It was a beautiful weekend at Austin Yacht Club for J22 SW District Circuit #3. Good weather, good wind, great hospitality, great food and drink, and awesome racing! Fifteen boats were in attendance, four from Fleet 6. It was close racing going into the last race, only 3 points separated the top 4 finishers. Doug Weakly, from Corpus Christy, secured the narrow victory, Nataleigh Perez, from Houston, was a close 2nd, Tom Meeh, Seabrook, won the tiebreaker for 3rd, Terry Schertz, Austin, took 4th, and Dov Kivlovitz, Seabrook, claimed 5th. Congratulations Doug and crew! And thanks to all who joined the fun at AYC!
Don’t miss SW Circuit #4 at Fort Worth Boat Club, June 2-3!
A respected member of our fleet, Julie Goetschius, SV Crayola #877, passed away Sunday, May 6. Like many of us, Julie started racing on another 22 on Wednesday nights, Tom Sutton's. She did foredeck and Jerry Smith did middle. Around 1991, she decided she wanted her own J22 and went into a partnership with Cathy Harry and bought hull #877. Then you couldn't stop her, she traveled with her boat as far as Holland, Netherland to do the J22 World's as well and many other J22 World's. She did three Rolex Regatta's, two in Annapolis and one at HYC. Her sailing earned her the first Woman Club Championship at HYC and a Final for the Adam's Cup four times! At HYC's Windward Down Sailing Camp, she always taught the advanced campers on her boat. She loved sailing, teaching sailing, and racing and took every opportunity she could to get new people into the sport. .Julie was a driving force in keeping our J22 Fleet 6 going and was Fleet Captain for many years. She will be missed.
Fleet 6 will make a donation to Special Olympics Texas in Julie's honor.
Visitation will be Friday, May 11, 9am - 11am
Service to follow at 11:00am
Sterling-White Funeral Home
11011 Crosby-Lynchburg Rd.
Highlands, TX 77562
From the Guv:
Circuit Regatta #3 is being hosted by Austin Yacht Club on May 12th and 13th. Go to the event website to register www.regattanetwork.com/event/16853 or from the link on the J22southwest website. The Austin event has grown to be one of our biggest events of the year. So register today and we'll see you there.
Sailing Instructions are posted. Pretty much the same as last year with one MAJOR difference. The leeward mark shall be rounded to STARBOARD. Several reasons for this:
Registration is open for the 2nd Southwest Circuit Regatta at Shreveport YC, April 28,29. NOR, Registration, etc here.
From Terry Flynn:I would like to start by thanking everyone that helped to make this years J/22 Midwinters such a great success. I heard nothing but great things about the regatta.
One of the key factors in doing well in this regatta (and really all regattas) is your rig settings. With the ever-changing velocity we were getting you needed to keep up with the current condition. This starts at the dock each morning, resetting the rig to your base setting before going out. We always left the dock with our shrouds set at 29/21 on the gray Loos gauge (20/11 on the black Loos gauge). Remember to keep your backstay adjusted so it is just slack, and the blocks hang down about 12 inches. Always be at the lightest setting you think you are going to see and when in doubt keep it loose.
The other important thing is to shift gears as the wind comes up and dies. True, you can’t adjust your rig settings but no one else can either. As the conditions change make sure you adjust your control lines. Mainsheet, vang, traveler (in light conditions), backstay, and jib sheets are all important, and as you change one control line there is probably another one that needs changing too.
Tactically we didn’t do anything special. The line was pretty even so starting in a clean lane helped get us in the top group quickly. From there we watched the compass and velocity. Communication among the crew is very important.
The 2018 Worlds are in Annapolis this fall, and I know there is a lot of interest from the locals to attend. This will be a great regatta and I would think it would attract 60 to 70 boats. That being said if this Midwinters was a good tune up regatta, what did we learn and what do we need to work on to improve our results at the Worlds? Here are a few things you may want to try over the summer to improve your chances at the bigger regattas. The usual disclaimer is attached that these are just my thoughts.
Former world champion Mark Foster of Canyon Lake edged out our own former world champion Terry Flynn in a tiebreaker to win the J/22 Midwinter Championship. Other Fleet 6 finishers in the top 10 were Nataleigh Perez (7th), Danny Pletsch (9th), and Tom Meeh (10th). Results here.
Lots of good practice and racing coming up!
Feb 24,25: HYC Mid-Winter Regatta
Mar 3,4: J/22 Clinic
Mar 10,11: J/22 SW District Circuit #1
Mar 16-18: J/22 Midwinter Championship
Here is (most) of the SW District Circuit Schedule. The FWBC and Heritage Cup dates are yet to be determined.
When: Sunday, Jan 21, 1:00pm
Where: GBCA Clubhouse
J/22 North Americans
Southwest DistrictClass Rules
Here is a good place to ask visitors to join your organization. The button below links to your membership application page.