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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.
Cleveland Race Week
Eight fleets of one-design boats invaded Cleveland Race Week at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio from June 13-15, including 15 J/22s. Winds started strong on Saturday morning, but died off throughout the day. Sunday dawned with light breeze but increased, making for a beautiful day of racing in Cleveland. The J/22s were able to complete six total races, and it was the consistent scores of Kevin Doyle and Vic Snyder on Mo' Money that earned them the victory with 17 total points. RJ Moon's Axe Wound trailed in second place with 23 points, and David McBrier's Vamanos came in third with 26 points. For complete results, visit www.clevelandraceweek.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

 
Balboa YC Sweeps J/22 California Match Race
Racing at San Diego YC this past weekend in J/22s, 20 year-old Ryan Davidson, sailing for Balboa Yacht Club, swept the field representing seven other yacht clubs to take the US Match Racing Area GHJL Qualifier #2. Ryan now advances to the finals, also being held in J/22s, at St. Francis YC in early October. Ryan and crew Brandon Folkman and Gregg Kent turned in a flawless two days of match-racing, finishing 14-0. In addition to outperforming his opponents in tactical match-racing maneuvers, Ryan avoided mistakes in the pre-start and accurately called pressure up the course to lead almost every match wire-to-wire. Relatively consistent winds of 8-10 knots and flat water rewarded straight line boat speed and two Bay Area teams, John Horsch from Treasure Island Sailing Center and Nicole Breault from St. Francis Yacht Club, were just plain fast, out-sailing the rest of the field (except for Davidson) and tied for second, at 10-4, with Horsch winning the tie-breaker. His team consisted of crew Amy Daniel and Karina Vogen, while Molly Carapiet, Jen Glass and Hannah Burroughs sailed with Breault. The diverse field of competition revealed the upsurge in interest for match-racing on the West Coast, including Hawaii, whose Waikiki YC sent a team, alongside Balboa YC, Treasure Island, St. Francis YC, Newport Harbor YC, Del Rey YC, California YC, San Francisco YC, and San Diego YC. US Match Racing Area GHJL representative Bruce Stone reported that both qualifier #1 and #2 had the required number of international umpires and competitors from over 500 km away so they could qualify as a Grade 3 event, rewarding the top skippers with additional ISAF ranking points. San Diego's regatta chair Summer Greene, together with the St. Francis, received around 24 formal applications or serious inquiries for the available 16 slots, leading to the possibility of staging a third West Coast qualifier in 2015 at another venue. For more J/22 Match Racing sailing information in California, contact Bruce Stone at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
 
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