BRIELLE, N.J. (September 12, 2013) – Defending Champion Clay Johnson was dominant in the men's Laser division and last year's runner-up Hanne Weaver took an early lead in the women's Byte CII division on day one of the U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championships, hosted by Manasquan River Yacht Club.
Johnson (Point Pleasant, N.J.), a former Laser National (2009) and North American (2011) Champion, has his sights set on winning the George D. O'Day Trophy in his home state. He won all four races today and leads Stephen Long (Santa Barbara, Calif.) by six points.
Laser's Men's Top 5
1. Clay Johnson, LEHYC, TRYC, EYC: 1-1-1-1- ; 4
2. Stephen Long, Santa Barbara/Cabrillo Beach YC: 2-3-3-2- ; 10
3. Marc Jacobi, Cedar Point YC: 5-2-2-3- ; 12
4. Glen Dickson, Bay Head YC: 4-4-4-4- ; 16
5. Mike Russom, Greater Wildwood YC: 3-6-5-5- ; 19
Weaver (Gig Harbor, Wash.) has a one point lead over Simone Staff (Los Angeles, Calif.), as the two upstarts went head to head all afternoon through three races.
Byte CII's Women's Top 5
1. Hanne Weaver, Seattle YC, 2-1-1- ; 4
2. Simone Staff, California YC, 1-2-2- ; 5
3. Charlotte List, Corinthian YC Cape May, 3-3-3- ; 9
4. Sophie Naughton, Eastern YC, 5-4-4- ; 13
5. Bridget MacCormack, Toms River YC, 4-5-5- ; 14
For most of the day, sailors were not only competing against each other, but with the heavy breeze and rolling seas of the Atlantic. Racing began this morning at approximately 11 am in 8 to 10 knots from the South-Southeast. By the afternoon, wind picked up to 15 to 18 knots with 6 to 8 foot rollers. Racing starts at 11 am on the waters near Manasquan Inlet or Barnegat Bay on Friday. Similar conditions are forecasted.
The race committee set double windward-leeward courses. Races took between 35 to 45 minutes long.
U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championships Chairman Brian Hawbolt said, "The sailors explained the day as challenging but a lot fun. They worked really hard out there today."
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