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Region 8 Regatta Report by Katie McBride

By Katie McBride

I am not new to racing but I am new to the racing circuit as a skipper. I was extremely excited when I found my boat because it was rigged for racing and there was not much for me to do other than get it ready for travel all it needed was a new name which was not hard to find if you know of my experience at the Catalina 22 Nationals last year (BUSHWACKER!). Now I have a boat that matches my personality, and I am ready to hit the circuit. I have learned over the years in helping my dad easy ways to rig the boat and have been coming up with my own ways to pack and travel with my boat. Everyone does things different, and it is nice to have a chance to try something new and learn what will or won’t work in this process. I am one of the youngest skippers on the circuit currently and am hoping to get as many new sailors/racers to join in as possible. If I can do it, so can you. Let’s get on the water!!

Speaking of getting on the water this is what we participated in over the weekend.

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Great Lakes Cruise, June 26 to July 2

Mike Bracket and Fleet 130 announce their plans to host the 2022 Catalina 22 Great Lakes Cruise the week of June 26 to July 2 to sail around the Western Lake Erie Islands. 

The Lake Erie Islands – site of the Battle of Lake Erie where Commodore Oliver H. Perry said the famous words “We have met the enemy, and he is ours!” We will visit Kelleys Island, Middle Bass Island and Put-in-Bay where there is a wonderful monument dedicated to the Battle of Lake Erie.
Our plans are still under development for a starting and ending point. But whatever option is finalized, Cedar Point Amusement Park is very close by and a great family stop either before or after the cruise. 

If you are interested in joining the cruise, please drop a note to Mike Bracket at Gunsmoke9150@comcast.net.

Download the ANNOUNCEMENT.

Download the ITINERARY


Keith & Jennifer Bennett Win Region 3 Championship

The headline tells the important thing – but of course there is a story behind the headline. Like a lot of the country this year the weather in Alabama has been very unpredictable. Virtually every weekend either one or the other day, or even both at times, the chance to go sailing did not exist. Except for one weekend – yep April 2nd and 3rd - the Region 3 Championship Regatta. BOTH days had zero rain! And wind! Well sort of – but hey the NoR scheduled three races on Saturday and that happened; and two more races on Sunday and that happened too! And even with all that is going on with gas costs and inflation, we had 5 racers enter in both Gold Fleet and Silver Fleet, from more than just the host sailing club! And Keith was challenged but won!

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Dora McGee Receives US Sailing's John H. Gardiner Jr One Design Service Award

Congratulations to Dora McGee, Secretary/Treasurer of the Catalina 22 National Sailing Association, who received the US Sailing John H. Gardiner Jr. One Design Service Award in recognition of distinguished service and leadership in the promotion of one-design sailing and class organization. 

LINK TO READ about the event and the other US Sailing Award Winners. 


Cast Your Vote

At the General Membership Meeting scheduled for the evening of Sunday, June 19 (6PM estimated) at the Fort Walton Yacht Club (Fort Walton Beach, Florida), the members of the Catalina 22 National Sailing Association will have the opportunity to vote to elect (or re-elect) their peers to the Governing Board. The members seeking to serve include:

  • Vice Commodore - Ron Nash 
  • Rear Commodore - Mark Goodwin
  • Secretary / Treasurer - Dora McGee
  • Editor / Webmaster - Rich Fox
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Registration Now Open for 2022 Catalina 22 National Championship Regatta, June 18 to 23

The Catalina 22 National Sailing Association and the Fort Walton Yacht Club are pleased to present the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions for the 2022 Catalina 22 National Championship Regatta to be held the week of June 18 to 23, on Choctawhatchee Bay in Fort Walton Beach, Florida. You may also now register for the event. 

If this is your first Catalina 22 Nationals, then be sure to reivew the CLASS RULES and submit a MEASUREMENT CERTIFICATE.

Read and download the NOR / SI.

Register ONLINE. 

See WHO has registered. 


Apostle Islands Cruise, August 22 to 27

Calling all Cruisers! The Apostles are calling.

The Apostle Islands, located in Catalina 22 Region 7, is a group of 21 Islands off the coast of Bayfield, Wisconsin on Lake Superior. Why is it called the Caribbean of the north? Because of the crystal-clear waters and abundance of shorelines to explore. This year we are planning to have a cruise August 22 to 27 exploring the Islands.

Watch the video TRAILER.

Details for the trip are now available. Read the ITINERARY.

Registrations must be in by April 1 to secure your slips at the two marinas that are part of the cruise. 

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Proposed Amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws and the Class Rules

This article is to inform members of the Catalina 22 National Sailing Association of proposed amendments to the Constitution & Bylaws and the Class Rules. Take this link to read the PROPOSED AMENDMENTS.

Voting will take place when the official ballot is published in the Spring 2022 MainBrace and will close at the General Membership Meeting in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, in June 2022. 

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