J/24 Texas State Championship
"The Kenyon Cup"
Austin Yacht Club
March Madness Regatta
March 22-24, 2019
J/24 Fleet 21 cordially invites you to attend the 2019 March Madness Regatta
Austin Yacht Club's traditional J/24 Circuit Stop which this year will host the J/24 Texas State Championship.
We hope you can attend!
This document contains all the information you will need to plan for the regatta.
If you have any questions after reviewing this document, please contact
Jorge Martin-de-Nicolas, Webmaster
John Parker, J/24 Fleet 21 Captain
Table of Contents
Previous Year Results
See links below with the results from previous years!
In particular, did ya'll hear the story
when four-time J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz came to Austin Yacht Club
in 2011 and got 3rd place behind two local AYC sailors? ;-)
NOTE: The end of the story is that Mauricio Santa Cruz went to Dallas two months
later and he *won* the
2011 J/24 National Championship
held at Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club,
so he got the last laugh! Congratulations Mauricio!
NOR and Registration — J/24 Texas State Championship
Please find links below for the NOR and online registration for the J/24 Texas State Championship
NOR and Registration — Spring Informal Regatta
Please find links below for the NOR and online registration for the Spring Informal Regatta
Other Useful Links
Please find other useful links below:
Here are some important dates to keep in mind:
- Saturday March 16, 2019: J/24 Spring Informal Regatta
(all March Madness participants are welcome to participate).
- Sunday March 17, 2019: AYC Spring Series Race #3
(all March Madness participants are welcome to participate).
- Wednesday March 20, 2019: Deadline for early registration
($25 late fee applies after this date).
- Friday-Sunday March 22-24, 2019: March Madness Regatta.
If you are viewing a printed version of this page, here is the website address
where you can find the latest information:
Good Morning, Lake Travis
J/24 Texas State Championship — The Kenyon Cup
Welcome to the 2019 edition of the J/24 Texas State Championship
to be held at the Austin Yacht Club March 22-24, 2019.
As is customary, the winners of the 2019 J/24 Texas State Championship will
be awarded "The Kenyon Cup" perpetual trophy after having their names engraved on the base.
Winning "The Cup" is not an easy task.
In 2011 the J/24 Texas State Championship was held at AYC
and four-time J/24 World Champion Mauricio Santa Cruz was on the line with Bruschetta.
It was a highly competitive regatta and Bruschetta
came in third place
behind two of our local AYC J/24 sailors, so competition for "The Cup" is always guaranteed to be fierce!
Mauricio Santa Cruz came back to Texas in May that same year and he went on to win the
J/24 U.S. National Championship
held at Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club
which coincided with the 3rd regatta of the
J/24 Texas Circuit
Congratulations Mauricio! We are looking forward to you coming back and sailing with us again at AYC!
Starting in 2011 Texas was gripped by an
extreme four year drought
and in 2012 the J/24 Texas State Championship
was held at Lakewood Yacht Club in conjunction with J/Fest, where "The Cup" was presented
to the winners, Corey Harding and Team Happy Dance, by Rodney Johnstone, designer of the J/24.
It took four years for Lake Travis to
recover from the drought
and in 2016 The Kenyon Cup and the J/24 Texas State Championship returned to its traditional host, Austin Yacht Club.
LEFT : The Kenyon Cup trophy
RIGHT : Presentation of the Kenyon Cup at J/Fest 2012: Team Happy Dance winners
Matt Huebner, Corey Harding, and Matt Sebring,
along with Rod Johnstone, designer of the J/24 and
Kelly Holmes-Moon, president of the US J/24 Class.
If you win the regatta, your boat's name and crew name will be engraved on
the base of "The Kenyon Cup"
and you get to take "The Cup"
and you get to display it over your mantelpiece...
and be the envy of your neighborhood, haha!!!
Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end, and you gotta give it back next year, alas! ;-)
But, to remind you of your achievement, you also get a nice framed burgee trophy you can hang on your wall...
and that one you can keep for-EVAH!!!
Admit it, you know you wanna win it, dontcha?
Admit it... the skipper is nothing
without the crew!!! ;-)
Therefore we make sure the crew goes home with some hardware too!
Prior Weekend Activities — March 16-17
Why race only two days when you can race more? ;-)
For competitors who are able to arrive at AYC the weekend prior to the March Madness regatta,
we have two more days of racing planned for you, as follows:
Saturday March 16: J/24 Informal Spring Regatta
On Saturday March 16 we will have a J/24 "informal" regatta, where we (the competitors)
set up our own course and do our own scoring without the need for an official race committee.
We call it "informal" because we set up our own marks and do our own scoring, and we call it a "regatta" because
we will run as many races as possible, and because we will have prizes at the end!
This is something that our fleet has done in the past with much success.
In previous years we have typically set up a leeward gate (which doubles as the starting line)
and we set up a windward mark along with an offset mark (which doubles as the finish line).
Last year we raced five legs with an upwind finish as shown on the diagram to the right,
but this year we may change it up a bit... More details to follow...
Sunday March 17: AYC Spring Series Race #3
For Sunday March 17 we have made arrangements with Austin Yacht Club to allow participation of guest J/24 competitors during the
AYC Spring Series Race #3.
Two windward/leeward races are planned for the afternoon.
If you would like to participate, please contact
John Parker (email@example.com)
We hope that ya'll can come on down
a week early to Lake Travis and join us for one or both of these tune-up events
to see what racing at Austin Yacht Club is all about!
Welcome to AYC
Austin Yacht Club
This section has all the information you need to
be well-oriented during your stay at AYC!
We want you to feel like one of the locals... Oh, wait...
We want ya'll
to feel like one of the locals when you arrive ;-)
Directions to AYC
Austin Yacht Club is located at
5906 Beacon Drive, Austin, TX 78734-1428
NOTE: If you use a smartphone, and if you click on the above link,
your mapping software may (or may *not*
take you to the right location ;-)
It has been reported (and verified) that depending on the mapping software on your
phone, you may end up in the *wrong*
study the pictures below
and please make sure your mapping software is taking you to the right place :-)
AYC Grounds Layout
The map below shows the layout of the AYC grounds, including the locations of
the front gate,
the AYC clubhouse,
the work area and boat hoist,
the dry slip area for parking boats and trailers (by special prior arrangement),
the AYC point for parking trailers (for those who have not made other arrangements),
the north ramp used for launching and retrieving,
and the main AYC harbor.
Early Arrival/Late Departure
An agreement has been made with the Austin Yacht Club to accommodate visiting J/24 competitors
up to one week prior to the J/24 Texas State Championship regatta.
John Parker (firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like bring your boat to the Austin Yacht Club
prior to Friday March 22, 2019 so that a dry slip can be provided if available.
There is currently not an agreement with the Austin Yacht Club to accommodate visiting J/24 competitors following the regatta.
John Parker (email@example.com)
if you believe that you need to leave your boat at the Austin Yacht Club after Sunday March 24, 2019.
The Austin Yacht Club has two (2) mast cranes for raising and lowering your mast.
Feel free to use either mast crane for this purpose. The red circles identify the location of the cranes on the map below.
- Be courteous to your fellow competitors and leave space for others needing to use the mast cranes. (Do not park in these areas.)
- If you use mast crane 1, please notice that this crane is lower than crane 2!!!
Please remember to raise the boom after raising your mast, and before moving your boat!!!
- As indicated on the signs, please do not coil the lines.
Coiling the lines improperly causes the lines to twist and fouls up the blocks.
Launching and Retrieving
As Lake Travis is a variable level lake, there is not a fixed boat hoist used to launch boats,
and the J/24 fleet at AYC launches boats directly from trailers using the concrete ramps.
We recognize that not all J/24 trailers are designed for launching or retrieving efficiently using concrete ramps
and our fleet will provide assistance for competitors without adequate trailers.
If necessary, we will provide local trailers to assist launching and retrieving and we will swap trailers using
the AYC hoist in the work area.
Assistance will be provided to help competitors launch boats from the North Ramp during the evening on Friday March 22 until 10:00 pm
and to help retrieve boats on Sunday March 24 following racing.
If you have any questions or expect to need assistance launching your boat please advise
David Broadway (firstname.lastname@example.org)
John Parker (email@example.com).
Rigging and Docking
The rigging dock at the North Ramp is regularly used for rigging, but is not intended to be used for boat docking overnight.
Please move your boat away from the rigging dock as soon as feasible.
All boats that do not have a permanent wet-slip should plan to dock at the T-heads in the AYC Harbor on Friday and Saturday evenings
(green areas on the AYC harbor map below).
If additional wet-slip spaces are available, competitors will be advised during onsite registration on a first-come first-served basis.
An attempt will be made to provide those arriving prior to Friday March 22, 2019
with a designated dry slip to park their boat and trailer.
Through the regatta, trailers should be parked in either an assigned slip in the pre-specified dry-slip area
(gray area on the AYC grounds map above) or at the AYC point (purple area on the AYC grounds map above).
The following food will be available throughout the March Madness weekend for all competitors.
Saturday breakfast & lunch, and Sunday breakfast is included with the registration fee,
along with Friday appetizers and post race snacks.
Saturday night dinner will be available for purchase by competitors if desired.
Friday March 22 — Appetizers
6:00 pm — 7:00 pm
During the last hour of Friday Registration
we will be providing, ummm, our favorite J/24 Texas State Championship appetizer,
, of course! ;-)
Saturday March 23 — Breakfast
8:00 am — 9:00 am
During the final hour of Registration, breakfast will be served for the competitors.
Breakfast tacos, bagels, cream cheese, juice, and fruit will be available on a first-come, first-served
basis to prepare for the coming day of sailing. Enjoy some of the local breakfast-taco
fare from one of our favorite restaurants on "the Bend", Los Pinos
Saturday March 23 — Lunch
Prior to the day's racing, feel free to put together a meal of sandwiches, chips, and a
sweet snack for you and your crew. The food will be available for personal meal
construction on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday March 23 — Post-Race Social
After Saturday Racing
After racing on Saturday, there will be a beer-social for the competitors to take a few
minutes and unwind after their day of racing. During the social, expect that the
2018 J/24 Texas Circuit Awards presentation will occur, including Road Warrior
recognition for all
crews who participated in all circuit stops last year.
Saturday March 23 — Dinner Blue Basil Food Truck
For dinner Saturday night we are happy to announce that Austin's famous Blue Basil
food truck will be available at AYC serving their delicious Thai/Asian cuisine!
Blue Basil has been faithfully serving the Austin business community for over five years
and their food truck has become a well-known favorite of many high-tech office buildings
in Austin where it comes by on a regular rotation.
Their exact menu on Saturday night may be different than what we show below,
but here is a sample of their typical menu:
APPETIZERS & SPECIAL TEAS
- Vegetarian Egg Roll (each) - A La Carte ... ... $1.75
- Thai Brown Tea - A La Carte ... ... $2.50
- Thai Milk Tea - A La Carte ... ... $3
- Chicken Over Rice ... ... $9
- Pork Over Rice ... ... $9
- Tofu Over Rice ... ... $9
- Pad Thai Chicken ... ... $9
- Pad Thai Pork ... ... $9
- Pad Thai Tofu ... ... $9
- Thai Chicken Curry w/Steamed Long Grain/Jasmine Rice ... ... $10
- Thai Massaman Curry w/Steamed Long Grain/Jasmine rice ... ... $11
Sunday March 24 — Breakfast
7:00 am — 8:00 am
Prior to the final two races on Sunday, breakfast will be served for the competitors.
Breakfast tacos, bagels, cream cheese, juice, and fruit will be available on a first-come,
Sunday March 24 — Post-Race Snack
Snack foods and beer will be available in the AYC clubhouse following racing on
Sunday, prior to and during the Awards Ceremony.
For Friday and Saturday nights, March 22 and 23, we have some entertainment options
available for you, as detailed below.
Friday Night "Hoppy Hour" — March 22
After registration Friday night, come hang out at Infamous Brewing Company
the local "watering hole" just around the corner from AYC!
When: Friday March 22, after Registration 'til 9:00 pm
4602 Weletka Dr., Austin, TX 78734
Currently On Tap
- Resurrection — Berliner Weisse
- Hijack — Cream Ale
- Bugsy's Fire Brush — Amber Ale
- Double Tap — Double IPA
- Infamous IPA — India Pale Ale
- Dye-IT Pils — Czech Pils
- Sweep The Leg — Peanut Butter Stout (NITRO)
- Invader — Coffee Stout
- Dye-It Black — Dark Czech Lager
- Sex A Peel Dye-It Black — Dark Czech Lager
- Argus Cidery — Roselle
Other Creations & Options
- InChelada — Hijack w/ Bloody Mary Mix
- Spicewood Vinyards — Sauvignon Blanc
Check out their Facebook page to learn more:
Saturday Night At The Movies — March 23
After dinner Saturday night,
bring out the popcorn and get ready for Saturday Night At The Movies!!!
This year's movie will be... well... see below... no introduction is really necessary...
Other Dining Options
Who are you kidding? You *know*
you wanna just stay at AYC Saturday night after racing,
eat at the Blue Basil
food truck, watch Captain Ron
and not have to worry about driving...
You know you wanna...
But, just in case, here are some other restaurants near Hudson Bend:
And if you are looking to get into Austin, here are some great areas and places
to check out the local nightlife:
- 6th Street
- Rainy Street
- South Congress
- Elephant Room
- Fado's Irish Pub
- B.D. Riley's Irish Pub
- Driskill Hotel
- Continental Club
Continuing with our tradition for the J/24 Texas State Championship,
we are ordering cool tek-shirts you can wear year-round and cool
hats with The Kenyon Cup
T-Shirts are $29 and caps are $15.
These high quality shirts are white long sleeve
Sport-Tek PosiCharge Competitor Tee ST350LS
with a silk screened design in front and in back as shown below.
Sizes available are: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL.
Order one or more for you and do not forget about your crew!
You Are a Supah-STAR :-)
Look Ma, my name's on the shirt! :-)
If your boat has been on the J/24 Texas Circuit within the past couple of years,
your boat name will be represented on the back of the shirt!
When visiting Austin Yacht Club, you have several lodging options including
area hotels, nearby
as well as camping or cabin rental on the grounds at AYC.
Please see more details below.
Remember that camping is allowed at AYC!
We are fortunate that our club has ample lawns and shade trees where you are encouraged to camp for the regatta
and where you will enjoy beautiful views of Lake Travis.
Please camp only in the areas shown in green in the map below.
Please do not camp on the St. Augustine grass around the clubhouse or around the flagpole or swimming pool.
The bathhouse has showers and hot water and is open 24 hours.
AYC has five cabins which are available for rent for participants of the
regatta. Each cabin has two double beds, en-suite bathroom,
and kitchenette area. If you would like to stay in one of our cabins, please
contact the AYC office:
Our cabins book quickly on regatta weekends so please book
ahead if you would like to stay at AYC.
This year our March Madness
regatta does not coincide with the SXSW festival in Austin
and new hotels have recently opened closer to AYC
so we don't anticipate hotels being as fully booked as in previous years.
Here is a list of nearby hotels:
Lake Travis Map
Please take a moment to thank our sponsors (listed alphabetically below).
Without their generous support many aspects of this regatta would not have been possible.
Infamous Brewing Company
UK Sailmakers Texas
White Pelican Productions
March Madness Photo Gallery
Two professional photographers from AYC,
Deborah Mathison and Bill Records
were on hand during the March Madness Regatta in 2016 and they made
their full resolution images available to all competitors!
Thank you Deborah and thank you Bill for making your images available!
Deborah Mathison Photos
Click image below to see an album with Deborah's photos from 2016:
Bill Records Photos
Click image below to see an album with Bill's photos from 2016:
Previous Years — Gallery
Here are some select images from previous editions of the March Madness Regatta!
See ya'll soon
Hope to see ya'll soon, and don't forget your good ole' Texas BBQ!