Chris Doyle from Youngstown Yacht Club Leads the First Day of the J/22 North American Championship

Thirty-eight teams from throughout the United States battled the wind shifts, and each other, on the inaugural day of the J/22 North American Championship hosted by Wayzata Yacht Club (WYC) in Minnesota. Four races were completed, and the Youngstown Yacht Club team on The Jug 4 1, including Chris Doyle, Peter Doyle and Nick Doyle, are leading. They recorded scores of 2,1,1,7 for 11 points. Local boat En Fuego, helmed by Mike Schmidt, has 18 points to claim second place. Mike Marshall, on Bad News, from New York Yacht Club is in third place with 24 points. Racing got underway in 8 knots as Marshall opened the Championship with a win. Doyle on The Jug 4 1 and Schmidt on En Fuego followed in the top three. Doyle gained the second victory, pursued by Marshall and Colin Feik on Stampede from Oklahoma City Boat Club. While winds worked their way up to about 13 knots, Doyle earned the next bullet, chased by local boats 963, helmed by Mike Bowers, and Schmidt on En Feugo. Racing is scheduled through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete event details may be found at www.j22na.com.

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