FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
US SAILING Communications Manager
NEWPORT, R.I. (August 17, 2011) – Sailors were greeted with sunny skies and light breezes today at day three of the 2011 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship on Narragansett Bay. The Club 420, Laser and Laser Radial fleets all completed four races today, while the 29ers finished five races.
Lily Katz (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Fiona Walsh (Rye, N.Y.) appear to be running away with the 36-team Club 420 fleet. Katz and Walsh enjoy a lofty 22-point lead through nine races over the second place team of Axel Sly (Weston, Fla.) and J.P. Silvestri (Stuart, Fla.). They won their first two races of the day, followed by a sixth and second place. Their throwout is a 10th place result in race five.
Erika Reineke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.), a member of the US Sailing Team AlphaGraphics, shined today in the very competitive 23-boat Laser Radial fleet. She leads by two points through eight races after finishing today with a scoring line of 3-1-3-5. Four skippers are within six points at the top of the leaderboard. Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) trails by two, Avery Fanning (Isle of Palms, S.C.) is three points back and Juan Perdomo (San Juan, Puerto Rico) is six behind Reineke. Perdomo won the first and third races today. Reineke’s throwout result is the seventh place finish from race one of the regatta.
Olin Paine (San Diego, Calif.) overcame a six point deficit to take an eight point lead in the 18-boat Laser fleet. He won the first race today, followed by a fifth, second and a 14th place finish, which is now his throwout result through eight races. Greg Martinez (Houston, Texas), a US Sailing Development Team member, surged into second place after winning the second and fourth races of the day. Nevin Snow (San Diego, Calif.) is nine points back.
Paris Henken (Coronado, Calif.) and Conner Kelter (Newport Beach, Calif.) had an outstanding day on the Bay in the 10-team 29er fleet. They won a pair of races and finished second twice to take an 11-point lead over Christopher Williford (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) and Kai Friesecke (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.). Henken and Kelter are US Sailing Development Team members.
Thursday is the final day of the four-day Championship. Racing is tentatively scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. ET. The U.S. Youth Sailing Championship is hosted by Sail Newport, Ida Lewis Yacht Club and New York Yacht Club.
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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.
• Fifteen of the competing sailors at this week’s Championship are members of the 2011 US Sailing Development Team.
• Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. 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.
• The top placing male in the Laser and the top placing female in the Laser Radial fleet qualify for the U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championships for the Men’s and Women’s divisions, respectively.
• US SAILING Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth in the Laser Radial and C420 fleets. Medals for competitors who finish first through third will be awarded in the 29er and Laser Full Rig fleets.
• The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophy will be awarded, as well as sportsmanship keepers, in each discipline.
• The National Youth Championships Committee Chair is Shannon Bush. The Event Chair is Wendy Lotz.
About US SAILING
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 .
About Sperry Top-Sider
Since 1935, Sperry Top-Sider has been the leading brand of footwear for those with a Passion for the Sea. From its introduction of the world’s first siped rubber outsole for non-marking traction, to advanced technical fabrication to combat the elements, Sperry Top-Sider remains the vanguard of high-performance amphibious footwear. Available through independent, marine, outdoor and department stores, Sperry Top-Sider is the official footwear of the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regattas, Key West Race Week, the Salt Water Sportsman seminar series and the National Safe Boating Council. Based in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, Sperry Top-Sider is a division of The Stride Rite Corporation, a subsidiary of Collective Brands, Inc. (NYSE:PSS). For more information, please visit www.sperrytopsider.com.
LaserPerformance is a global company formed from a merger between Vanguard Sailboats and Performance Sail craft Europe. LaserPerformance is the world’s largest supplier of recreational and high performance sailboats. LaserPerformance products include the Sunfish and the Olympic class Laser, two of the most recognized brands in the sailing world. LaserPerformance has offices in Portsmouth RI (US), Long Bucky (UK), Melbourne (AU), Middle East (UAE), and Hong Kong. For more information on LaserPerformance, call 401-683-0960 or visit their website at www.laserperformance.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/contact Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About SWITLIK Survival Products
SWITLIK is proud to be a sponsor of the U.S. Youth and Junior Sailing Championships, the pinnacle of performance dinghy sailing for America’s young adults. These fine young sailors exhibit the same type of drive, performance and perseverance that goes into every SWITLIK product.
Established in 1920, SWITLIK has been family owned and operated for four generations. Known worldwide as a manufacturer of the highest quality personnel safety and survival products for the marine, aviation and military/government markets, SWITLIK products are designed and manufactured in the USA to meet the toughest performance standards. From the world's finest race marks to the most trusted survival equipment and technical protective clothing, SWITLIK products are defined by Quality, Performance and Innovation, every day, in all we do. SWITLIK - Simply the best for over 90 years. For more information, please visit www.SWITLIK.com.