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US SAILING Communications Manager
SAN PEDRO, Calif. (August 2, 2010) – Sunny skies, flat water, and plenty of breeze set the stage for day one of the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships (USYSC), hosted by the Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club. On Monday, four classes including Lasers, Radials, C420s, and 29ers competed in the Port of Los Angeles for the first of three highly competitive days of racing.
Competition is tight in the Radial Division. US Sailing Development Team (USSDT) member, Mitchell Kiss (Mascatawa Bay Yacht Club), clings to a one point lead over Mateo Vargas (St. Petersburg Yacht Club), another USSDT member. Both Kiss and Vargas each won a race. Kiss tallied an impressive line of, 1-2-3-3. Vargas posted two second place finishes over the final two races to keep it very close atop the leaderboard. Michael Zonnenberg (Davis Island Yacht Club) won the final two races of the day to stay within striking distance. He is four points back.
There was a battle on the water in the C420 fleet. The team of Graham Landy (Norfolk Yacht Country Club) and Colin Murphy (Shelter Island Yacht Club) have a one point lead over Chris and Daniel Segerblom (Newport Yacht Club) through four races. The Segerbloms scored two bullets in the final two races of the day to cut into the deficit. These two teams have distanced themselves from the rest of the fleet with plenty of racing to go.
John Wallace (St. Petersburg Yacht Club), a USSDT member, had a clean sweep in the Laser Division. Wallace won all four races and he takes an eight point lead into tomorrow. Trey Hartman (Lakewood YC / GCYSA) is in second place.
The 29er fleet was controlled from start to finish by Mac Agnese (Lauderdale Yacht Club) and Alek Nilson (St. Francis Yacht Club), USSDT members. They won the first three races of the day and finished second in race five. So far, their throwout race was the third place they recorded in race four. Agnese and Nilson have a three point lead over Antoine Screve and James Moody (San Francisco Yacht Club), both USSDT members. Screve and Moody won race five, while Sterling and Hans Henken (Coronado Yacht Club) won race four. The Henken duo is in fourth place and four points behind Agnese and Nilson.
Sailing Conditions: Wind speed increased throughout the day, ranging from 14 to 18 knots.
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