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LONG BEACH, Calif. (June 18, 2011) – Skipper Matt Struble (San Diego, Calif.) won his fourth Hobie Alter Trophy Saturday afternoon on an exciting final day of racing at US SAILING’s U.S. Multihull Championship. Struble and crew Damon Lacasella (San Diego, Calif.) withstood a late push from Taylor Reiss (Panama City, Fla.) and Matthew Whitehead (Panama City, Fla.) to claim the title. The 2011 championship was hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club and raced in Viper F16s on San Pedro Bay.
Struble and Lacasella finished third and second in today’s two races, which was good enough to hold off last week’s U.S. Youth Multihull Champions Reiss and Whitehead. The winners finished with 29 points through 11 races. They won by a point despite Reiss and Whitehead winning five of the 11 races, including four of the final six.
Stronger winds prevailed Saturday, which suited Struble and Lacasella. Wind speed increased from 9 knots earlier in the day to 18 knots by later this afternoon.
“The whole week we were hanging on by a thread with the light winds,” said Struble. “Our weakness was being too heavy for this boat and most of our competitors were in the prime weight category. Our strength was our tactics. We took chances when we needed to and were conservative at the right times.”
Struble has won all four U.S. Multihull Championships he has competed in. He won three straight titles from 2001 to 2003. Each title has been won with a different crewmate and in a different boat class.
“I’ve never seen the Viper F16s before,” said Struble. “I didn’t set out to win with different crews. It just worked out that way,” he added.
Struble attributes his personal sailing program and training in the A-Class Catamaran to his success, despite no previous experience in the F16. The 2010 A-Class Catamaran North American Champion is looking forward to competing in the 2011 A-Class World Championships in Denmark this August. Struble is also a former Iceboat World Champion.
For final standings, recaps, photos and more, visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMHChampionship.htm.
The U.S. Multihull Championship, hosted by the Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Gill North America and Hobie Polarized Sunglasses and Red Gear Racing. Australian High Performance Catamarans is the official boat supplier for the U.S. Multihull Championship.
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Teams are using Australian High Performance Catamaran Viper F16s provided by Red Gear Racing… The U.S. Multihull Championship is a mix of qualifiers through Area Semi-Finals and invitation… US SAILING medals are awarded to the first, second and third place teams.
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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 Red Gear Racing
Red Gear Racing specializes in providing coaching for racers of all levels through Olympic Class racing. Since 1996 we have offered group and private coaching at our base in Clearwater, Fla., as well as conducted training camps and seminars all over the world year round. We support a wide range of classes, but specialize in catamarans of all sizes. Our training camp schedule can be found at www.RedGearRacing.comor we can be contacted at 727-734-0799 to schedule your own training camp in your location. All training camps are customized for the sailors in attendance and cover a variety of information including boat set up, team choreography, speed, sail tuning, boat handling, nutrition, maintenance and more.
About Australian High Performance Catamarans
AHPC designs and builds some of the fastest and high tech racing catamarans in the world. For over 30 years Managing Director and Head Designer, Greg Goodall, has been creating championship winning catamarans and has an unrivaled determination to bring the highest quality product to his customers. For more information, please visit the company website www.ahpc.com.au
About Alamitos Bay Yacht Club
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