LaPorte, Texas (August 6, 2013) – The 11 teams competing for the Sears Cup in the Triplehanded division started racing Tuesday on Galveston Bay at the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, hosted by the Houston Yacht Club (HYC) and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (TCYC). The U.S. Junior Singlehanded and Doublehanded Championships will get underway on Wednesday.
The team of Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Nevin Avila (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Emily Wright (Tampa, Fla.), and Noah Blacker got off to nice start by winning Race 1 and placing third in Race 2. They took a one point lead over Dane Byerly (El Lago, Texas), Collin Scoville (Clear Lake Shores, Texas), Howdy Hughes (Seabrook, Texas) and Carson Shields (Clear Lake Shores, Texas), and Jack Barton (San Anselmo, Calif.), Sammy Shea (Kentfield, Calif.), Sam Barton (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Alex Moody (Tiburon, Calif.). Byerly won Race 2 and finished fourth in Race 1. Barton finished third and second.
The teams and their Sonars were greeted with great conditions today including breezes at 12 to 15 knots. To keep sailors out of the Texas heat as much as possible, racing started later in the afternoon and wrapped up at around 6:30 pm CST. Temperatures were in the upper 90s. Crews may consist of either three or four sailors with a minimum weight of 500 pounds and a maximum weight of 600 pounds.
There has been plenty of action already in Southeastern Texas this week for the participating sailors. A one day racing clinic led by US Sailing’s Junior National Coach Rich Feeny was held at HYC and TCYC on Tuesday. The clinics included U.S. Senior Olympic Coach Luther Carpenter and College of Charleston’s Ward Cromwell. As part of the 2013 Olympic Sailing Night Series on Monday, Carpenter educated the participating young sailors about the many pathways to Olympic sailing success. A Gill College Night seminar will take place on Thursday night for the participating sailors.
US Sailing's Chubb U.S. Junior Championships is sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Zim Sailing, and Gill North America. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certification event.
- Competitors range in age between 13 and 18.
- Racing began on Tuesday for the triplehanded fleet and Wednesday for the other two fleets through Friday. Racing times subject to change.
- Three races are required to constitute a series. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s worst race will be excluded from their overall score.
- The sailing area for the single- and doublehanded classes will be bounded by Morgan’s Point on the north, the Bayport Channel on the south, and the Houston Ship Channel on the east and the LaPorte/Shoreacres shore line on the west.
- The sailing area for the triplehanded class will be on Galveston Bay, east from the TCYC pier, approximately three quarters of a mile off shore.
- Spectator boats for the final day of racing are available through sign-ups at the Houston Yacht Club and the Texas Corinthian Yacht Club. No private support boats will be permitted near the race course.
- Sportsmanship awards will be presented in each division. The Seamanship Trophy will be awarded to the triplehanded team that receives the greatest number of points for neatness and general condition of their boats.
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