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Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 Takes J/22 North American Championship on Tie-Breaker

Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 Takes J/22 North American Championship on Tie-Breaker

In sports, coaches always say that every point matters. That was certainly the case at the J/22 North American Championship hosted by Buffalo Yacht Club in Buffalo, NY. Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 went into the ninth and final contest in third place, four points behind Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger. Doyle did his part by scoring a bullet, and paired with Odenbach’s fifth-place finish, the local team of Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns took the Championship with 27 points on a tie-breaker over Odenbach. Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, the day two leader, won Sunday’s opening race, but added a 13 in the final battle (their discard) to end with 29 points and third place.

After Todd won race eight in winds around 6 knots, teams waited for breeze for about an hour. "The nice Northwesterly came in, but sailing here for a few years, we thought it would go southwest," summarized Burns. Their local knowledge paid dividends, especially in race nine. "The RC started at 275, and we just knew it would go back to the true 260. So we started right near the pin. Travis was to windward of us, but we got lucky that he went after Jeff Todd, and we just sailed our race. This was not Chris Doyle weather," joked Burns, referring to his skipper’s knack for excelling in heavier breeze.

The event included four teams in the Doyle family: Chris, brothers Kevin and Peter, plus Kevin’s son Jacob. All four placed in the top eight overall. Also competing was the current recipient of the US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat program from Jacksonville University, led by David Hein. They finished as high as second place in race eight, and ended 14th overall.

The top five:

  1. Chris Doyle, The Jug 4 1, 2-1-4-5-7-1-6-[8]-1; 27T
  2. Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger, 3-2-6-2-1-[8]-3-5-5; 27T
  3. Jeffrey Todd, Hot Toddy, 1-3-5-9-3-5-2-1-[13]; 29
  4. Mike Marshall, Bad News, 5-[19]-8-6-9-7-4-10-3; 52
  5. Zeke Horowitz, Uncle Fluffy, 22-5-2-1-5-2-7-[24/TLE]-15; 59

Thirty teams competed in the three-day event. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at

Charleston Race Week
Written by Chris Howell   
Friday, 22 April 2016 07:54

Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing, maximum action, and maximum enjoyment for the nearly 2,000 sailors, shore crew, staff, and volunteers that comprise this largest event of its kind in the Americas. Enjoying their time on the new Course 4 was Warrior Sailing, the J/22 crewed by members of the Warrior Sailing Program, a nationwide initiative committed to providing maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The warriors first joined Sperry Charleston Race Week three years ago, and despite the fact that they all began racing so recently, they took their fleet win by four points. Bowman and main trimmer Scott Ford said he loved the new course, even if he couldn’t see the sights; Ford is completely blind. "It was breezy, it was lumpy, and there was always a lot of hard work to keep the boat moving well," he said, clearly pleased at his best regatta so far. "Passing a boat loaded with fully sighted teams definitely feels pretty good," he said happily. For complete results, visit

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:04
St Francis YC Wins San Francisco Cup

The battle for the San Francisco Cup ended in a victory for the St. Francis Yacht Club, winning with a score of 12-6 over San Francisco Yacht Club on Berkeley Circle. After a short delay while the wind settled in on Saturday, the Open division began racing, sailing in IODs. With 8-10 knots out of 245°, minimal current effect and spring sunshine, it looked all set for a great day of racing, and that is how it turned out. Following the IODS, it was the all-women teams, racing the J/22s from StFYC’s fleet, and StFYC’s Nicole Breault won the start and never looked like she would be caught. On board with Nicole were crew Molly Carapiet, Jody McCormack and Juliana Testa. The score was tied 1-1 and the first round depended on the juniors! In that race, also sailed in J/22s, Spencer Paulsen and crew of Parker Klebahn, William Hale and Mats Keldsen lost a hard-fought battle to put SFYC up 2-1. However, the StFYC youth team was not to lose another match and that was pretty much the story of the regatta. At the end of Saturday’s 12 matches, SFYC had won all four in the open division and StFYC had won all the women’s matches, meaning the key difference were the Juniors. StFYC won three out of four. That evening, when everyone headed back to Belvedere Cove for an evening of food, drink and entertainment, StFYC was up 7-5. The first club with 11 wins would determine the winner, so it was still anyone’s game. Sunday’s skies were overcast and the wind came out of the south at approximately 145° with 9-11 knots, holding firm with only a 5° shift. In the first match, Craig Healy and team came out determined to put a win on the board in the Open division. They came close and the racing was tough, but the first match went to SFYC. Nicole Breault continued her winning form by claiming two more wins for a clean sweep in the women’s division. The juniors proved their mettle and improved on the second day of racing by stretching their lead in both races and winning both of their matches. According to Bruce Stone, "The Open Team’s win in the second match of the day brought us within one race of the series win for StFYC, and the final score was a resounding 12-6. The San Francisco Cup is back in our hands! There were cheers in the Grill Room when the trophy was brought back to StFYC Sunday afternoon." For more San Francisco Cup information, visit

Dustin Durrant wins California Dreamin' Series
The California Dreamin' Series, the three-event California match racing series held in San Diego (January 10-11), Long Beach (February 28-March 1), and San Francisco (March 21-22), concluded with the final event in J/22s hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Vying for the overall series title, the San Francisco event was won by Dustin Durrant with Russ Silvestri in second and Shawn Bennett in third. Durrant's win sealed for him the overall series title, with Bennett finishing second and Silvestri in third. The San Francisco results can be found by clicking here, and the overall results by clicking here.
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