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Terry Flynn’s Tejas Goes Wire to Wire to Win J/22 North American Championship
Terry Flynn’s Tejas won the opening race of the J/22 North American Championship and didn’t look back. A fourth in Sunday’s only race secured victory for the local helmsman, who tallied just 10 net points in the six races, including three bullets on day one. Prior J/22 World Champion Flynn thanked his crew of Mark Foster and Matt Romberg, who "did all the hard work this regatta." This same team won the J/22 Midwinter Championship earlier this year. With a third in Sunday’s light air match-up, Brad Julian’s Team from Annapolis, MD secured the silver position with 16 points. Texan Marvin Beckmann’s The Martian edged out Travis Odenbach’s Sea Bags Sailing Team of Rochester, NY for the bronze (22 points to 23). Newport-based Michael Marshall’s Bad News won Sunday’s contest to claim the fifth spot overall with 29 points. The Houston Yacht Club in Texas hosted the three-day Championship for 39 teams from across the United States. Flynn summarized, "It was a great event, and while the weather didn’t completely cooperate, the Race Committee did great as well as all the volunteers at HYC." Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at
Mike Marshall and Team Take Lake George Open/Northeast Championship
Team Bad News (9 points) of Mike Marshall, Mark Sertl and Matt Gowell from Jamestown, RI won the 2015 Lake George Open and Northeast District Championship, held by Fleet #61 at The Lake George Club September 25-27 over 23 boats. Finishing second, only five points behind was team The Jug 4 1 (16) of current J/22 World Champion Chris Doyle with Adam Burns and Peter Doyle from Youngstown, NY. In third, and winner of the Best Local Boat Trophy, was team Wind Dog (22) of Ben McAndrew, Mason Gertner and Tim Dexter from Lake George, sailing in their first J/22 regatta. Rounding out the prize winners were past winner Raised J (22) of Johan Koppernaes, Michele Cimon, Bianca Jager and Amands Bolle from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada in fourth, local team Craic Attack (26) of Alfie Merchant, Amy Merchant and Carlton Elmer in fifth, with "Grab Bag" prize winner team Broomstick of Ron Harris, Cathy Harris, Onur Bodur and Bianca Grohman from Hudson, Quebec, Canada in eighth. With 23 entries, there were fewer boats than in past years, probably partly due to competitors traveling to Houston for the North Americans the following week. Still, competition was intense with several past regatta champions and well-known perennial Class contenders, including 81-year-old Richard Hallagan, now out of Canandaigua Lake, NY. A bit unusual this year was that a few locals did very well. This is less attributed to "local knowledge" as much as to team sailing skills. The weekend wind forecast was for very light winds (4 mph, gusts to 6), but teams were very lucky to have an 8-10 northerly on Saturday, which faded to allow only three races, and then about the same but southerly on Sunday for three more races, allowing one discard. Team The Jug 4 1 was leading after Saturday with 1-2-2, which looked like a significant lead over the next five boats, Raised J (2-4-6), Bad News (5-1-9), Craic Attack (8-3-4), Wind Dog (10-6-1) and Over (James Gillis, Hudson, Quebec, 4-8-7). Saturday also had one "dead heat" where the RC determined two boats crossed the finish line at exactly the same time. Sunday dawned with wind on the lake, to everyone's surprise and happiness. The RC under the leadership of PRO Dave Dougall was able to hold three short races. Suffice it to say that team Bad News sailed away with the regatta on Sunday by scoring three bullets, and some were not what you would call close. Clearly, Mike and team had figured out the wind, which basically required go left, tack to port on the wind line, and get lifted to the weather mark. Not quite as simple as that, as you had to get off the starting line and the pin-end jam, and short tack up the wind line to stay with it. Both days it seemed that getting to wind pressure was more significant than tacking on the shifts, and going up the middle was definitely a no-no, as boats would pass you on both sides, both upwind and downwind. There were a few mishaps on the course as usual but everyone was on good behavior doing their penalty turns. This is pretty typical of the experienced J/22 Class sailors, and is one of the reasons why it's a lot of fun to be in the Class. Another reason for the J/22 is the great friendships one develops and maintains among the sailors. For this regatta, there were competitors from Annapolis, Jamestown, Youngstown, eight boats from Canada and many surrounding locales. Under the direction of Regatta Chair Willy Lund, J/22 Fleet Captain Rik Alexanderson, Club Fleet Captain Joe Favero and Club Manager Bill Finnen, this regatta was again an exceptional event enjoyed by all participants and guests. If you missed it, you really need to attend next year, when the regatta will be held September 23-25, 2016. A truly great regatta, with a great Class highlighted by camaraderie, competition and an exceptional boat! Full results are on the Club website (Thank to Tom Linville for this recap!)
USA’s Christopher Doyle Grabs His First World Championship Title in the J/22 Class
The World Championship decider of the J/22 Class was the focus of the eighth day of sailing at the 126th Travemuender Woche. And the crews of the sporty keelboat class apparently knew what they owed the spectators watching the live broadcast in the SAP Sail Cube. They delivered a spectacular final, resulting in celebrations for the Americans in the end. Christopher Doyle snatched the almost certain title from the Dutch team of Jean-Michel Lautier in the last race of the J/22 Marinepool Worlds. And the bronze medal was snatched away from Martin Menzner from Kiel by Reiner Brockerhoff from Duisburg. At the start of the day, the previous order of the J/22 World Championship seemed to be cemented. Doyle and Lautier achieved their worst results in the total of 13 races and, after a day win, Menzner established a narrow lead ahead of Brockerhoff, who came in third in the race. Thus, the three leading crews could have sailed to protect their positions in the final race. But it turned out differently. Brockerhoff slipped away after the start to the left side of the course, was first to find the right wind and pushed into second place. Menzner and Doyle settled into the midfield. Nevertheless, the American suddenly had his hand on gold since Lautier found himself at the very end of the fleet again. The reason for this: in the style of a match racer, Doyle had prevented the direct rivals for gold to a good start. "We knew that it did not matter which place we sailed into. We therefore had to ensure that Lautier did not sail into the front of the field," Doyle explained of the victory tactics. And he could let the reins loose after the position at the first marker; he sailed into tenth place and celebrated his first World Championship gold in his 20-year career in the J/22 Class. "It really feels great. The key to victory was having a good boat and a strong team," Doyle said, praising his crew Philip Wehrheim and Christopher Stressing and thanking Dirk Plewnia-Glanzmann (SC Rheingau), from whom he had chartered the boat. When he was on the dock, Doyle jumped ashore, hugged his wife and daughter and then looked forward to a "few good German beers" in the evening. Menzner still managed to come in eleventh place in the final race. But it was not enough for the bronze medal as Brockerhoff crossed the finish line as the winner. "We are happy to have made it onto the podium because we only started out with a finish in 21st place and have steadily worked our way up. Having now reached third place is the icing on the cake," Brickerhoff said. Forty-four J/22s competed, representing six nations (Canada, Cayman Islands, France, Germany, Netherlands, USA). Fourteen races took place, and complete regatta information may be found at
The Mid-Atlantics were held at Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis, MD from September 12-13, with 16 J/22s registered. It was tight racing at the top of the fleet, but Brad Julian's three bullets earned him the victory. With crew Matthew Schubert, Lynda Hiller and Emerson Smith, Julian tallied 5 points with a line of 1,1,(3),1,2. Chris Junge placed second with 8 points, and Jeff Todd third with 10. For complete event information, click here.
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