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2017 J/22 Midwinter Championship
Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA 
March 23-26, 2017 

All J/22 sailors are invited to attend the 2017 J/22 Midwinter Championship, proudly hosted by Southern Yacht Club and J/22 Fleet 46. Registration will open on Thursday, March 23, and the Skippers Meeting will be that evening. Racing begins on Friday morning and continues through midday Sunday. Nine races are planned. Southern Yacht Club is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain on the New Orleans Lakefront. There is a variety of seafood houses and other restaurants nearby, and the French Quarter is only an Uber ride away! The Lake is actually a brackish estuary open to the Gulf of Mexico. There is little tidal effect and no current to speak of in the racing area. At about 24 miles across and averaging 14 feet deep, the Lake’s saucer-like shape can make for a short, steep chop. The winter wind pattern cycles thru balmy Gulf breezes, bracing Northerlies and light high pressure systems. This broad spectrum of conditions is sure to challenge everyone. Late in March, however, the cycle is less severe with fewer extremes. Visit for all the latest event information and to register.
Hot Toddy Wins East Coast Championship
An annual classic during the fall in the Chesapeake Bay is the Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series. This year, the event also co-hosted the J/22 East Coast Championship. There was great racing on Saturday, October 1 with three races, however Sunday dawned with grey skies and no breeze. In the end, just three races counted. Winning the East Coast Championship was Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, posting a 2-1-2 for 5 points over the 10-boat fleet. Taking second was JR Maxwell’s Scooby with a 1-3-3 with 7 points. Third was Jonathan Sauer’s Ekas with a 4-2-4 for 10 points. Rounding out the top five was Chris Junge’s Corner of Sanity & Madness with 11 points, and fifth was Trevor Perkins’ Slow Show with 15 points. For complete information, click here.
SOLSTICE Wins J/22 Turkey Bowl
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41

The Severn Sailing Association held their annual pre-Thanksgiving regatta, the Turkey Bowl, in Annapolis, MD for the local J/22 fleet on the weekend of November 12-13. Enjoying a weekend of delightful racing on the Chesapeake Bay, the SSA PRO managed to run four races. Taking the honors was the team on SOLSTICE, comprised of David Waiting, Natalie Burls and Pedro Espina, with a record of 2-1-1-1 for 5 points. Second overall was determined on a tie-breaker at 12 points each. Taking the tiebreak was the crew of HOT TICKET with Jason Goscha, Jonah Seiger and Dan Wilson. Losing based on having just all thirds was Team VENTUS, with Scott Gelo, Jennifer Bickford and Grant Beach. For more J/22 Turkey Bowl information, click here.

Last Updated on Sunday, 27 November 2016 19:30
Match Race Circuit
Written by Chris Howell   


The first stop of the three-event California Dreamin’ Match Race Series was held January 7-8 in San Diego, CA in J/22s. Organizers and racers were challenged by light and shifty conditions on the city-front course, managing five flights on Saturday but on Sunday the winds never produced enough for a single race. Nicole Breault of St Francis Yacht Club, and her Vela Racing teammates Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheiser, and Hannah Burroughs, took the title. Results: The California Dreamin’ Series consists of three match racing events: the San Diego Yacht Club Stop on January 7-8, 2017 in J/22s, the Long Beach Yacht Club Stop on February 25-26, 2017 in Catalina 37s, and the St. Francis Yacht Club Stop on March 11-12, 2017 in J/22s. The winner of the series will receive an invitation to the 2017 Grade 2 Ficker Cup to be held March 24-26 in Long Beach, CA. The winning skipper and the second place skipper of the Ficker Cup shall receive invitations to the 2017 Grade WC WMRT Congressional Cup.

Georgetown University Wins the 2016 ICSA Match Racing Nationals in J/22s
Written by Chris Howell   
Monday, 25 July 2016 19:22

The 2016 College Sailing Match Racing Nationals, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), concluded November 20 on San Diego Bay. After three days of competitive racing on J/22s, Georgetown University won the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy. The final day of racing consisted of a knock-out round for ninth and 10th place, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals, Petite Finals and Finals. Race Committee was able to pull off all races with winds at 5-7 knots. After the Semi-Finals, Dartmouth College and College of Charleston raced for the first to two points in the Petite Finals. Dartmouth won the first two races and was first to two points, making them the third place finishers and College of Charleston fourth in the overall standings. Georgetown University and Hobart & William Smith Colleges faced off in the Finals. Due to slow winds at the end of the day, Race Committee changed the format to declaring the first team to two points as the winner. Since Georgetown won the first race and HWS Colleges won the second race, it came down to the third race where Georgetown University finished first, and ultimately won the overall championship. Coach Janel Zarkowsky reflected on how it felt when Georgetown won, "It feels great. We realized that Georgetown has won three out of the last five match racing championships. It feels good to be developing a team with that many wins. One of the takeaways from this weekend is that the fastest boat always wins. So if you put 90% effort into being the fastest, the match racing becomes really easy." Georgetown alumnus Nevin Snow joined Zarkowsky on the water today to support the Hoyas. Snow, a San Diego native, won this title twice during his college career and is currently the #2 match racer in the country. Georgetown University won the Coed Nationals in May which was also raced in San Diego Bay. The winning team consitsted of AJ Reiter '17, Meaghan MacRae '18, Sean Segerblom '20, and Roger Dorr '18. HWS Colleges, coached by Scott Ikle, finished second overall. Ikle was proud of his team for placing second after the exciting last three races of the weekend against Georgetown, saying, "Collegiate match racing has come a long way, and this weekend's top teams were all great competitors. All of the teams here were well prepared, which made it even more fun to be a part of." Sailing for HWS Colleges was Greiner Hobbs '18, Sam Hallowell '16, Noah Barrengos '18, and Maya Weber '20. Dartmouth College also had another great day of sailing, focusing on good handling and boat speed throughout each race. Though they were not able to beat Georgetown in the Semi-Finals, Coach David Thompson was happy to finish third after winning against College of Charleston in the Petite Final, "It was bittersweet. We have three seniors on the boat, so placing in the top three was a good way to cap their season. I'm 90% positive that our skipper, Charlie, is going to keep match racing in the future, so this isn't the last of him." Representing Dartmouth College this weekend was Charles Lalumiere '17, Nathaniel Greason '17, Rebecca McElvain '19 and Madeline Cooney '17. McElvain is currently the #8 women's match racer in the U.S. and Lalumiere is the #6 match racer in the U.S. open rankings.

Final Results

  1. Georgetown University
  2. Hobart & William Smith Colleges
  3. Dartmouth College
  4. College of Charleston
  5. University of Southern California
  6. University of South Florida
  7. Boston College
  8. University of Wisconsin
  9. Texas A&M University Galveston
  10. University of Washington
    To see the final results and learn more about the teams competing, visit the event website:
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 November 2016 10:56
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