FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US SAILING Communications Manager
US SAILING’s 2006 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) will be the guest competitor at this year’s Championship of Champions, a US SAILING National Championship event. In addition to the invited guest, US SAILING selects 20 competitors from nominations made by class associations who are current national or North American champions of their respective classes. Sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Dry Creek Vineyard, the 2010 Championship of Champions will be raced in Ideal 18s and is hosted by Indian Harbor Yacht Club in Greenwich, Conn. on October 13-16, 2010.
“I can’t think of a better time of year to race on Western Long Island Sound during fall foliage season,” said Smith. “Indian Harbor Yacht Club provides the traditional New England Yacht club setting on a protected harbor and the ability to run races inside the islands or on the open waters of Western Long Island Sound. To my pleasure, my 22 year old daughter, Lindsay, a senior at Smith College, agreed to sail with me in the Ideal 18’s for the championship. I look forward to the opportunity to race against the best sailors from many of the top one design classes in the U.S.”
Smith is no stranger to US SAILING's Championship of Champions. He won the event in 1984 along side Riaz Latifullah and Barney Harris when the championship was sailed in Albacores.
All current national, North American and world one-design champions are eligible to apply if they are the current (after July 31, 2009) title holder, who normally sail in the U.S., are members of US SAILING and are members of a club, class or association affiliated with US SAILING.
The deadline for applications is August 14, 2010. Interested champions can apply for the 2010 Championship of Champions at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/CofC.htm.
About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING) is the national governing body for sailing. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, the organization provides leadership for the sport of sailing in the United States. 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 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Sailing Teams. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.