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Charleston Race Week
There was a tremendous amount of racing activity across Charleston area waters for Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week on April 11-13. The 19th edition hosted racing for 16 separate classes. The growth of the event drew competitors from 27 states and five continents, from as far away as New Zealand, Scandinavia, Brazil, Guatemala, Australia and Peru. With support from Greg Fisher of the College of Charleston, the J/22 fleet was offered a spectacular charter deal on the college's brand new fleet of J/22s. Eight J/22 crews made the trip to Charleston and completed 10 races. Four of the teams were able to win at least one race, but it was Aden King's Battub that came out on top with 16 points. Athur Libby's Torqeedo was just two points back in second, and Chris Sands' Quick Beat came in third with 27 points. For complete information, visit 
www.charlestonraceweek.com.
An Historic Championship Revitalized
US Sailing's championship series had its start back in the 1920s when the focus of the competition was between yacht clubs and not necessarily between individual sailors. East Coast Yacht Clubs fielded teams that competed against each other locally through a series of knock-out regattas. The best teams progressed to the national finals, originally for the Adams Cup and later on for the Mallory Trophy as well. A similar program was also created for juniors. Hundreds of young sailors still compete for the right to represent their home yacht club or sailing center at the Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships for the Sears, Bemis and Smythe trophies. With the increased number of one-design classes, adult interest in a small regatta, in which only 11 teams had advanced through to the finals, waned over the years. Bigger events attracted the best sailors and the focus was more on the individual rather than a club's performance. However, over the past five years competition between clubs has experienced a resurgence. The New York Yacht Club and others now host invitational regattas between representing yacht clubs. US Sailing has looked to its history as it considered the future of adult sailing championships for men and women. In 2013, a new championship was launched. The U.S. Adult Championship honors the traditional "yacht club" vs. "yacht club" competition by mixing the best elements of the former Mallory Trophy and Adams Cup, while at the same time recognizing that sailors may belong to a community sailing organization. With the full support of the Clifford D. Mallory family, the U.S. Adult Championship now provides more opportunities for sailing clubs to participate in head-to-head competition. There are more events to qualify through and more room on the starting line at all levels. Any type of sailing community can field a team to compete at the regional and national levels. Beginning this summer, all American sailing organizations are invited to field teams to attend regional qualifiers with the goal of being one of the 20 teams who will sail for the right to have their organization's name engraved to the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy. 

Are you interested in fielding a team? Here is a list of considerations:

• Teams must be 18 or older. 
• Women can helm and men can crew for them. 
• Teams can be all men, all women or mixed. 
• Crew weight limit must meet class rules.
• Current membership in US Sailing by all parties including the sailing organization a team represents. 

The finals for the U.S. Adult Sailing Championship for the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy will be raced from September 24-27, 2014 at Fort Worth Boat Club in Texas on J/22s. The Royal Victoria Trophy will be awarded for excellence in Seamanship by a team and the Staton J. Peele, Jr. Trophy will be awarded for Sportsmanship by an individual. For more information visit http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USAdult.htm.

 

 
J/22 US Match Racing Qualifiers
From April 12-13, the St. Francis Yacht Club hosted the first of two West Coast (Area GHJL) qualifiers for the US Match Racing Championship, also known as the Prince of Wales Bowl (POW). The POW dates back to 1931 when the Bowl was donated by Prince Edward Albert to promote small boat sailing among junior yachtsmen. In 1975, the event morphed into what we know now as the US Match Racing Championship. Selected from among numerous applicants, the eight skippers included Newport Harbor Yacht Club members Payson Infelise and Jack Thompson, Royal Canadian Yacht Club member Landon Gardner, and St. Francis Yacht Club members Jackson Benvenutti, Nicole Breault, Russ Silvestri, Bruce Stone, and Shawn Bennett (past winner of the overall championship). The boats were splashed on Friday to give the teams a chance to practice on the J/22s used for the event. StFYC did a great job making sure the boats were in top condition for the regatta. Saturday dawned with a typical overcast sky, but then the fog burned off and revealed great conditions for a regatta. The westerly breeze filled in with 8 to 12 knots, and the course was set just north of Crissy Field and the StFYC. As is typical in match racing, the races were two lap affairs, with a downwind finish. PRO Bartz Schneider indicated the goal of the two days was to get two round robins completed if possible. A building ebb tide made the races a bit longer than anticipated, but also made the racing very close, as any advantage gained at the start or during the weather legs could be quickly erased as soon as the boats turned downwind. This made for some close racing and lots of action at the bottom mark rounding, with the on-the-water umpires getting quite a workout. At the end of the first round robin, it was Team Silvestri with a 7-0 record, followed by Team Bennett and Team Infelise with an equal 5-2 record. The race committee decided to squeeze in the start of the second round robin, and one more race was run. It was pretty obvious that there were some tired teams on the water at this point, with some questionable boat handling, lots of flags, and general mayhem. Team Silvestri managed to squeak out another victory at the finish with some heavy sans-pole hand-guyed spinnaker reaching and lots of yelling to finish the day with an 8-0 record. On Sunday morning, the fog was absent, and so was the wind. When the breeze did fill in, it was the typical westerly at 8-10 knots, with another building ebb tide guaranteeing close racing with penalties burned at the last possible minute, boats overlapped at the finish line, and other hand-to-hand combat between competitors keeping the umpires and race committee busy. When the dust settled, the final tally was Team Silvestri with a 12-2 record, Team Infelise at 11-3, and Team Bennett with a 10-4 record. Silvestri advances to the US Match-Racing Finals, also being held at the St Francis, on October 3-5.
 
2014 J/22 North American Championship

The Annapolis Yacht Club and J/22 Fleet 19 invite you to race with the best in beautiful Annapolis, Maryland for the 2014 J/22 North American Championship. Racing takes place May 16-18. Plan to tune-up at the Annapolis NOOD from May 2-4 and store your boat free of charge at AYC through the North Americans. When the World Championship took place in Annapolis in 2004, there were more than 100 boats on the starting line. This is a “can’t miss” regatta on your 2014 calendar. Find out the most recent updates at the regatta website: www.j22na.com.

 
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