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Why Old School is Better

Published on September 24th, 2015

In this era of sprit boats with asymmetrical spinnakers, the old school J/22 has its hardened fans after 30+ years. Current World Champion Chris Doyle, who often races with his kids, explains what makes the class special to him…

Since I grew up crewing and not driving, I am drawn to boats that keep the crew engaged and that are fun for everyone. I think the three-person, symmetrical-spinnaker keelboat is just about the most-perfect platform for sailing competition. Each member of the crew has to be full-on all of the time if the team expects to do well. As I have said many times before, I would rather do middle or bow on a J/22 than drive most other boats. Early in his sailing career, my dad campaigned Dragons which also are sailed with three persons. So maybe it is a genetic thing.

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