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Breault Repeats at U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in J/22s
Nicole Breault (San Francisco, CA) became only the second skipper to win back-to-back U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in event history. Breault defeated home town sailor Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, MD) 3-0 in the Final match on September 11 on Chesapeake Bay. The 2016 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship was hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club on September 9-11 in the J/22. Breault’s team was comprised of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco,CA), Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz,CA), and Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, CA). Carapiet and Loutzenheiser won with Breault in last year’s championship. Also, for the second straight year, Zarkowsky’s team ran into Breault in the Finals and finished runner-up. "We won because of teamwork," stated Breault. "You can’t under estimate that part of the game, especially with all the maneuvering you want to do, you need it delivered, and I couldn’t do it without them." Breault will be racing at the 2016 World Sailing Women’s Match Racing World Championships in Sheboygan on September 19-25. "I’ve been looking for a chance to race against Stephanie (Roble) and her whole team, and I’ll see her in Sheboygan." Roble is the top ranked U.S. women’s match racer. The team from the Bay area was dominant throughout the three-day event. In the three Round Robin stages, they were 5-0, 4-1 and 5-0, respectively. They won their semifinal series, 3-0, over Robyn Lesh (Oyster Bay, NY) to advance to the finals. Lesh upended Morgan Wilson, 2-0, in the petite finals to take third place. The first Round Robin was conducted on September 9, and the second and third Round Robins took place September 10. The knock-out rounds were raced September 11. The win earned Breault an invitation to the 2017 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan in Wisconsin. Breault, who was introduced to match racing in 2008, is ranked #2 in the country for women’s match racing. She also won the Nation’s Cup in 2015. Previous winners of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship include an impressive list of the top women sailors in recent U.S. history. Genny Tulloch won back-to-back titles in 2009-10 with other winners including Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Stephanie Roble, Liz Baylis and Debbie Cappozi. For complete event details, visit http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/adult/womensmatchracing/.
 
Michael Marshall Triumphs at J/22 World Championship
Michael Marshall Triumphs at J/22 World Championship 

It took every leg of all 10 races to determine the winner of the J/22 World Championship at CORK/Sail Kingston in Ontario Canada. With a second place finish in Thursday’s only race, Mike Marshall, Todd Hiller and Luke Lawrence are the 2016 J/22 World Champions. Heading into the 10th and final race, Marshall and Chris Doyle were tied on points at 30. As the 41 teams arrived at CORK in the morning, the after effects of an overnight storm left breeze in the mid-20s, so the Race Committee postponed on shore. But it didn’t take long for the winds to back off to the upper teens, so the flag came down allowing for the showdown between Marshall and Doyle. Brad Julian won the race, with Marshall finishing second to secure the Championship. Doyle placed sixth in the race but second overall with 36 net points. Jeff Todd took third with 43 points. "We went into Thursday with the idea that it’s really three people (Todd was 5 points behind Marshall and Doyle), so it changes the whole dynamic. If it’s two people, you can do a little bit more match racing," explained Marshall. "We just wanted to sail the best possible race we could, and we executed our plan exactly as we wanted to. We got the first cross, and from there we were able to control the race." Over the 10-race series, only two races were sailed under 15 knots, and 9 knots was the lightest. "Kingston as a venue is just spectacular," praised Marshall. "This week was totally different than what Kingston is normally, which is about going left. This week, it was all about going right." Marshall thanked the Race Committee for their efficient execution, saying, "They changed marks when they needed to, dealt with two shoals on either side and set the right length courses. They were cranking out the races without much downtime." The PRO was David Sprague. 
The top five: 
1) Michael Marshall 1, 5, 10, 2, 1, 3, 7, (16), 1, 2 = 32 
2) Chris Doyle 4, 4, 2, 4, 4, (12), 4, 3, 5, 6 = 36 
3) Jeffrey Todd (18), 2, 6, 5, 5, 4, 3, 7, 3, 8 = 43 
4) Travis Odenbach (17), 7, 3, 1, 14, 8, 2, 5, 8, 5 = 53 
5) Brad Julian 19, 1, 1, 7, 15, (42 DNC), 1, 1, 9, 1 = 55 
Photos are available on the J/22 Facebook page, and complete results may be found at http://cork.org/past-results/results2016/J22/J22.html.
 
Breault Repeats at U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in J/22s
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41
Nicole Breault (San Francisco, CA) became only the second skipper to win back-to-back U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in event history. Breault defeated home town sailor Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, MD) 3-0 in the Final match on September 11 on Chesapeake Bay. The 2016 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship was hosted by Annapolis Yacht Club on September 9-11 in the J/22. Breault’s team was comprised of Molly Carapiet (San Francisco,CA), Karen Loutzenheiser (Santa Cruz,CA), and Hannah Burroughs (San Francisco, CA). Carapiet and Loutzenheiser won with Breault in last year’s championship. Also, for the second straight year, Zarkowsky’s team ran into Breault in the Finals and finished runner-up. "We won because of teamwork," stated Breault. "You can’t under estimate that part of the game, especially with all the maneuvering you want to do, you need it delivered, and I couldn’t do it without them." Breault will be racing at the 2016 World Sailing Women’s Match Racing World Championships in Sheboygan on September 19-25. "I’ve been looking for a chance to race against Stephanie (Roble) and her whole team, and I’ll see her in Sheboygan." Roble is the top ranked U.S. women’s match racer. The team from the Bay area was dominant throughout the three-day event. In the three Round Robin stages, they were 5-0, 4-1 and 5-0, respectively. They won their semifinal series, 3-0, over Robyn Lesh (Oyster Bay, NY) to advance to the finals. Lesh upended Morgan Wilson, 2-0, in the petite finals to take third place. The first Round Robin was conducted on September 9, and the second and third Round Robins took place September 10. The knock-out rounds were raced September 11. The win earned Breault an invitation to the 2017 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan in Wisconsin. Breault, who was introduced to match racing in 2008, is ranked #2 in the country for women’s match racing. She also won the Nation’s Cup in 2015. Previous winners of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship include an impressive list of the top women sailors in recent U.S. history. Genny Tulloch won back-to-back titles in 2009-10 with other winners including Cory Sertl, Betsy Alison, Sally Barkow, Anna Tunnicliffe, Stephanie Roble, Liz Baylis and Debbie Cappozi. For complete event details, visit http://www.ussailing.org/racing/championships/adult/womensmatchracing/.
 
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 http://www.conanicutyachtclub.org/.
 
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 http://jfestnewengland.com/.
Last Updated on Monday, 15 August 2016 17:06
 
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