MILWAUKEE, Wis. (September 7, 2013) – The 2.4mR and Ideal 18 fleets were limited to just on race on Saturday due to inclement weather.
John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) won Race 4 in the 2.4mR class to take a four-point lead. He has won all four races for the regatta. Ruf, a 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, is making a bid for his first U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship.
Sarah Everhart Skeels (Tiverton, R.I.) and Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) won Race 4 in the Ideal 18 fleet. They have a three point leading going into Sunday’s final.
The first race began today at 11:00 am in an effort to avoid a storm expected later this afternoon. The front came through earlier than expected and competitors came off the water immediately after the first race. At 15:00, the decision was made to abandon racing for the day as wind and weather were still too variable to return to the water. Racing will begin at 11:00 am CT on Sunday. Four short races are expected.
Air Temperature: Highs were in the low 80s near shore and mid 70s offshore.
Water Temperature: 65° to 68° F
Wind Conditions: W to SW wind 13 to 15 knots with gusts up to 19 knots during the races.
Waves: Relatively calm under the west wind, with a 1-2 foot wind chop.
At approximately 13:30, a storm front came through with high winds and lightning. While passing the winds were shifty, at one point hitting a gust of nearly 23 knots from the north. Once the front passed, fog rolled in from the south.
We’re all done with the second day of racing – how has it been sailing on Lake Michigan?
“When I first heard the championship was being held in Milwaukee, I didn’t really know what to expect, but the sailing out on Lake Michigan has been great. I especially like that being in fresh water, you’re not constantly getting salt in your eyes when waves hit.” – Cindy Walker, Ideal 18 (Abington, Mass.)
What are your thoughts on only getting one race in today?
“Everyone was so flexible and did all they could to get us out on the water today. I’m just happy we were able to squeeze in a race before the storms rolled in. We got caught in a little rain as were headed in, but personally, I love sailing in the rain.” – Tracy Schmitt, 2.4mR (Toronto, Canada)
PRO Strassman has amended the NOR to add three shorter course possibilities. The announcement included potentially having up to four races on shorter courses. (The SI’s held up to 8 races possible). Additionally, the SI’s allow for one “throw out” if five races are completed.
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.
1. John Ruf, Pewaukee Yacht Club, 1-1-1-1- ; 4
2. Charles Rosenfield, Sail Newport, 2-2-2-2- ; 8
3. Tim Ripley, Nyack Boat Club, 3-3-3-3- ; 12
4. Zak Kordik, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, 5-4-4-5- ; 18
5. Jeffery Reinhold, CYC Seattle, 4-7/DNF-7/DNS-4- ; 22
6. Tracy Schmitt, Team Paradise/National, 6-5-7/DNF-6- ; 24
Ideal 18 Standings
1. Sarah Everhart-Skeels/Gerry Tiernan, Sail Newport, 3-1-1-1- ; 6
2. Bridget Bodo/Lawrence Campbell, JGASF, 1-2-2-4- ; 9
3. Ryan Porteous/Cindy Walker, Mission Bay Yacht Club, 4-3-3-2- ; 12
4. Edward (Ted) King, M.D./Jim Scott, PPSC/Bbay Hbr yC, 2-4-4-3- ; 13
5. Patrick LoDuca/Dana Currier, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, 5-5-5-5- ; 20
*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
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