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Register for the 2015 North American Championship
Houston Yacht Club and J/22 Fleet 6 invite you to the 2015 J/22 North American Championship from September 30-October 4. On upper Galveston Bay in Shoreacres, Texas, Houston Yacht Club's historic clubhouse and warm, friendly atmosphere provide a great place to have fun on and off the water. The harbor, open to the bay, makes for quick access to the race area and has ample slips, launching and trailer facilities. Part of an active sailing community, HYC has a proud tradition of excellence in race management and has twice been awarded the prestigious St. Petersburg Trophy. 

Local Knowledge: Warm and breezy throughout the fall, conditions average 10-15 knots with temperatures in the upper 70s to low 80s and short chop of 1-3 feet, unless, of course a northerly front arrives. 

Schedule: Registration begins on Wednesday with a practice race on Thursday afternoon. Race days are Friday through Sunday. Always see the NOR for official schedule details. 

Logistics: Houston Yacht Club, in the small bay area community of Shoreacres, Texas, is about a 35-minute drive from downtown Houston. A wide range of options are available for lodging and provisioning in the greater Clear Lake, Seabrook and LaPorte areas. At the club, regatta logistics are made easy. Two 2-ton capable crane hoists and ample parking give plenty of space to get ready for racing. Ice machines, bath houses in the main clubhouse and along the jetties, and plenty of tie-up space along the 400 ft. guest dock and in guest slips make for a hassle-free regatta. The harbor opens directly to Galveston Bay for a quick and easy sail to the race course. The historic clubhouse offers full service dining, a friendly bar, and ample space to unwind off the water. Guest rooms are available on the third floor by contacting the club office directly. 

For complete regatta information and to register, visit www.j22na.com.
Cleveland Race Week
At the 35th edition of Cleveland Race Week hosted by Edgewater Yacht Club, 14 J/22s competed in "One Design Weekend" from June 13-14. Six light air races were completed, half of which were won by Vic Snyder and his Mo' Money team from Youngstown, NY. Adding in two seconds and a sixth gave them 13 points for the series, 12 ahead of local Tod Sackett on Traction. Also from Youngstown, NY in third was Chris Doyle on The Jug 4 1 with 27 points. Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page, and complete results are posted at www.clevelandraceweek.com.
 
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
 
Silvestri Dominates J/22 Match Race Qualifier
In May, the St. Francis YC in San Francisco, CA hosted the first of two U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifiers being held at the Club this year, with the second event on September 5-6, 2015. Conditions were challenging with an ebb tide shifting to a flood, and winds from 13-23 knots from the westerly quadrants beneath Golden Gate Bridge. The winner, Russ Silvestri, dominated the event with 13 wins and only one loss, earning a berth at this year's U.S. Match Racing Championship on October 10-12, 2015 at Oakcliff Sailing Center, Oyster Bay, NY. In second place was Nicole Breault with 11 wins and three losses. Both had been favored to be on top of the leaderboard, as they had earlier qualified to represent North America in the upcoming Nation's Cup match-racing event in Vladivostok, Russia. Up-and-coming college sailors Jack Thompson and Jack Barton tied for third, with Thompson winning on the tie-breaker. This Qualifier was held using the Club's fleet of identical J/22s and was the second of seven U.S. Sailing Match Race Qualifiers taking place across the country this summer. According to Regatta Chair Bruce Stone, who also heads the U.S. Match Racing Championships Committee for U.S. SAILING: "In a major change from the past, Qualifiers are now open to competitors from around the country regardless of their home area, and skippers can apply to race in more than one Qualifier – Oakcliff Sailing Center, St. Francis YC, San Diego YC, Bayshore YC (Detroit), Chicago Match Race Center, and Annapolis YC - in a variety of keelboats, April through September. In previous years, qualifiers around the country were limited to people from that region. We have opened it up so people can venue shop, traveling to places that are interesting to them or play to their skills, i.e. windy or light conditions, or different types of boats used by the host club." There are still slots open for some of the remaining Qualifiers. For more U.S. Match Racing Series sailing information, click here.
 
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