Introducing the IC24


Stinger, John Holmberg's IC24
 

Stinger, John Holmberg's IC24

Richard Wooldbridge looks at the revamped J/24 that looks set to take the Caribbean by storm
One design racing enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that IC24s are now being built in the BVI. What is an IC24? Well, the IC24 concept originated in St.Thomas where Chris Rosenberg identified the need for an affordable one design ‘open cockpit’ keelboat. Hurricane Marilyn had brutally taken out most of the St.Thomas YC racing fleet and keelboat racing had effectively ground to a halt. Chris worked with ace boat builder Morgan Avery to convert an old J/24 into a comfortable five person, user friendly ‘inter-club’ keelboat. Briefly the entire cockpit, most of the deck and the lazarette are cut out of the old J/24. A new, rounded, open deck/cockpit is bonded in, hardware is relocated and ‘hey presto’ you have an IC24. Strict class rules ensure that the boats are, as far as possible, identical in every way. There are 14 boats already in St.Thomas. Racing is regular, races are short and the competition is keen. Both Rolex and the BVI Spring have IC24 class racing on their own course. The Bitter End has commissioned two boats. Chris Rosenberg’s vision is to see healthy IC24 fleets dotted around the Caribbean. In Tortola Chris Haycraft and Richard Wooldridge have embarked on an ambitious program to build 10 IC24s over the next 12 months. They plan to sell at least half of these to local sailors and have the entire fleet based on floating docks just inside the bulkhead at Nanny Cay Marina. The decks are being laminated in the Nanny Cay yard by Chris Spencer of BVI Painters. Richard will be managing the ‘chop and build’ process in the TYS yard at Wickhams Cay. Hull #1 is already in the yard receiving the chop. As soon as 10 decks have been produced the mould will most likely be off to

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