FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 20, 2012) - Saturday proved to be another banner day of racing on Larchmont Harbor at the US Team Racing Championship, hosted by the Larchmont Yacht Club. The 12 teams are halfway through the second Round Robin stage and the leaderboard includes some familiar names. New York Yacht Club’s Team Extreme leads the way with 13 wins and 2 losses. They are followed closely by Silver Panda who is 12-3 and the Larchmont Yacht Club is 12-5.
The 2009 US Team Racing Champions, Team Extreme includes skippers Zachary Brown (San Diego, Calif.), Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), Stuart McNay (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), and crew Emmet Smith (New Haven, Conn.), Marla Menninger (New York, N.Y.), and Michael Hession (Chicago, Ill.) make up NYYC Team Extreme.
New York Yacht Club’s Silver Panda will be a factor in Sunday’s final day of competition. Although some of the members have changed over the years, Silver Panda has captured this title on five occasions, including 2010, 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2002. Skippers Colin Merrick (Portsmouth, R.I.), Peter Levesque (Tiverton, R.I.), Trevor Moore (Naples, Fla.) and crew Andrew Schneider (Marblehead, Mass.), Carrie Amarante (Wayne, N.J.), and Caroline Levesque (Tiverton, R.I.) make up this year’s edition of Silver Panda. Merrick, Amarante, Peter Levesque, and Caroline Levesque return to compete this year from the 2010 championship team.
The home team from the Larchmont Yacht Club is enjoying a great regatta. The team includes Danny Pletsch (Greenwich, Conn.), Clay Bischoff (New York, N.Y.), Michael Menninger (San Francisco, Calif.), Jennifer Watkins (New Orleans, La.), Kendra Emhiser (New York, N.Y.), and Meredith Powlison (Newport, R.I.). See the updated results and standings.
Racing got underway after 11:00 am in six knots of breeze. The wind picked up later in the afternoon to approximately 13 knots.
The plan for Sunday is to complete the second Round Robin and depending on time, proceed to the quarterfinals or semifinals and finals. Start time is approximately 10:00 am.
PRO Cynthia Parthmos made the call to move to the outer harbor course for the start of Round Robin 2, where there was over 10 knots of breeze with fewer shifts than the westerly inside the harbor. The decion proved to be on target, as the three-race cycles were being completed in approximately 15 minutes.
"The starts were incredible to watch," said Parthemos. The competition is all so tight and the boat handling is nothing short of amazing. My position on the signal boat was the best seat on the course, not to mention being able to simply turn around and watch the leeward mark roundings."
Check out the roster for a full list of teams competing in Larchmont, N.Y. this weekend.
For results, standings, video highlights by Chris Love, photos by Peter Braune, and more information from the 2012 U.S. Team Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
US Sailing’s Championship of Champions is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Gill North America, Hobie Polarized, and Old Pulteney. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
• Teams are racing in Vanguard 15s.
• Each competing team shall consist of three skippers and three crews.
• Teams were selected or invited by the U.S. Team Racing Championship Committee from team resumes, applications, and qualifying events.
• The intended format is a round robin followed by quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals (subject to change).
• The intended course is a digital N.
• The racing area will be located in the waters of the Larchmont Harbor.
• The highest finishing U.S. team qualifies to represent the United States at the 2013 ISAF Team Racing World Championship.
• Olympians competing this week: Stu McNay (Team Extreme) - 2012, 2008 in the 470; Erik Storck (Storm Trysail Club) - 2012 in the 49er; Trevor Moore (Silver Panda) - 2012 in the 49er
• Other US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider member - Charlie Buckingham (Minor Threat)
• US Sailing Olympic Development Team members competing: Zachary Brown (Team Extreme), Chris Barnard (Newport Harbor Yacht Club), Frederick Strammer (Lauderdale Yacht Club)
• Championship Personnel:
- Edward R. Padin, Event Chairman
- Glenn Oliver, US Team Racing Championship Committee Chairperson
- Jed Kelly, Regatta Committee Chairman
- Cynthia A. Parthemos, Event Principal Race Officer
- Liz Walker, US Sailing Championships Director
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