, 2022-06-28 12:24:00,
2022 J/70 UK National Championship Preview
by Louay Habib 28 Jun 13:24 EST
30 June – 2 July 2022
The 2022 J/70 UK National Championships will take place 30th June – Saturday 2nd July as part of the Key Yachting J-Cup, organised by the Royal Ocean Racing Club. 27 teams are on the current entry list with more expected. Two-thirds of the fleet are completely amateur teams, racing alongside some of the world’s best professional sailors.
Eight windward leeward races are scheduled over three days of red hot racing in The Solent. The Open and Corinthian UK National Championships will be decided as well as a new perpetual trophy for youth teams. The David Haw Youth Trophy to the top scoring team, where half of the crew are under 25.
J/70 UK Open Class
In superb form this season is Martin Dent’s Jelvis racing with daughter Ruby plus brothers Jack and Henry Wetherell. Jelvis has won all-four of the 2022 Grand Slam Events for the Open Class. 2019 J/70 World Champion Charlie Cumbley and Melges 32 World Champion Elliott Willis will be on Paul Ward’s Eat Sleep J Repeat, winner of the 2019 J/70 Worlds and 2022 Bacardi Cup. Olympic Silver Medallist Luke Patience plus his Rio and Tokyo partner Chris Grube will be on Charles Thompson’s Brutus, which was third at the 2022 Bacardi Cup. Fireball and 49er World Champion Stevie Morrison and double-470 and Melges 32 World Champion Nic Asher, will be racing on Simon Patterson’s Standfast.
The reigning Open UK National Champion, Nick Phillips’ Chaotic will be defending their title, the team come from Parkstone Yacht Club in Poole, including Matt Hardy and Pete McCoy. For the 2022 championship Chaotic will include Chris Draper as one…
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