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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (September 19, 2012) – American match racing guru Dave Perry will attempt to capture an unprecedented fifth U.S. Match Racing Championship this week in Marblehead, Mass. Ten teams will compete in Sonars for the Prince of Wales Bowl at the 2012 U.S. Match Racing Championship, hosted by the Boston Yacht Club. This four day US Sailing National Championship starts this Thursday, September 20.
Perry (Southport, Conn.) and crewmates Mike Rehe (Harper Woods, Mich.) and Chris Museler (Portsmouth, R.I.) hope to defend the title they won last year off the coast of Newport Beach, Calif. Museler also won this championship with Perry in 2008 (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) and 2006 (Fort Worth, Texas). Perry is the 39th ranked match racer in the world by ISAF. The two-time Congressional Cup Champion will be representing the Pequot Yacht Club (PYC) again this year. Perry won this championship on three occasions while representing PYC in 2011, 2008 and 2006, and once for the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club in 1982.
Perhaps nobody is more eager to win the U.S. Match Racing Championship than Taylor Canfield (St. Thomas, USVI). He came up just short of winning the last two championships by losing in the Finals, including last year to Perry. Ranked 11th by ISAF, Canfield is the highest ranked match racer competing at this week’s championship. His top results this year include a win at the Chicago Match Race Center (CMRC) Invitational, third at the Congressional Cup and fourth at the Chicago Match Cup, a World Match Racing Tour event. His crew this week includes Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.), Maggie Shea (Wilmette, Ill.), and Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.). Roble and Shea won last week’s U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in San Francisco, as crew for Genny Tulloch. They also campaigned together for the Olympics in the Elliott 6m. Canfield’s team will be representing the Chicago Match Race Center and St.Thomas Yacht Club.
Two-time U.S. Match Racing Champion Dave Dellenbaugh (Easton, Conn.) has returned to take another shot at the Prince of Wales Bowl. Dellenbaugh, who won this championship in 2002 and 1984, is also representing the Pequot Yacht Club. He’ll be sailing this week 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.). A two-time Olympian (2012 and 2008) in the Men’s 470, McNay was also on the winning team at the U.S. Team Racing Championship in 2009. Capozzi, a 2012 Olympian, crews for the #1 ranked women’s match racer in the world – Anna Tunnicliffe. They won the 2011-12 ISAF Sailing World Cup and finished second at the 2012 ISAF Women's Match Racing World Championship.
Other notable skippers competing this week include, Chicago Match Race Center Founder Don Wilson (Chicago, Ill.), who is ranked 36th in the world by ISAF. He won the CMRC Spring Invitational in May. Brad Funk (Plantation, Fla.), standout Laser and Moth sailor, will be making his second appearance at the U.S. Match Racing Championship.
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
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
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 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.
About Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky
Old Pulteney Single Malt Whisky is crafted at Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland. The distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson at the height of Wick’s herring boom. The distillery lies in the heart of ‘Pulteneytown’, which was one of the most important and biggest herring fishing ports in Europe.
Old Pulteney Single Malt whisky has a long standing association with the sea and is known as the “Maritime Malt.” Its carefully crafted taste carries the windswept and rugged character of the North, the salty and fresh air of the North Sea, and the distillery’s rich maritime heritage runs through every drop of this fine malt. The award-winning Old Pulteney portfolio includes the World Whisky of the Year title, in Jim Murray’s 2012 Whisky Bible Awards. Visit us at http://www.oldpulteney.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 email@example.com.