FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US SAILING Communications Manager
DALLAS, Texas (October 21, 2011) – The 20 teams competing in the 2011 Championship of Champions, hosted by the Corinthian Sailing Club, experienced a full day of racing on White Rock Lake in Flying Scots on day two of this unique US SAILING National Championship. The fleet finished eight more races on Friday and 14 total for the Championship.
Skippers Andrew Eagan (Metairie, La.) and Mike Gillum (Loomis, Calif.) significantly distanced themselves from the field. Eagan and crew Marcus Eagan (Madisonville, La.) have an eight point lead over Gillum and crewmates Mardi and Alison Gillum (Loomis, Calif.) going into Saturday’s final day of racing.
Eagan, who qualified for this year’s Championship by winning the 2011 Flying Scot North American Championship, trailed skipper Chris Raab (Sunset Beach, Calif.), the defending 2010 Champion and 2010 Mercury National Champion, by two points through the first six races of the Championship conducted on Thursday. Crewing for Raab this week is Bill Draheim (Heath, Texas), a two-time Flying Scot National Champion. Raab dropped to third place today and trails Eagan by 25 points. The Gillums, who are representing the Day Sailer class this week, moved up a spot from third to second on Friday.
Eagan won the first race of the day to take the lead and Raab posted a 14th place finish, which is now a throwout. Team Eagan won three races on Friday and four wins overall. Gillum has kept it close with steady results throughout, including wins in races 12 and 13. Eagan’s throwouts so far are a 12th and an 10th, while Gillum’s throwouts through 14 races are a 13th and an 8th. Six more races are scheduled for Saturday.
It was another sunny day in Dallas, with light winds early at five knots out of the southeast. The wind built up to 8 to 10 knots in the afternoon. Racing started on time at 9:30 a.m. CT.
A complete roster, standings, daily reports and photos from US SAILING's 2011 Championship of Champions are available on the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/CofC.htm. For breaking news out of Dallas from White Rock Lake, follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/ussailing.
The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
• Selection Procedure
• Each applicant is evaluated on the following criteria:
• 40% Sailor Criteria – how many major events have they done in the past three years; number of races in national championship, number of attendants at national championship
• 20% Class Criteria – size, diversity, depth and activity of class nationally
• 40% Other – Sailor Athlete status, class membership in US SAILING, previous experience, demonstrated Corinthian spirit, etc.
• When fewer than 8 races have been completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores.
• When 8 to 13 races are completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores excluding the competitor’s worst score.
• When 14 or more races have been completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores excluding the competitor’s two worst scores.
• Four races are required to constitute the Regatta.
• Windward/leeward or Triangle
• Racing starts at 9:30 a.m. ct
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