Members of the Fort Worth Boat Club have access to a fleet of 10 equally matched J/22 sailboats. The boats have enabled local sailors to hone their fleet, team and match racing skills in regular practice, weekly series and regattas. These boats are used on Wednesday night fleet racing from March to November of each year. Our best skipper’s from across all of the fleets come out to race in these boats. The boats are also used for adult sailing classes and local, regional and national regattas. Mariner, junior and resident members who are qualified may check out a J/22 for racing or pleasure sailing.
Club-owned boats for the members’ use have long been part of the club’s heritage beginning with a fleet of Minnows in the twenties, Longhorns in the thirties, Rhodes 19’s in the sixties, Santana 20’s in the eighties and the J/22’s since the mid-ninties. This is a benefit that few yacht clubs have. Please contact the fleet captain at firstname.lastname@example.org or the sailing director if you have interest in sailing J/22’s.
Several folks have asked about using the Harbor 1 J22s on Wednesday night. If you are interested in trying to use one of the Harbor 1 J22s be advised of the following considerations:
1. You will need to pick up and return the sails from the Bos’n Shed.
2. You will need to bring your own brush for cleaning off the keel and rudder.
3. Need to coordinate the unlocking of the lift with Casey
4. Confirm that there is power at the lifts so you can raise them back out of the water
5. RC will run the races just south of the east harbor entrance provided there is wind in the area to help facilitate your participation. The course may need to be shifted to the west if needed.
6. RC will not hold up the first gun for you travelling from Harbor 1.
7. You will be responsible for getting the J22 back to the Harbor 1 lift before you loose daylight. This may necessitate you not finishing the second race.
8. Be aware of the water depths at the Harbor 1 entrance. It is my understanding that you need to be on the southern side of the channel.
I do not want to discourage members form trying to use the Harbor 1 J22s for Wednesday night racing, but there are some logistical issues that you will need to deal with. You are advised to not put you, your crew or the boats at risk.
J22 Fleet Captain