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Michael Marshall Achieves J/22 North American Championship
Michael Marshall of Jamestown, Rhode Island earned his first J/22 North American Championship at the Annapolis Yacht Club in Annapolis, Maryland. With crew Mark Sertl and Matt Gowell, team Bad News Too took advantage of a discard in the fifth and final race to secure the championship with 12 points. Local teams rounded out the top three, as Chris Gaffney's Chasing Waterfalls took second with 16 points and J.R. Maxwell's Scooby snared the bronze spot with 18 points. Four races were held on Sunday, after light and fluky breeze allowed just one race over the first two days of the championship, bringing the total number of races to five. Marshall, also the winner of the Annapolis NOOD two weeks ago, credited Gowell in the middle and Sertl on the foredeck for getting him around the race course while he focused on steering. Despite light air and strong current, the team focused on the conditions where they were at any given moment. "You made a decision that brought you to where you are, so you just have to concentrate on that," Marshall stated. "The Race Committee did the best they could with the conditions they were given. It was challenging and tough." Marshall is relatively new to the J/22, having just competed in last year's Worlds and some local club racing. Winds at 8-10 knots greeted competitors on Sunday morning under sunny skies, as local Jeff Todd's Hot Toddy won the day's first battle. Brad Julian's ThreeDories.com team followed in second, and Jonathan Phillips' Bruiser in third. 2013 J/22 World Champion Allan Terhune on Dazzler dominated the next contest, with Gaffney and Marshall behind him. Chris Doyle helmed The Jug 4 1 to victory in Sunday's third race, trailed by Maxwell and Marshall, as winds decreased slightly. Terry Flynn's Tejas closed the event with a victory. Next were Chris Wilson's Lil' Puffy and Jeffrey Love's Stampede.

The top five:

1) Michael Marshall, Bad News Too (12 points)
2) Chris Gaffney, Chasing Waterfalls (16)
3) J.R. Maxwell, Scooby (18)
4) Chris Wilson, Lil' Puffy (21)
5) Chris Doyle, The Jug 4 1 (27)

Thirty-eight teams from across the United States and Canada competed. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at www.j22na.com.
CanAm Challenge
The CanAm Challenge hit Youngstown Yacht Club in New York from July 26-27 with 12 one-design fleets plus two pursuit groups. In the six-boat J/22 fleet, teams kept the racing tight over the six race series. Paul Davignon's Three's Company emerged as the winner with 13 points, after notching bullets in the last three races. Darcy Fuller's Prost settled for second place with 14 points, and Adam Masters' Trainwreck for third with 16 points. For complete results, click here.
 
Dillon Open
Billed as "the world's highest regatta," the Dillon Open is the highlight of the summer sailing season in Colorado. The Dillon Yacht Club always extends a warm welcome to all sailors who wish to go sailing on beautiful Lake Dillon. Over 100 competitors enjoyed this year's gorgeous weather—sunny days, gentle breezes and spectacular views of the snow-capped Rocky Mountains surrounding them. The 41st annual event had light and variable winds Saturday, but event organizer Karin Osterloh Mattern said that beautiful weather allowed for some close and fun racing on Sunday. In the dozen boat J/22, it can be said that David Baker's Up For Air team took the fleets breath away, posting a runaway score of 1-2 to win by a landslide. Peter Fornell's team on Maybe Later took second followed by Richard Hallagan's crew on USA 1510. The infamous Does This Boat Make My Butt Look Big sailed by Robin Jackson took fourth, and in fifth was Shane Salisbury's Stir Crazy. The J/22s had a lot of fun and apparently enjoyed having one of their best turnouts in years for the event. For more Dillon Open regatta sailing information, visit www.dillonyachtclub.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

 
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