Johnson Tops Jamin Jamaica J/22 Regatta PDF Print E-mail

For the 2016 edition of the Jamin’ Jamaica J/22 Regatta, the Montego Bay YC and J/22 Fleet welcomed four visiting teams, three repeats from Cayman Islands and a new team from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. This annual regatta is an open invitation to the global sailing community to bring a crew to Jamaica, race someone else’s boat (with no rental fee) and get home hosted (at no cost) for a modest entry fee. With 82% of available boats in the country appearing on the line (thanks to owners Steven Cooke and PJ Gibson bringing their boats from Kingston), there were some exciting mark roundings despite the light to moderate conditions. What was a challenge was the usual easterly breeze tending to shift further to the south, falling outside of the race committee’s defined marks. As usual, the very tricky wind shifts were the critical element for the whole weekend. A total of seven races were sailed, with no throw-outs. Bruce Johnson from Cayman Island Sailing Club sailed DEFENDER to first place with just 20 points total. Second was the CALYPSO team led by Michele Cimon from Canada with 27 points. Rounding out the podium was Peter Harper’s ZIPPER from Montego Bay, just 2 points back with 29 points. The balance of the top five was filled out by 2015 winner Mike Farrington from the Cayman Islands on NINA with 31 points and fellow Cayman Islander Suvi Hayden’s crew on AWESOME in fifth place with 32 points. The top five was determined by just five points. For more Jamin Jamaica J/22 International Regatta information, visit http://www.mobayyachtclub.com/.