Sailor of the Week: June 20-26, 2013
Skipper Scott Buckstaff and his teammates Corey Lynch and Sammy Shea from the San Francisco Yacht Club won the 2013 Rose Cup, a U.S. youth national match racing championship sanctioned by US Sailing, hosted by Sail Sheboygan in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, and sponsored by Gill, Harken, Line Honors Outfitters, North U, Sail Sheboygan, and the event’s founder - Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association. Racing was done in the same Elliott 6m’s used in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Buckstaff and his crew won the Round Robin with a 6-1 record, and went undefeated in the Semifinals and Finals.
Olympian Sally Barkow from Nashotah, Wisconsin ran a two day clinic and continued coaching all the teams during the round robin. “What impressed me the most was the tremendous improvement in the match racing and small keelboat racing skill of all eight teams," said Barkow. "Most had no experience in the Elliotts, and some had very little experience in formal match racing. By the last day, it looked like a Grade 3 match racing regatta with multiple lead changes and boats overlapped at the finishing line.”
Dave Perry, Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee said, “Many of us are working hard on introducing the 16 to 22 year old sailors in the U.S. to competitive match racing, and the Rose Cup is our pinnacle event. We are pleased to announce that next year’s event will be hosted by Oakcliff Sailing and the Seawanhaka Yacht Club, June 18-22, 2014, in Sonars.