JP McCaldin Secures J/24 Irish National Championship

Lough Erne Yacht Club’s JP McCaldin emerged overall winner after a blustery three-day regatta for the Mespil Hotel J/24 National Championship at Sligo Yacht Club. Sailing against a 26-strong fleet (a record turnout for recent times) plus a match-race challenge from runner-up Stefan Hyde, McCaldin scored all first and second places for the eight-race series. His principal challenger was almost as consistent with four wins as well, but the Cork skipper also had to count a fourth and a third to admit defeat by just three points. The dueling leaders were followed by a closely bunched pack of followers led by Martin Reilly on Crazy Horse who comfortably secured third place going into the final thanks to a consistent run of mostly top five results. Howth’s Derek Bothwell returned to Sligo with the J/24s once more and delivered the series in challenging weather, particularly for the first two days that saw strong winds whip big seas that provided thrilling surfing conditions for the fleet. The National Championship also marked the retirement of Class maestro Flor O’Driscoll as Class President to great acclaim and a standing ovation at Saturday evening’s dinner not only for his service to the fleet but also his persistence and continuing success afloat. Thanks to David Branigan for this report. For more event details, visit

Comments are closed.