The J22 is the fastest growing one design class at National Yacht Club. It’s a safe, stable boat with a fixed lead keel, but performs like a dinghy as it is capable of planing on reaches and runs. It races with the “class jib” (a non-overlapping jib), a mainsail, and a large spinnaker. At 1800 lbs, a J/22 can be towed behind an SUV and be launched with the local yacht club hoist. With its easy-to-rig, deck stepped mast, you can be from trailer to sailing in 30 minutes.
The J22 is a popular women’s boat because it is responsive and yet has low sheet loads. As a result it has been chosen for a number of high profile women’s events including the Canadian Women’s Keelboat Championships and the Women’s Rolex. J22s have been used a popular choice for both mixed and women’s match racing since the boat’s inception in 1983.
Unlike other performance classes, old boats can still be competitive. The 2011 J22 Worlds in New Orleans was won by hull 203, built in the first year of production. There are over 1,600 J/22s now sailing in 65 active fleets in eighteen countries on three continents. Recognized by the ISAF, the International J/22 Class Association promotes activities and regattas worldwide.
Specs can be found on Wikipedia.