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US SAILING Communications Manager
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (May 21, 2010) – In wake of the excitement displayed for the America’s Cup, the overall intrigue and interest in multihull racing is at an all-time high. The timing could not be better for the 2010 U.S. Multihull Championship (USMC), a US SAILING National Championship event. This year’s USMC starts on Monday, May 24 in Shoreacres, Texas at the Houston Yacht Club (HYC), where multihull racing’s finest will clash on Galveston Bay in C2 F-18s for the right to hoist the Hobie Alter Trophy. Racing concludes on Thursday, May 27.
This year’s talented fleet features 20 teams, including defending champions, John Casey (Longwood, Fla.) and John Williams (Long Beach, Calif.). Casey and Williams won the event in 2007 and finished second in 2008. Last year’s runners-up, Mike Easton (Lexington, Ma.) and Tripp Burd (Marblehead, Ma.), will return to take another shot the elusive crown. Easton and Burd won the 2009 F-18 Canadian National Championship. They finished first out of 37 boats. They also finished fifth out of 28 at the 2009 F-18 North American Championship.
2008 champion, Alex Shafer (Eustis, Fla.) returns for a shot at claiming a second USMC title. Shafer is a three-time NACRA 20 North American Champion (2007-09). He finished second at the 2006 USMC. Last year’s third place finisher, John Tomko (Canyon Lake, Texas) will sail with Jonathan Farrar (New London, Conn.), who is stepping in as crew at the last minute for Ian Billings who injured his ankle. Tomko is a regular at the USMC, yet still awaits his first title. He finished third in 2007, fifth in 2006, and fourth in 2005.
The talented married Olympians, Pease and Jay Glaser (Long Beach, Calif.) finished seventh at the 2009 F-18 North American Championship. Pease is a 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist in the women’s two person dinghy event. Jay won a silver medal in the Mixed Multihull at the 1984 Olympics.
This event is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Dry Creek Vineyard, and Hobie Polarized Sunglasses. The C2 F-18s are provided by our official suppliers at Australian High Performance Catamarans and Fun in the Sun Services.
For more information on the U.S. Multihull Championship, visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMHChampionship.htm.
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About Rolex Watch U.S.A.
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About Dry Creek Vineyard
Founded in 1972 by David S. Stare, Dry Creek Vineyard is located in the heart of Dry Creek Valley, just outside of the charming wine country town of Healdsburg. The winery is known for producing some of California’s finest Fumé Blancs and Zinfandels. In addition to these “flagships,” Dry Creek Vineyard is also known for excellent Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. In 1997, the family released a new vineyard designated Cabernet Sauvignon from their estate Endeavour vineyard. Then, beginning with the 2004 vintage, the family introduced a new proprietary blend called The Mariner. Each wine has redefined the concept of terroir as the winery continues shape their portfolio for future success. Dry Creek Vineyard owns over 200 acres of vineyard land, primarily in Dry Creek Valley and the Russian River Valley. For more information on Dry Creek Vineyard please visit www.drycreekvineyard.com.
About Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarter is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.hobiepolarized.com.