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12 October 2002, 12:48 pm
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J22 World Champion: Terry Flynn (USA) ©Yachtshots.com

J22 World Championship
Houston, Texas

The last race of the J22 World Championship started in a brisk 12-15 knot north easterly breeze.
Four boats came into the final race with a realistic chance of winning the regatta. Ian Ainslie (RSA) led by one point over Rob Johnston and Terry Flynn with Bill Draheim (USA) in fourth, four points behind.

At the start, Ainslie was left buried, but worked the shifts up the first beat rounding the top mark in twelfth position, both Flynn and Johnston rounded in the top five and put pressure on the regatta leader, who needed at least a top ten result to claim victory.

At the first leeward mark Ainslie had neither gained nor lost, Draheim rounded second with Flynn in sixth. Meanwhile, Rob Johnston dropped to ninth place. At this point still any of those four could have won the regatta and going up the second beat it looked like Bill Draheim would claim the title. Ainslie lost ten places to effectively end his championship hopes and at the second windward mark the advantage had shifted to Terry Flynn.

Flynn consolidated his position in the remainder of the race and, finishing fifth, claimed the title of J22 World Champion. Draheim finished second overall with Ian Ainslie mounting a brave comeback in the last race to finish third overall.

Overall Top Ten

Position Crew From Total
1 Terry Flynn, Randy Borges & Paul Grenauer Shore Acres, TX 50
2 Bill Drahiem, Scott Self & Jim Bookhout Rockwall, TX 51
3 Ian Ainslie, Greg Davis & Charles Nankin South Africa 53
4 Rob Johnston, Stephen Andre & John Skiles Heath, TX 53
5 Greg Fisher, Jeff Elber, Jo Ann Jones & Kaven Elber Annapolis, MD 64
6 Chris Doyle, Mark Sertl & Brad Lohr Kenmore, NY 66
7 Marvin Beckmann, Chris Klein & Scott Cheaey Houston, TX 73
8 Scott Young, John Bartlett & Gregg Plunkett Austin, TX 82
9 Bruce Mahoney, Mattia D'Errico & Brent Marsden La Porte, TX 83
10 Mark Foster, Farley Fontenot & Keith Fowler Ingleside on the Bay, TX 85
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