US SAILING Communications Manager
CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. - (October 14, 2011) – After a promising start to day two of the 2011 U.S. Match Racing Championship, visibility issues caused by foggy conditions off Newport Beach threatened racing in the afternoon. The 12 teams competing for the Prince of Wales Bowl in Governor’s Cup 21 boats completed five more flights of Stage One’s Single Round Robin, despite a lengthy delay. Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI) stands alone in first place and is undefeated with a 7-0 record. Canfield is representing the Chicago Match Race Center this week.
Sailors welcomed steady breezes, sunny skies and cool temperatures this morning and early afternoon. However, a heavy fog rolled in at approximately 1:45 p.m. and racing was postponed for two hours before the Race Committee made the decision to resume and finish two more flights on shortened courses. Racing was conducted between Balboa Pier and Newport Pier. There are four flights remaining in the Single Round Robin. Racing is scheduled to resume on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. pt (subject to change).
Canfield and his crewmates Tod Reynolds (Chicago, Ill.), Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) and Jennifer Wilson (Chicago, Ill.) had another stellar day on the water. They picked up four critical wins over several contenders including, three-time Champion Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.), 2010 Champion Shawn Bennett (Tiburon, Calif. ) and Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.). Four teams are tied for second place with 5-2 records, including skippers Perry, Snow, Dan Aeling (San Diego, Calif.) and Shawn Ryan (Metairie, La.). See today’s results below:
Friday’s Stage One Single Round Robin Results
Perry def. Bennett
Canfield def. Nesbitt
Angel def. Powers
Aeling def. Ryan
Dickson def. Stone
Snow def. Johnson
Aeling def. Powers
Ryan def. Angel
Johnson def. Snow
Canfield def. Perry
Snow def. Dickson
Nesbitt def. Bennett
Ryan def. Johnson
Perry def. Aeling
Canfield def. Snow
Angel def. Nesbitt
Bennett def. Snow
Powers def. Dickson
Aeling def. Nesbitt
Snow def. Bennett
Powers def. Johnson
Ryan def. Dickson
Canfield def. Stone
Perry def. Angel
Aeling def. Johnson
Nesbitt def. Snow
Ryan def. Bennett
Perry def. Stone
Canfield def. Powers
Dickson def. Angel
Hear what Snow had to say about the day of racing for his team at this year’s U.S. Match Racing Championship.
Teams are racing through Sunday, October 16 in this four day US SAILING National Championship event. The winning skipper of this event will receive an invitation to race in the 2012 Knickerbocker Cup, a Grade 2 event and World Tour Qualifier. Also, the highest placing skipper at the 2011 U.S. Match Racing Championship who does not receive an invitation to the Congressional Cup will receive an invitation to race in the 2012 Ficker Cup, a Congressional Cup Qualifier and Grade 2 event. The U.S. Match Racing Championship is an International Sailing Federation (ISAF) Grade 3 event.
The U.S. Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Gill North America, Hobie Polarized Sunglasses and Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky. Please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMRC.htm for results, standings, daily reports and more. Also, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/ussailing for regular updates from Corona del Mar, Calif. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
Read the official 2011 U.S. Match Racing Championship preview.
• Eligible skippers qualified or were offered a select invitation to compete.
• The intended format (Subject to adjustment):
• Stage 1 - A single round robin. Places 9 – 12 will advance to Stage 2. Places 1-8 will advance to Stage 3.
• Stage 2 – A single round robin to determine places 9-12 in the regatta.
• Stage 3 – A knockout round for Stage 1 places 1-8, first to score at least three points. The four winners will advance to Stage 4. The others will be places 5-8 in the regatta.
• Stage 4 - A semi final knockout series, first to score at least 3 points. The winners will advance to Stage 6. The others will advance to Stage 5.
• Stage 5 – A Petit Final knockout series, first to score at least 2 points, to determine places 3-4 in the regatta.
• Stage 6 – A Finals knockout series, first to score at least 3 points, to determine places 1-2 in the regatta.
• The course will be windward/leeward, windward/leeward, with starboard rounding, finishing downwind.
• Racing will be conducted in the Pacific Ocean adjacent to Newport Beach.
• The skippers and their crew members placing first, second and third in this regatta will be awarded US SAILING Gold, Silver and Bronze medals, respectively.
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About Rolex Watch U.S.A.
Since Rolex Watch U.S.A. first presented timepieces to America's Cup defenders in 1958, the company has consistently recognized and encouraged excellence in every important arena of competitive sailing, including US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics preparation, US SAILING championships, disabled sailing, offshore, one-design and women's events. For more information, please visit us at www.rolex.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/orcontactLanceJonesatGill NA, (678) 730-5581 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarters is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.hobiepolarized.com.
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is crafted at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s herring boom. The distillery lies in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, which was one of the most important and biggest herring fishing ports in Europe.
Old Pulteney Single Malt whisky has a long standing association with the sea and is known as the “Maritime Malt.” Its carefully crafted taste carries the windswept and rugged character of the North, the salty and fresh air of the North Sea, and the distillery’s rich maritime heritage runs through every drop of this fine malt. For more information on Old Pulteney please visit http://www.oldpulteney.com/.