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Welcome to the home of the Irish J24 fleet

The J/24 keelboat started with one man’s desire for a sailboat to accommodate his family and to be a competitive racer. Since then over 5000 J/24s have been built around the world. It is probably the most successful small one-design keelboat class in the history of sailing and is one of the most active and growing fleets in Ireland

The J/24 Association of Ireland run a number of one design events throughout the year The regional events are the Easterns, Southerns, Westerns and Northerns. Generally, one of these regions will host a National Championships in lieu of their regional event each year.

The J/24 are also rated under IRC and ECHO handicap systems which enables them to compete both at club level and at national cruiser racing events.

The J/24 Association are always delighted to welcome new sailors to the fleet.

J24 Europeans 2020

Please find attached details of the J24 European Championships 2020 taking place at Porto San Rocco in Trieste, Italy. Event Location Notice of Race Entry...
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Lough Erne Yacht ClubERNE J/24 RACING ON BBC TV
Waddell Media’s magnificent four part TV series is due broadcast weekly from next Monday 24th February at 7.30 pm, on BBC One, Northern Ireland. The second, Summer episode of The Chronicles of Lough Erne (7.30 pm Monday 2 March) will feature superb aerial video of a record International J/24 keelboat racing fleet in the 2019 Irish National Championship, hosted by Lough Erne Yacht Club on Lower Lough Erne. This Championship fleet from all over Ireland was the biggest since Ireland’s first National J/24 event in 1979.
Apt to Erne Chronicles, Sailing sport, racing in a fleet of sailing boats was pioneered on these same Erne waters over two centuries ago. Races for a fleet of 24 foot boats then came in 1822 - boats even, success depends on crew skills. Today’s J/24 is a Johnstone 24, first built, all boats identical, in the USA by brothers whose ancestors had emigrated from west Ulster in the 1790s. The J/24s are the World’s most widespread and popular racing keelboat fleet.
Previews for The Chronicles of Lough Erne began showing after BBC NI News on Tuesday 18 February, and include an exciting aerial view of J/24s rounding a leeward mark. Waddell Media’s team has prepared a production to be proud of. LEYC urges all members and friends to be sure to watch and likewise take pride in some chronicle of our particular pioneering Sailing sport heritage.
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