FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US SAILING Communications Manager
Former Champions out in Front at U.S. Junior
Women’s Singlehanded Championship
MIAMI, Fla. (July 21, 2010) – Racing began this morning on Biscayne B ay in Laser Radials for the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Coral Reef Yacht Club. The 2009 champion, Molly McKinney, and 2008 champion, Arielle deLisser, got off to great starts today in their quest to once again claim the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy.
McKinney (Sarasota, Fla.) has taken an early four point lead by winning 3-out-of-the 4 races. She finished third in race one. DeLisser (Miami, Fla.) is in second after posting a pair of seconds, a fifth place finish, and a bullet in race one. Sky Adams (Santa Barbara, Calif.) is in third place and 10 points behind McKinney. She tallied a 5-3-4-4 line. Adams finished fifth last year.
Forty-six of the top singlehanded junior women sailors in the country are competing in this championship event. The winds were consistent at 12-16 knots with 90 to 95 degree temperatures. For those who thought it was going to be a light air regatta, they certainly got a good workout with today’s conditions.
McKinney, deLisser, and Adams are all sailing competitively next year at the collegiate level. McKinney will sail for Stanford; deLisser for Hobart & William Smith Colleges; and Adams for Brown University.
Racing resumes tomorrow at 11 a.m. and the championship concludes on Friday. Please visit the event website for more details on the event, including daily recaps, results, photos, competitor roster, list of clinic coaches, event history, and more. Also, follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates from Miami throughout the championship.
The U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship, sponsored by LaserPerformance and supported by the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust, is part of US SAILING’s Junior National Championship series.
- Race Report content provided by Connie Bischoff.
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About Clagett Trust
Support for the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship is made possible in part by funds provided by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. to perpetuate his unwavering dedication to Junior Women's Sailing. His support is in memory of his late wife, Nancy Leiter Clagett, a world class sailor, and of Ida Lewis, the heroic daughter of a lighthouse keeper. This support is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability, with emphasis on sportsmanship, by providing the opportunity to compete in national-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching. Tom Clagett's family continues to assist in fulfilling his vision.