SAUSALITO, Calif. (September 5, 2013) – Constant changing and fluky conditions on San Francisco Bay challenged the 21 teams in Hobie 16s on day one of the U.S. Multihull Sailing Championship, hosted by the Sausalito Yacht Club. The chase for the Hobie Alter Trophy includes a strong field of some of the top multihull sailors.
Enrique Figueroa and crew Carla Malatrasi of San Juan, Puerto Rico had a perfect day. The duo went a perfect three-for-three on Thursday. They started the regatta with a runaway win in Race 1. The race featured light breeze at 6 knots. Figueroa won by a large margin after stretching out their lead in final sprint to the finish line. The initial start to the race was abandoned due to light wind. Figueroa is a four-time Olympian for Puerto Rico.
The course was re-set for Race 2 as teams struggled in their attempt to get to the starting line. Teams were also faced with significant wake from the passing ships and ferries in the area. In Race 3, the breeze filled in considerably. There was high congestion around the leeward mark and several boats made contact with the mark. The race committee started Race 4. However, they were forced to abandon the race when the breeze completely collapsed around the second weather mark with Paul and Mary Ann Hess (Napa, Calif.) in the lead.
Mike Montague (Santa Rosa, Calif.) and Kathy Ward (Sacramento, Calif.) are in a tie for second place with Patrick Porter (Garden Valley, Calif.) and John Williams (Long Beach, Calif.). Montague placed fifth, second and third, while Porter finished second, fourth and fourth. The two teams are seven points behind Figueroa and Malatrasi. The three day regatta resumes Thursday.
The Hobie 16 is iconic to the world of multihull sailing and one of the largest classes in the world. America’s Cup spectators will have a special opportunity to watch additional multihull racing as teams competing at the U.S. Multihull Championship will race on the America’s Cup course on Saturday, September 7, as the opening act to the first race of the America’s Cup Finals.
Visit the official event website for standings, video highlights courtesy of Chris Love Productions (updated each morning), real-time Twitter updates, daily recaps, photos, and more.
The U.S. Multihull Championship is a US Sailing National Championship regatta and sponsored by Hobie Polarized, Gill North America and Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whiskey. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event.
- The course is a windward/leeward with drop marks.
- Racing tentatively scheduled to begin at approximately 11:00 am each day.
- When seven or more races have been completed, a team’s series score will be the total of its race scores excluding its worst score. Three races must be completed to constitute a Championship.
- US Sailing medals will be awarded to the first, second, and third place finishers. The winning team will have their names placed on the Hobie Alter Trophy. The highest ranking U.S. Team will be named the United States Multihull Champions.
U.S. Multihull Championship National Chair - Laura Sullivan
Sausalito Yacht Club Regatta Chair - Kathie Forte
US Sailing Championship Director - Liz Walker
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