The luck of the Irish was with all 20 boats as the J/22 Midwinter Championship kicked off at Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. Breeze in the mid-teens equated to three races, and Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 proved most dominating on the day at 5 points. Also very consistent were James Freedman’s Miss Conduct (7 points, second place) and Travis Odenbach’s Honeybadger (8 points, third place). Odenbach’s Honeybadger earned the opening victory, trailed by Doyle’s The Jug 4 1 and Freedman’s Miss Conduct. It was Doyle’s turn in the middle race, as Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy got in on the action, plus Freedman again in third. Miss Conduct took Friday’s final bullet, with Doyle and Odenbach close behind to bring the smiling crews back to shore. Racing continues through Sunday. Photos are available on the J/22 Class Facebook page, and complete results may be found at www.j22mw.com.