FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jake Fish, US SAILING Communications Manager
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (August 13, 2009) – US SAILING’s 2009 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championship division winners proved themselves in a variety of challenging conditions this week as racing concluded today in a gusty, 15-knot northeasterly wind and large swell after two days of lighter breezes.
California swept the national event, as Kevin Laube (San Diego, Calif.) won the Smythe Trophy for the singlehanded division; Kieran Chung (Newport Beach, Calif.) and crew Ryan Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.) won the Bemis Trophy for the doublehanded division; and brothers Scott and Evan Hoffmann (Escondido, Calif.) with crew Colleen Hackett (El Cajon, Calif.) won the Sears Cup for the triplehanded division.
The Hoffmann-Hoffmann-Hackett triplehanded team had one of the championship’s most impressive performances. Sailing in Rhodes 19s, a boat in which they had never set foot until this week, the Mission Bay Yacht Club sailors won the last seven races and threw out a three to take the division by 16 points. This is the second time the Hoffmann brothers will take home the Sears Trophy. They won it in 2007 and came in second in 2006. Sharing the 2009 Sears Cup podium are Lucas Adams (Middletown, R.I.), Dylan Vogel (Jamestown, R.I.), and Sam Hallowell (Middletown, R.I.) who finished second overall, and Nathan Fast (Noank, Conn.), Ben Wilkinson (Noank, Conn.) and O.J. O’Connell (Niantic, Conn.), who finished third.
“Once we figured out how to maneuver the boat, we felt great about our chances,” said Scott Hoffmann. “The Rhodes 19 was a fun boat to sail, especially when the breeze came in. It was very challenging. We enjoyed it.”
Smythe winner, Kevin Laube, led the singlehanded division in Lasers from day one, and had an 18-point margin going into today. With only one race to be sailed, he just needed to stay close to Dan Nickerson (Noank, Conn.), and E.J. O’Mara (Burton, Mich.) who were in second and third respectively. Laube got the job done with a fourth-place finish. Nickerson won the race to hold onto second by just one point. Third-place was the only upset on the Laser leader board as O’Mara dropped to fourth after finishing 9th in the last race of the championship. Olin Paine (San Diego, Calif.), leap-frogged O’Mara in the standings with a fifth today to take third overall.
Laube had this to say about his experience this week: “I really wanted to come out hard and get a good start against this fleet. I had good boat speed throughout, and I just focused on riding the top mark.”
On the Club 420 line, Chung and his crew put the doublehanded title away with two firsts to win by 18 points overall. Michael Grove (Lafayatte, Calif.) and Alex Delle Cese (Alameda, Calif.) finished second, and Chris Ford (Millbrae, Calif.) and Matt Van Rensselaer (Burlingame, Calif.) finished third.
“We got it back together after our first race, and started making better decisions,” commented Chung about a 13th place finish in race one. “Everyone was great here, and I made a lot of friends.”
This event is sponsored by Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, LaserPerformance, Gill North America and PredictWind, and hosted by the Pleon, Eastern, Corinthian, and Boston Yacht Clubs. US SAILING’s Chubb U.S. Junior Championships are held annually at different sailing venues across the country. An elite group of racers between the ages of 12 and 18 qualify to represent their region through ladder event eliminations held among more than 1000 yacht clubs and 150 community sailing programs across country.
Competition is just a part of the experience associated with this great series. In conjunction with the Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA), US SAILING featured a new seminar for young sailors competing at the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships on August 10. US SAILING’s College Sailing Seminars, sponsored by Gill, provide a forum for young sailors to learn about opportunities in college sailing.
For complete race results, daily reports, photos, and video highlights by Sailgroove please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/ChubbJrChampionships.htm.
Pos, Skipper, Results, Total Points
1. Kevin Laube, 1-1-4-1-2-2-4-3--4- ; 22
2. Dan Nickerson, 4-5-1-3-1-7--8-7-1- ; 37
3. Olin Paine, 9-8-6-5-3-1--4-2-5- ; 43
4. E.J. O'Mara, 3-7-5-2-9--1-7-3-9- ; 46T
5. Brendan Faria, -6-3-4-4-5-10-10-1-3- ; 46T
Pos, Skipper, Results, Total Points
1. Kieran Chung / Ryan Davidson, 13-2-1-3-1-3-1-[21/OCS]-1-1- ; 26
2. Michael Grove / Alex Delle Cese, 7-1--11-2-8-3-1-8-2- ; 43
3. Chris Ford / Matt Van Rensselaer, 8-6-3-5-11-5-4--2-3- ; 47
4. Jack Jorgensen / Samantha Gebb, 1-8-5-1-4-21/OCS-2-[21/OCS]-5-5- ; 52
5. Nick Johnstone / Katia DaSilva, 5-3-8-[21/DNF]-3-4-13-3-3-11- ; 53
Rhodes 19 Division
Pos, Skipper, Results, Total Points
1. Scott Hoffmann / Evan Hoffmann / Colleen Hackett, 2--2/RDG-2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1- ; 13
2. Lucas Adams / Dylan Vogel / Sam Hallowell, 3-1-2-1-2-2-6-3-4-5-- ; 29
3. Nathan Fast / Ben Wilkinson / O.J. O'Connell, 1-4-5-6-[12/OCS]-3-4-2-2-2-4- ; 33
4. Gabriel Salk / Emily Olson / Nick Sertl, 4-5-1-4-6-7--4-3-6-2- ; 42
5. Molly Lucyk / Kathryn Curtis / Timothy Crann, -2-3-3-3-8-2-8-8-3-5- ; 45
About US SAILING
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LaserPerformance formally Vanguard Sailboats has a long history of providing benefits and support to US SAILING, its members, events, and programs. Today, LaserPerformance has the role of official sponsor of the US Youth Championships, the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship, the U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship, the U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championship, the U.S. Junior Singlehanded and Doublehanded Championships, and the U.S. Team Racing Championship. LaserPerformance's commitment to supplying the boats and support for these events is what helps to ensure high caliber competition at these Championships. Many of the world's most popular dinghies are built by LaserPerformance. Boats being supplied to US SAILING Championships are the Laser, the Laser Radial, and the Vanguard 15. For more information on LaserPerformance, call 401-683-0960 or visit their web site at www.laserperformance.com.
About Gill North America
Gill is an official sponsor of the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship and the Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championship as well as the Junior Olympic Sailing Program… Gill, an apparel and accessories leader in the worldwide marine industry for over two decades, specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company tests, designs and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear, interactive layering systems, footwear, gloves, yachting watches, bags, junior gear, scholastic gear, and team wear. For more information on Gill please visit www.gillna.com.