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Contact: Jake Fish
US Sailing Communications Manager
LARCHMONT, N.Y. (October 21, 2012) - It was another stellar day on Larchmont Harbor for the US Team Racing Championship finale, hosted by Larchmont Yacht Club. The 12 teams finished their second Round Robin stage, and the top six teams advanced to the Gold Round Robin Finals where points were doubled. In the end, it was Team Extreme of the New York Yacht Club, winning their second Hinman Trophy.
Team Extreme, who won their first US Team Racing Championship in 2009, finished the second Round Robin stage as the number one seed with 20 points. The 2010 US Team Racing Champions and five time winners of the Hinman, Silver Panda was the number two seed with 18 points. The upstarts from the home team, the Larchmont Yacht Club was third with 15 points. The Rhode Island Pistols were fourth (11 pts.); The Woonsocket Rockets (11 pts.) were fifth; and the West Kirby Hawks (11 pts.) were sixth.
Team Extreme was a perfect 5-0 in the Final Gold Round Robin stage to seal the title with 30 points. Larchmont Yacht Club had a strong round to edge Silver Panda by a point for second place and 23 points. Larchmont was 4-1, including a win over Silver Panda who was 2-3. See the final results and standings.
Team Extreme, who is comprised of former Yale varsity sailing team members, was Runner-up to Minor Threat in 2011. Minor Threat finished eighth this year.
Team Extreme includes skippers Zachary Brown (San Diego, Calif.), Thomas Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI), Stuart McNay (Chestnut Hill, Mass.), and crew Emmet Smith (New Haven, Conn.), Marla Menninger (New York, N.Y.), and Michael Hession (Chicago, Ill.).
“I was really impressed with how the team adapted so quickly after not competing together since last year’s Hinman,” said McNay. “I thought we were able to come from behind in some situations and we sailed well with the lead too. There were no easy races.”
The second place team from Larchmont featured Danny Pletsch (Greenwich, Conn.), Clay Bischoff (New York, N.Y.), Michael Menninger (San Francisco, Calif.), Jennifer Watkins (New Orleans, La.), Kendra Emhiser (New York, N.Y.), and Meredith Powlison (Newport, R.I.).
Check out the roster for a full list of teams who competed this weekend in Larchmont, N.Y.
Racing got underway after 10:00 am outside the harbor in a westerly wind at about 8 knots. Seas were relatively flat under sunny skies.
“The volunteers made this a great event,” said McNay. “The Larchmont Yacht Club members really stepped up and allowed teams to use their boats.
For results, standings, video highlights by Chris Love, photos by Peter Braune, and more information from the 2012 U.S. Team Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
US Sailing’s Championship of Champions is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Gill North America, Hobie Polarized, and Old Pulteney. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
• Teams raced in Vanguard 15s.
• Each competing team consisted of three skippers and three crews.
• Teams were selected or invited by the U.S. Team Racing Championship Committee from team resumes, applications, and qualifying events.
• Teams raced two Round Robins, followed by a Gold Round Robin stage with the top six teams.
• The highest finishing U.S. team qualifies to represent the United States at the 2013 ISAF Team Racing World Championship.
• Olympians competing this week: Stu McNay (Team Extreme) - 2012, 2008 in the 470; Erik Storck (Storm Trysail Club) - 2012 in the 49er; Trevor Moore (Silver Panda) - 2012 in the 49er
• Other US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider member - Charlie Buckingham (Minor Threat)
• US Sailing Olympic Development Team members competing: Zachary Brown (Team Extreme)
• Championship Personnel:
- Edward R. Padin, Event Chairman
- Glenn Oliver, US Team Racing Championship Committee Chairperson
- Jed Kelly, Regatta Committee Chairman
- Cynthia A. Parthemos, Event Principal Race Officer
- Liz Walker, US Sailing Championships Director
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