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J/22 North American Championship Kicks Off Friday, July 21 from Buffalo, NY

More than 30 J/22 teams are gathering for racing at the J/22 North American Championship in Buffalo, New York. The competition begins Friday, July 21 and continues through Sunday, July 23. Look for photos on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and keep up with all the action from Buffalo Yacht Club at the regatta website:

Nic Bol Wins J/22 World Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:06

Thank you for Rosemarijn Verdoorn, Chair of the Dutch J/22 Class Association for the following report: First of all, it was an honor to be the host country of the J/22 Worlds this year! We had a great week, with changing conditions, lovely weather and a lot of happy people at the end of the week. We started the week on Tuesday the 30th of May with measuring and registration. As everyone was eager to start their World Championship, there already was a line at 10AM. We had one and a half days to have all 39 boats registered and measured. It was a scary start for FRA 1444, team Reiner Brockerhoff, since their mast was broken due to miscommunications with the crane team. Fortunately, NED 1273 of Jean-Michel Lautier had a spare mast only 200feet from the race venue, and they were willing to lend it to 1444.

On Wednesday, the practice race started at 1:30PM. It was a good test for everyone to get to know the water, the waves, and the current in Scheveningen, The Netherlands. It was also a good lesson to see that Race Committee decided to start every race with a U flag. It was favorable to make a dip start, due to the direction of the current, but this would result in a disqualification. Unfortunately, not everyone knew what UFD (U flag disqualified) meant after the practice race, and did not bother to look it up. This resulted in a lot of U flags, Black flags and disqualifications after the first two days in very low wind conditions. The first two days were very tricky with light wind (6 knots) and almost 2 knots of current. The upper mark was not easy to reach, which resulted in busy upper marks, with boats trying to get to the upper mark after multiple tacks.

On Thursday, we had an opening dinner for all J/22 competitors, and a party organized by the J/22 Class on Friday. On Saturday, we had an open bar for all J/22 sailors and their relatives and friends, partly sponsored by the German Class Association as well. It was great to get to know all the teams from all over the world.
The last two days of racing, Saturday and Sunday, were the opposite of the first two days—heavy wind conditions and real North Sea waves. We even started the day with rain, after a couple of days of sunny weather. These changing conditions caused changes in the overall results.

The Dutch J/22 Class Association wants to thank all the competitors for their participation and competitive sailing. We appreciate that so many teams took the effort to travel to The Netherlands. We also want to thank the event organization and our Worlds committee.

Congratulations to the winners Nic Bol and his team from The Netherlands including Christopher Bol, Tim de Weerdt and Niels de Vries—the new J/22 World Champions. Second place went to Jean Michel Lautier, and third was Hans Duetz.

Check out the Facebook page for photos and updates:
And also the event page with results and photos:!/results?classId=5571ffd8-4469-45d4-b997-e14312067d79

The event had entrants from The Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada and the Cayman Islands.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 16:24
Creating Opportunities for Women

Through an initiative by the US Sailing Match Racing to promote match racing among women, the San Francisco Bay Women’s Match Race Clinic and Grade 5 Regatta on July 7-9 attracted 36 female sailors from the Bay Area, Southern California, the East Coast, and even St. Petersburg, Russia. The group assembled at the St. Francis Yacht Club on the San Francisco City Front to take part in a two-day learn-to-match race clinic and one-day grade 5 match race regatta. Organized by Nicole Breault and core members of her Vela Racing team, Molly Carapiet, Dana Riley and Karen Loutzenheiser, the participants used the StFYC matched set of 10 J/22s for the Clinic and Regatta. Some of the sailors entered as teams, but more than half entered as individuals, willing to join forces with one another to tackle learning a new game. Adding to the challenge was that many were dinghy sailors, while others had spent years on larger boats, and they were jumping onto a small keelboat for the first time and doing so in the often-humbling winds and waters just east of the Golden Gate Bridge in July. "It really took brave hearts and open minds to take on such an intensive task," observed Breault. "In the end, we were amazed by the progress every sailor made. It is a testament to what women can do in this sport when they get a chance and go all in." After classroom work and on-the-water drills on Friday and Saturday, the teams raced a single round-robin, fully-umpired grade five match racing regatta on Sunday, with Bartz Schneider as PRO and Rob Overton as Chief Umpire. Only a few skippers had ever match raced previously. The objective was to expose experienced women sailors to match racing and instill further interest. Quite a few participants said they would take the extensive course materials and bring them back to their home clubs to use as a template for training. Friday instruction focused on boat-handling as a fundamental aspect of match racing. This afforded sailors the chance to get to know one another and the J/22. The four coaches, who comprise a team that regularly match races J/22s, gave specific instruction on their individual tasks in getting the boat efficiently through maneuvers, how they support one another in these efforts, and the importance of clear communication roles. Friday evening shifted the discussion toward the match racing game, and Saturday’s drills exercised tactical thinking and execution in the pre-start and around the course. Members of the StFYC volunteer RC corps and several of Overton’s umpire team supported clinic sessions with mark set, flag work and a taste of how umpiring works. The sailors fully engaged their brains and their bodies in the learning. Blustery 15-20 knot winds and afternoon full ebb chop did not stop them from trying out aggressive boat-on-boat moves and pushing for improvement each time. On Sunday morning, racing was delayed briefly while an armada of support boats and kayaks escorted the Golden Rivet Swim from the Golden Gate Bridge, through the race course, to McCovey Cove at AT&T Park. Once underway, the course was visited by a couple of the humpback whales who have been enjoying the Bay waters these last few weeks. In spite of all these fantastic distractions, the organizers rolled through nine flights of match racing in west-southwesterly winds that built from 10-18 through the afternoon. Katie Ananina of St. Petersburg, Russia (currently a student based near Miami, FL) and her crew Bethanie Maples, Lisa Anderson and Linda Molnar (all Bay Area sailors) swept all of their matches (8-0) to win top honors. Katie was one of the few participants who came in with match racing experience which proved immensely valuable for both her team and the others. "Katie was laser focused on winning; her competitive vibe was infectious," noted Maples. "[She was] a best friend to these other crews, not a new friend. A new friend is nice and non-confrontational. A best friend pushes you past your comfort zone so you can learn more and be the best sailor you can be." Claiming second on the tie-breaker (6-2) was StFYC member Krysia Pohl and her teammates Susannah Carr (Seattle, WA), Johanna Altorfer and Nehal Gajjar (both from the Bay Area). Finishing third was skipper Marilyn Cassedy along with Patricia Lapadula, Jennifer Arrington and Britni Belcher, all from Cal Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey, CA. For more information and full results go to:

Great Lakes Championship at Cleveland Race Week
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:07

In one of the largest Cleveland Race Week events, 138 one-design boats were welcomed at Edgewater Yacht Club for the 37th annual Cleveland Race Week One-Design Weekend from June 15-18. Eleven fleets competed on four race circles. Light winds prevailed at the start of the event, but the weather only improved throughout the weekend. The 11-boat J/22 fleet was competing for the title of Great Lakes Champion. In first with 11 points after six races was team Mo’ Money out of Youngstown Yacht Club in New York, with Victor Snyder and Kevin Doyle. Mark Stuhlmiller’s Eudaimonia followed with 19 points, and then John Huebschmann’s Escape with 23. Following racing each day, competitors were greeted with live music, food trucks and cocktails. The Race Committee did an outstanding job on all four courses and in all weather conditions. For complete information, visit Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:55
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