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Julian Edges Out 24-boat Fleet at Mid-Atlantics
The J/22 Mid-Atlantic Championship was held the weekend of October 28. The event was again held in coordination with the J/24 East Coast Championship and hosted by Severn Sailing Association and J/22 Fleet 19. The weekend turned into a formidable competition with a total of 24 J/22s competing. The party Saturday night paralleled the competition in intensity with great food, live music and lots of dancing. It was fortunate to have great weather for the event, with 17-18 knots of breeze Saturday from the south with steep waves, which made for a day of hard work and tactical acumen. Sunday brought 6-15 knots from the east and steadily building as it shifted south. A total of seven races were held with four on Saturday and three on Sunday. Throughout the weekend, racing was tight amongst the top five boats, with lead changes nearly every race between Mike Marshal, Jeff Todd, J.R Maxwell, Chris Junge and Brad Julian. Boat speed, handling through the waves and changing gears was paramount. Going into the last race of the regatta, only one point separated the first place boat. Brad Julian rounded the top mark in fourth or fif5th place and held his boat’s position by the leeward rounding. Julian and his team were able to get ahead of Mike Marshall on the last beat with a right hand shift and round the last top mark in second. They got the jump on an inside jibe and were able to pass J.R. Maxwell on the final run to put enough points between their boat, Marshall’s boat and Jeff Todd’s boat to solidify their win. Brad Julian’s boat included Colin Robertson on bow, who was focused on strategy, and Matt Schubert calling tactics and trimming middle. Much thanks to Severn Sailing Association Race Committee in their efforts managing two fleets on the same course and conditions. Complete results may be found at http://results.severnsailing.org/2017/2017-J22-Mid-Atlantics-Fall-Series.html.
Eastport One-Design Classic
Written by Chris Howell   
Tuesday, 03 November 2015 22:34

Chesapeake Bay sailors enjoyed good racing all weekend at the Eastport One-Design Classic and were able to sail four races in each one-design division, including the J/22s. In the J/22 fleet, starting from the post position in first and never looking back was Eastport YC’s Chris Gaffney on COMMITTED, who committed to getting just first places. Second place went to Annapolis YC’s Gunnar Gode on USA 977 with a 2-5-2 record for 9 points. Third was taken by Trevor Perkins from Severn Sailing Association on SLOW SHOW, posting a 4-3-4 for 11 points total. For more Eastport YC One-Design Classic information, visit http://www.eastportyc.org/one-design.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2016 06:23
 
Cabrillo Beach YC Earns Berth to US Match Racing Championship
On a partly cloudy day that started with 8-12 knots of breeze, the St. Francis Yacht Club held the first round robin of the U.S. Match Racing Championship Qualifier in their matched fleet of one-design J/22s. Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club’s Steve Natvig and his team of Roger O’Connor, Wes Byrne and Brian McMartin were on a roll. Fresh from winning the California Dreamin’ Series, they came back to the Bay Area May 21-22 and won another hotly contested match racing event—the US Match Racing Qualifier hosted by the St. Francis YC. Competitors arrived Friday to a blustery day. With winds in the high teens and low 20s and gusts into the upper 20s, only half of the eight teams were able to go out to practice. On Saturday and Sunday, the winds came down a bit but still favored both the heavier teams and those with extraordinary sailing skills due to the challenging flood tide, which later switched to a mild ebb. In tight racing over two days, St. Francis Yacht Club member Nicole Breault’s team of Molly Carapiet, Dana Riley and Hannah Burroughs tied with Natvig and lost in the tie-breaker. In winning the regatta, Natvig will receive an invitation to compete in the US Match Racing Championship this October at San Diego Yacht Club to be raced in their matched fleet of one-design J/22s. As the top female skipper, Breault will receive an invitation to the US Women’s Match Racing Championship being held this September at Annapolis Yacht Club. Regatta Chair Bruce Stone, who also chairs the US Match Racing Championships Committee, commented that, "This USMRC Qualifier was one of eight around the country to select skippers to go to the finals. St. Francis attracted both highly experienced skippers as well as a few newcomers who managed to grab some wins from the leaders. Several newbies said they are now stoked to continue with match racing. This fits into our mantra of these events serving a dual purpose, both to select the top skippers to go to the finals, but also as developmental regattas, and in fact 65 teams around the country are competing in Qualifiers." For more San Francisco Match Race sailing information, visit https://www.stfyc.com/.
 
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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