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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
Gulari Headlines US Sailing’s 2012 Championship of Champions This Week in Wisconsin
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (September 26, 2012) – Twenty of the top one-design skippers in the country will gather in Wisconsin this weekend for three days of racing at US Sailing’s Championship of Champions, hosted by the Pewaukee Yacht Club from Friday, September 28 to Sunday, September 30. These skippers and their teams will race for class bragging rights and the Jack Brown Trophy.
All of the competitors are masters in their respective sailing classes and have a track record to prove it. However, this week on Pewaukee Lake they will be tested in C-Scows to see if they can hold their own. This US Sailing National Championship event has a reputation for being one of the toughest and most unique events in the country.
All competitors have qualified for this event by winning a 2011 or 2012 one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. The competition will be challenging with many decorated sailors competing on the same course. Among the entries is Bora Gulari (Detroit, Mich.) who has been selected as this year’s special guest competitor. US Sailing’s 2009 Rolex Yachtsman of the Year has had a high level of success in a number of one-design classes. Most recently, Gulari led a team to victory at the 2011 Melges 24 US National Championship. In 2009, he became the first American in 33 years to win the Moth World Championship.
The 2009 winner of the Championship of Champions, Skip Dieball (Mason, Ohio), will be competing again this year. Dieball qualified by winning the 2011 Thistle and Highlander National Championships.
US Sailing Development Team member Mitchell Kiss (Holland, Mich.) has qualified for his first Championship of Champions as a skipper. Kiss won the 2012 and 2011 Laser Radial U.S. National Championships. Most recently, he won the 2012 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships in the Laser Radial division. His father, J. Michael Kiss (Holland, Mich.), who won the Melges 20 U.S. National Championships in 2011 and 2010, will also be racing this week.
Check out the roster for a full list of sailors competing in Wisconsin this week.
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 will take 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.