The International J/24 Class Association and the Port Credit Yacht Club of Mississauga, Canada, hosted the 2017 driveHG.ca J/24 World Championship with 10 countries in attendance. The J/24 is an international One-Design keelboat class and the most popular racing keelboat in the world with over 5480 boats being sailed in 165 fleets and 110 countries. The international J/24 Class Association is mandated to encourage, promote and develop amateur sailing world wide.
By the end of the event, there were three Canadian crews in the top ten boats, with local PCYC boat Clear Air, skippered by Rossi Milev, taking the Championship. Congratulations to all sailors, sponsors, and volunteers, and thanks for your participation!
Check out blog archives here (at right) and our Facebook page here which followed the planning and event with entries and photos.
We are delighted to report that our regatta organizing team won the Ontario Sailing Association award for Regatta of the Year, and Sail Canada’s Chisholm Trophy for Excellence in Race Management!
At the start of the 9 day long J/24 racing event, competitors arrived for 3-1/2 days of official boat measuring and required safety checks (we did it in 2-1/2!), then practice races Monday, and five days of racing held on Lake Ontario’s western waterfront. Sixty-three teams, involving about 320 top racing yachtsmen and yachtswomen competed in the challenging eight-race series in uncharacteristic and challenging light winds. Competitors were provided with meals and entertainment at various events and times, with the help of our kind sponsors like our title sponsor The Humberview Group (driveHG.ca, one of Canada’s largest automotive dealership groups), The Crooked Cue – Mississauga, and Humberview Motorsports (a premium luxury & sports used car dealership), amongst others. Thanks go to our 25 invaluable sponsors and partners we are grateful for, including the Province of Ontario with a grant for coaching equipment which provides an ongoing legacy for Ontario’s racing sailors.