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Julian Edges Out 24-boat Fleet at Mid-Atlantics

 

The J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championship was held the weekend of October 28. The event was again held in coordination with the J/24 East Coast Championship and hosted by Severn Sailing Association and J/22 Fleet 19. The weekend turned into a formidable competition with a total of 24 J/22s competing. The party Saturday night paralleled the competition in intensity with great food, live music and lots of dancing. It was fortunate to have great weather for the event, with 17-18 knots of breeze Saturday from the south with steep waves, which made for a day of hard work and tactical acumen. Sunday brought 6-15 knots from the east and steadily building as it shifted south. A total of seven races were held with four on Saturday and three on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, racing was tight amongst the top five boats, with lead changes nearly every race between Mike Marshal, Jeff Todd, J.R Maxwell, Chris Junge and Brad Julian. Boat speed, handling through the waves and changing gears was paramount. Going into the last race of the regatta, only one point separated the first place boat. Brad Julian rounded the top mark in fourth or fif5th place and held his boat’s position by the leeward rounding. Julian and his team were able to get ahead of Mike Marshall on the last beat with a right hand shift and round the last top mark in second. They got the jump on an inside jibe and were able to pass J.R. Maxwell on the final run to put enough points between their boat, Marshall’s boat and Jeff Todd’s boat to solidify their win. Brad Julian’s boat included Colin Robertson on bow, who was focused on strategy, and Matt Schubert calling tactics and trimming middle. Much thanks to Severn Sailing Association Race Committee in their efforts managing two fleets on the same course and conditions. Complete results may be found at http://results.severnsailing.org/2017/2017-J22-Mid-Atlantics-Fall-Series.html.

SCOOBY Scoops J/22 East Coast Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:06

The Eastport Yacht Club in Annapolis, MD hosted 16 teams for the J/22 East Coast Championship, held in the waters of the northern Chesapeake Bay. The EYC RC team managed to run six races over the two-day event that produced a last-minute winner. On the first day, the clear leader of the regatta was Mike Marshall’s BAD NEWS from Jamestown, RI with a 2-1-2 tally for 5 points total. Not far off that pace was JR Maxwell’s SCOOBY, a local team from Annapolis YC with a 3-4-1 scoreline for 8 points. Then, sitting in third after Saturday’s racing was Chris Junge’s THE CORNER OF SANITY & MADNESS with a 5-2-3 tally for 10 points. Sunday’s racing brought about a dramatic change in the overall standings. While they won the first race, Marshall’s crew then posted a 3-10 to finish in second overall with 19 points. With steady scores of 2-2-1, Maxwell’s SCOOBY won the event with 13 points total. Taking third for the regatta was Jeff Todd’s HOT TODDY from Annapolis YC, posting a consistent scoreline of 1-6-4-5-4-3 for 23 points total. Rounding out the top five was Junge’s crew with 24 points in fourth and Brad Julian’s team on USA 677 in fifth place with 37 points. For complete results, visit http://www.regattanetwork.com/clubmgmt/applet_regatta_results.php?regatta_id=14732.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 September 2017 15:52
 
Boston College Wins Match Race Nationals in J/22s

Chilly air and a strong northerly breeze greeted the 10 teams as they arrived for day one of the 2017 ICSA College Match Race Nationals for the Cornellius Shields Sr. Trophy. Charleston Harbor did not disappoint as it served as the perfect arena for some thrilling match racing with 15-20kts of brisk cool breeze out of the North. The Race Committee was a bit short staffed due to the absence of PRO Ryan Davidson who had a work commitment. Nonetheless, led by College of Charleston sailing program director Greg Fisher, they completed 8 of 9 flights of the round robin. "We were blessed with some phenomenal match race conditions and got to see some really action packed racing!" Fisher remarked. The College of Charleston Cougars took advantage of the home waters turning in a perfect 8-0 for the day. Led by the two-time US Youth Match Race Champion and reigning Governors Cup champion Christophe Killian, the Cougars had strong boat handling and dominant pre-starts. At the end of the first day of competition, the scoreboard showed a tie for second: Stanford Cardinal and USF Bulls with 6-2 record. Racing was completed with one more flight to finish in the round robin and then the repechage would start between the teams ranked 7-10 on day 2.

The format after the repechage is as follows:
Quarter finals – first to 3
Semi finals – first to 3
Finals – first 3
The second day of racing greeted the sailors with another brisk day on Charleston harbor with temperatures flirting with the 30s and breeze out of the north at 15-20. The repechage produced the Boston College Eagles who won with an impressive 3-0 record. Following them into the quarter finals were the Washington Huskies who went 2-1. In the quarter finals, USF beat Georgetown, Charleston bested Washington, Bowdoin defeated Navy, and in a surprising five-match series Boston College took down the #2 ranked Stanford Cardinal. The Race Committee did a great job adjusting to the easterly that came in for the start of the semi-finals. PRO Ryan Davidson and his team were on point transitioning to the changing breeze direction. In the semi-finals, Boston College continued their momentum by winning two races against USF. Charleston also kept the ball rolling, going two races up on Bowdoin. The semi-finals are first to three wins. The rest of the semi-finals, finals and consolation races took place on the third and last day of racing. In the end, Boston College takes the win with a 3-1 record against College of Charleston in the finals. For event details, visit http://2017matchrace.collegesailing.org/.

 
Stormy J/Fest Southwest Regatta
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:07

From October 21-22, the eighth annual J/Fest Southwest Regatta took place on Clear Lake and Galveston Bay, hosted by Lakewood Yacht Club. The event featured the "Legends Regatta" on Friday afternoon. Thereafter, it was an attempt to get in as many races as possible despite the somewhat unusual weather pattern that had setup over the Gulf of Mexico and the southern plains just to the west of Galveston Bay. In the end, the 70-boat fleet managed to get in four races. The 15-boat J/22 fleet saw a tight battle for the top four crews. Kevin Hayes’ HAYES RIGGING won with a 5-1-4-2 for 12 points. The results did come down to the last race, and Vincent Ruder’s USA 365 won that last race, but Hayes crew preserved their lead. Consequently, Ruder’s crew took second with 13 points. Similarly, Stu Lindow’s SOUTHERN BELLE was in a battle with Kalyn Lundemo’s YER MUM for the final position on the podium. By taking fourth to Kalyn’s sixth, Stu’s crew on the BELLE took the bronze, 16 points to Kalyn’s 17 points. For more event information, visit http://www.jfestsouthwest.com/.

Last Updated on Saturday, 28 October 2017 10:13
 
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