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Invitation to 2016 J/22 World Championship
On behalf of the International J/22 Class Association, the Canadian J/22 Class Association and CORK/Sail Kingston, we are pleased to invite you to the 2016 J/22 World Championship. The 2016 J/22 World Championship will take place August 19-25 at CORK/Sail Kingston, located in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Sailing will take place on the waters at the eastern end of Lake Ontario, which offers some of the best fresh water sailing in the world. The city of Kingston is nestled at the mouth of the Rideau Canal and the St. Lawrence River at the eastern end of Lake Ontario. The city hosted the sailing event for the 1976 Olympics, and countless regattas are hosted out of the same venue as was used in 1976. Competitors can find general information about the venue, travel, accommodations and sailing conditions at European and US competitors will realize significant savings due to the strength of your currencies against the Canadian dollar so we encourage all competitors to register as early as possible. We look forward to welcoming all competitors to CORK and the city of Kingston in August 2016. For more information click here
East Coast Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 22:34
The J/22 East Coast Championship was hosted by Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD over Halloween weekend with 16 boats competing. It was a very competitive fleet with only two points separating fifth place from second place. On Saturday, conditions began light and variable out of the east, but building and shifting to the south. The current was ebbing, and the course was situated to the southeast of the mouth of the Severn River. Puffs filled from both corners upwind, making it favorable to pick a side. However, an interesting situation developed where the right side became favored in an unusual manner—the current was stronger than the left hand side and because of the ebb out of the river was pushing boats directly toward the windward mark. In addition, the puffs were stronger than the left hand side, but were actually big lefties, making it feel awful as a skipper, but crewmembers looking back at the fleet would tell you that the boats on the left hand side were not getting the shifts and were instead pointing at your transom. The fleet was really tight all day with the top 5-7 boats often finishing within boat lengths of each other. On Sunday, conditions were 5-12 out of the south and shifting toward the west, becoming increasingly puffy. The current was flooding. Three races were held with the first in a relatively steady southerly. Again the corners were favored, and the fleet was tight. The first race of the day ended with 10 boats finishing within a few boat lengths. In the last two races, the conditions shifted to the west and the right side became very favored upwind with huge right hand shifts coming off the shore. In both races, the leader got very far ahead by winning being first to the right hand corner on the first beat, but the fleet was extremely tight after that with positions changing mark to mark among the next five to seven positions. First place was J.R. Maxwell from SSA with 18 points having won the regatta without winning a race; second was Chris Junge from Eastport Yacht Club with 27 points; third was Chris Gaffney from Eastport Yacht Club with 27 points; fourth was Jeff Todd from Annapolis Yacht Club with 28 points and winning three races; and fifth was Brad Julian from SSA with 29 points. It was a great event put on by Fleet 19 Captain Jason Ipe and Severn Sailing Association. The Race Committee did a fantastic job getting off six races in challenging conditions. Thanks to all who volunteered their time to put it together, and thanks to all the competitors for very tight racing. Complete event information may be found by clicking here.
Last Updated on Monday, 16 November 2015 22:33
Three Bridge Fiasco
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 04 October 2015 20:17
369 singlehanded and doublehanded entrants signed up for the Three Bridge Fiasco on January 30, an iconic event on San Francisco Bay that lays testament to the support of shorthanded sailing in the Northern California area as well as the pursuit race curriculum. With starts strung out from 0900 to 11:12:10 AM for PHRF ratings ranging from 264 to -102, the 21.7 nm reverse pursuit course has become a must-do for sailors from all walks of life and all areas of the country. For many, it might be the only race they may sail shorthanded all year. For others, it’s another of the fun runs combined with long distance and offshore events fulfilling a busy competition schedule. The start and finish off the Golden Gate Yacht Club can be done in either direction and the marks of the course–the Blackaller Buoy representing the Golden Gate Bridge, Red Rock Island representing the Richmond San Rafael Bridge and Yerba Buena Island representing the Oakland /SF Bay Bridge–can be rounded in any direction and any order. Playing the currents, the wind, and out foxing your competitors is the name of the game...along with a little luck. The 2016 Three Bridge Fiasco provided yet another legendary day of fun, challenges, camaraderie and variety of weather for all participants, the majority of which completed the course before the daylight faded, and enjoyed a robust breeze for their final legs and ride home. (Submitted by Erik Simonson) In the eight-boat double-handed J/22 fleet, Gerard Sheridan & Halsey Richartz on Samba Pa Ti placed first, ahead of Russ Silvestri & John Bonds on Tom Allen and Mike Bishop & Amand Farrelly on T-Bird. For complete results, visit
Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 February 2016 23:03
California Dreamin’ Series gets underway
Steve Natvig won the opening stop of the California Dreamin’ Series, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club on January 9-10. Natvig (Cabrillo Beach YC), a frequent crew for legendary match racer Dave Perry, bested Nicole Breault (St Francis YC) in second and Alex Jacobs (San Diego YC) in third. The Grade 3 event was sailed in J/22s. One of the premier match racing series in the U.S., the California Dreamin’ Series consists of three match racing events: 
January 9-10 – San Diego Yacht Club (San Diego, CA) – J/22s 
February 27-28 – Long Beach Yacht Club (Long Beach, CA) – Catalina 37s 
March 12-13 – St. Francis Yacht Club (San Francisco, CA) – J/22s 
Each host club nominates two teams from their respective clubs, and then the three events agree on the remaining two teams to fill out the field of eight competitors. The winner of the series receives an invitation to the Ficker Cup at Long Beach Yacht Club, which itself is a qualifier for Congressional Cup the following week, also at Long Beach Yacht Club.
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