|Specifications Under Current Rules|
The International J/22 is a popular fixed keel one design racing sailboat normally raced with a crew of three or four people (total crew weight is restricted to 275 kg/605 lb). It races with the "class jib," a non-overlapping jib, a mainsail, and a large spinnaker. The boat is capable of planing on reaches and runs.
There are over 1,600 J22's 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. There is a very active class web site and association newsletters. For class racing, sails are restricted to only a main, small jib and spinnaker with total crew weight at 605 lb.. According to the builder, "There is no better One-Design value available in a 22' keelboat."
According to its builder, "Since its introduction in 1983, the J/22 has blossomed into an International class now with 1,600+ boats sailing in 65 fleets in 18 countries. Over 130 boats sailed in the 2004 World Championship. On the merits of its sailing characteristics, widespread popularity and small crew number (3-4), J/22 continues to be the boat of choice and is selected again for the 2005 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship in Annapolis, MD."
The J22 has a comfortable self-bailing cockpit with 7 ft. long seats and room for 4 people in the cabin to escape the rain or cold. J/22 is built for safety with buoyancy tanks and offshore hatches. Her 700 lb. lead keel lowers the center of gravity, creating nearly 1700 foot pounds of righting moment at 90 degrees of heel.
- Length overall 22.5 ft (6.98 m)
- Waterline length 19.0 ft (5.8 m)
- Beam 8.0 ft (2.45 m)
- Draft 3.8 ft (1.18 m)
- Displacement 1790 lb (812 kg)
- Lead keel 700 lb (318 kg)
- Upwind sail area :223 ft² (22 m²)
- Spinnaker area: :345 ft² (34 m²)
The 2006 J/22 World Championships were held in France.
The 2007 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship was held 12-17 November 2007 in La Porte, TX.
The 2009 Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship was held 7-10 October in Rochester, N.Y.
The 2008 J/22 World Championship was held in Rochester, NY USA and had 105 boats.
The 2009 J/22 World Championship was held in Riva, Italy and had approx. 40 boats.
In 2010 the World Championship will be held in Scheveningen, Netherlands.
In 2011, the Rolex International Women's Keelboat Championship will be held 29 August - 1 September in Rochester, N.Y. 
The J/22 is used in the USA Women's Match Racing Championship regatta, resulting in the Santa Maria Cup.
World racing champions
- 2009 Riva del Garda, ITA Gaston Loos, (NED)
- 2008 Rochester, NY, USA Greg Fisher (USA)
- 2007 RSA Mark Sadler (RSA)
- 2006 Quiberon, FRA Jeroen den Boer (NED)
- 2005 Medemblik, NED Tjarco Timmermans (NED)
- 2004 Annapolis, MD, USA Alec Cutler (USA)
- 2003 Trieste, ITA John den Engelsman (NED)
- 2002 Corpus Christi, TX, USA Terry_Flynn (USA)
- 2001 Port Elizabeth, SAF Ian Ainsley (SAF)
- 2000 Medemblik, NED Serge Kats (NED)
- 1999 Cleveland, OH, USA Mark Foster (USA)
- 1998 Genua, ITA Flavio Favini (ITA)
- 1997 Cape Town, SAF Ian Ainsley (SAF)
- 1996 Ft. Worth, TX, USA Paul Foerster (USA)
- 1995 Port Zelande, NED Mark Neeleman (NED)
- 1994 Annapolis, MD, USA Chris Larson (USA)
- 1993 Durban, SAF Chris King (SAF)
- 1992 Chris Larson (USA)
- 1991 Steve Ulian (USA)
- 1990 Jim Brady (USA)