Introduced to the sailing community in 1977, the J/24 class started growing instantly and is still the most active fleet in the Seattle area. This popularity is due to the J-Boat philosophy of ensuring performance, comfort, and structural integrity. The J/24 is used as the training boat at many of the largest sailing schools and clubs in North America. It is the heart of our small boat sailing program.
Here at the club you will find four J/24s, but it is a rare day if you see all of them at our docks, as they are usually out for a day sail, a sailing lesson, or taking part in one of the many races that take place here in Shilshole Bay. We love to use this boat for lessons because of its responsiveness – sailors of all experience levels appreciate the “feel” of the boat as it rapidly responds to the adjustments.
With two head sails to choose from and reef points on all the mains, the J/24 can sail efficiently in both light and heavy wind. Asymmetrical spinnaker is also available for those sailors that like to go downwind in style.
While most people choose to day sail our J/24s, the boats are equipped for a more rustic, camping expedition for up to four people. Be sure to ask the SSC owner, Bob Ross, about the time he spent cruising the Gulf Islands on his J/24 Plane Crazy.