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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
MARBLEHEAD, Mass. (September 20, 2012) – Ten talented teams started the first of four days of racing in Marblehead on Thursday at the U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Boston Yacht Club. The first Round Robin stage was completed and Taylor Canfield got off to another great start by winning 8 of 9 races to lead the way.
Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI), who is sailing with crewmates Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.), Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), and Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), gained impressive victories today over the likes of four-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Perry (Southport, Conn.) and two-time champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.). His only loss came against Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.). Canfield lost in the Finals in each of the last two U.S. Match Racing Championships. Ranked 11th by ISAF, Canfield is the highest ranked match racer competing at this week’s championship.
Perry and crewmates Mike Rehe (Harper Woods, Mich.) and Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.) went 7-2 in the first Round Robin. Perry, Rehe and Museler won last year’s championship in Newport Beach, Calif. The two-time Congressional Cup winner is the 39th ranked match racer in the world by ISAF.
Dellenbaugh, who is sailing with his daughter Rebecca Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.), and US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider members Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.) and Stuart McNay (Boston, Mass.), got off to a good start to the championship. They also went 7-2 on Thursday, including a win over Perry. Dellenbaugh’s losses came against Canfield and Dustin Durant (Long Beach, Calif.).
Sailors were greeted Thursday with heavy chop and breeze at 10 to 12 knots. The wind dipped below 10 knots for most of the day.
Round Robin 1 Results
Flight 9: Dellenbaugh def. Pusch; Singsen def. Martin; Poole def. Funk; Canfield def. Wilson; Perry def. Durant
Flight 8: Dellenbaugh def. Martin; Poole def. Pusch; Durant def. Singsen; Perry def. Wilson; Funk def. Canfield
Flight 7: Canfield def. Perry; Dellenbaugh def. Wilson; Pusch def. Martin; Poole def. Singsen; Funk def. Durant
Flight 6: Dellenbaugh def. Singsen; Funk def. Martin; Canfield def. Durant; Wilson def. Pusch; Perry def. Poole
Flight 5: Durant def. Wilson; Pusch def. Singsen; Dellenbaugh def. Funk; Perry def. Martin; Canfield def. Poole
Flight 4: Canfield def Martin; Poole def Durant; Wilson def Singsen; Funk def Pusch; Dellenbaugh def Perry
Flight 3: Perry def. Pusch; Canfield def. Dellenbaugh; Wilson def. Poole; Durant def. Martin; Funk def. Singsen
Flight 2: Wilson def. Funk; Perry def. Singsen; Canfield def. Pusch; Durant def. Dellenbaugh; Martin def. Poole
Flight 1: Martin def. Wilson; Perry def. Funk; Dellenbaugh def. Poole; Canfield def. Singsen; Durant def. Pusch
For results, standings, videos, photos and more information from the 2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Adult/USMRC.htm.
The U.S. Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Old Pulteney, Hobie Polarized, and Gill North America. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
- The intended format for this event is:
- Stage 1 - A round robin
- Stage 2 - A round robin
- Stage 3 - A knockout series, first to score 2 points, to determine places 9-12 in the regatta
- Stage 4 - A knockout series, first to score 2 points, to determine places 5-8 in the regatta
- Stage 5 - Knockout petit final (first to score 2 points) and finals (first to score 3 points) series
- Racing is tentatively scheduled to begin each morning at 10:00 am ET
- The course will be windward/leeward with starboard roundings, finishing downwind
- The intended course area will be in the vicinity of Marblehead Bell
- The highest placing, eligible skipper in this event will qualify to represent the United States in the Nations Cup Regional Final
- The winning skipper of this event will receive an invitation to race in the 2013 Ficker Cup, a Grade 3 event and a Congressional Cup Qualifier
- The USMRC Chair is Greg Kiely
- The Event Chair is Anne Coulombe
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