The J/22 was designed by Rod Johnstone in 1983, and the class has grown significantly over the years; more than 1,550 boats have been built worldwide. The J/22 is a popular boat that facilitates international competition, as fleets are located across Europe and in South Africa, as well as national and local competition here in the United States.
The SSA fleet is part of the larger local J/22 Fleet 19; Fleet 19 is part of the national J/22 class. Some of the larger regional events each year are the NOOD regatta, East Coast Championship, Mid-Atlantic Championship, J/World Thursday-evening series, and Annapolis Yacht Club frostbite series. There are also excellent opportunities for traveling to out-of-town J/22 regattas up and down the East Coast and across the country.
The J/22 class is popular with serious racers as well as those who want to challenge themselves to become better sailors and competitors. The J/22's design makes the boat stable, easy to sail, and an excellent choice for those interested in moving into a keelboat from a dinghy. The boat has been described as a keelboat with the sensitivity of a dinghy.
The boat is efficiently sailed with three or four crew members with a maximum weight limit of 605 pounds. Class rules promote advanced technology, but set limits to keep a competitive racing campaign affordable. Good used boats can be found for between $8,000 and $12,000.
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