The J-22 class, popular for both serious racers and beginners, is one of the fastest growing racing classes in the world, as well as one of the largest one-design classes in Annapolis. Over 1,400 boats have been produced world wide. The J-22's simple design makes the boat stable, easy to sail, and yet competitive in handicap events. The boat is efficiently sailed with three or four crew members with a maximum weight limit of 605 lbs. Class rules promote advanced technology, however set limits in order to keep a competitive racing campaign affordable. Good used boats can be found for between $8,000 and $12,000.
The first boat was designed by Rod Johnstone in 1983, and since then the class has grown by leaps and bounds. Our SSA fleet now has 10 boats, with over 60 competing regularly on the Chesapeake Bay. Some of the larger regional events include the annual NOOD regatta, the East Coast Championship, CBYRA race week, and the Thursday evening racing series sponsored by J/World.