Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (October 28, 2012) – Sunday’s competition on North San Diego Bay wrapped up another successful edition of the US Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by the Southwestern Yacht Club. Titlists were crowned in three championship fleets in single-, double-, and triplehanded racing.
In the 2.4 mR singlehanded fleet, Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) held off Joseph Hill (Seabrook, Texas) to win his third Judd Goldman Trophy. The fleet completed two more races today. Rosenfield came up big in Race 7, the final race of the championship, by posting a bullet to seal the win. Hill finished third in Race 7. Rosenfield was third in Race 6 and Hill was second. Rosenfield won the US Disabled Singlehanded Championship in 2011 and 2009.
Michael Strahle (Redding, Calif.) and Donna DeMarest (Waterbury, Conn.) captured the Martin 16 doublehanded fleet for the Chandler Hovey Trophy by a point over the hard charging team of Bob E. Jones (Issaquah, Wash.) and Ken Kelly (Victoria, B.C.). Strahle and DeMarest finished fourth and third today, while Jones and Kelly were third and second. Colin Smith (Middlebury, Vt.) and Ryan Porteous (San Diego, Calif.) were impressive today by winning both races.
Andrew Fisher (Greenwich, Conn.), Mike Hersey (Hyannis, Mass.), and Ryan Levinson (San Diego, Calif.) finished an outstanding regatta with three more wins in as many races on Sunday to win the Capri 22 triplehanded fleet for the Gene Hinkel Trophy. Fisher and his crew won five of eight races for the regatta to win by five points over Rick Doerr (Clifton, N.J.), Gerard Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) and Michael Ross (Oceanside, Calif.).
“We stayed focused and positive throughout, and when we needed to snap back in line we did,” said Fisher. “I’m happy to be here and I’m happy that I can still drive a sailboat. Sailing is such a cerebral sport. I love how it is so intellectual.” Fisher has his sights set on a possible Paralympic campaign for Rio 2016.
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.
There were also three developmental fleets, including the Martin 16 (doublehanded), Access Liberty (singlehanded), and Access 303 (doublehanded). These developmental fleets ran in tandem with the championship fleets. The purpose of these fleets is to provide returning or new sailors an opportunity to race and work on tactical skills and boathandling.
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 many 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 final results and standings, list of competitors, 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 email@example.com.
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/.