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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
Chicago, Ill. (July 9, 2012) – Forty-eight sailors took to the challenging waters of Lake Michigan this morning for the opening day of racing at the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, a US Sailing National Championship hosted this year by Chicago Yacht Club. At the end of day one, Madison Gates (Sarasota, Fla.) is at the top of the leader board by a sizeable margin.
Gates started off her day with a solid sixth place finish, before scoring three firsts in the last three races. This is the third year she has raced competitively in the Laser Radial class. Gates was fifth in last year’s Championship, the best finish of all returning sailors in this year’s field. She was also the third best female racer last December at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta, the pinnacle of all US Junior Olympic Sailing events.
Despite significant fluctuations in wind direction, the race committee was able get off the first race at approximately 11:00 am CT. The early breezes started off from the northeast at 5 to 7 knots, building slightly and turning eastward later in the afternoon. The fleet sailed aggressively all day long, causing a few general recalls, and leaving several sailors with OCS penalties. The day ended with four races completed, with six more scheduled over the remaining two days of the regatta. Racing resumes on Tuesday at 11:00 am CT.
Sitting 16 points behind Gates is Lindsey Baab (Saratoga, Calif.), who has only been racing Laser Radials for a year. Baab just returned from the Laser Radial Youth World Championships in Brisbane, Australia, where she placed 13th, and was the top American female sailor. In each of the first three races today, Baab finished one boat behind Gates, taking a seventh in the first race, followed by a pair of second place finishes. Baab dropped back a bit with respect to overall points with a 14th place finish in race four, but was able to hold onto second place in the overall standings.
A two-day clinic for the participating sailors took place on Saturday and Sunday, and was supported by the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust. These clinics were conducted by US Sailing’s Junior National Coach, Brian Clancy, and a team of notable sailing coaches from all over the country.
For more details on the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, including a list of competitors, results and standings, recaps, photos, and more please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensSinglehanded.htm. Stay connected with US Sailing through Twitter for breaking news and results from Chicago.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is sponsored by Gill North America and Switlik Survival Products, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Trust.
• The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is an open event.
• Competitors are between the ages of 13 and 18 and must be US citizens.
• A total of ten races are scheduled. Three races must be completed to constitute a complete Championship. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
• Racing begins each day at 11 a.m. (subject to change). Racing will take place on Lake Michigan, directly off the shore of Chicago Yacht Club Belmont Station (approx. 1.5 nautical miles offshore).
• US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Prize will be awarded.
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About US Sailing
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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 Lance Jones at Gill NA, (678) 730-5581 / e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
About SWITLIK Survival Products
SWITLIK is proud to be a sponsor of the U.S. Youth and Junior Sailing Championships, the pinnacle of performance dinghy sailing for America’s young adults. These fine young sailors exhibit the same type of drive, performance and perseverance that goes into every SWITLIK product.
Established in 1920, SWITLIK has been family owned and operated for four generations. Known worldwide as a manufacturer of the highest quality personnel safety and survival products for the marine, aviation and military/government markets, SWITLIK products are designed and manufactured in the USA to meet the toughest performance standards. From the world's finest race marks to the most trusted survival equipment and technical protective clothing, SWITLIK products are defined by Quality, Performance and Innovation, every day, in all we do. SWITLIK - Simply the best for over 90 years. For more information, please visit www.SWITLIK.com.
About Clagett Trust
Support for the U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship is made possible in part by funds provided by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. to perpetuate his unwavering dedication to Junior Women's Sailing. His support is in memory of his late wife, Nancy Leiter Clagett, a world class sailor, and of Ida Lewis, the heroic daughter of a lighthouse keeper. This support is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability, with emphasis on sportsmanship, by providing the opportunity to compete in national-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching. Tom Clagett's family continues to assist in fulfilling his vision.