Jake Fish, US SAILING
MANTOLOKING, N.J. (July 13, 2011) – Sarah Williams (Bay Head, N.J. / Bay Head YC) and crew Ali Blumnethal (Bellport, N.Y. / Bellport YC) burst to the top of the leaderboard on day two of the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, hosted by the Mantoloking Yacht Club (Mantoloking, N.J.) and Bay Head Yacht Club (Bay Head, N.J.). Williams and Blumenthal have won four of the eight races, including races six and seven on Wednesday to take an eight point lead. Forty elite youth sailors are competing in Club 420s on Barnegat Bay for the Ida Lewis Trophy in this three-day Championship that concludes on Thursday.
Williams and Blumenthanl also finished second in race eight. Currently, their throwout is race five when they finished 15th. They are followed by yesterday’s leaders Megan Grapengeter-Rudnick (Darien, Conn. / Noroton YC) and crew Caroline Atwood (Killingworth, Conn. / Kollegewidgwock YC). They stayed close by finished third in races seven and eight. Their throwout came in race five when they finished 18th.
Allyson Donahue (Brigantine, N.J. / Brigantine YC) and crew Maddie Widmeier (Pipersville, Pa. / Brant Beach YC) jumped into third today with another set of consistently strong finishes, 6-5-4. Donahue and Widmeier are 12 points behind the leaders.
After the sixth race today competitors were able to drop their worst race score. Wind was blowing from the northwest, ranging from 6 to 12 knots and very shifty, which put an emphasis on sailing tactics.
For more details on the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, including competitors list, results, standings, recaps, photos and a special race tracking feature from Kattack, please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.htm. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
Two days of clinics for the competing sailors led by US SAILING’s National Junior Coach Frank Ustach and a team of distinguished junior and college sailing coaches preceded competition on Sunday and Monday, July 10-11.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is sponsored by LaserPerformance, Gill North America and Switlik Survival Products and supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is an open event…Competitors are between the ages 13 and 18… A total of 10 races are scheduled. Three races must be completed to constitute a complete championship. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score… Racing begins each day at 10:30 a.m. ET (subject to change)… Racing takes place on Barnegat Bay at the Green Island course… Trophies will be awarded to the skippers and crew finishing in the top three places. US SAILING medals will be presented to the top five finishing teams. The C. Thomas Clagett Sportsmanship Award will be awarded to a team based on the results of the competitors’ secret ballot.
About US SAILING
The United States Sailing Association (US SAILING), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US SAILING is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. 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 US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org .
LaserPerformance is a global company formed from a merger between Vanguard Sailboats and Performance Sail craft Europe. LaserPerformance is the world’s largest supplier of recreational and high performance sailboats. LaserPerformance products include the Sunfish and the Olympic class Laser, two of the most recognized brands in the sailing world. LaserPerformance has offices in Portsmouth RI (US), Long Bucky (UK), Melbourne (AU), Middle East (UAE), and Hong Kong. For more information on LaserPerformance, call 401-683-0960 or visit their website at www.laserperformance.com.
About Gill North America
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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.