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2017 J/22 Midwinter Championship
Southern Yacht Club, New Orleans, LA 
March 23-26, 2017 

All J/22 sailors are invited to attend the 2017 J/22 Midwinter Championship, proudly hosted by Southern Yacht Club and J/22 Fleet 46. Registration will open on Thursday, March 23, and the Skippers Meeting will be that evening. Racing begins on Friday morning and continues through midday Sunday. Nine races are planned. Southern Yacht Club is located on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain on the New Orleans Lakefront. There is a variety of seafood houses and other restaurants nearby, and the French Quarter is only an Uber ride away! The Lake is actually a brackish estuary open to the Gulf of Mexico. There is little tidal effect and no current to speak of in the racing area. At about 24 miles across and averaging 14 feet deep, the Lake’s saucer-like shape can make for a short, steep chop. The winter wind pattern cycles thru balmy Gulf breezes, bracing Northerlies and light high pressure systems. This broad spectrum of conditions is sure to challenge everyone. Late in March, however, the cycle is less severe with fewer extremes. Visit for all the latest event information and to register.
Hot Toddy Wins East Coast Championship
An annual classic during the fall in the Chesapeake Bay is the Annapolis Yacht Club Fall Series. This year, the event also co-hosted the J/22 East Coast Championship. There was great racing on Saturday, October 1 with three races, however Sunday dawned with grey skies and no breeze. In the end, just three races counted. Winning the East Coast Championship was Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, posting a 2-1-2 for 5 points over the 10-boat fleet. Taking second was JR Maxwell’s Scooby with a 1-3-3 with 7 points. Third was Jonathan Sauer’s Ekas with a 4-2-4 for 10 points. Rounding out the top five was Chris Junge’s Corner of Sanity & Madness with 11 points, and fifth was Trevor Perkins’ Slow Show with 15 points. For complete information, click here.
US Sailing Match Race Championship in J/22s
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41
San Diego Yacht Club hosted the 49th edition of the U.S. Match Racing Championship for 10 teams seeking the coveted Prince of Wales Bowl. The #3 ranked match racer in the country, Nevin Snow from San Diego YC, may be moving up the rankings following his triumphant performance. The San Diego native earned his first Prince of Wales Bowl in impressive fashion by winning 17 of 18 races in the J/22, including a 3-0 win over three-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, CT) in Sunday’s Final series. Crewing for Snow was Nick Kaschak (San Diego, CA), Alex Curtiss (Lake Bluff, IL) and Peter Busch (San Diego, CA). On Friday, the winds started 4-5 knots and built up to 11-12 knots in the afternoon. Controlling the pre-start was really important, as always in match racing, but there were quite a few split starts where the lead changed several times because of shifts and patchy wind conditions. Sail-handling was excellent on all the boats, which was a great example of the competitive nature of the fleet. Overall, there were very few penalties. One of those most exciting races of the day was Breault vs Durant in flight 6. After a fierce battle of jibing and luffing, Breault took the win. At the top of the fleet, Snow finished 7-0 and Dellenbaugh finished 6-1. Nevin Snow commented on the day’s racing, "Everyone was good out there today, so it felt nice to win all of our races. Every race was nervously tight. Tomorrow we want to make sure that we keep our momentum going. We don’t want to become complacent after winning the first day of races." David Dellenbaugh said, "Other than losing the last race, it was a good day. There was perfect wind velocity for match racing, and the matches were very well run. I was sailing with my two daughters Becca and Emily, and today was Emily’s first time formally match racing." Saturday started with more wind in the morning than Friday. Overall, the average wind speed for the day was 8 knots. On day 2 of racing, skippers were focused on good starts and boat handling. Spinnaker handling was also massively important throughout the day. On Friday and even more so on Saturday, many passes downwind were happening. Since rule 17 was recently deleted from match racing, it was evident that competitors were taking the opportunity to luff people downwind. There were a fair number of penalties all over the race course. The eight skippers that progressed from the round robin to the quarterfinal were Snow, Dellenbaugh, Merrick, Darden, Durant, Lalumiere, Breault and Natvig. The match-ups for the quarterfinal were Snow vs Natvig, Dellenbaugh vs Breault, Lalumiere vs Darden and Durant vs Merrick. The first skippers to get three wins progressed to Sunday’s semi-finals. Snow and Dellenbaugh both won their first three races, and Lalumiere won during the fourth. Durant and Merrick were the only pair left to race a fifth race which Merrick won. Durant carried two penalties, burning one during the race without a chance to burn the second penalty. At the end of Saturday, Snow was undefeated for the whole weekend, so far winning 12 races. Dellenbaugh had only lost one race—to Snow. Snow said, "Boat speed was my key today. I wanted to focus on going fast and tried not to get caught up in what the other boats were doing. We’re taking it race by race tomorrow. I think every race between the 4 in the quarterfinal will be tight. Our approach is to keep it cool and calm through the races and maintain that attitude throughout the last day." Dustin Durant commented, "We had a rocky start to the whole regatta. We ended up fifth in the round robin which we were pleased with. We had a decent quarterfinal, tying it up 2-2, but having penalties in race 5 didn’t help. All in all, the team did well." For Sunday’s racing, Nevin Snow chose Colin Merrick to sail against in the Semi-Final round. Consequently, David Dellenbaugh had to sail against Charles Lalumiere. Snow won his round 2-1 while Dellenbaugh won 2-0. In the finale, Snow went 3-0 against Dellenbaugh. In the Petite Finale, Lalumiere, a recent graduate from Dartmouth Sailing Team, went 2-1 against Merrick to take third for the regatta. For complete information, click here.
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:33
Conanicut YC Round Island Race
Written by Chris Howell   
For about a week, a tropical disturbance called Hermine worked its way toward the northeastern USA shoreline over Labor Day weekend. The New England forecasts ranged from a hurricane to nothing other than a mild tropical disturbance blowing 15-30 kts. Sunday morning ended up with NE winds of 15-25 kts and mostly sunny skies. The fleet of 65 entrants congregated in front of Conanicut YC in Jamestown, RI looking forward to a counter-clockwise race around Narragansett Bay. The start was off the CYC starting line, just south of the Newport Bridge. The first mark to windward was a starboard-tack favored beat of 5.1nm. Then, the fleet turned left at Can #3 going to Can #5 at the northern tip of Conanicut Island (about 1.8nm), then a fast 9.5nm planing reach from Can #5 to Beavertail Bell off the southern tip of the island, then a 4.0nm beat against a ripping 1.5-2.0 kts current, clawing around the Dumplings Bell for a last left turn to the finish, a fetch on starboard of 1.25nm. The Sertl family from Jamestown (Katja, Mark and Cory) sailing with J/22 World Champion Mike Marshall aboard their boat Lucy won the J/22 fleet and placed sixth overall (quite an accomplishment in a very big boat favored race). Taking second in the J/22s was Neil McDermott’s Kona, and third was Bill Porter’s Conundrum. As a result of their performance, the Sertl Family were awarded the Robert MacLeod Rear Commodore Trophy (Day-sailer, Fastest corrected time). For more Conanicut YC Round Island Race sailing information, visit
J/Fest New England
Written by Chris Howell   
Monday, 25 July 2016 19:22
Eight J/22s were on hand at J/Fest New England in Bristol, RI from August 12-14, including the winning team on Conundrum, led by William Porter. Conundrum won four of the six races and totaled 11 points. Matt Dunbar's Wharf Rat settled for second with 15 points, and Nick Cromwell's Dirt Dog took third with 21 points. For complete event details, visit
Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 17:06
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