J/24 World Championship at Corpus Christi Yacht Club – Preview
by J/Boats Jul 13 4:20pm PDT
14-22 July 2022
J/24 World Championship © Christopher Howell
First held in Newport, RI in 1979, the J/24 World Championship has since taken place on four continents and in over two dozen countries around the world. The 43rd edition of the J/24 Worlds is organized by the Corpus Christi Yacht Club in Corpus Christi, Texas for a fleet of 38 teams from ten countries (Argentina, Chile, Great Britain, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Trinidad and UNITED STATES). The event features awards for the best open teams, as well as women’s and youth teams.
The class continues to offer amazing sailing competition for a cross-section of sailors, from novices to multiple World and Olympic champions. The Worlds always attracts the top teams from each country. Sailors were no doubt drawn to the super hot ‘Tex-Mex’ cuisine and even hotter sailing conditions in late July – typically 15 to 25kt south east winds (just your basic sea breeze) with temperatures in the low 100s (dry). but low humidity). Of course, hydration and sun protection will be the main themes practiced by all teams while in Corpus Christi Bay for up to 7 hours a day.
The foreign teams are all excellent examples of the quality of their respective fleets. These teams include:
- From Argentina, the youngest National Champion is Nicolas Cubria, sailing the ARG 5459 with the team of Mario Cubria, Hernan Cubria, Marcos Aurelio Casciola and Gonzalo Frejenal.
- From Chile, Jorge Valdez will sail the CHI 5465 with a crew of Benjamin Gershman, Miguel Salinas Guerra, Carlos Alberto Solar-Perez and Pedro Andres Vera Carrera.
- From the UK, David Cooper’s GBR 2720 is sailing with the team of Ian Parkinson, Jeff Coulter, Marcus Rogers and Ellie Harding.
- Back from Japan is her top team in the form of Nobuyuki Imai sailing JPN 5185 with a crew of Daichi Wada, Taiga Nakagawa and Kousuke Demichi.
- Enrique Perez Cirera’s MEX 2988 team, consisting of Walter Porter Sordo, Antonieta Zimmerman, Eduardo Ragasol Zimmerman, Erik Becker Meyer and Mercedes Ragasol Zimmerman, hails from Mexico.
- The top Swedish team that has competed in dozens of J/24 World Championships is Per-Hakan Persson’s SWE 4896 with a team of Monica Persson, Andreas Eld Emilsson, Hans Thulin and Per Andersson.
American teams are remarkably talented, including multiple world champions, North Americans, and national champions. These are the teams to watch out for over the course of five days of sailing at the highest levels of competition:
- Coming out of Newport is Mike Marshall’s USA 3379 with a team of Dave Hughes, Allan Terhune, Jeff Hayden and Rod Favela. Mike is a J/24 World/North American Champion and Terhune is a J/22 World/North American Champion.
- From Vermont comes Will Fastiggi on USA 2901 with a crew of Bill Hardesty, Suzy Coburn, Matt Bologna and Heather Ambrose. Hardesty is a multiple J/70 and Etchells 22 World Champion, too numerous to list among others.
- From Rockwall, TX is Paul Foerster’s USA 1954 with a team consisting of Rob Johnston, John Skiles, Stephen Andre and Mike Brown. Foerster is a J/24 National and Midwinter Champion.
- Out of Newport comes John Mollicone’s USA 5237 with a crew of Paul Abdullah, Will Welles, Matt Coughlin and Nick Turney. Both Mollicone and Welles are J/24 World and Midwinter Champions.
- Hailing from Huntington, NY, Aidan Glackin’s USA 5257 team consists of Chris Fischer, Kris Werner, Geoff Becker and Scott Apmann. Becker is a J/24 World Champion and Lightning World Champion.
- From Seattle, WA comes Keith Whittemore’s USA 5325 with a team of Mark Rodgers, Brian Thomas, Shelby Milne and Willem van Waay. Whittemore and Thomas are J/24 North American, Pacific, Italian and European champions. van Waay is J/70 World Champion.
- From Pittsford, NY comes Travis Odenbach’s USA 5208 with a crew of Chris Morgan, George Braddon, Chris Stocke and Monica Morgan. Odenbach is J/24 and Melges 24 North American Champion and J/24 Midwinter Champion.
- Hailing from Seattle, WA, Scott Milne’s USA 5471 team consists of Tom Niccoli, Jim Barrett, Rob Green and Chris Walker. Milne is a J/24 National and West Coast Champion.
- Hailing from Locust Valley, NY is the Constants family team on USA 3775. Sailing will be Alfred, Dave, Mike and Steve Constants with their symbolic friend Dave Hammond. The Constants brothers are J/24 Midwinter, East Coast and Long Island Sound champions.
The J/24 class was an early pioneer in supporting and rewarding women’s sailing teams. In fact, in 1985, the J/24 class hosted the first Women’s World Keelboat Championships in Newport, RI. A long, long time before other international one-design classes took similar initiatives to include women sailors. Here are the teams competing for the Open and Women’s World Championship honors:
- From the famous lake high in the Andes – Villa Carlos Paz – Beatriz Agusti of Argentina arrives on ARG 5461 with her crew of Rocio Agusti, Lucrecia Arrambide, Maria Candelaria Berberian, Mariana Felix de Lara Soares and Barbara Gold
- From Webster, NY, Lee Ann Zaretsky sails USA 5482 with a team that includes Shelly Strachan, Lois Breen, Leah Bourne, Linda Bowen and Stephanie Crittenden.
- From Seabrook, TX, Elisabeth Hudson sails USA 2342 with a team of Julia Wayland, Stephanie Lightfoot, Florence Rodriguez and Brittany Ford.
More J/24 World Championship sailing information here…