US SAILING Communications Manager
CASCADE LOCKS, Ore. (July 23, 2011) – In a significant contrast to Friday's outstanding sailing conditions on the Columbia River Gorge, insufficient breezes on Saturday forced a five-hour postponement to the start of racing at the 2011 U.S. Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Columbia Gorge Racing Association. Racing began for the men's and women's fleets at 4:00 p.m. PT, when the shifty winds increased to 6 to 9 knots from the west. Both fleets managed to sneak in three races.
Frederick Vranizan (Shoreline, Wash. / Seattle YC) picked up where he left off from Friday and continued his dominance. Vranizan excelled in the light breezes today and won the first two races. He ended the day's third race by finishing fifth. He improved on his nine point lead from Friday to take a resounding 14 point lead in the Laser fleet. Once again, Vranizan was impressive with his clean starts. He is followed by Michael Karas (Kirkland, Wash. / Seattle YC) who won race seven. Vranizan raced on the St. Mary's College of Maryland sailing team and has been campaigning for the Olympics in the Laser since graduating.
The leaderboard in the women's Laser Radial fleet was shaken up on Saturday several times. Christine Neville's (Oakland, Calif. / ILCA) six point lead after Friday's four races evaporated after race five. Sky Adams (Santa Barbara, Calif. / Santa Barbara YC) gained a tie for the lead when she finished third in race five and Neville was ninth. She took a four point lead over Neville after posting another third place finish in race six. However, Adams took a hit when she finished 17th out of 18 in race seven to drop behind leader Hanne Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash. / Seattle YC) by eight points. Weaver has had top four finishes in six of the seven races. Today she posted another consistent scoring line, 4-4-3. She leads by four over Neville and Callie Naughton (Marblehead, Mass. / Eastern YC). Weaver finished sixth out of 57 at the 2011 U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship in June.
The final day of racing at the Championship begins Sunday at 9:00 a.m. (racing times subject to change). Three races are scheduled for both fleets. The forecast predicts 10 to 15 knots.
For more details on the U.S. Singlehanded Championships, including a list of competitors, results, standings, recaps, photos, Notice of Race, Preliminary Sailing Instructions, history and more, please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USSinglehandedChampionship.htm.
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The U.S. Singlehanded Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., LaserPerformance, Gill North America and Hobie Polarized. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
The U.S. Singlehanded Championship is a US SAILING qualification and select invitation event... Last year marked the first-ever women’s division for the U.S. Singlehanded Championship… A maximum of 12 races are scheduled… Competitors took part in Rolex Clinics on Thursday, July 21… US SAILING Medals will be awarded to the top three in each division… The winning skipper of the Men’s Division will have his name engraved on the George O’Day Trophy.
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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: email@example.com.
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.