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Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 Takes J/22 North American Championship on Tie-Breaker

Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 Takes J/22 North American Championship on Tie-Breaker

In sports, coaches always say that every point matters. That was certainly the case at the J/22 North American Championship hosted by Buffalo Yacht Club in Buffalo, NY. Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 went into the ninth and final contest in third place, four points behind Travis Odenbach’s HoneyBadger. Doyle did his part by scoring a bullet, and paired with Odenbach’s fifth-place finish, the local team of Chris Doyle, Will Harris and Adam Burns took the Championship with 27 points on a tie-breaker over Odenbach. Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, the day two leader, won Sunday’s opening race, but added a 13 in the final battle (their discard) to end with 29 points and third place.

After Todd won race eight in winds around 6 knots, teams waited for breeze for about an hour. "The nice Northwesterly came in, but sailing here for a few years, we thought it would go southwest," summarized Burns. Their local knowledge paid dividends, especially in race nine. "The RC started at 275, and we just knew it would go back to the true 260. So we started right near the pin. Travis was to windward of us, but we got lucky that he went after Jeff Todd, and we just sailed our race. This was not Chris Doyle weather," joked Burns, referring to his skipper’s knack for excelling in heavier breeze.

The event included four teams in the Doyle family: Chris, brothers Kevin and Peter, plus Kevin’s son Jacob. All four placed in the top eight overall. Also competing was the current recipient of the US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat program from Jacksonville University, led by David Hein. They finished as high as second place in race eight, and ended 14th overall.

The top five:

  1. Chris Doyle, The Jug 4 1, 2-1-4-5-7-1-6-[8]-1; 27T
  2. Travis Odenbach, HoneyBadger, 3-2-6-2-1-[8]-3-5-5; 27T
  3. Jeffrey Todd, Hot Toddy, 1-3-5-9-3-5-2-1-[13]; 29
  4. Mike Marshall, Bad News, 5-[19]-8-6-9-7-4-10-3; 52
  5. Zeke Horowitz, Uncle Fluffy, 22-5-2-1-5-2-7-[24/TLE]-15; 59

Thirty teams competed in the three-day event. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results are available at www.j22na.com.

Challenging J/FEST New England Regatta
Written by Chris Howell   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:06

The second annual J/Fest New England Regatta, hosted by Sail Newport, took place in the waters of southern Narragansett Bay and offshore on Rhode Island Sound during the weekend of August 12-13. While the regatta was missing the classic Newport summer sailing conditions of great sea breezes each day, the regatta PROs more than made up for it with clever race management. In the J/22 fleet, former College All-American sailor Peter Levesque stole the show, winning class with a 2-1-2-1 tally for just 6 points. William Porter’s CONUNDRUM was second with a 3-5-1-3 for 12 points. Just one point back was Cory Sertl’s WHARF RAT with a 1-2-5-5 tally for 13 points. For more J/Fest New England information, visit https://2017.jfestnewengland.com/.

Last Updated on Thursday, 17 August 2017 19:54
 
Creating Opportunities for Women

Through an initiative by the US Sailing Match Racing to promote match racing among women, the San Francisco Bay Women’s Match Race Clinic and Grade 5 Regatta on July 7-9 attracted 36 female sailors from the Bay Area, Southern California, the East Coast, and even St. Petersburg, Russia. The group assembled at the St. Francis Yacht Club on the San Francisco City Front to take part in a two-day learn-to-match race clinic and one-day grade 5 match race regatta. Organized by Nicole Breault and core members of her Vela Racing team, Molly Carapiet, Dana Riley and Karen Loutzenheiser, the participants used the StFYC matched set of 10 J/22s for the Clinic and Regatta. Some of the sailors entered as teams, but more than half entered as individuals, willing to join forces with one another to tackle learning a new game. Adding to the challenge was that many were dinghy sailors, while others had spent years on larger boats, and they were jumping onto a small keelboat for the first time and doing so in the often-humbling winds and waters just east of the Golden Gate Bridge in July. "It really took brave hearts and open minds to take on such an intensive task," observed Breault. "In the end, we were amazed by the progress every sailor made. It is a testament to what women can do in this sport when they get a chance and go all in." After classroom work and on-the-water drills on Friday and Saturday, the teams raced a single round-robin, fully-umpired grade five match racing regatta on Sunday, with Bartz Schneider as PRO and Rob Overton as Chief Umpire. Only a few skippers had ever match raced previously. The objective was to expose experienced women sailors to match racing and instill further interest. Quite a few participants said they would take the extensive course materials and bring them back to their home clubs to use as a template for training. Friday instruction focused on boat-handling as a fundamental aspect of match racing. This afforded sailors the chance to get to know one another and the J/22. The four coaches, who comprise a team that regularly match races J/22s, gave specific instruction on their individual tasks in getting the boat efficiently through maneuvers, how they support one another in these efforts, and the importance of clear communication roles. Friday evening shifted the discussion toward the match racing game, and Saturday’s drills exercised tactical thinking and execution in the pre-start and around the course. Members of the StFYC volunteer RC corps and several of Overton’s umpire team supported clinic sessions with mark set, flag work and a taste of how umpiring works. The sailors fully engaged their brains and their bodies in the learning. Blustery 15-20 knot winds and afternoon full ebb chop did not stop them from trying out aggressive boat-on-boat moves and pushing for improvement each time. On Sunday morning, racing was delayed briefly while an armada of support boats and kayaks escorted the Golden Rivet Swim from the Golden Gate Bridge, through the race course, to McCovey Cove at AT&T Park. Once underway, the course was visited by a couple of the humpback whales who have been enjoying the Bay waters these last few weeks. In spite of all these fantastic distractions, the organizers rolled through nine flights of match racing in west-southwesterly winds that built from 10-18 through the afternoon. Katie Ananina of St. Petersburg, Russia (currently a student based near Miami, FL) and her crew Bethanie Maples, Lisa Anderson and Linda Molnar (all Bay Area sailors) swept all of their matches (8-0) to win top honors. Katie was one of the few participants who came in with match racing experience which proved immensely valuable for both her team and the others. "Katie was laser focused on winning; her competitive vibe was infectious," noted Maples. "[She was] a best friend to these other crews, not a new friend. A new friend is nice and non-confrontational. A best friend pushes you past your comfort zone so you can learn more and be the best sailor you can be." Claiming second on the tie-breaker (6-2) was StFYC member Krysia Pohl and her teammates Susannah Carr (Seattle, WA), Johanna Altorfer and Nehal Gajjar (both from the Bay Area). Finishing third was skipper Marilyn Cassedy along with Patricia Lapadula, Jennifer Arrington and Britni Belcher, all from Cal Yacht Club, Marina Del Rey, CA. For more information and full results go to: https://www.stfyc.com/default.aspx?p=.NETEventView&ID=3868387&qfilter=&type=0&ssid=242480&chgs=.

 
Alfonso Bringas, Current Scholarship Boat Recipient, Wins CanAm Challenge
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:07

 

Alfonso Bringas and his Jacksonville University Sailing Team won the 11-boat J/22 fleet at the CanAm Challenge at Youngstown Yacht Club in New York from July 29-30. Bringas is the current recipient of the US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat program, sponsored by North Sails. The team took bullets in the final two races to earn the victory with 20 points over seven races. Cory Sertl’s Lucy earned second place with 26 points, followed by Vic Snyder’s Mo’ Money and John Huebschmann’s Escape who were tied on points at 28 for third and fourth, respectively. For complete event details, visit https://www.yachtscoring.com/emenu.cfm.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 July 2017 22:35
 
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