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Jake Fish, US SAILING
POINT RICHMOND, Calif. (June 30, 2011) – Kelly McGlynn (Flourtown, Pa.) has been a strong contender at US SAILING’s U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship over the past two years. She finished fifth last year and sixth in 2009. McGlynn raced past the field of 56 to win her first Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy on Thursday.
McGlynn excelled today in the heavy winds by finishing second twice and winning race seven. She finished with 26 points and won the championships by 15 points over Christina Frost (Nokomis, Fla.), who had 41 points. Kaitlyn Baab (Saratoga, Calif.) finished third with 43 points.
“I was really looking forward to heavy wind today,” said McGlynn. “There was less guessing involved. We got off to good starts in every race, so we didn’t have to find a lane.”
McGlynn looks forward to attending Brown University in the fall and sailing on the varsity team. She is a member of the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club in Beach Haven, N.J.
Wind speed increased on San Francisco Bay throughout Thursday’s three races. Racing began this morning at 11:05 a.m. PDT with 11 knot breezes in race six. In race seven, wind speed improved to 18 knots, and in race eight wind speed jumped to 23 knots.
US SAILING’s 2011 U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC) was hosted by Richmond Yacht Club in Point Richmond, Calif. and raced in Laser Radials.
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 this week.
For final standings, recaps, photos and more details about the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensSinglehanded.htm. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
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The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is sponsored by LaserPerformance, Gill North America and Switlik, and supported by the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is an open event… Competitors are between the ages of 13 and 18… 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 took place on San Francisco Bay in the vicinity of Southampton Shoal… US SAILING Championship medals were awarded to competitors who finished first through fifth... Kaylee Schwitzer received the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Sportsmanship Prize... Samantha Jaykus received the Most Improved Award.
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 .
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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 .
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.