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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PENSACOLA, Fla. (November 18, 2012) – Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) and Kenny Pierce (Hialeah, Fla.) capped a perfect week by finishing first in Sunday’s only race. The duo won the 2012 U.S. Multihull Championship, hosted by the Pensacola Beach Yacht Club, with 14 wins in 14 races. Not only were they undefeated, but Newberry made history by becoming the first woman skipper to claim the U.S. Multihull Championship for the Hobie Alter Trophy, a US Sailing National Championship.
“I’m so pleased and so honored,” said Newberry, who was sailing in her fifth U.S. Multihull Championship, all as a skipper. “It was great to sail with Kenny this week, who’s such a great sailor, and has been a hero of mine.” Newberry and Pierce are members of the Miami Yacht Club. Pierce is the 2006 Nacra 20 National Champion.
Newberry and Pierce won by a 23-point margin over Sandra Tartaglino (Tiverton, R.I.) and crew Glenn Holmes (Pensacola, Fla.). Finishing third was Eric Witte (Fairfield, Conn.) and Tyler Holmes (Panama City, Fla.). Final Results
“I thought we communicated well this week, despite not racing together before,” said Newberry. “We made good transitions and were always focused on our next move.”
Newberry has started an Olympic campaign for Rio 2016, with crew John Casey. “We will start training more full time in December,” she added.
There was very light wind today for the F16 Catamarans on Santa Rosa Sound. The Race Committee originally planned for two races on Sunday.
Newberry finished sixth out of 19 teams last year at the U.S. Multihull Championship in Long Beach, Calif. 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, and more information from the 2012 U.S. Multihull Championship, please visit the event website.
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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 David Pritchard at email@example.com.
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.