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Mission Bay Yacht Club Duo Takes HomeHINGHAM, Mass. (June 30, 2010) - Shifty winds posed challenges for the 40 teams competing at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship during Wednesday’s final day of racing. It was a gorgeous day on Hingham Bay as the girls battled for the rights to claim the Ida Lewis Trophy. In the end, the team of Kate Rackelly (Carlsbad, Calif./Mission Bay YC) and Colleen Hackett (El Cajon, Calif./Mission Bay YC) prevailed with another impressive showing today.
U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
The California duo stayed on pace and held their lead from yesterday by posting a bullet in race 8 this morning. They secured the win by finishing third in race 9, the final race of the championship. Rackelly and Hackett won by a seven point margin and tallied 22 points through nine races. Over the final seven races of the event, they never finished a race lower than third (3-2-1-1-3-1-3).
“We really did our homework,” said Rakelly. “Before the races we looked at wind and current to create a plan. Learning from the coaches really helped us too. This was really a well run event.”
Runners-up, Erin Mullins (E. Greenwich, R.I./Greenwich Bay Sailing Association) and Erica Lush (Jamestown, R.I./Conanicut YC) put up a serious fight over the final two days of the championship. They won race 9 and finished third in race 8. The Rhode Islanders didn’t finish below third over the final four races of the event (2-1-3-1). Finishing third was the hard charging team of Holly Tullo (Staten Island, N.Y./Lauderdale YC) and Haley Fox (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./BLAST/LYC) who posted a pair of fourth place finishes today.
Competitors had steady breezes in race 8; however, race 9 began with one general recall followed by an abandoned race due to wind shifts, at which point the race committee completely changed position.
“The Hingham Yacht Club was a great host,” said Frank Ustach, US SAILING’s Junior National Coach. Ustach also mentioned the great volunteers and coaches who worked together smoothly, as keys to the event’s success. “Working with the girls and seeing their progress is what I enjoyed most,” said Ustach. “It was a great group of girls and a great event.”
A special congratulations to the team of Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif./Balboa YC/Newport Harbor YC) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif./Balboa YC) for winning the Sportsmanship Award.
Visit the event website for daily recaps, results, photos and more. This championship is sponsored by LaserPerformance and supported by the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust.
- Race recap content provided by Charlotte Robinson.
Pos. Skipper Results Total Points
1. Rakelly/Hackett: 8--3-2-1-1-3-1-3 22
2. Mullins/Lush: 5-6-4-7--2-1-3-1 29
3. Tullo/Fox: -1-8-5-11-5-14-4-4 52
4. Schluter/Isler: 16-4-1-6-14--5-2-5 53
5. Hall/Perry: 4-2-13-10-4-3-8-11- 55
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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.