Every point matters. After 10 races among 34 boats, the J/24 European Championship hosted by Howth Yacht Club in Ireland concluded in a tie at 65 points with the third-place team only one more point back. Winning the tiebreaker and the European title was JMania (GRE) helmed by Stelios Sotitiou plus crew Chris Kifidis, Kynthia Skotida, Costas Tridimas and Ourania Vergou. Although their final race became their discard, JMania outlasted a surge from David Hale’s Cacoon (GBR) who sprang from fourth place to claim the silver. The Kinsale Yacht Club group led by Micheal O’Suilleabhain (IRL) on Kinsailor claimed a second place in Saturday’s final contest to end with 66 points and the bronze position. Denny Vaughan’s East Street (USA) closed the regatta with a light air victory in Race 10. Hale’s Cacoon (GBR) topped the 21-boat Corinthian Division, in advance of the Kinsale Yacht Club team (IRL) and Cillian Dickson’s Headcase (IRL).
Overall 1st GRE5367 Stelios Sotitiou – JMania
Overall 2nd GBR4269 David Hale – Cacoon
Overall 3rd IRL4236 Micheal O’Suilleabhain – Kinsailor
Corinthian 1st GBR4269 David Hale – Cacoon
Corinthian 2nd IRL4236 Micheal O’Suilleabhain – Kinsailor
Corinthian 3rd IRL4247 Cillian Dickson – Headcase
Youth 1st IRL4236 Micheal O’Suilleabhain – Kinsailor
Youth 2nd IRL680 Jack McMahon – Kilcullen
Youth 3rd IRL4188 Mary McCormack – Jasper 2
Over 50 1st GBR4269 David Hale – Cacoon
Over 50 2nd USA3746 Denny Vaughan – Easy Street
Over 50 3rd GBR4260 Nick McDonald – Mojosi
Ladies 1st IRL4188 Mary McCormack – Jasper 2
Presented with the Stuart Jardine Trophy for Youngest Sailor was 15-year-old Matthew Turner on the boat Jeb Stuart.
Six nations were represented: Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Ireland, Italy and the United States. Complete results may be found at https://hyc.ie/j24-european-championships-2022#event-378, and photos are available on the International J/24 Class Facebook page.