CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (June 27, 2013) – It was a busy day on the course at the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship. Unfortunately, the competitors were not as active as Mother Nature exercised her fickle ways. Races were delayed until nearly 2pm PT, primarily due to postponements as host Bahinian Corinthian Yacht club members adjusted marks in response to the lack of wind, but also due to three general recalls.
It was a great day for Alie and Liza Toppa (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). The 15-year-old twins took advantage of the light conditions and pressed to the top of the leaderboard with two bullets to take a two-point lead over yesterday's leaders Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.).
“The competition here is pretty hard,” admitted skipper Alie. “There are a lot of competitors here we didn’t know before who are very, very good. So we have just been focusing on ourselves, and on getting good starts.” It paid off, bringing their cumulative score to 17 points.
Threatened with a black flag on both races of the day, the sailors started conservatively and picked their way through patches of increasingly light air. The breeze dropped from a high of five to three knots; spinnakers hung like wet hankies downwind, while the girls enthusiastically roll tacked their boats to weather.
With six matches under their belts, the girls were granted a throw-out. Races were held under hazy skies in southerly zephyrs off the coast of Newport Beach, Calif. Tomorrow’s forecast is for bright sunshine and winds from the west to 9 knots, for the final day of races.
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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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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