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2015 J/22 Midwinter Championship
Jackson Yacht Club and Fleet 63 cordially offer their southern hospitality as your host for the 2015 J/22 Midwinter Championship from March 27-29 (Friday through Sunday). Registration will be Thursday, March 26. Jackson Yacht Club is located on the southwest bluff of the Ross Barnett Reservoir in Madison County, MS. Early spring fronts frequently move through, bringing northern breezes and clocking southerly as they pass. The lake is relatively shallow, around 16 feet, and chop is not uncommon out of the northeast. Mastering the shifts is always a challenge. Off water activities will be a true expression of Southern sounds and culinary delights, and the Jackson Yacht Club warmly welcomes you all to come on down and sail a bit. Registration is open, and the Notice of Race is posted at www.j22mw.com. Please note in the NOR: 5.2. Competitors will NOT be required to comply with CR 8.9 (Total Crew Weight).
Benz Faget Wins Third Mallory
A balanced field and limited racing usually leads to close races and a crowded leaderboard. This was the situation on Eagle Mountain Lake for the last day at the U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by Fort Worth Boat Club. After just two races over three days due to lack of wind, Saturday afternoon featured three races for the fleet of talented J/22 teams. In the end, the Southern Yacht Club's Benz Faget (Metairie, LA), Randall Richmond (New Orleans, LA), and Thomas Sweeney (New Orleans, LA) came away with the championship. The win for Faget represents his third Mallory Trophy ('99, '94) and the first for the Southern Yacht Club. Faget is also a member of the New Orleans Yacht Club. Following another lengthy delay, the late afternoon breeze returned, and the race committee scrambled to set up the race course. Faget won Races 3 and 5, and three out of five for the championship. 
Final Standings – Top 5 
1. Faget / Richmond / Sweeney, Southern Yacht Club, 3-1-1-3-1- ; 9 
2. Wilson / Davis / Scull / Stevens, Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, 1-5-3-2-3- ; 14 
3. Dyer / Johnson / Arno, Fort Worth Boat Club, 2-3-8-7-2- ; 22 
4. Meno / Schwinn / Keller, Fort Worth Boat Club, 5-7-2-4-6- ; 24 
5. Quigley / Maher / Bryan, BYC & BSC, 4-4-9-5-5- ; 27 
For complete results, click here.
 
The 2014 Lake George Open / Northeast District Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Thursday, 25 September 2014 20:50
The 2014 Lake George Open/NE District Championship was successfully defended by Chris Doyle and his crew of Adam Burns and Christian Schwabe on Jug 41 of Youngstown, NY who scored a 2-1-3-1-2-1-(DNS) for 10 points in the seven race series. They topped the 26 teams in the annual event, held September 20-21 by Fleet 61 and The Lake George Club, Diamond Point, New York. Chris' closest competitor was Jeffrey Love with Kevin Brown and Mark Bird onStampede from Toronto, who sailed an excellent series of 1-2-(5)-2-4-3-4 to finish in second place. Rounding out the top five are Kevin Doyle/Vic Snyder/Aaron Snyder on Mo’ Money from Youngstown (4-3-(8)-4-3-8-5), Richard Hallagan/John Steiner/Sarah Culver/Hendrix TenEyck on Chibougamau, Fairport, NY (5-4-7-(10)-6-4-2), and David Godin/Yves Godin/Marc Olivier Bourgeois on Won Ton, Verdun (Montreal), Quebec, (3-5-10-5-1-6-(13)). Other award winners were Alfie Merchant/Carlton Elmer/Bernie Zabeck on Craic Attack, Lake George, Best Local Boat, and Trevor Collins/Douglas Mair/Alexandra Leus on Alternative Girlfriend, Hudson, Quebec, awarded the traditional "Grab Bag" prize. Complete results are posted on the Club website, www.thelakegeorgeclub.com.
 
This year the race conditions were excellent and provided exciting and varied sailing. Saturday morning started with a brisk temperature of 54°F with winds from the south at 10 to 12 mph with gusts to 16 and then warmed to almost 75°F as the winds lightened throughout the day. The Race Committee was able to complete 4 races for all 26 boats by 4pm. Sunday morning continued the same trend with winds from the south at 8 to 13 mph and higher gusts, and increasing temperatures and beautiful sun and blue skies. The Race Committee completed 3 more races for a total of 7 races for the regatta. The Lake George Club repeated its outstanding tradition of great food, plenty of beverages and an entertaining Saturday night band that hosted a guest singer from the Doyle clan singing an awesome rendition of “Mustang Sally”. Add that to the beautiful venue, usual outstanding hospitality of The Lake George Club, fine regatta organization under Chair Joe Favero, and competent RC work under PRO Dave Dougall, and you have another successful not-to-be-missed annual fall J/22 event. Please plan on coming in September 2015. 
Last Updated on Saturday, 04 October 2014 13:25
 
J/22 TRINITY Dominates Great Pumpkin Race
A gorgeous, warm October day with a moderate northerly breeze marked the start of the Great Pumpkin Pursuit Race (Richmond, CA) for 205 boats. With the breeze out of the north at 8-15 knots, it meant the entire fleet was in for a downhill start either to Raccoon Straits first (counter-clockwise) or to Alcatraz Island (clockwise). Most boats opted for the sleigh ride to Alcatraz. The flood was still in play and the wind-cone effect on the backside of Alcatraz made for a sizable pileup on both sides of Alcatraz. Like other famous pursuit races on San Francisco Bay, you have a choice of which way you go around the course. In the Pumpkin Race, boats attempting to get around near The Rock in the clockwise direction found things slow and agonizing. A few who chose Raccoon Straits first and negotiated the light air and adverse currents prospered once out of the lee of Angel Island. Then, their fortunes got much richer riding the remnant of the flood and breeze deep in the Berkeley Flats. Consequently, the counter-clockwise boats faired best while the clockwise boats were languishing in Raccoon Strait waiting for the wind. In the end, it was the J/22 TRINITY sailed by Greg Greenlee that took fleet honors overall, making hay with their decision to sail counter-clockwise and win the race. Another J/22 (Kyle Vaderspek) placed 30th. For more Great Pumpkin Pursuit Race sailing information, click here.
 
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