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US SAILING Communications Manager
SEATTLE, Wash. (October 1, 2010) - After racing at Friday’s first round robin stage, the top two teams from last year, Team Extreme and the New York Yacht Club’s Silver Panda, are again atop the leader board. Sixteen teams representing three countries are sailing Vanguard 15s with a three boat, six sailors per team format for the U.S. Team Racing Championship. Some of the best team racers in the world are contending for the prestigious George R. Hinman Trophy on the waters of Lake Union for three days of racing.
Team Extreme finished the day 11-1, while Silver Panda, the four-time champions, went 9-2. They are followed closely by Tall Boyz, Who Dat, and the West Kirby Hawks from Great Britain. They are each 8-4 through 12 races. A puffy and shifty southerly breeze kept racers guessing as they learned the nuances of the confined spaces of Lake Union.
Team Extreme, consisting of all Yale University graduates, is right on track after the first day. They likened it to sailing in the urban setting of the St. Charles River in Boston. None of the team members had raced on Lake Union before, but all were impressed with the setting. The only blemish on Team Extreme’s day came at the hands of the West Kirby Hawks. Team Extreme is led by skippers Zachary Brown (New Haven, Conn.), Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), and Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.).
Silver Panda’s losses came against Buns And Ammo (6-6) and the only local team, Seattle Sideshow (6-6). The home team also handed the West Kirby Hawks, the 2009 Wilson Trophy winners, one of their three defeats. Skippers Amanda Callahan (Canton, Mass.), Clay Bischoff (Newport, R.I.), and Peter Levesque (Tiverton, R.I.) lead Silver Panda.
The objective of the round robin stage is to determine the top four teams for the next round. Teams in fifth through eighth place will have their own consolation round Saturday to determine which four advance and race against the top four teams. They will represent the bottom half of the eight team fleet for the elimination round.
A total of 96 races were sailed, with just one breakdown. Only twice did the course have to be reset due to wind shifts. Increasing darkness finished racing for the day at 6:30 p.m. PST.
The weather cooperated with ample wind, and occasional gusts over 20 knots. The urban surroundings deliver some formidable geographical shifts, while the float planes and other lake traffic lend a unique setting. The bright sunshine of the morning and early afternoon eventually gave way to overcast skies and a slight chill to the air. While there was only one capsize, nearly everybody spent the day wet.
Team racing is a unique form of racing. In each match, two teams of three boats are pitted against each other on an “N” shaped course. It is the cumulative points of all three boats that determine the winning team, which may or may not include the winning boat.
The U.S. Team Racing Championship is hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club and the Center for Wooden Boats. Racing continues on Saturday and Sunday starting at 10:00 am PST. On-the-water spectators are welcome, though they will be asked to stay clear of the race course and not interfere with wind.
The highest placing U.S. team will represent the United States at the 2011 ISAF Team Racing World Championship next August in Ireland.
The U.S. Team Racing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., LaserPerformance, Dry Creek Vineyard, and Gill North America. Please visit the event web site for up-to-the-minute results, daily reports, photo galleries, Sailgroove videos, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for updates from Seattle. Also, check out the ustream.com live feed.
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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.
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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 http://www.gillna.com/or contact Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581/e-mail: email@example.com.