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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.

US J/22 Class Association Awards Second-Annual Scholarship Boat to Students from Jacksonville University Sailing Team
Written by Chris Howell   
Friday, 07 October 2016 22:44

The US J/22 Class Association has awarded the second-annual Scholarship Boat to students from Jacksonville University Sailing Team. The enthusiastic crew members—Alfonso Garcia Bringas, Andre Guaragna, Jack Gower and David Hein—will be campaigning the boat in 2017. Their goal is to become the top youth team at the 2018 J/22 World Championship in Annapolis, MD.

This summer, the Scholarship Boat Program members will be racing the sailboat with J/22 Fleet 20 at Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, OH. During the school year, they will be sailing at Florida Yacht Club in Jacksonville. Helmsman Alfonso Garcia Bringas and crew have an ambitious regatta schedule, including the Annapolis NOOD, Chicago NOOD, Cleveland Race Week, J/22 North American Championship, CanAm Challenge and J/Fest.

The J/22 Youth Scholarship Boat Program encourages talented young sailors to gain first-hand experience racing within the J/22 Class of one-design sailors at virtually no cost. The program provides Scholarship Boat recipients with the experience to escalate their level of competitiveness and inspire them to accomplish great things in the sailing world. We have received generous contributions from members of the J/22 Class Association to make this program possible.

2017 Scholarship Boat Member Biographies:

Alfonso Garcia Bringas, from Mexico City, Mexico, has experience racing as skipper and crew in several sailboat classes throughout the world. Bringas finished in first place in several national championships in Mexico and a regional regatta in Canada. He finished second in numerous regattas throughout North America and participated in the IODA World Championship events in New Zealand and Dominican Republic. Majoring in mechanical engineering, his goal is to gain experience and become a top-ranking international sailor.

Andre Guaragna, from Miami, FL, has diverse crew position and helm experience on a multitude of sailboats. Guaragna won many Snipe regattas throughout the nation and has competed with impressive results in international Snipe events. He also received first place at the 2016 Melges 32 Lauderdale Cup and third in the 2014 LYC Laser Commodores. Guaragna is starting a campaign for the next Red Bull Youth Americas Cup at Lauderdale Yacht Club. He is earning a degree in mechanical engineering.

Jack Gower, from North Fort Myers, FL, was the head instructor for Edison Sailing Center Sailing Summer Camp from 2010 to 2016. In addition, Gower was the green fleet coach for the 2015/2016 school year at Edison Sailing Center. The 2014 winner of Sail Fest Laser radial class, he has sailed Optimis, Laser and 420s. Gower also has several second- and third-place results in radial class Laser regattas. He is currently a freshman at Jacksonville University majoring in business.

David Alan Hein, from South Miami, FL, has been a competitive international sailor since the age of eight. Hein conducted an Olympic sailing campaign from 2011 to 2016 and qualified for the US Olympic Sailing Development Team from 2013 to 2014. In addition to rigorous training on the water and in the gym, Hein promoted and raised funds for his Olympic sailing campaign. He competed in both youth and adult Championships in the F16 and the Olympic NACRA17 classes of sailboats. He has coached youth and adult sailors.

To learn more about the J/22 Scholarship Boat Program, how to donate, or how to apply for the 2018 scholarship, visit

Last Updated on Saturday, 15 April 2017 08:42
J/22 North American Championship
Written by Chris Howell   
Sunday, 25 September 2016 20:41

July 20-23, 2017
Buffalo Yacht Club, Buffalo, NY

The J/22 North American Championship will be held at the historic Buffalo Yacht Club. Mark your calendars for July 20-23 to make the memorable trip to western New York. Race against the best and most competitive racers on the circuit while taking in the flourishing city and ever-developing waterfront and to be next door to Niagara Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Registration includes:
-Top notch racing led by Wayne Bretsch, PRO noted for his extensive nationwide sailing resume in Race Committee work
-Three social tickets for beverages and food (entertainment, food and beverage details are outlined and can be found in the posted NOR)
-Warm-up racing on Thursday, followed by three days of action packed, top-tier, one-design racing
-A complimentary keg courtesy of sponsors following each day of racing to refresh and rehydrate
-Three continental breakfast tickets for each morning of racing as well as for the cookout by the grill scheduled for Friday after racing
-Premium chicken dinner buffet on Saturday evening, complete with all the fixins
For more information, or to register, visit (regatta entry fee until 6/30/17: $350, late entry: $425).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 22 March 2017 13:16
Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in Annapolis
Written by Chris Howell   
Monday, 25 July 2016 19:22

It was the largest Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta in recent years, with more than 200 boats in 17 fleets competing in the unpredictable conditions of the Chesapeake Bay from May 5-7. In the 29-boat J/22 fleet, Terry Flynn’s Tejas dominated with 15 points in the six-race series. Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy took second with 24 points, and Jake Doyle third with 30. For complete results, visit

Last Updated on Monday, 08 May 2017 18:54
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