LaPorte, Texas (August 9 2013) – The single- and doublehanded fleets tallied one more race each at the final day of racing for the Chubb U.S. Junior Championships. Thursday proved to be the last day of action for the triplehanded fleet.
Nic Baird (St. Petersburg, Fla.) won his third consecutive race in today's race and won the U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship in the Byte CII fleet for the Smythe Trophy. He won five of 10 races this week and won by a 24-point margin over Christopher Weiss (El Segundo, Calif.).
Kristopher Swanson (Kentfield, Calif.) and Alexander Ron (Belvedere, Calif.) maintained their lead with a seventh place result today to win the U.S. Doublehanded Championship in Club 420s for the Bemis Trophy by 11 points over Alexander Stewart (Duxbury, Mass.) and Alex Palfrey (Duxbury, Mass.), who finished fifth today.
With their come from behind win yesterday, the team of Jack Barton (San Anselmo, Calif.), Sammy Shea (Kentfield, Calif.), Sam Barton (San Anselmo, Calif.) and Alex Moody (Tiburon, Calif.) captured the U.S. Triplehanded Championship in Sonars for the Sears Cup. They won by four points over Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Nevin Avila (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Emily Wright (Tampa, Fla.), and Noah Blacker.
Teams raced in lighter breezes today on Galveston Bay.
This 2013 US Sailing National Championship was hosted by the Houston Yacht Club (HYC) and Texas Corinthian Yacht Club (TCYC). First sailed in 1921, this is US Sailing’s oldest Championship. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor/team to compete in each of the fleets. Sailors race in boats provided at the event site to ensure the quality of the equipment and a level playing field.
A one day racing clinic led by US Sailing’s Junior National Coach Rich Feeny was held prior to the start of the championship at HYC and TCYC. 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, Carpenter educated the participating young sailors about the many pathways to Olympic sailing success on Monday night, August 5.
Competing sailors participated in a Gill College Night seminar Thursday night. The opportunity provided young sailors a chance to learn and interact with college sailing coaches and athletes to discuss the recruiting process, competition at the collegiate level, and other expectations and challenges that comes with being a collegiate sailor.
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- 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.
- The sailing area for the single- and doublehanded classes competed 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 was on Galveston Bay, east from the TCYC pier, approximately three quarters of a mile off shore.
- 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.
About US Sailing
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About Zim Sailing
Zim Sailing, headquartered in Warren, R.I. is the fastest growing manufacturer of one-design sailboats in North America. Currently, Zim manufactures and distributes the Optimist, Club 420, CFJ and the Byte CII. Zim’s customers include high schools, colleges, yacht clubs, community sailing centers and the passionate dinghy sailor. Zim boats have won several local, regional, National and North American championships since the company’s creation in 2008. Zim is dedicated to the success and growth of dinghy sailing. Zim’s experienced staff and support vehicles can be found at many regattas. For more information, please visit www.zimsailing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops 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. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or email@example.com