CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (June 26, 2013) – Thirty-nine doublehanded teams completed the first of three days of racing in Club 420’s at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, hosted by the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
Del Rey Yacht Club’s Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.) took the lead after Day One of the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship in Newport Beach, Calif. With a solid 1-9-1-5 finish, Obel and Garrett showed a mastery of the capricious conditions of Southern California.
The day started with characteristic “June Gloom” conditions: a thick marine layer and light breeze. By the start of Race Three, blue skies broke through, and the wind shifted right and picked up to 12 knots. The Race Committee stretched out the legs – providing a scenic tour along Newport’s palm tree-lined Balboa Peninsula and beaches. And the competitors stretched out too, as wind piped up enough for the teams to trapeze through the chop.
Trailing Obel by 12 points is Rebecca McElvain (San Diego, Calif.) and Mercedes McPhell (San Diego, Calif.) of the San Diego Yacht Club points. Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.) and Lilla Salvesen (Edgewater, Md.) of Annapolis Yacht Club are 13 points back. Race Four was won by Del Rey Yacht Club’s Mimi Paz (Marina del Ray, Calif.) and Sydney Avitia-Jacques (Marina del Ray, Calif.), who led from post to post, and is currently in 8th place with 37 points.
Four races were held today in the Pacific in the waters off Balboa Pier. Another four are scheduled for tomorrow with racing slated to begin at 12:00pm PT. Lighter wind conditions are expected.
The winning skipper and crew of the event will be presented the Ida Lewis Trophy (perpetual). US Sailing National Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Award will be presented to a team following the results of a secret ballot.
For results, standings, photos and more information on the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, please visit the event website at championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.
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The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships sponsored by Gill North America and Zim Sailing, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certificated event.
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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive in Corona Del Mar and the Media Center will be housed in the Commodore’s Office.
DAILY SCHEDULE: TUES. JUNE 25, WED. JUNE 26, THURS. JUNE 27
9:30am - Daily briefing, competitors rig and launch boats, tow to race course
10:30am - Meet at main dock for Press Boat departure
11:55am - First Race warning signal, and races begin
4:00am - Press Boat returns to dock @BCYC; opportunity to interview competitors
6:00pm - Prize-giving ceremony: Thursday only
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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 email@example.com.
About Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) was founded in 1958, and since then has been named “Club of the Year” by the Southern California Yachting Association seven times: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008 and most recently, 2011. BCYC offers cruising, entertainment, social activities and a Junior Sailing program year-round within a family atmosphere, where power and sailboat enthusiasts share a first-class facility at a premiere Newport Harbor waterfront location. In addition to the Club’s comfortable amenities and well-rounded calendar of events, BCYC members enjoy a worldwide privileges with reciprocity in the leading Yacht Clubs around the globe. Southern California offers some of the best sailing conditions in the United States, with sunny weather, calm afternoon breezes and beautiful beaches. For more information on BCYC please visit the website at www.bcyc.org.