Consistency for Doyle at J/22 Worlds
Published on August 22nd, 2016
Kingston, Ontario (August 22, 2016) – Chris Doyle of New York showed why he is the reigning J/22 World Champion on the opening day of the 2016 J/22 World Championship. Three races were completed in gorgeous Lake Ontario conditions at the event hosted by CORK/Sail Kingston in Ontario, Canada.
Doyle, sailing with Will Harris and Adam Burns, finished Monday with 10 points, after scoring a 4,4,2. Mike Marshall won the opening contest, then added a 5,10 for 16 points and second place. Brad Julian recovered from a 19 to earn two bullets for 21 points and third overall.
After an on-water postponement as the seabreeze settled in, the winds began at 6-8 knots but built to 8-12, as Marshall, Marvin Beckmann and Terry Flynn made up the top three in the opening battle. Race two saw the highest breeze at 12-17 with gusts in the low 20s. Behind Julian were Jeff Todd and Zeke Horowitz. The winds dropped to 13-15 in the day’s final duel, won again by Julian, as Doyle and Travis Odenbach took the next two spots.
Among the regatta entrants are the recipients of the first ever US J/22 Class Association scholarship boat, led by skipper Patrick Shanahan of Brown University. Also racing is the Warrior Sailing Program, which introduces active military and veterans with disabilities to sailing. Ed Norton is helming USA1367.
Forty-one teams continue racing through Thursday.
Report by J/22 Class Association