J/22 Worlds Form Guide 2018
Published on September 7th, 2018
The highlight of the J/22 class season will gather for the 2018 J/22 World Championship on the Chesapeake Bay, with 60+ entries from the USA, Canada, and The Netherlands to race September 11 to 14 in Annapolis, MD.
On the international front, there are six teams from Canada, including Trevor Collins’ Alternative Girlfriend, Sylvain Gougeon’s Polo, and John Koppernaes’ Raised J. Plus, there is one team from The Netherlands – Auke Holtrop’s Rotterdam World Gateway and one crew from South Africa – David Waiting’s Solstice.
As for the Americans, it appears the class is increasing its depth of talent overall, as well as seeing a significant uptick in women-skippered teams (nine, as a matter of fact!).
As for the women, a long-time class leader has been Sandy Adzick’s Hot Ticket from Severn Sailing Association, she was a 3x College Woman All-American at Boston University, and is consistently near the top of the leaderboard.
Her good friend Cory Sertl from Rochester, NY (and summers in Jamestown, RI) often sails with her husband Mark and, as skipper, she has won numerous regional events, was US Women’s Sailing Champion, and has demonstrated she can finish in the top 10 in National regattas.
In addition, other women helms include Sylvain Gougeon’s crew from Quebec on Polo; Koralina McKenna’s Godspeed from SSA in Annapolis; Susan Mattis Turnham’s Stellar Jay from Duluth YC in Minnesota; Karen Glass’ Folka from SSA; Julie Neal’s Done Deal from Wayzata, MN; Lynn Simpson’s Bling from LCYC in Texas; and Nicole Curran’s Ataata from Riverton YC in Philadelphia, PA.
The balance of the fleet is formidable, including several World, North American, and Midwinter Champions. No question, the United Kingdom’s Ladbrokes Betting Parlour (famous for sports betting) would have a hard time putting odds on this hard-core group of teams.
The favorites include Allen Terhune’s Thunder Chicken, Brad Julian’s USA 677, Jake Doyle’s Zesty Enterprise, Jeff Todd’s Hot Toddy, Zeke Horowitz’s Uncle Fluffy, Mark Foster’s Pressure Drop, Chris Princing’s Evil Dr Pork Chop, Mike Marshall’s Bad News, Kevin Doyle’s Mo’money, Chris Doyle’s The Jug 4 1, Travis Odenbach’s Yem, Bill Draheim’s Finn, and Pete Levesque’s Dusty.
It would not be surprising to see this group of boats take most of the podium finishes all week long (if not all of the top five); in other words, picking a winner now would definitely be a “fool’s errand”!
Source: J/Boats News