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Terry Flynn wins J/22 Midwinter Championship

Published on March 29th, 2015

Ridgeland, MS (March 29, 2015) – Terry Flynn, with crew Mark Foster and Matt Romberg, earned the J/22 Midwinter Championship at Jackson Yacht Club. All nine races were completed, and the League City, Texas helmsman on Tejas scored a (14),3,2,5,1,3,2,3,3 for 22 points.

Flynn is no stranger to J/22 Championship trophies, including the World Championship, North American Championship and Midwinter Championship. Allan Terhune’s Dazzler came in second with 36 points, and John Dyer’s Aquavit third with 49 points.

The Championship marked the first time for the J/22 Class to hold its Midwinters at the Ridgeland, MS club. With 37 teams, the event marked the highest J/22 Midwinters attendance since 2010, and Flynn and his fellow competitors praised the first-class treatment provided by Jackson Yacht Club.

However, on the water, the inland lake venue was not always hospitable. “It’s very trying conditions because it’s so shifty, noted Flynn. “There are just not a lot of patterns.”

After the opening four races on Friday, Tejas was in third place overall but jumped to a 10-point advantage on Saturday. “There was a little more breeze on the second day, which we were more comfortable with,” Flynn explained. “It was a little easier to see the puffs and holes, and we got off the line very well. Once we figured it out, we stuck to the same game plan.”

Mike Farrington got Sunday started with a victory in 8-10 knots of breeze, followed by RJ Moon’s Axe Wound and Flynn. David Muller’s JTT Racing won the final race, with Steve Willits and Flynn closing out the top trio.

Final Results (Top 10 of 37; 9 races, 1 discard)
1. 25 / USA 707, Tejas, Terry Flynn, GBCA, [14]-3-2-5-1-3-2-3-3- ; 22
2. 30 / USA 539, Dazzler, Allan Terhune, Jr, Annapolis Yacht Club, 3-1-3-[10]-3-10-6-4-6- ; 36
3. 37 / 810, Aquavit, John Dyer, Wayzata Yacht Club, [38/OCS]-6-4-15-5-1-1-7-10- ; 49
4. 15 / 954, Fats, Benz Faget, SYC/NOYC, 1-10-1-1-6-[14]-8-12-13- ; 52
5. 26 / 1532, Axe Wound, RJ Moon, RYC, 6-16-[28]-2-15-4-4-2-4- ; 53
6. 5 / USA 489, Mo’ Money, Kevin Doyle, Youngstown Yacht Club, 17-9-6-4-17-[25]-5-5-11- ; 74
7. 7 / 1646, Baby Lips, Keith Zars, Lake Canyon Yacht Club, 4-12-13-3-[25]-6-13-8-18- ; 77
8. 24 / 1586, Bad News, Michael Marshall, CYC, 5-7-5-8-12-9-18-15-[24]- ; 79
9. 40 / 754, , Chris Wientjes, NOYC, [38/DSQ]-4-7-11-16-16-3-11-17- ; 85
10. 3 / Cay 1233, , Mike Farrington, Cayman Islands Sailing Club, 27-2-[38/BFD]-7-28-5-9-1-9- ; 88

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