FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jake Fish, US SAILING Communications Manager
Dana Paxton, Media Pro International
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (March 16, 2009) – The Notice of Race for the 13th running of US SAILING’s Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship (Rolex IWKC) is now available online at the event website and as a 10-page color brochure. This world-class event, one of the highest profile women’s keelboat regattas in the world, will be held October 7-10, 2009 at the Rochester Yacht Club in Rochester, N.Y. In the past, competitors from Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa, the USA and New Zealand have participated alongside previous champions such as 2008 Olympian and the 2005 Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wis.); two-time Olympic medalist and four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year JJ Isler (La Jolla, Calif.); and five-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Betsy Alison (Newport, R.I.). The Rolex IWKC is part of the US SAILING Championships program.
“The skill level of the entrants competing makes this event one of the most challenging and fulfilling regattas in the world,” said Rochester Yacht Club’s regatta chair Anne Beadling. “Along with regatta co-chair Chris Dorsey, the all-volunteer Organizing Committee, Race Committee and our yacht club staff has been preparing for the Rolex IWKC non-stop since November and is committed to making this an unforgettable experience for every competitor.”
For four days, the Rolex IWKC will feature 11 windward/leeward races and will be preceded by two days for registration, measurement and a practice race. Evening social events, which include an all-crew party at nearby Kodak world headquarters, will culminate with the traditional Rolex gala and awards presentation where a Rolex timepiece will be awarded to the winning boat’s skipper. Registration for the championship is scheduled to open in early March and sailors who register by September 1 will receive US $100 off their entry fee.
“Rochester Yacht Club will be an exciting location for competitors,” said Taran Teague, national chairperson for the event and 2007 co-Principal Race Officer. “Hank Stuart has been recruited as the Principal Race Officer for the event and we know that the RYC will ensure that the racing will be first-rate.”
For more information about the 2009 Rolex IWKC, contact Event Chair Anne Beadling by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Rochester Yacht Club at 585-342-5511. For more information about the 2009 Rolex IWKC or to subscribe to news updates, visit http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/RIWKC.htm
About the Rolex IWKC
Inaugurated in 1985 at the instigation of the US SAILING’s Women’s Championship Committee, the Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship quickly became the premier women’s sailing event in the U.S. and worldwide. Held biennially, the event provides women keelboat and offshore sailors high-quality racing and an opportunity to compete with top national and international sailors. Rolex Watch U.S.A. has sponsored the regatta since its inception.
The Rolex International Women’s Keelboat Championship joins other prestigious Rolex-sponsored events including the Rolex Miami OCR, Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup, Rolex Fastnet Race, Rolex Farr 40 World Championship, Block Island Race Week presented by Rolex, the Rolex Big Boat Series and the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. For more information visit www.regattanews.com, the online press portal for Rolex yachting events.
About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US SAILING offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
About the Rochester Yacht Club
Incorporated in 1877, the Rochester Yacht Club celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2002 and is still going strong. The first regatta was held in 1877 with eight sail boats competing and most recently it hosted 102 boats at the J/22 World Championship. Its purpose is to provide and encourage interests and instruction in areas of yachts and yachting, seamanship, racing and traditions of yachting. By car, RYC is seven miles from the heart of Rochester, Monroe County, New York, and it is located on the south shore of Lake Ontario and accessible from the Genesee River.