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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.

Charleston Race Week
Written by Chris Howell   
Friday, 22 April 2016 07:54

Charleston is known for its reliable spring seabreeze, but the Holy City’s coast outdid itself this year during the 22nd edition of Sperry Charleston Race Week. It wasn’t just the three race days either; from the first team’s arrival for practice more than a week earlier until the lengthy awards ceremony on Sunday night, reliable southerly winds buffeted the region, ensuring maximum racing, maximum action, and maximum enjoyment for the nearly 2,000 sailors, shore crew, staff, and volunteers that comprise this largest event of its kind in the Americas. Enjoying their time on the new Course 4 was Warrior Sailing, the J/22 crewed by members of the Warrior Sailing Program, a nationwide initiative committed to providing maritime education and outreach for wounded, ill and injured service members and veterans. The warriors first joined Sperry Charleston Race Week three years ago, and despite the fact that they all began racing so recently, they took their fleet win by four points. Bowman and main trimmer Scott Ford said he loved the new course, even if he couldn’t see the sights; Ford is completely blind. "It was breezy, it was lumpy, and there was always a lot of hard work to keep the boat moving well," he said, clearly pleased at his best regatta so far. "Passing a boat loaded with fully sighted teams definitely feels pretty good," he said happily. For complete results, visit

Last Updated on Sunday, 30 April 2017 14:04
St Francis YC Wins San Francisco Cup

The battle for the San Francisco Cup ended in a victory for the St. Francis Yacht Club, winning with a score of 12-6 over San Francisco Yacht Club on Berkeley Circle. After a short delay while the wind settled in on Saturday, the Open division began racing, sailing in IODs. With 8-10 knots out of 245°, minimal current effect and spring sunshine, it looked all set for a great day of racing, and that is how it turned out. Following the IODS, it was the all-women teams, racing the J/22s from StFYC’s fleet, and StFYC’s Nicole Breault won the start and never looked like she would be caught. On board with Nicole were crew Molly Carapiet, Jody McCormack and Juliana Testa. The score was tied 1-1 and the first round depended on the juniors! In that race, also sailed in J/22s, Spencer Paulsen and crew of Parker Klebahn, William Hale and Mats Keldsen lost a hard-fought battle to put SFYC up 2-1. However, the StFYC youth team was not to lose another match and that was pretty much the story of the regatta. At the end of Saturday’s 12 matches, SFYC had won all four in the open division and StFYC had won all the women’s matches, meaning the key difference were the Juniors. StFYC won three out of four. That evening, when everyone headed back to Belvedere Cove for an evening of food, drink and entertainment, StFYC was up 7-5. The first club with 11 wins would determine the winner, so it was still anyone’s game. Sunday’s skies were overcast and the wind came out of the south at approximately 145° with 9-11 knots, holding firm with only a 5° shift. In the first match, Craig Healy and team came out determined to put a win on the board in the Open division. They came close and the racing was tough, but the first match went to SFYC. Nicole Breault continued her winning form by claiming two more wins for a clean sweep in the women’s division. The juniors proved their mettle and improved on the second day of racing by stretching their lead in both races and winning both of their matches. According to Bruce Stone, "The Open Team’s win in the second match of the day brought us within one race of the series win for StFYC, and the final score was a resounding 12-6. The San Francisco Cup is back in our hands! There were cheers in the Grill Room when the trophy was brought back to StFYC Sunday afternoon." For more San Francisco Cup information, visit

Dustin Durrant wins California Dreamin' Series
The California Dreamin' Series, the three-event California match racing series held in San Diego (January 10-11), Long Beach (February 28-March 1), and San Francisco (March 21-22), concluded with the final event in J/22s hosted by St. Francis Yacht Club. Vying for the overall series title, the San Francisco event was won by Dustin Durrant with Russ Silvestri in second and Shawn Bennett in third. Durrant's win sealed for him the overall series title, with Bennett finishing second and Silvestri in third. The San Francisco results can be found by clicking here, and the overall results by clicking here.
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