ANNAPOLIS, Md. (September 26, 2013) – Teams racing at the U.S. Offshore Championships practiced perseverance on Friday due to the balky conditions that ruled Chesapeake Bay. Nine squads started the first of three days of competition for the Lloyd Phoenix Trophy on Friday in Annapolis, Md.
The race committee managed to fit in two races, with three required to constitute an official regatta. Race 1 started in a light Easterly that featured shifty conditions, significant puffs and lulls that led to several lead changes in the four-leg race. Getting off to a great start was last year’s runner-up Steve Travis (Mercer Island, Wash.). He took an early lead with Tim Prophit (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) close behind. The U.S. Naval Academy team led by Andy Beeler (Annapolis, Md.) took a lead around the first weather mark, followed by Prophit and Steve Hastings (Corpus Christi, Texas). Prophit took the lead at the leeward gate followed by Ryan Hamm (Charleston, S.C.) and Hastings. He remained in first around the second weather mark, with Beeler coming back into contention. Beeler gybed first and made a late surge and won the race by two boat lengths, with Prophit placing second and Hamm in third.
Race 2 began after a lengthy delay due to light breeze. The race committee moved the course to Tolly Point in an attempt to find more wind. The breeze filled in at six knots, the tide turned and teams sailed into a building ebb. Travis won the start and Beeler had a poor start and tacked right. Hamm started up the middle of the course and led at the first mark, followed by Travis. Beeler made up ground in the lighter wind, as random shifts, holes and puffs made their way through the course. Travis had a 200 yard lead, followed by Norman Dawley (Lusby, Md.). Hamm attempted to shoot the mark against the current, which proved to be a mistake. Dawley and Beeler gybed against the mark. Dawley sprinted another 100 yards, and Travis gybed again. Dawley held on for the win after placing eighth in Race 1. Beeler finished second and leads the regatta by two points over Prophit.
The weather today in Annapolis was partly cloudy with temperatures in the high 60s. Saturday's racing will consist of a short buoy race, and a 35-mile distance race.
Each team consists of a crew of eight, including one skipper and six crew members, plus one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman provided from the varsity offshore racing team. A minimum of five of each competitors’ team, including the designated skipper, must have raced together in at least five regattas in AMERICAP/ORR, IMS, IRC, MORC, PHRF, Offshore One Design, Offshore Level Class Racing or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in the past 18 months. Each team’s skipper must have been the regular helmsman for the five qualifying regattas and must start and sail all windward legs in this regatta. Teams were selected based on US Sailing Area and resume.
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1. Andrew Beeler, NASS, 1-2- ; 3
2. Tim Prophit, Bayview YC, 1/RDG-4- ; 5
3. Steve Travis, CYC Seattle, 4-3- ; 7
4. Norman Dawley, SMSA, 8-1- ; 9
5. Richard Mentelos, Branford YC, 7-5- ; 12T
6. Bruce Kuryla, New York YC / Milford YC, 6-6- ; 12T
7. Ryan Hamm, CORA, ChYC, JIYC, 3-10/SCP- ; 13T
8. Norman Vallette, Jr., Southern YC, 5-8- ; 13T
9. Steve Hastings, Corpus Christi YC, 9-9/SCP- ; 18
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U.S. Offshore Championship Chair: Jim Tichenor
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