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2019 J/22 Midwinter Championship at Fort Walton Yacht Club - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 17 Mar 17:41 PDT 14-17 March 2019

Three J/22 World Champions joined forces at the J/22 Midwinter Championship this year, and they didn't need much luck of the Irish on St. Patrick's Day to take home the title. On Bad News, Mike Marshall with crew Zeke Horowitz and Todd Hiller never finished lower than fifth in the 30-boat fleet, and were able to hit the docks early to let their fellow competitors battle it out for the remaining places.

Marshall won the J/22 World Championship in 2016 in Kingston, ON Canada with Hiller as crew, and Horowitz won last fall in Annapolis, MD. Bad News kept scores of 1,5,2,4,1,1,4,1 for 19 net points in the nine-race series. That was 21 points in advance of second place finisher Jeff Todd on Hot Toddy. Third place went to Casey Lambert's Blackburn Marine Racing. Sunday's race winners were Chris Doyle's The Jug 4 1, Marshall and David Muller's Call The Ball. Fort Walton Yacht Club in Fort Walton Beach, FL hosted the Championship from March 15-17.

Marshall credited his team for doing "99 percent of the work." He explained, "Zeke called stellar tactics upwind in a super shifty venue. Todd called breeze downwind and talked about how we were doing relative to other boats. So, I could change what I needed to if we were going slow or keep trying to do what I was doing if we were going fast." Marshall said all the competitors would be happy to come back to Fort Walton Beach again, summarizing it was "great sailing, flat water, really shifty and a super inviting yacht club."

Overall Results:

PosBow / Sail Boat NameSkipperR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
120 / USA 1578Bad NewsMike Marshall15241141[32/DNC]19
230 / 1464Hot ToddyJeffrey Todd8336935[13]340
318 / USA 307Blackburn Marine RacingCasey Lambert61[14]76892443
46 / USA 1649The Jug 4 1Chris Doyle29[12]1124181047
510 / USA1501Pressure DropMark Foster71492453[20]953
67 / USA‑489Mo' MoneyKevin Doyle52115121463[32/RET]58T
721 / 669Call The BallDavid Muller3419[21]310135158T
822 / USA 1552Team Award & Sports/Evil Dr. Pork ChopChristopher Princing4789107[20]41261
928 / 1318Turn Down For Whatkurt taken‑holtze101613[18]8926569
1015 / 1043Fast CompanyRichard Heausler161145[18]16810272
1129 / USA 1510Gray DuckAllison Thompson96101414610[15]1180
124 / 1559 NICOLE CURRAN1410516519[32/OCS]11686
1317 / USA 949Corner of Sanity and MadnessChris Junge12[27]71371211171493
1432 / 754 Chris Wientjes11816[20]192015715111
1525 / 365 Vincent Ruder15[22]2117152121616114
1624 / 964Two Dollar PistolJames Riddle20191819131117[21]7124
1731 / 24HNLDoug Weakly1317631113[32/DNC]DNCDNC127
189 / USA 707RepeatFarley Fontenot172111[32/OCS]161814922128
1916 / 239UntamedIan Hunter1815208[27]15191224131
201 / 663WizardChip Carpenter261222122026[32/OCS]188144
2113 / 238Eve \'n KeeledJennifer Grant22231523[25]2272313148
2212 / 892PayasoKaren Glass[24]182312121222419149
23A 2Hot Ruddered BumGalen Freeman21[26]17262617161417154
2414 / 206Why Knot?Tom Hadel191324[25]2223211918159
2527 / 698Grain H2OJohn Snyder2525[27]101724242521171
2626 / 364BlingLynn Simpson2820262428[32/RET]182220186
275 / 1003Cool KidsDoug Davis23242522242523[26]23189
283 / 216Sweet Baby JPhil Cooper[30]2828272928262725218
2923 / 830JailbirdJosh Richline27292928232725[32/DNC]DNC220
312 / 666Moving Kinda SloJoseph P. Carson[32/DNC]DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC256

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