The J22 Class World Championships, to be hosted in South Africa in 2014, has been officially sanctioned. The South African J22 class will proudly host the class World Championships at the Vaal Dam situated in the Northern Free State Province. The Deneysville Aquatic Club, in the small village of Deneysville on the Free State side of the dam, will be the privileged co-host the social events. The regatta centre and base the world championship fleet will be at Manten Marina, also situated in the village of Denysville. The amazing facilities at this marina will provide all the necessary equipment to ensure the efficient scrutineering and mooring of all the participating J22’s. All the clubs, bed and breakfast / lodge accommodation and residents will be called on to make this a memorable event for the sailors, families and friends
During the month of April the J22 class will be hosting a festival of sailing. Over the Easter weekend, 18th to the 21st April the class National Championships will be held. On the 26th April the measurement and scrutineering for the J22 World Championships will start prior to racing on 28th April. The Closing Ceremony and Prize Giving will be on Friday evening the 2nd of May.
The host club DAC which is renowned for its hospitality is pulling out all the stops to co-host the event. The full time catering facilities in the club house will keep the sailors fed and watered throughout the event. They will offer campsite accommodation to all the competitors on the club grounds. Alternative, excellent camping facilities at Lake Deneysville Yacht club offer a much larger camping space if you need to spread out.
Deneysville’ s thriving tourism industry offer a wide variety of Bed and Breakfast accommodation as well as self catering and Guest House type accommodation. A list of enthusiastic service providers will be available for any enquiries.
Charter boats, where and how to get them? The J22 class is currently 52 boats strong in South Africa with the majority of the boats sailed regularly. The class is working feverishly to encourage owners who won’t be able to participate in the event to make their boats available for charter. We aim to make the charter fee affordable but also lucrative for the owner to maintain his racing machine. The class will be managing this process for the owners and competitors to be sure the boats are in race ready condition and the owners are confident all will be done to look after their boat and keep their minds at rest.
Preliminary registration can be done by mailing Chairman@J22.co.za so that you can be included in any future correspondence regarding the 2014 J22 Class World Championship festival.
For complete regatta information, visit http://www.j22.co.za/.