarthy -

Vice Captain - Andy Taylor

Social - Sophie Pearson

Website - Nina Squire -

Club racing Season starts

6th April - Parkstone YC 

23rd April - RMYC Start 

Match racing dates 

31st May
5th July
27th September