‘Just Leaving’ wins J22s in testing conditions

Winning team - Just Leaving, having accepted the trophy from Joe Paolone (left), Skipper Tomeaka, Matt & Sam

There were testing conditions for the J22 National Championships on 9 February, 2019.

According to reports, spectators on the water were entertained by downwind wipeouts and crew members hanging on.

With low attendance and a forecast of stronger winds on Sunday, the event was shortened to four races on Saturday.

Just Leaving, the team of Sam Dawson Matt Diaz and Tomeaka McTaggart, showed consistency with four 1sts, followed by Yahoo with father son team of Bruce and Alex Johnson and Wiekert Weber. It was baptism by fire for new team Mayhem with Karl Mullee who finished in third place.

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