J/24 History

The J/24 is undeniably the most popular racing keelboat to make waves around the world. This appealing keelboat started with one man’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer.

Forty years later, the J/24 has become a legend. The J/24 has been the competitive launch pad for the careers of numerous America’s Cup professionals. The world-wide acceptance of J/24 design, the strong one-design rules and the strength of the International J/24 Class Association have led to the J/24 to be selected as the platform for the International Sailing Federation’s (ISAF) Nation’s Cup, the ISAF Women’s World Match Racing Championship, the Rolex Women’s International Keelboat Championship and US Sailing’s St. Francis International Masters Championship (aged 55+).

This performance keelboat is considered “gold standard” and designed to handle all kinds of sailing conditions, sailed by a crew of 5. Fast and highly maneuverable, the J/24 is a favourite among the sailors in many community sailing programs around the world. The J/24 Class is an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) International Class established in 1979 on five continents. J/24 sailors have also represented Canada in the Olympics in selected classes. This event will host competitors from Asia, Australia, Europe, South and North America.