FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jake Fish, US SAILING Communications Manager
Four New Titlists Crowned at U.S. Youth Sailing Championship
GREENWICH, CONN. (June 30, 2009) - Trophies for all four classes competing at this year’s U.S. Youth Sailing Championship were on the line during Tuesday’s final day of racing. The breeze was steady today on Long Island Sound, ranging from 8 to 12 knots.
In the Laser class, Zeke Horowitz (Team FOR) captured the Robert L. Johnstone Trophy by surpassing previous leader and ISAF Youth World Championship qualifier Chris Barnard (Newport Harbor YC) on the final day. Horowitz finished his last two races with two 4th places, while Barnard finished 5th and 10th down the stretch. Barnard had a 10 point lead after Sunday and a one point advantage going into today. Ian Heausler (Davis Island YC) made a late push by winning the final race, and closed out the regatta three points back for second place overall.
In Laser Radial action, Orange Bowl Champion Christopher Stocke (Sarasota Youth Sailing Program) held off Anne Haeger (Lake Beulah YC) and Nevin Snow (San Diego YC) to take the Robert and Ann Conner Trophy. Stocke was tied with Haeger for the lead going into today, while Snow was two points back. Stocke’s 4th and 3rd place finish was good enough to hold off Snow and Haeger for the six point win.
In C420 sailing, the team of Stephanie Hudson (Lake Beulah YC/Chicago YC) and Rebecca King (California YC) rallied today with a 6th place finish, and overtook Kevin Laube (Mission Bay YC) and Reece Bernet (Southwestern YC) for the three point win to take the Manton D. Scott Memorial Trophy. Laube and Bernet slipped to second with Tuesday’s 12th place finish.
In the 29er class, the team of Antoine Screve (San Francisco YC) and James Moody (San Francisco YC) collected three third place finishes to seal the win by a point over Mac Agnese (LYC) and Ian Simms (St. Francis YC/RYC). Tuesday’s racing was dominated by the team of Maxwell Fraser (Richmond YC) and David Liebenberg (Santa Cruz YC/San Francisco YC), who won all three races today and the final race on Monday.
The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship was hosted by the Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. Sponsored by LaserPerformance and Gill North America, the U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is the pinnacle of youth sailing competition in the United States. The country’s top single- and doublehanded young sailors, both girls and boys, ranging from 13 to 19 years of age raced for four prestigious trophies from Friday, June 26 through Tuesday, June 30. US SAILING selected this field of sailors from across the country, including the U.S. Virgin Islands, based on their sailing resumes and performance at regional, national, and international competitions.
For more information about the U.S. Youth Championship, including a complete list of competitors and latest updates as the event is happening, please visit http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/US_Youth_Champs.htm.
For daily video highlights of the 2009 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship, go to http://www.sailgroove.org/videos/coverage/view/235205-us-sailing-youth-sailing-championship.
For the 2009 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship photo gallery, go to photoboat.com at http://thephotoboat.com/US-Youth-Sailing-Championship-Photos.html
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 Indian Harbor Yacht Club
For 120 years, Indian Harbor Yacht Club has fully embraced one-design, fleet and blue water racing. In addition to a strong junior sailing program, which is open to all children in the community, Indian Harbor also remains committed to race management excellence. Early members were the founders of organizations such as the North American Yacht Racing Union, known today as US SAILING, as well as the Yacht Racing Union of Long Island Sound and the U.S. Power Squadron. Commodores such as Robert Law and Clifford Mallory, whose Mallory and Law Trophies are competed for each summer, demonstrated an early commitment to the importance of junior sailing that still continues. Today, whether racing in one-design boats, sending a record number of entries to Bermuda or winning Transatlantic races, Indian Harbor Yacht Club remains committed to the continued development and success of the sport. Indian Harbor Yacht Club, 710 Steamboat Road, Greenwich, Connecticut, 203-869-2484.
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. The impressive list includes three of the nine Olympic class boats (Laser, 470 and 49er). Boats being supplied to US SAILING Championships are the Laser, the Laser Radial, the Club 420 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 NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the sole distributor and licensee of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, Central America, US and Canada. Gill is an apparel and accessories leader in the worldwide marine industry for over three decades and 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; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Available through hundreds of dealers nationally, Gill NA is the sole distributor and licensee of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America, where it is the top selling yachting clothing brand. For more information on Gill NA, visit the company website at www.gillna.com, or contact Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581; e-mail: email@example.com