FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PENSACOLA, Fla. (November 15, 2012) – It was a spectacular day of racing on Pensacola Bay at the U.S. Multihull Championship, a US Sailing National Championship, hosted by the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club.
The fleet completed five exciting races on day one under sunny skies and breezes ranging from 7 to 10 knots. It was a special day for skipper Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and crew Kenny Pierce (Hialeah, Fla.). The South Florida tandem won all five races to take a 12-point lead. They are followed by skipper Sandra Tartaglino (Tiverton, R.I.) and crew Glenn Holmes (Pensacola, Fla.) in second place. Sarah Streater (Flagler, Fla.) and Joseph Bello (Navarre, Fla.) are in third and 13 points back.
Racing resumes Friday morning at 10:25 am CT. The four-day Championship concludes Sunday.
Friday’s forecast includes some clouds in the morning, which will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. Temperatures will be in the mid-60’s and winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.
Teams enjoyed F16 Catamaran race clinics with Robbie Daniel of Red Gear Racing on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The U.S. Mulithull Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Gill North America, and Hobie Polarized. This Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
For results, standings, a live Twitter feed from Pensacola, and more information from the 2012 U.S. Multihull Championship, please visit the event website.
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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 Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarters is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.hobiepolarized.com.