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2023 J/22 Midwinter Championship at Fort Walton Yacht Club - Overall

by Julie & Christopher Howell 19 Mar 2023 17:57 PDT March 16-19, 2023

Brisk conditions brought the J/22 Midwinter Championship to a close Sunday in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, but Travis Odenbach's Honeybadger got hot to secure the 2023 title.

With crew Geoff Becker and Justin Damore, the Rochester, NY-based skipper leapt from third place to first among the 20-boat fleet with 13 net points. Jeff Todd's Hot Toddy finished only one point behind for second place after a solid series, keeping only finishes in the top five.

James Freedman's Miss Conduct notched similar scores, placing third with 16 points. Only four points separated the leading five teams, as the fourth and fifth place boats tied at 17 points: Chris Doyle's The Jug 4 1 and Kurt Taken-Holltze's Turn Down for What.

Odenbach commented in regard to the big breeze, "We are a light team, so it is a little scary. And this is a very shifty venue with frontal systems. There were 30-degree shifts. You can go from winning a race to 10th in about 30 seconds. Having 20 boats was great, and the North Americans will be at another windy venue in Kingston this summer."

Racing was abandoned Saturday due to strong breeze but resumed Sunday with winds at 15-20 knots and chilly temperatures for the event hosted by Fort Walton Yacht Club. Six races were completed overall, including one discard. Sunday's race winners were Doyle, Taken-Holtze and Todd.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmBoat NameClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
11542Travis OdenbachHoneybadgerRochester Yacht Club14323‑813
21464Jeffrey ToddHot ToddyAnnapolis YC425‑72114
3752James FreedmanMiss ConductDCYC331‑84516
41649Christopher DoyleThe Jug 41Youngstown Yacht Club2121‑111117
51318Kurt Taken‑HoltzeTurn Down For WhatWayzata Yacht Club‑65441317
6918Alexander SchwinnJ/22FWBC/LYC76‑939631
71250Richard MillerCookie Crumbjyc8108‑118236
81589Richard HeauslerSecond LineBwyc/syc5710513‑1440
9533Kyle MeyhoeferHighlanderLake Lanier Sailing Club‑15116961042
10230Dallas JohnsonTexanaWayzata YC ‑ AIS10913‑1451350
1116Mike GemperlineDefianceBristol Yacht Club11‑12116101250
12638Joe GibbsFresh AireJackson Yacht Club1317‑18137454
131510Matthew ThompsonUnderdogKPK and Associates‑1613121014756
141085Dale CurrieSupper ClubJackson Yacht Club987(DNC)DNCDNC66
15358Terry SchertzLiten'Up!Austin YC1215151212(DNC)66
161050Dave EbbrechtZulu TimeWeatherby Lake Yacht Club‑1714171615971
171024Tommy MericCarnival Timesouthern yacht club14(DNC)1415DNCDNC85
18919Kevin OrffTroublemakerHades Yacht Club18161617(OCS)RET88
1926Cole WoernerPheidippidesColorado Sail and Yacht Club19181918(OCS)DNC95
202Galen FreemanHot Ruddered BumPercy Priest YC & Fort Walton Yacht Club(DNF)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNC105

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