FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PEWAUKEE, Wis. (September 29, 2012) – Scow racers are reigning supreme in Wisconsin this weekend at the 2012 Championship of Champions. Through six races, the 2012 C-Scow National Champion, Ed Eckert (West Bend, Wis.), and crew Matthew Schmidt have built a comfortable lead.
Competition was limited to one race on Friday and today’s conditions on Lake Pewaukee were similar. Fortunately, the wind picked up in the afternoon and the fleet of 20 teams completed five more races. This year’s Championship of Champions is being contested in C-Scows and hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club.
Eckert won yesterday’s only race and he followed up with wins in races two and four on Saturday. He was second in races three and five, and third in race six. Eckert has a 19 point lead over August Barkow (Chicago, Ill.), the 2011 E-Scow National Champion. Barkow is sailing this weekend with Jeffrey Niedziela. Their day was highlighted by a win in race five. Tim Krech (Eden Prairie, Min.), the 2011 C-Scow National Champion, is in third place and 25 points back. See updated standings.
Racing was under postponement for nearly five hours after race two was conducted this morning. The sea breeze finally took over the light westerly, and racing resumed with four more races.
Tomorrow’s final day of racing will attempt to get started at 8:30 am CT.
All competitors have qualified for this event by winning a 2011 or 2012 one-design class National, North American, or World Championship.
For results, standings, photos and more information from the 2012 Championship of Champions, please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/CofC.htm.
US Sailing’s Championship of Champions is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. and Gill North America. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
• C Scows will be provided and will be sailed in a round robin format
• When fewer than 8 races have been completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores
• When from 8 to 13 races are completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores excluding the competitor’s worst score
• When 14 or more races have been completed, a competitor’s series score will be the total of that competitor’s race scores excluding the competitor’s two worst scores
• Four races are required to constitute the Regatta
• The total number of crew aboard shall be 2 or 3 persons
• The course will be windward/ leeward or triangle
• A boat clinic for the competitors took place on Thursday, September 27
• US Sailing medals will be awarded to the top 3 competitors
• The winning competitor will be awarded the Jack Brown Perpetual Trophy
• Limited spectator boats may be available. Check with the registration desk in the PYC club house
• Drew Daugherty is the US Sailing Championship of Champions Chairman
• A.J. Schweda and Greg Riemer are the PYC Event Chairs
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 Rolex Watch U.S.A.
Since Rolex Watch U.S.A. first presented timepieces to America's Cup defenders in 1958, the company has consistently recognized and encouraged excellence in every important arena of competitive sailing, including US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider preparation, US Sailing National Championships, disabled sailing, offshore, one-design and women's events. For more information, please visit us at www.rolex.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/ or contact David Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org.