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The 2014 Lake George Open / Northeast District Championship
The 2014 Lake George Open/NE District Championship was successfully defended by Chris Doyle and his crew of Adam Burns and Christian Schwabe on Jug 41 of Youngstown, NY who scored a 2-1-3-1-2-1-(DNS) for 10 points in the seven race series. They topped the 26 teams in the annual event, held September 20-21 by Fleet 61 and The Lake George Club, Diamond Point, New York. Chris' closest competitor was Jeffrey Love with Kevin Brown and Mark Bird onStampede from Toronto, who sailed an excellent series of 1-2-(5)-2-4-3-4 to finish in second place. Rounding out the top five are Kevin Doyle/Vic Snyder/Aaron Snyder on Mo’ Money from Youngstown (4-3-(8)-4-3-8-5), Richard Hallagan/John Steiner/Sarah Culver/Hendrix TenEyck on Chibougamau, Fairport, NY (5-4-7-(10)-6-4-2), and David Godin/Yves Godin/Marc Olivier Bourgeois on Won Ton, Verdun (Montreal), Quebec, (3-5-10-5-1-6-(13)). Other award winners were Alfie Merchant/Carlton Elmer/Bernie Zabeck on Craic Attack, Lake George, Best Local Boat, and Trevor Collins/Douglas Mair/Alexandra Leus on Alternative Girlfriend, Hudson, Quebec, awarded the traditional "Grab Bag" prize. Complete results are posted on the Club website, www.thelakegeorgeclub.com.
 
This year the race conditions were excellent and provided exciting and varied sailing. Saturday morning started with a brisk temperature of 54°F with winds from the south at 10 to 12 mph with gusts to 16 and then warmed to almost 75°F as the winds lightened throughout the day. The Race Committee was able to complete 4 races for all 26 boats by 4pm. Sunday morning continued the same trend with winds from the south at 8 to 13 mph and higher gusts, and increasing temperatures and beautiful sun and blue skies. The Race Committee completed 3 more races for a total of 7 races for the regatta. The Lake George Club repeated its outstanding tradition of great food, plenty of beverages and an entertaining Saturday night band that hosted a guest singer from the Doyle clan singing an awesome rendition of “Mustang Sally”. Add that to the beautiful venue, usual outstanding hospitality of The Lake George Club, fine regatta organization under Chair Joe Favero, and competent RC work under PRO Dave Dougall, and you have another successful not-to-be-missed annual fall J/22 event. Please plan on coming in September 2015. 
Round Island Race
Annually attracting a fleet of 100+ boats over the Labor Day weekend, the Conanicut Yacht Club's "Round Island Race" ranks right up there with many of the classic around island events. With the standard course for most boats presenting a nearly 20nm challenge, usually clockwise, around Conanicut Island, the fleet enjoys a picturesque tour around Narragansett Bay and an opportunity to traverse beneath two magnificent bridges—the Jamestown Bridge to the west and the Newport Bridge to the east. Competitors this year were confronted with somewhat grey, overcast skies in the morning with a nicely developed SSW gradient breeze that, ultimately, was reinforced with awesome sailing conditions later in the afternoon when the clouds broke like magic over the smaller boats in the fleet finishing later in the afternoon. The Class C was J/22 One-designs, won by Matt Dunbar's WHARF RAT, followed by Bill Porter's USA 1533, and Neil McDermott's KONA. For more CYC Round Island Race sailing information, visit http://www.conanicutyachtclub.org/ATI.aspx.
 
Jeff Todd Captures J/22 Mid-Atlantic Title
Jeff Todd had never previously considered pursuing the US Sailing Adult Championship. However, since the event is being contested using the class of boats he sails and the regional qualifier was held on home waters, the Annapolis skipper decided to give it a shot. Todd captured the J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championship last weekend and in the process earned the right to represent Area C at the Mallory Trophy regatta. The North Sails professional and the rest of his Hot Toddy team advance to the US Sailing Adult Championship finals, being held September 24-27 off Fort Worth, Texas. "Since it happens to be held in J/22s this year, we might as well go and see how we can do," said Todd, who was hurriedly working to arrange flights for the trip. Chip Carr trimmed the headsails and called tactics while Chris Ryan handled the bow aboard Hot Toddy, which won the decisive last race to secure a one-point victory over J.R. Maxwell and his crew on Scooby. "We had a real good competition with J.R. We've been battling with him all summer," Todd said of the former Tufts All-American. "It came down to the last race, and we went to the left side because we felt there was more pressure and less current. We picked up a shift and built a pretty big lead by the top mark." Competition was held Saturday and Sunday in light, shifty northeasterly winds and Todd, Maxwell and third place finisher Chris Junge all won a race. "It was typical August conditions on the Chesapeake Bay, and we've been doing that for a long, long time," said Todd, noting that power boat chop proved problematic, especially downwind. Todd has been racing regularly with Carr and Ryan since the 2004 J/22 World Championships. With their expertise in the small one-design, the trio will no doubt be a strong contender at the US Sailing Adult Championship, being held aboard borrowed boats. 
J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championship (8 boats) 
1, Hot Toddy, Jeff Todd, Annapolis Yacht Club, 3-3-1=7; 2, Scooby, J.R. Maxwell, Severn Sailing Association, 1-4-3=8; 3, Corner of Sanity and Madness, Chris Junge, Eastport Yacht Club, 2-1-6=9 
(Courtesy of Bill Wagner, Capital Gazette)
 
Michael Marshall Achieves J/22 North American Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 18 May 2014 19:53
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.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 20 August 2014 16:42
 
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