Debuting at the 2008 Midwinter Championship will be the 30th Anniversary Edition of the J/24, sailed by Jeff Johnstone and his team from Newport, RI. This latest production of the J/24 was conceived by Italian J/Boat builder Paolo Boido and approved by the International J/24 Class Association's World Council in October 2007. The first 30th Anniversary boat was built at US Watercraft.
Mr. Boido presented ideas for redesigning some aspects of the J/24 without changing the total weight or the weight distribution of the boat. Some of the changes included removal of the wash basin (sink) and adding watertight hatches on the interior seats. The World Council approved a motion that the IJCA, in conjunction with the builders, develop the proposals of J/Boats Italy to enhance the interior of the cabin and deck mouldings.