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US SAILING Communications Manager
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 18, 2011) – Thursday was the final of four days of racing on Narragansett Bay at the 2011 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship in Newport, R.I. This US SAILING National Championship regatta consists of top young sailors from around the country in four classes, including the Club 420, Laser, Laser Radial and 29er. The four leading skippers after Wednesday held on to their respective leads to win this elite championship. Lily Katz (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Fiona Walsh (Rye, N.Y.) won the 36-team Club 420 fleet; Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), a member of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, won the 23-boat Laser Radial fleet; Olin Paine (San Diego, Calif.) won the 18-boat Laser fleet; and Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Conner Kelter (Newport Beach, Calif.) took the 10-team 29er fleet.
Club 420 Fleet Recap
Katz and Walsh began distancing themselves from the fleet beginning with race six of the Championship. Through 11 races total they won two and finished second twice. They never finished worse than 10th. Today they were third and sixth in the two races and won by a 15 point margin. Axel Sly (Weston, Fla.) and J.P. Silvestri (Stuart, Fla.) finished second and had a big day on the water. They posted second and first place results today. Hear what Katz and Walsh had to say about their impressive win in the 36-team fleet.
Laser Radial Fleet Recap
Reineke a member of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, proved to be too much for the 23-boat Laser Radial fleet. After a seventh place finish in the first race of the regatta on Monday, she never finished worse than fifth. Reineke was remarkably consistent throughout. She sealed the win by bulleting the first race of the day and she added a second place in the 10th and final race of the Championship. Juan Perdomo (San Juan, Puerto Rico) finished second overall and nine points back. Earlier this year, Reineke won the girl’s division at the 2011 Laser Radial Youth World Championship. He was fifth and first today. She finished eighth in last year’s event. Hear what Reineke had to say about her winning performance.
Laser Fleet Recap
The Lasers also fit in two more races today and 10 for the Championship. Paine was fifth and fourth today and won the 18-boat fleet by an eight point margin over Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas), a US Sailing Development Team member. Paine won a pair of races and finished second twice. He finished fifth in last year’s event. Hear what Paine had to say about his win this week.
29er Fleet Recap
Henken and Kelter were dominant throughout the Championship and finished as strong as they could by winning the last two of the four races conducted on Thursday. Henken and Kelter won by an 18-point margin over the second place team of Jack Jorgenson (Pasadena, Calif.) and crew A. Tucker Atterbury (Santa Barbara, Calif.). Over 15 races, Henken and Kelter posted five bullets and three second place finishes. They finished fifth in last year’s fleet and are members of the US Sailing Development Team. Hear what Henken and Kelter had to say about their outstanding Championship.
Sailors raced in winds that ranged from 10 to 15 knots and sunny skies with temperatures in the 80s.
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The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is hosted by Sail Newport, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club. US SAILING’s U.S. Youth Sailing Championships is sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider, LaserPerformance, Gill North America and SWITLIK Survival Products. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
• The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophy was awarded to Korbin Kirk (Long Beach, Calif.) and Ryan Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.) of the Club 420s, Patrick Snow (San Diego, Calif.) and Storm Brown (San Diego, Calif.) of the 29ers, Stephen Long (Santa Barbara, Calif.) of the Lasers and O.J. O’Connell (Niantic, Conn.) of the Laser Radials.
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