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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
DEEPHAVEN, Minn. (June 28, 2012) – Thirty-eight teams set out on Lake Minnetonka late this morning for the second day of the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship. Racing today was particularly challenging, but two teams emerged from the pack to set the stage for tomorrow’s final day. Allyson Donahue (Brigantine, N.J.) and Maddie Widmeier (Pipersville, Penn.) maintained a narrow one point lead over Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.), as the two teams distance themselves from the rest of the fleet.
After several general recalls and postponements due to light, variable winds, and aggressive starting behavior from the competitors, the first race eventually got underway at approximately 11:30 am CT. The day started with a Northwestern breeze, ranging from 5 to 10 knots and temperatures in the mid 70’s. The first two races were completed in mostly light breeze, with winds increasing slightly for the day’s final race.
Donahue and Widmeier came out of the gates hot winning the opening race of the day, and extending their overall lead. They followed up in the fifth race with a 19th place finish. Smith and Davidson remained consistent for the first two races of the day, allowing them to briefly take the overall lead. The roles were reversed in today’s final race with the California team posting a 23rd place finish, and allowing Donahue and Widmeier to retake the lead.
One of the more consistent teams today was the pair of twin sisters, Holly Tullo (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Cally Tullo (Staten Island, N.Y.), who put together a string of top 10 finishes to move into third place overall, and 12 points out of second place. This pairing was one of two boats in the field to put together all top 10 finishes for the day. The Tullo sisters finished seventh overall at last year’s U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship.
Tomorrow’s final day of racing is set to start at 9:30 CT, and an awards dinner will follow at 7:00 CT, where the winning team will be crowned, and have their names placed on the prestigious Ida Lewis Trophy.
For more details on the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, including a list of competitors, results and standings, recaps, photos, and more please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.htm. This year’s Championship is hosted by the Lake Minnetonka Sailing School.
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The 2012 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is sponsored by Gill North America, Maclaren, and Switlik Survival Products, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust.
* Recap content provided by Conner Blouin, US Sailing Communications Assistant.
• The 2012 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is an open event, but is limited to the first 40 complete teams.
• All competitors are between the ages of 13 and 18 and must be US citizens.
• A total of 10 races are scheduled for this event. When fewer than six races are scored, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When six or more races are scored, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores, excluding her worst race score.
• Races are scheduled to start every day at 10:30 a.m. CT (subject to change).
• Racing will take place on the lower part of Lake Minnetonka in close proximity to Lighthouse Island.
• The winning skipper and crew of the event will be awarded the Ida Lewis Trophy (perpetual). The top three finishing teams will receive trophies. The top five finishing teams will receive US Sailing medals.
• Additionally, the C.Thomas Clagett Jr. Sportsmanship Award will be presented to a team following the results of a secret ballot.
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 Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
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/or contact Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581 / e-mail: email@example.com
Maclaren is the pre-eminent lifestyle brand for parenting. For nearly 50 years Maclaren has stood for excellence, empowerment and innovation, and is best known for the creation of the first umbrella buggy which revolutionized baby transport. Like Maclaren, the sport of sailing encompasses a complete lifestyle with a rich heritage. In an effort to spread the positive impact of sailing, the Maclaren Sailing Sponsorship Programme promotes participation and retention in the sport of sailing on a global basis. Maclaren sponsors a variety of sailors and regattas around the world including training and community initiatives. To learn more, please visit www.maclarenbaby.com
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.
About Clagett Trust
Support for the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship is made possible in part by funds provided by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. to perpetuate his unwavering dedication to Junior Women's Sailing. His support is in memory of his late wife, Nancy Leiter Clagett, a world class sailor, and of Ida Lewis, the heroic daughter of a lighthouse keeper. This support is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability, with emphasis on sportsmanship, by providing the opportunity to compete in national-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching. Tom Clagett's family continues to assist in fulfilling his vision.