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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.
J22 CLASS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE COMING TO SOUTH AFRICA IN 2014!

The J22 Class World Championships, to be hosted in South Africa in 2014, has been officially sanctioned. The South African J22 class will proudly host the class World Championships at the Vaal Dam situated in the Northern Free State Province. The Deneysville Aquatic Club, in the small village of Deneysville on the Free State side of the dam, will be the privileged co-host the social events. The regatta centre and base the world championship fleet will be at Manten Marina, also situated in the village of Denysville. The amazing facilities at this marina will provide all the necessary equipment to ensure the efficient scrutineering and mooring of all the participating J22’s. All the clubs, bed and breakfast / lodge accommodation and residents will be called on to make this a memorable event for the sailors, families and friends

During the month of April the J22 class will be hosting a festival of sailing. Over the Easter weekend, 18th to the 21st April the class National Championships will be held. On the 26th April the measurement and scrutineering for the J22 World Championships will start prior to racing on 28th April. The Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving will be on Friday evening the 2nd of May.

The host club DAC which is renowned for its hospitality is pulling out all the stops to co-host the event. The full time catering facilities in the club house will keep the sailors fed and watered throughout the event. They will offer campsite accommodation to all the competitors on the club grounds. Alternative, excellent camping facilities at Lake Deneysville Yacht club offer a much larger camping space if you need to spread out.

Deneysville’ s thriving tourism industry offer a wide variety of Bed and Breakfast accommodation as well as self catering and Guest House type accommodation. A list of enthusiastic service providers will be available for any enquiries.

Charter boats, where and how to get them? The J22 class is currently 52 boats strong in South Africa with the majority of the boats sailed regularly. The class is working feverishly to encourage owners who won’t be able to participate in the event to make their boats available for charter. We aim to make the charter fee affordable but also lucrative for the owner to maintain his racing machine. The class will be managing this process for the owners and competitors to be sure the boats are in race ready condition and the owners are confident all will be done to look after their boat and keep their minds at rest.

Preliminary registration can be done by mailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that you can be included in any future correspondence regarding the 2014 J22 Class World Championship festival. For complete regatta information, visit http://www.j22.co.za/.
 
Benz Faget Tops Fleet at J/22 Midwinter Championship

Benz Faget utilized his home-field advantage to dominate the 25-boat fleet at the J/22 Midwinter Championship. Hosted by the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, LA, Faget helmed Fats to all top-four finishes in the nine-race series (after dropping an eight in race five). With crew Devon Sweeney (cockpit) and Randall Richmond (bow), the local team tallied just 22 points. Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 of Youngstown, NY captured the silver position with 34 points. And local Zak Fanberg’s Wild Tchoupitoulas closed out the top three with 45 points. “These guys are a good team together,” Faget said, crediting his crew for their success. “And there’s nothing like sailing in your own backyard.” He also attributed their consistent performance to more time on the boat, including last year’s J/22 World Championship in Newport, RI. Conditions on Lake Pontchartrain on Sunday featured light breezes, between 5-6 knots. The local competitors ruled the day, as David Loeb’s La Jolie Vie took victory in Sunday’s first race. Richard Heausler’s Fast Company was second, and Faget third. Chip Carpenter’s Wizard snagged the win in the next contest, trailed by Faget and Dwight Leblanc’s dliii. Faget closed out the championship with a bullet, as Dale Currie’s Supper Club and Fanberg followed. The top 5: Benz Faget (22 points), Chris Doyle (34), Zak Fanberg (45), Kevin Doyle (49), Terry Flynn (50). Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at www.j22mw.com.

 
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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