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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 Calendar 2021

Provisional dates have been announced by each of the clubs hosting events in 2021. Confirmation of each each event will be dependant on government restrictions...
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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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Irish SailingUpdate, Monday 29th March 2021

We are very conscious that there is much anticipation around returning to training and competition as the summer draws near, and we have been working hard behind the scenes with Sport Ireland, the Government’s Sport Expert Group, and our partner National Governing Bodies to put forward the case to present our sports as low risk, outdoor and non-contact.

We know the Sport Expert Group has recommended a return for competition and training for our sport, however we have had little advance indication of how Government intends to start relaxing restrictions. Hopefully we will have a clearer picture this week.

We greatly appreciate the patience you have all shown during these pandemic times and we will continue to communicate and share any developments on the re-opening of sport as we receive them.

Until then, stay safe.

Harry Hermon
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Lovely words from Michael Clarke for a true gentleman. It’s hard to put into words Robins contribution to J24 sailing in Ireland. Our deepest condolences to Pete & Jayne and their families. Rest In Peace.OBITUARY ROBIN EAGLESON

A valued Lough Erne YC member, Robin Eagleson has died suddenly on board his motor yacht, October Dream, mere months since the sad loss of his dearly beloved wife Lorna. Condolences to son Peter, daughter Jayne, Robin’s family circle, friends in boating and in J/24 sailing worldwide.
Robin’s busy sailing lifetime included cruising and racing, an officer in several clubs, seagoing and inland, on Loughs Neagh and Erne, in various boats, including J/24 racing keelboats. Most significant for LEYC, was the parts he played fostering relationships among our Club and others with J/24 fleets, in the J/24 Association of Ireland, of which he was President for a time, and the International J/24 World Council, of which he became Chairman. J/24s are the world’s largest, most widespread decked International one-design keelboat racing class. Robin’s meticulous practicality made key contributions throughout to J/24 Sailing, resolving issues, good governance and growth.
First asked to be Irish J/24 Vice President for international matters, Robin’s first World Council attended was in Amsterdam, then others in Europe and North America. Seven years later, such was his standing, that World Council readily agreed that its annual 2006 meeting be in Ireland, and moreover in LEYC clubhouse. Robin organised in usual efficient detail. Over 20 delegates represented Japan, Australia, Argentina, North America and Europe. Formal business on the Saturday, Dinner in Mahon’s Hotel, where most stayed, a Sunday Erne cruise in LEYC motor yachts, then lifts to airports by members. Robin-led LEYC style became exemplary model for World Council.
Robin’s took his first J/24, Sheer Jenius from Lough Neagh to LEYC for our first J/24 championship, 16 boats in 1986, much praised in a illustrated article by top Sailing writer WM Nixon in AFLOAT. He sold her here, she became Ternacious. Later Robin bought Luder, an old very successful English J/24. He bought his first J/24 back, combined the best of the pair in one, renamed it Luder too, and sold the other painted red, as Luder. Meticulously kept and fitted, Robin raced Luder Too in Lough Neagh in winter, then her distinctive shiny red hull was seen at many J/24 events across Ireland.
On retirement, Robin moved to a fine motor yacht, October Dream, refurbished to his characteristic high standards. He, Lorna and a little dog contently cruised the Erne and other inland waters, seeing the sights and sampling lough side culinary attractions, as well they might and well deserved to do.
No man is a prophet in his own village. Robin and Lorna to many today were a pleasant couple in our Erne “village”. Yet for near two decades in the Irish and International J/24 world , Robin was a pragmatic prophet. Many feel sad and upset, and would have wished Robin and Lorna more years to enjoy in October Dream and with children and grandchildren. May they rest together in Peace.
Michael Clarke
Admiral & Historian LEYC, Skipper J/24 Jeriatrix
Past President and Councillor of Honour, J/24 Association of Ireland
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