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Kevin Doyle’s Mo’ Money Earns J/22 Midwinter Championship

Kevin Doyle, Vic Snyder and Aaron Snyder’s Mo’ Money mastered the light conditions on Sunday to win their first J/22 Midwinter Championship. The Youngstown, New York-based team tallied a 4,3,1 for 8 points in the three-race series. No racing took place on Friday and Saturday due to high winds and storms. Travis Odenbach’s Sea Bags Sailing Team secured second place with 16 points, and Matt Thompson’s Underdog took third with 17 points. Thirty-two boats competed at the event hosted by Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA. Going into the final race, the Doyle/Snyder team held a one-point advantage over Kevin’s brother Chris Doyle on The Jug 4 1. "We had a great start in the middle of the line with no one around us, and we launched," explained Kevin Doyle. "We kept touch with Chris, but mostly we just sailed ultra conservative. The winds were fluky in direction and velocity all day." Doyle and Snyder have been racing Mo’ Money for more than 20 years, previously with Kevin’s son Jake and now with Vic’s son Aaron. When asked what has kept him in the Class for so many years, Doyle replied, "Number one, the J/22 is a great boat, and number two is the people. Actually, those two are interchangeable. Good boats attract good people. And number three, we race in cool and folksy places."

The top five:

  1. 489, Mo' Money, Kevin Doyle, Youngstown Yacht Club, 4-3-1- ; 8
  2. 1542, Sea Bags Sailing Team, Travis Odenbach, Rochester Yacht Club, 5-8-3- ; 16
  3. 1311, Underdog, Matt Thompson, Wayzata Yacht Club, 12-1-4- ; 17
  4. 486, En Fuego, Michael Schmid, Wayzata Yacht Club, 9-6-6- ; 21
  5. 707, Tejas, Terry Flynn, GBCA/FWBC, 2-15-7- ; 24
    Sunday’s race winners were Peter Doyle and Jack Huebschmann’s Escape, Thompson’s Underdog and Mo' Money. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at www.j22mw.com.
US J/22 Class Association Awards Second-Annual Scholarship Boat to Students from Jacksonville University Sailing Team
Written by Chris Howell   
Friday, 07 October 2016 22:44

The US J/22 Class Association has awarded the second-annual Scholarship Boat to students from Jacksonville University Sailing Team. The enthusiastic crew members—Alfonso Garcia Bringas, Andre Guaragna, Jack Gower and David Hein—will be campaigning the boat in 2017. Their goal is to become the top youth team at the 2018 J/22 World Championship in Annapolis, MD.

This summer, the Scholarship Boat Program members will be racing the sailboat with J/22 Fleet 20 at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, OH. During the school year, they will be sailing at Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville. Helmsman Alfonso Garcia Bringas and crew have an ambitious regatta schedule, including the Annapolis NOOD, Chicago NOOD, Cleveland Race Week, J/22 North American Championship, CanAm Challenge and J/Fest.

The J/22 Youth Scholarship Boat Program encourages talented young sailors to gain first-hand experience racing within the J/22 Class of one-design sailors at virtually no cost. The program provides Scholarship Boat recipients with the experience to escalate their level of competitiveness and inspire them to accomplish great things in the sailing world. We have received generous contributions from members of the J/22 Class Association to make this program possible.

2017 Scholarship Boat Member Biographies:

Alfonso Garcia Bringas, from Mexico City, Mexico, has experience racing as skipper and crew in several sailboat classes throughout the world. Bringas finished in first place in several national championships in Mexico and a regional regatta in Canada. He finished second in numerous regattas throughout North America and participated in the IODA World Championship events in New Zealand and Dominican Republic. Majoring in mechanical engineering, his goal is to gain experience and become a top-ranking international sailor.

Andre Guaragna, from Miami, FL, has diverse crew position and helm experience on a multitude of sailboats. Guaragna won many Snipe regattas throughout the nation and has competed with impressive results in international Snipe events. He also received first place at the 2016 Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup and third in the 2014 LYC Laser Commodores. Guaragna is starting a campaign for the next Red Bull Youth Americas Cup at Lauderdale Yacht Club. He is earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jack Gower, from North Fort Myers, FL, was the head instructor for Edison Sailing Center Sailing Summer Camp from 2010 to 2016. In addition, Gower was the green fleet coach for the 2015/2016 school year at Edison Sailing Center. The 2014 winner of Sail Fest Laser radial class, he has sailed Optimis, Laser and 420s. Gower also has several second- and third-place results in radial class Laser regattas. He is currently a freshman at Jacksonville University majoring in business.

David Alan Hein, from South Miami, FL, has been a competitive international sailor since the age of eight. Hein conducted an Olympic sailing campaign from 2011 to 2016 and qualified for the US Olympic Sailing Development Team from 2013 to 2014. In addition to rigorous training on the water and in the gym, Hein promoted and raised funds for his Olympic sailing campaign. He competed in both youth and adult Championships in the F16 and the Olympic NACRA17 classes of sailboats. He has coached youth and adult sailors.

To learn more about the J/22 Scholarship Boat Program, how to donate, or how to apply for the 2018 scholarship, visit www.j22.com/index.php/scholarship.

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 April 2017 08:42
 
J/22 North American Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41

July 20-23, 2017
Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo, NY
www.j22na.com

The J/22 North American Championship will be held at the historic Buffalo Yacht Club. Mark your calendars for July 20-23 to make the memorable trip to western New York. Race against the best and most competitive racers on the circuit while taking in the flourishing city and ever-developing waterfront and to be next door to Niagara Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Registration includes:
-Top notch racing led by Wayne Bretsch, PRO noted for his extensive nationwide sailing resume in Race Committee work
-Three social tickets for beverages and food (entertainment, food and beverage details are outlined and can be found in the posted NOR)
-Warm-up racing on Thursday, followed by three days of action packed, top-tier, one-design racing
-A complimentary keg courtesy of sponsors following each day of racing to refresh and rehydrate
-Three continental breakfast tickets for each morning of racing as well as for the cookout by the grill scheduled for Friday after racing
-Premium chicken dinner buffet on Saturday evening, complete with all the fixins
For more information, or to register, visit www.j22na.com (regatta entry fee until 6/30/17: $350, late entry: $425).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:16
 
2017 J/22 World Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Monday, 25 July 2016 19:22

May 30–June 4
Scheveningen, The Netherlands
https://j22.nl/worlds2017/event/nsr/

Registration for the 2017 J/22 World Championship at the North Sea Regatta is open. The North Sea Regatta Week 2017 starts with the Vuurschepenrace from Scheveningen to Harwich on Saturday 27 May, followed by the RORC North Sea Race on 30 May. After the offshore races, they continue with three days of inshore racing, starting on Friday 2nd of June. During the North Sea Regatta Week 2017, the J/22 Worlds will also be held in Scheveningen, where racing for the J/22s starts on the 1st of June. The North Sea Regatta is The Hague’s annual sailing festival—the biggest sailing event along the Dutch North Sea Coast. Scheveningen is transformed into the epicenter of competitive sailing. There will be all kinds of boats, with a total of around 1,500 boats heading for the coast of The Hague.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 February 2017 19:59
 
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