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Nic Bol Wins J/22 World Championship

Thank you for Rosemarijn Verdoorn, Chair of the Dutch J/22 Class Association for the following report: First of all, it was an honor to be the host country of the J/22 Worlds this year! We had a great week, with changing conditions, lovely weather and a lot of happy people at the end of the week. We started the week on Tuesday the 30th of May with measuring and registration. As everyone was eager to start their World Championship, there already was a line at 10AM. We had one and a half days to have all 39 boats registered and measured. It was a scary start for FRA 1444, team Reiner Brockerhoff, since their mast was broken due to miscommunications with the crane team. Fortunately, NED 1273 of Jean-Michel Lautier had a spare mast only 200feet from the race venue, and they were willing to lend it to 1444.

On Wednesday, the practice race started at 1:30PM. It was a good test for everyone to get to know the water, the waves, and the current in Scheveningen, The Netherlands. It was also a good lesson to see that Race Committee decided to start every race with a U flag. It was favorable to make a dip start, due to the direction of the current, but this would result in a disqualification. Unfortunately, not everyone knew what UFD (U flag disqualified) meant after the practice race, and did not bother to look it up. This resulted in a lot of U flags, Black flags and disqualifications after the first two days in very low wind conditions. The first two days were very tricky with light wind (6 knots) and almost 2 knots of current. The upper mark was not easy to reach, which resulted in busy upper marks, with boats trying to get to the upper mark after multiple tacks.

On Thursday, we had an opening dinner for all J/22 competitors, and a party organized by the J/22 Class on Friday. On Saturday, we had an open bar for all J/22 sailors and their relatives and friends, partly sponsored by the German Class Association as well. It was great to get to know all the teams from all over the world.
The last two days of racing, Saturday and Sunday, were the opposite of the first two days—heavy wind conditions and real North Sea waves. We even started the day with rain, after a couple of days of sunny weather. These changing conditions caused changes in the overall results.

The Dutch J/22 Class Association wants to thank all the competitors for their participation and competitive sailing. We appreciate that so many teams took the effort to travel to The Netherlands. We also want to thank the event organization and our Worlds committee.

Congratulations to the winners Nic Bol and his team from The Netherlands including Christopher Bol, Tim de Weerdt and Niels de Vries—the new J/22 World Champions. Second place went to Jean Michel Lautier, and third was Hans Duetz.

Check out the Facebook page for photos and updates:
And also the event page with results and photos:!/results?classId=5571ffd8-4469-45d4-b997-e14312067d79

The event had entrants from The Netherlands, France, Germany, Canada and the Cayman Islands.

North Sails Partners With U.S. J/22 Class Scholarship Boat Program
Written by Chris Howell   
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 19:06

North Sails One Design is proud to partner with the U.S. J/22 Class Association and its Scholarship Boat Program. North Sails has committed to providing new sails for the program for the 2017 season for the team using the boat. They are looking forward to being able to foster youth sailing in the J/22 and see the Scholarship Boat Program as a prime opportunity to further this goal. We are all thankful to the donors who have made the program possible so far and want to encourage more people to become a part of the program to help it succeed.

Mike Marshall, J/22 World Champion and North Sails J/22 Class Leader, worked with the Class to organize the partnership. "I am so pleased and excited that our group is able to join with the J/22 Class to help provide opportunities for younger sailors to be involved with such a great Class. We are looking forward to continuing our support of the program for the next several years and help the Class build on its success."

"We are super excited to welcome North Sails as a major sponsor and are looking forward to working with Mike Marshall and North Sails to further promote the J/22 Scholarship Boat Program," said Mark Stuhlmiller, President of the U.S. J/22 Class Association.

The J/22 Scholarship Boat Program was designed to encourage talented youth sailors to experience the J/22 and the Class’ tremendous community of one-design sailors – at virtually no cost. Recipients of the award receive a fully outfitted J/22 sailboat and trailer for the entire season. It is the hope that recipients’ experience in the program will escalate their level of competitiveness and inspire them to accomplish great things in the world of sailing.

North Sails caught up with the 2017 winners for a brief interview:

The J/22 Class is a highly competitive Class that is always willing to share their knowledge to grow the Class. The sailors in the J/22 fleet will not only provide great sailing experiences for us, but will also introduce us to a higher level of competitive racing.

The team is constructed of the Jacksonville University Sailing Team by choosing four sailors who have a good chemistry together and have previous experience on similar boats to the J/22. However, the team is not limited to these four sailors. Since we are a collegiate team of about 30 sailors, we can easily move players around and train less experienced sailors to create a team that we believe will perform best in certain conditions. Our teamwork will allow us to select the right sailors to be the perfect fit for each event.

College sailing has prepared us for the J/22 Class by improving our teamwork skills and by teaching us to always keep our heads out of the boat. Through college sailing, we’ve learned how to be prepared for the unexpected which will help us in sailing as a whole. In college sailing, we have a nice variety of racing exposure that goes from fleet racing to match racing to team racing, along with our team workouts which make us very dedicated and team-oriented sailors.

Learning how to tune the boat by adjusting the upper and lower shrouds was hard to grasp, but everything made sense as soon as we had our first practice. Something that we would like to continue to learn about is finding the balance between the upper and lower settings when we sail in different conditions. Having a better understanding of proper rig tuning will also teach us how to properly adjust the rake and backstay.

For this summer, we plan to attend Cleveland Race Week, J/22 North Americans, J/Fest, and the 2018 J/22 Worlds in Annapolis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 01 June 2017 07:09
Southern California Team Wins U.S. Youth Match Racing Champs in J/22s

The 2017 U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup was held June 16-18 on Eagle Mountain Lake in Ft. Worth, Texas in J/22s. Winning this invitational event for 16 to 20 year olds was David Wood (Corona del Mar, CA) and his Southern California based team comprised of Max Brennan (Newport Beach, CA), Catherine Reynolds (Costa Mesa, CA) and Jeffery Petersen (Santa Ana, CA). Despite placing in the middle of the standings following stage one’s round robin, Wood and crew picked up momentum to win the championship. Wood and his team were ranked fifth out of 10 teams following the round robin but picked up momentum in the knock-out rounds, beginning with their defeat of fourth-ranked Alex Reiter (San Diego, CA), 3-0. They went on to up-end number one-ranked Porter Killan (Newport Beach, CA) in the semifinals, 3-1, after dropping the first race of the series, and then went on to blank Jack Parkin (Greenwich, Conn.), 3-0, in the final series. Parkin’s second place team includes crewmates Robbie Nicholls (Houston, TX), Christina Sakellaris (Milton, MA) and Wiley Rogers (Houston, TX). Wood receives an invitation to the 2017 Governor’s Cup on July 17-22 at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, CA and qualifies for the 2017 Oakcliff Halloween Invitational on October 28-29 at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, NY. In the round robin, each team conducted six or seven races on Friday and completed the stage on Saturday. Killian took control of the number one ranking with eight points through nine races. The top eight teams advanced to the quarterfinals. Teams raced in 10 mph winds from the SSW for most of Friday, with diminishing breeze in the afternoon on Eagle Mountain Lake. On Saturday, winds were in the 10-12 mph range with gusts exceeding 25. Conditions on Sunday morning were in the 4-6 mph range with gusts reaching 15 early in the afternoon. For complete event information, visit

Great Lakes Championship at Cleveland Race Week
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 16 October 2016 19:07

In one of the largest Cleveland Race Week events, 138 one-design boats were welcomed at Edgewater Yacht Club for the 37th annual Cleveland Race Week One-Design Weekend from June 15-18. Eleven fleets competed on four race circles. Light winds prevailed at the start of the event, but the weather only improved throughout the weekend. The 11-boat J/22 fleet was competing for the title of Great Lakes Champion. In first with 11 points after six races was team Mo’ Money out of Youngstown Yacht Club in New York, with Victor Snyder and Kevin Doyle. Mark Stuhlmiller’s Eudaimonia followed with 19 points, and then John Huebschmann’s Escape with 23. Following racing each day, competitors were greeted with live music, food trucks and cocktails. The Race Committee did an outstanding job on all four courses and in all weather conditions. For complete information, visit Photos are available on the Cleveland Race Week Facebook page.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 June 2017 07:55
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