MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 6, 2013) – Friday was the first of three days of racing at the 2013 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center.
There were three races for both the 2.4mR and Ideal 18 classes. The first race began on schedule at 12 p.m. and all three races were completed by 15:00.
Weather and Conditions
Air Temperature: Highs were in the mid 70s to near 80. Temperatures dropped into the low 70s as the wind shifted to the S and SE.
Water Temperature: 65° to 68° F
Wind Conditions: SW wind 5 to 10 knots during the morning as race preparations were made. By noon, when the first race began, winds had increased to 15 knots and remained fairly consistent. Later in the afternoon, at about 2 p.m., the wind picked up to 18 knots, holding until the end of races. Winds gusted to 20 knots as boats were coming in after the races, and finally began dying down as boats were docking.
Waves: There were 3-foot rolling waves with some white caps throughout all three races. As wind gusted, the wave height increased.
Series Standing – 3 Races Scored
1. USA88, John Ruf, Pewaukee Yacht Club, 1-1-1- ; 3
2. USA142, Charles Rosenfield, Sail Newport, 2-2-2- ; 6
3. USA118, Tim Ripley, Nyack Boat Club, 3-3-3- ; 9
4. 724, Zak Kordik, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, 5-4-4- ; 13
5. 23, Jeffery Reinhold, CYC Seattle, 4-7/DNF-7/DNS- ; 18T
6. NOR, Tracy Schmitt, Team Paradise/National, 6-5-7/DNF- ; 18T
Ideal 18 Standings
1. 103, Sarah Everhart-Skeels/Gerry Tiernan, Sail Newport, 3-1-1- ; 5T
2. 140, Bridget Bodo/Lawrence Campbell, JGASF, 1-2-2- ; 5T
3. 115, EDWARD(Ted) KING, M.D./Jim Scott, PPSC/Bbay Hbr yC, 2-4-4- ; 10T
4. 138, Ryan Porteous/Cindy Walker, Mission Bay Yacht Club, 4-3-3- ; 10T
5. 137, Patrick LoDuca/Dana Currier, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, 5-5-5- ; 15
How do you feel about having the USDC in Milwaukee?
“Bringing the championship to a new coast is a wonderful opportunity to stretch the class and expand opportunities to new sailors.”
– Tracy Schmitt, 2.4mR, Toronto
It looked a little rough out there with the waves – how was it for you out there?
“The waves were no big deal. It got a little wet out there, but it’s so much fun sailing the 2.4mR.”
– Tim Ripley, 2.4mR, New Jersey
PRO John Strassman has already amended the NOR schedule for an hour earlier start tomorrow (11 a.m. CST) in order to fit in three races before expected an weather front comes through.
Sail Anyway in Door County, Wis. (about 90 miles north of Milwaukee) invited three people to the event, including a disabled sailor, to inspire other disabled sailors to participate in the sport. They went out on a spectator boat for all three races. They are excited to take back all that they learned today to their hometown.
The event is open to any sailor with a physical disability. Participants have included quadriplegics, paraplegics and amputees, as well as individuals with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, polio and ALS.
Visit the official event website throughout this week’s championship for a full roster, standings, Notice of Race, real-time Twitter updates, daily recaps, and more. View today's photo gallery from Milwaukee.
The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships is a US Sailing National Championship regatta, sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event.
*Recap by Sebastian Raasch
For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 401.683.0800 x614
- There was a racing clinic for participating competitors on Thursday, September 5.
- Racing is taking place on Lake Michigan east of Milwaukee Harbor
- Eight races are scheduled for each class. A minimum of three races are required to be completed by a class to constitute a regatta.
- US Sailing medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third place skippers and crews in each.
- The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center has run an adaptive sailing program since 1984. In just under 30 years, the MCSC has grown their fleet from 10 to nearly 90.
MCSC CEO: Margaret Jaberg
Event Chair: Cookie Mueller
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship Chair: Kevin Wixom
US Sailing National Championships Director: Liz Walker
About US Sailing
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