The J/22 is a 22-foot, one-design performance racer, featuring a large spinnaker, non-overlapping jib, a mainsail and a large cockpit. It has an enclosed cabin that can safely house four people to escape rain or cold. It has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit, and is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Weighing in at 1800 lbs, it can easily be towed with an SUV. It is quickly and easily launched using the hoist crane. It has an easy-to-rig, deck-stepped mast, and can go from trailer to sailing in 30 minutes or less. One of the J/22’s greatest aspects is its durability. The hulls and decks are built with Baltek cored laminates and are designed to withstand many years of hard use. Boats as old as 15 years routinely win major J/22 championships. The newer J/22’s are even better and easier to maintain, with their stainless handrails and white composite toe-rails.
Introduced in 1983, the J/22 has grown into an International class with more than 1550 boats sailing in 65 fleets in over 18 countries. On the merits of its sailing characteristics, extreme popularity and small crew requirements (3-4 sailors), the J/22 continues to be the boat of choice among competitive sailors.The International J/22 is a popular fixed keel one design racing sailboat normally raced with a crew of three or four people (total crew weight is restricted to 275 kg/605 lb). It races with the "class jib," a non-overlapping jib, a mainsail, and a large spinnaker. The boat is capable of planing on reaches and runs. There are over 1,600 J22's now sailing in 65 active fleets in eighteen countries on three continents. Recognized by the ISAF, the International J/22 Class Association promotes activities and regattas worldwide. There is a very active class web site and association newsletters. For class racing, sails are restricted to only a main, small jib and spinnaker with total crew weight at 605 lb.. According to the builder, "There is no better One-Design value available in a 22' keelboat."
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