Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 27, 2012) – Five races are complete in San Diego at the US Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club. Sunday will be the third and final day of action on North San Diego Bay for these elite athletes competing in single-, double-, and triplehanded fleets.
Competition could not be closer in the 2.4 mR singlehanded fleet, as Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) and Joseph Hill (Seabrook, Texas) are in a tie for the lead. Rosenfield won both races on Friday, while Hill answered on Saturday by winning the first two races on Saturday.
Michael Strahle (Redding, Calif.) and Donna DeMarest (Waterbury, Conn.) have a three point lead in the Martin 16 doublehanded fleet. They won all three races today and four bullets total for the regatta.
The team of Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.), Mike Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.), and Bradley Johnson (Pompano Beach, Fla.) have a one point lead in the Capri 22 triplehanded fleet over Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Gerard Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine), and Michael Ross (Oceanside, Calif.)..
Sailing conditions improved drastically this afternoon on North San Diego Bay, after light breezes Friday. Wind speeds jumped from 4 knots to over 12 knots this afternoon, and the Championship Fleets completed three races today as opposed to two on Friday.
Racing is scheduled to begin on Sunday at 12:00 pm PT.
The event is open to any sailor with a physical disability. Participants have included quadriplegics, paraplegics and amputees, as well as individuals with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, polio and ALS.
Many of this year’s participants have Paralympic ambitions. Several past participants of this championship have gone on to compete in the Paralympic Games, including 2008 Paralympic Gold Medalist, the late Nick Scandone. The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship has been hosted by different sailing organizations around the country to expand awareness of disabled sailing and encourage disabled individuals to take up the sport.
Since the 1980s, US Sailing has actively supported sailboat racing among physically challenged sailors. The inaugural championship, then called the Independence Cup, took place in 1990 and for may years held in conjunction with the North American Challenge Cup by the Chicago Yacht Club. Beginning in 2007, US Sailing encouraged clubs and venues around the country to host the championship. The success in moving the event around the USA has provided an impetus for host venues to create other disabled sailing events like the annual Robie Pierce regatta held on Long Island Sound.
For a full roster of competitors, results and standings, photos, video by Chris Love, and a live Twitter feed, visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USDisabledChampionship.htm.
The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Gill North America and Old Pultney Single Malt Whiskey. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
- Sandra Sherman, U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship Event Chair
- Debra Frenkel and Kevin Wixom, U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship National Committee Chairs
- Liz Walker, US Sailing Championships Director
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.
About Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is crafted at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s herring boom. The distillery lies in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, which was one of the most important and biggest herring fishing ports in Europe.
Old Pulteney Single Malt whisky has a long standing association with the sea and is known as the “Maritime Malt.” Its carefully crafted taste carries the windswept and rugged character of the North, the salty and fresh air of the North Sea, and the distillery’s rich maritime heritage runs through every drop of this fine malt. The award-winning Old Pulteney portfolio includes the World Whisky of the Year title, in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible Awards. Visit us at http://www.oldpulteney.com/.