FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PENSACOLA, Fla. (November 17, 2012) – Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) is on the verge of becoming the first woman skipper to ever win the Hobie Alter Trophy at the U.S. Multihull Championship. Newberry and crew Kenny Pierce (Hialeah, Fla.) are undefeated this week on Santa Rosa Sound. They have won all 13 races, including four on Saturday. The 2012 edition of the U.S. Multihull Championship is hosted by the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club.
Newberry and Pierce have a 20-point lead over Sandra Tartaglino (Tiverton, R.I.) and crew Glenn Holmes (Pensacola, Fla.). Tartaglino and Holmes finished third in race 10, second in races 11 and 12, and fourth in race 13. They have a five-point lead over Eric Witte (Fairfield, Conn.) and Tyler Holmes (Panama City, Fla.).
Friday’s cold temperatures parted ways for warmer conditions and sunny skies with breezes at 10 to 15 knots. Two more races are scheduled for Sunday in F16 Catamarans, beginning at 11:00 am CT. The forecast for Sunday predicts temperatures in the mid to high 60s and NE winds at 10 to 11 mph.
Newberry, who is a frequent competitor at the U.S. Multihull Championship, finished sixth out of 19 teams last year. The last woman to win the U.S. Multihull Championship was Kathy Ward who crewed for Mike Montague in 2003.
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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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.