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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.
US Sailing Match Race Championship in J/22s
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41
San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 49th edition of the U.S. Match Racing Championship for 10 teams seeking the coveted Prince of Wales Bowl. The #3 ranked match racer in the country, Nevin Snow from San Diego YC, may be moving up the rankings following his triumphant performance. The San Diego native earned his first Prince of Wales Bowl in impressive fashion by winning 17 of 18 races in the J/22, including a 3-0 win over three-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, CT) in Sunday’s Final series. Crewing for Snow was Nick Kaschak (San Diego, CA), Alex Curtiss (Lake Bluff, IL) and Peter Busch (San Diego, CA). On Friday, the winds started 4-5 knots and built up to 11-12 knots in the afternoon. Controlling the pre-start was really important, as always in match racing, but there were quite a few split starts where the lead changed several times because of shifts and patchy wind conditions. Sail-handling was excellent on all the boats, which was a great example of the competitive nature of the fleet. Overall, there were very few penalties. One of those most exciting races of the day was Breault vs Durant in flight 6. After a fierce battle of jibing and luffing, Breault took the win. At the top of the fleet, Snow finished 7-0 and Dellenbaugh finished 6-1. Nevin Snow commented on the day’s racing, "Everyone was good out there today, so it felt nice to win all of our races. Every race was nervously tight. Tomorrow we want to make sure that we keep our momentum going. We don’t want to become complacent after winning the first day of races." David Dellenbaugh said, "Other than losing the last race, it was a good day. There was perfect wind velocity for match racing, and the matches were very well run. I was sailing with my two daughters Becca and Emily, and today was Emily’s first time formally match racing." Saturday started with more wind in the morning than Friday. Overall, the average wind speed for the day was 8 knots. On day 2 of racing, skippers were focused on good starts and boat handling. Spinnaker handling was also massively important throughout the day. On Friday and even more so on Saturday, many passes downwind were happening. Since rule 17 was recently deleted from match racing, it was evident that competitors were taking the opportunity to luff people downwind. There were a fair number of penalties all over the race course. The eight skippers that progressed from the round robin to the quarterfinal were Snow, Dellenbaugh, Merrick, Darden, Durant, Lalumiere, Breault and Natvig. The match-ups for the quarterfinal were Snow vs Natvig, Dellenbaugh vs Breault, Lalumiere vs Darden and Durant vs Merrick. The first skippers to get three wins progressed to Sunday’s semi-finals. Snow and Dellenbaugh both won their first three races, and Lalumiere won during the fourth. Durant and Merrick were the only pair left to race a fifth race which Merrick won. Durant carried two penalties, burning one during the race without a chance to burn the second penalty. At the end of Saturday, Snow was undefeated for the whole weekend, so far winning 12 races. Dellenbaugh had only lost one race—to Snow. Snow said, "Boat speed was my key today. I wanted to focus on going fast and tried not to get caught up in what the other boats were doing. We’re taking it race by race tomorrow. I think every race between the 4 in the quarterfinal will be tight. Our approach is to keep it cool and calm through the races and maintain that attitude throughout the last day." Dustin Durant commented, "We had a rocky start to the whole regatta. We ended up fifth in the round robin which we were pleased with. We had a decent quarterfinal, tying it up 2-2, but having penalties in race 5 didn’t help. All in all, the team did well." For Sunday’s racing, Nevin Snow chose Colin Merrick to sail against in the Semi-Final round. Consequently, David Dellenbaugh had to sail against Charles Lalumiere. Snow won his round 2-1 while Dellenbaugh won 2-0. In the finale, Snow went 3-0 against Dellenbaugh. In the Petite Finale, Lalumiere, a recent graduate from Dartmouth Sailing Team, went 2-1 against Merrick to take third for the regatta. For complete information, click here.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:33
Cleveland (216) Regatta
Written by Chris Howell   
Warm weather and chamber of commerce breeze welcomed seven J/22s, thirteen J/70s and six J/105s October 15-16 for the second annual Cleveland (216) Regatta at Edgewater Yacht Club. Four races were completed on a bright and sunny Saturday in varying breeze, flat water and 8-15 knots out of the south. All fleets were extremely competitive with aggressive starts and close finishes. After day one, Mark Stuhlmiller on Eudaimonia was leading the J/22 fleet by one point over Adam Masters' Trainwreck (both out of Buffalo Yacht Club), with Tim Roberts' MD Deuce from Edgewater Yacht Club closely following. Day two started off cloudy, but with more breeze out of the southwest at 15-22 knots, gusting over 25 and nearing 80 degree temperatures. All fleets were again aggressive getting off the starting line and competitive at each mark rounding battling for podium finishes. After three races on Sunday, Mark Stuhlmiller on Eudaimonia placed first in the J/22 fleet with 13 points, local Tim Roberts on MD Deuce had 14 points, and Adam Masters on Trainwreck had 19 points in third place. Many thanks to the sponsors: Quantum Sails Cleveland, Sailing Inc., Tito's Vodka, Boston Beer Co., Mapleside Farms and APS, as well as the families who were so generous hosting visiting teams. Bobbi and Bruce Sundman pulled off a traditional Southern boil on Saturday evening, and Quantum Sails sponsored the tailgate party on Sunday during the awards ceremony. PRO Mike Vining put together a flawless Race Committee, and great fun was had by all! The third annual Cleveland (216) Regatta will be held in early October 2017. For complete event information, click here.
Locals Win U.S. Adult Sailing Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Monday, 25 July 2016 19:22
Quick and competitive races, on-the-water umpiring, no discards, and an improved viewing experience of the fleet racing for everyone involved, proved to be the key recipe for a successful 2016 U.S. Adult Sailing Championship held October 12-15 in San Francisco, CA. Hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club on San Francisco Bay, this US Sailing National Championship truly challenged the 10 teams competing in equalized J/22s. In the end, it was the experience, local knowledge and preparation of the team representing the Northern California Yachting Association/St. Francis Yacht Club who came out on top. Russ Silvestri (San Francisco, CA), John Collins (Mill Valley, CA), Mario Yovkov (San Francisco, CA), and Maggie Bacon (San Francisco, CA) won by 13 points over 20 races. The team representing Southern California Yachting Association/San Diego Yacht Club, led by Tyler Sinks (San Diego, CA), placed second overall. Sinks was joined by crewmates Jake La Dow (San Diego, CA), Jake Reynolds (San Diego, CA), and Max Hutcheson (San Diego, CA). The fleet tallied eight races on Wednesday; six races on Thursday; two on Friday, and four on Saturday. Despite the close races throughout the four-day event, this championship was a two-team duel from start to finish. Silvestri won nine races and placed second nine times. Sinks won eight races and had a lead through most of Wednesday. Silvestri led by nine points entering Saturday’s racing and his team continued to post consistent results (4-1-2-1) to seal the championship and the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. Silvestri expected a major challenge from Sinks this week. "We knew from the start that Tyler Sinks was going to be the guy to beat," said Silvestri. "They went after us in the starts today, but with a nine point lead, we wanted to stay close with them and not make any mistakes. We had the benefit of the local knowledge and confidence in our boat speed and how to set up our boat every day. Today, we started races on the north side of Alcatraz with the wind coming from the south. Usually we are closer to Alcatraz, so that was different. There were storms coming through, so it was shifty at times. At the start of the tide, the wind was coming in and at the end it was going out, so just racing here all the time you have a sense of that and it helped us." Silvestri was also impressed with the new racing format. "I love the on-the-water umpiring. They are in the right position 99 percent of the time. You finish the race, and there is no protest. It’s infinitely better. It couldn’t be a better regatta to come to. The boats are prepared. It’s a 350 dollar entry fee. You get all your food. It’s a great deal. St. Francis Yacht Club did a great job running the event. It was great having the umpires out there, and the race committee work was good in a challenging environment with the cross current and deep water. Getting the marks in the right spot was not easy." First raced in 1952, the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship is one of US Sailing’s most historic national championships. For complete event details, visit
Last Updated on Saturday, 22 October 2016 10:18
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