The 2011 J/24 Worlds was a tough competition with many good South American teams on the challenging waters of the Rio de la Plata. It seemed the wind, waves and weather was different every day.
The top 4 teams managed to start every race without getting caught with a black flag penalty.
Our Argie friends on LUCA won, with the Guerro team from Peru in 2nd, followed by Mike Ingham from Rochester, NY (hosts of the 2012 J/24 Worlds) in 3rd.
The J/24 Class has had numerous world champions and the trophy table had many perpetual trophies with names from the 30+ year history of the past. championships. Awards were given to the top 10 finishers, top women’s teams, and top team under 25 years of age.
ITC Chairman Tim Winger presented our skipper Mike Johnson with a special award, the “Geoff Evelyn and Stuart Jardine Measurer’s Trophy” for his service to the J/24 Class as he’s been doing a lot of research and analysis on many of the proposed measurement rules for the International Technical Committee over the past year and since he devoted the first day of measurement (12 hrs +) to training measurers and helping measure the first 25 boats despite having to prepare and race a boat at Worlds. The recognition was a nice consolation and commemorative from this regatta.