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J/22 Scholarship Boat Program
Are you a college student, or a recent graduate, who loves to sail but just doesn't have the financial resources to purchase a keelboat of your own? If so, the J/22 Scholarship Boat Program may be the perfect opportunity for you! The J/22 Class Association is collaborating with the Buffalo Yacht Club to provide one scholarship recipient with a fully outfitted J/22 sailboat, and trailer, for the 2015 season (from June 1 to October 15). The boat will be yours for the entire season! All you need to do is race it competitively (in as many events as you are able) and provide the boat with some TLC. We are hopeful this program will inspire competitive sailors to race the J/22 and see why it has become one of the world's most loved keelboats. 

How Do I Apply? If you are between the ages of 19-29 and can pull together a racing team, all you need to do is submit an application to the J/22 Class Office by May 15. See the details below and get the process started. 

Intro and Purpose: We understand that money is tight for college aged individuals and recent graduates, but that should not stop you from doing what you love – SAILING! The J/22 Class Association is proud to announce the inaugural year of its Youth Boat Scholarship Program, which will award one qualifying youth team a fully outfitted J/22 (with trailer) for one season of racing. This program is designed to promote the sport of sailing and everything the J/22 has to offer. 

Who Should Apply: Young adult sailors (ages 19-29) with a desire to competitively race the J/22. 

How to Apply: 
1. You must submit a letter of application, containing the information requested below, to the J/22 Class Office by midnight May 15, 2015. Please email your completed application to j22@roadrunner.com. Alternatively, you may 'snail' mail your application letter to: J/22 Class Association, 12900 Lake Ave., #2001, Lakewood, OH 44107. 
2. Your letter of application must include: 
-Your sailing resume (formal training, major events, experience working on boats...). 
-Information about your teammates and their sailing resumes. 
-Letters of recommendation and contact information from three sailing references. They can be a current or former coach, a competitor, a member of your yacht club, or any other sailing reference who knows you well. No recommendations from relatives, please. 
-A schedule, and detailed budget, for your proposed campaign events if awarded the boat. 
-A personal letter outlining what the scholarship would mean to you and why you are the best candidate. Be sure to address all of the selection criteria. 

How each application will be evaluated (out of a total of 100 points): 
25 points: Strength of resume for applicant and projected teammates. 
25 points: Three recommendations from sailors, coaches, or other pertinent people knowledgeable of applicant and team. No recommendations from relatives will be considered. 
15 points: Respect for boat and equipment. Describe experience with boat maintenance, how boat will be taken care of and stored. 
5 Points: Proximity to an existing J/22 Fleet. 
30 points: Plan for use of boat, including projected regatta schedule. Provide a narrative describing details of your proposed use for the 2015 season (i.e. who, what, where, when, and how). Please detail your budget, your transportation resources and your ability to obtain necessary financing or sponsorship for budgeted campaign costs (i.e. insurance, registration, travel, room & board, boat maintenance, etc..). 

Any questions concerning this process? Contact Mark Stuhlmiller at 716-725-4664.
J/22 Membership Raffle
The US J/22 Class Association and Coral Reef Sailing Apparel are pleased to announce the 2015 J/22 Class Membership Raffle. All individuals who join or renew the US J/22 Class by May 15, 2015 will be entered into a raffle for a $250 Coral Reef Sailing Apparel gift certificate. With the summer sailing season approaching, now is the perfect time to upgrade your gear! Check out their wide array of products at www.coralreefsailing.com. Renewing your J/22 Class membership can easily be done via this link:http://www.j22usa.com/index.php/class-office/join-the-class. Your $60 investment in the J/22 Class supports one of the world's most loved keelboats, and gives you a chance to win some new gear too!
 
Terry Flynn Seizes J/22 Midwinter Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 29 March 2015 20:43
Terry Flynn, with crew Mark Foster and Matt Romberg, earned the J/22 Midwinter Championship at Jackson Yacht Club. All nine races were completed, and the League City, Texas helmsman on Tejas scored a (14),3,2,5,1,3,2,3,3 for 22 points. Flynn is no stranger to J/22 Championship trophies, including the World Championship, North American Championship and Midwinter Championship. Allan Terhune's Dazzler came in second with 36 points, and John Dyer's Aquavit third with 49 points. The Championship marked the first time for the J/22 Class to hold its Midwinters at the Ridgeland, MS club. Flynn and his fellow competitors praised the first-class treatment provided by Jackson Yacht Club. The inland lake proved very tricky for the 37 teams, as Flynn confirmed, "It's very trying conditions because it's so shifty. There are just not a lot of patterns." After the opening four races on Friday, Tejas was in third place overall but jumped to a 10-point advantage on Saturday. "There was a little more breeze on the second day, which we were more comfortable with," Flynn explained. "It was a little easier to see the puffs and holes, and we got off the line very well. Once we figured it out, we stuck to the same game plan." Mike Farrington got Sunday started with a victory in 8-10 knots of breeze, followed by RJ Moon's Axe Wound and Flynn. David Muller's JTT Racing won the final race, with Steve Willits and Flynn closing out the top trio. The top five: Terry Flynn, Tejas, GBCA (22 points), Allan Terhune, Jr., Dazzler, Annapolis YC (36), John Dyer, Aquavit, Wayzata YC (49), Benz Faget, Fats, Southern YC/New Orleans YC (52), RJ Moon, Axe Wound, Rochester YC (53). This event marks the highest J/22 Midwinters attendance since 2010. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available atwww.j22mw.com.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 April 2015 20:23
 
Charleston Race Week
The 20th anniversary edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week wound to a close April 19 with east-southeast winds buffeting the waters around Charleston, SC, offering the 2,500 competitors some of the best racing of the entire three-day event. The rainy forecast didn't produce any significant moisture until the end of the awards ceremonies after all the sailors were ashore and most of the competitors had started their trips home. Another successful edition of the largest keelboat regatta in the Americas is in the books. The action out on the six race courses that made up this event proved a true challenge for Charleston area sailors as the majority of the nearly 300 entries were from out of town and out of state. And some of the best finishes were posted by teams from out of the country. Among the top performing local boats, Chase Shaw and his three-person team sailing in the J/22 division won by a three-point margin over Tom Hubbell. Nine J/22s competed from the local College of Charleston fleet. Nine races were completed. For full results, visit http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1220.
 
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