PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (December 12, 2013) – The time is now for the hundreds of talented young sailors around the country to start looking ahead to the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships. US Sailing has determined the selection process for next year’s premiere youth racing regatta in the United States. This US Sailing Youth Championship regatta will be hosted by the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club (Mich.) on August 10-14. The seven classes participating in the 2014 championship include the Laser, Radial, Club 420, 29er, International 420, Formula 16, and RS:X.
Invitations will be issued to U.S. Youth Championships applicants using one of two criteria: The resume review process currently in place or a new, early acceptance process determined by a sailor's placement at designated national and regional events. US Sailing has collaborated with the class organizations to determine these events. Sailors who finish within the prescribed placing at selected events will be automatically invited to participate, provided their 2014 U.S. Youth Championships application is completed by the due date on the U.S. Youth Championship Notice of Race, which will be posted in January. All invitation events will occur between January 1 and June 20, 2014. Approximately half the total number of places available to sailors at the U.S. Youth Championships may be allocated using this method. Any places left unfilled will go in to the pool of places available to sailors applying by resume.
Sailors invited to participate through designated events, must also meet three eligibility criteria:
Sailors may also apply for invitation to the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships by submitting a resume in January. Learn more about the selection process and criteria for the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships.
The 2014 U.S. Youth Championships is sponsored by Sperry Top-Sider and Gill North America.
MIAMI, FL (December 10, 2013) - Young sailors from around the globe are preparing to travel to South Florida for the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta (OBIYR). This event from Dec. 26-30 on Biscayne Bay is the largest youth regatta in the U.S. and a boon to the South Florida economy.
One of the largest dinghy regattas for sailors ages eight to 18 in the world, the OBIYR will be held at the Coral Reef Yacht Club (CRYC) in Coconut Grove, with support from the U.S. Sailing Center Miami, Lauderdale Yacht Club, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club and Shake-A-Leg Miami. This year’s event boasts 689 competitors from 27 states and 23 countries - the farthest being the Czech Republic.
“The Coral Reef Yacht Club is proud to be involved in this premier event, which provides up-and-coming sailors with an opportunity to race competitively and become more active within the sailing community,” said OBIYG Chair Henry Chau. “Besides the excitement of the regatta, more than half of the sailors and their families come from outside of South Florida and spend an average of 5-6 nights here, which helps support our local economy in the form of hotel nights, food, transportation, and retail sales.”
The four days of competition feature several types of vessels: Optimists, Lasers (Full, Radial, and 4.7), and Club 420s. This year’s regatta has already reached its cap in both the Optimist and Laser categories, and fleets are being put on a wait list. Platinum sponsors for the event include: the Orange Bowl Committee, McLaughlin, Sperry Top-Sider, and KO Sailing. Awards are distributed to the top sailors in each vessel category by government officials, Orange Bowl Committee leaders and Olympians including Magnus Liljedahl, a former U.S gold medalist who will be presenting this year’s Magnus Liljedahl Sportsmanship Award. In addition, this year’s top local Opti sailor will be presented with a trophy sponsored by the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District.
Staging for the four day regatta will take place at several locations including the CRYC, Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, U.S. Sailing Center Miami, and Shake-A-Leg Miami. For more information or a daily schedule of events, please visit www.coralreefyachtclub.org or call 305-781-5177.
St. Petersburg, FL (November 24, 2013) – The Intercollegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) Match Race National Championship for the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy was completed today after three days of racing. The event began on Friday, November 22 and was hosted by the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the University of South Florida. Competitors sailed out of the St. Petersburg Sailing Center and racing took place on Tampa Bay.
Ten college sailing teams qualified to compete in the championship having advanced from their own conference qualifiers. Each team had four crewmembers one of which was required to be female. The teams sailed 23 foot Sonar Sloops.
Match racing is a unique racing format in that it is just one versus one. One boat is pitted against another boat and a team of umpires supervises each race. This is not an average dinghy regatta; it takes a great deal of organization and contribution from many people. St. Petersburg Yacht Club helped to run a great event and the team of umpires was fantastic. Thanks to: Glenn Oliver, John Pratt, Don Becker, Barbara Farquhar, Charlie Arms, Vicki Sodaro, Carrie Greene, Phil Pape, Susan Wallace, Eric Robbins and Tom Rinda for your hard work.
The match race regatta format is five stages and racing took place on a Windward/Leeward course with mark rounding’s to starboard. Races in the first stages of the regatta are meant to take 15 to 17 minutes to complete and in the Semi-Final and Final rounds 18 to 20 minutes to complete.
In stage one all ten teams competed in a single round robin. This stage lasted the entirety of the first day of racing. The day began with winds out of the East at about 8 to 10 knots, but the breeze gradually decreased throughout the day. Light winds made for difficult to match racing. Maneuvering the boats is slow in light air and teams had to be on their toes to keep their boats moving fast.
After day one Yale University was in the lead with only one loss to Georgetown University. Boston College was in second with two losses followed by St. Mary’s College of Maryland in third place also with two losses.
Stage two consists of two rounds of racing. One between the top six teams from stage one or the Gold Round and the other between the remaining four teams or the Repechage Round. This racing began on day two with about 8 knots of wind, which started to shift and eventually die causing about a four-hour postponement in racing. The breeze filled back in from the Northwest and built to around 10 to 12 knots so racing could resume. By the end of the day, the sailors were hiking to keep the Sonars flat.
The Gold Round was a single round robin and determined the seeding for the Quarter Finals. The Repechage Round was also a single round robin and the top two teams advance to the Quarter Finals with the Gold teams. This stage took the entirety of day two. Yale University held onto their lead, while St. Mary’s College moved up to second place and Georgetown University moved into third place. From the Repechage Round the University of Michigan and the University of Wisconsin advanced into the Quarter Finals.
Today, the third and final day of the regatta contained a lot of racing and luckily the wind was the strongest it had been throughout the weekend. The day began with breeze out of the Northeast at about 12 knots. It continued to build up to 18 knots at times and teams were hiking hard. Waves also got bigger throughout the day to add to the challenge of the racing.
Stage three or the Quarter Finals was the first racing of the day. The eight teams in this round were paired to compete so the highest seed sailed the lowest seed (1 v 8, 2 v 7, etc.). This was a knock out series. The winner of each pair was the first team to score at least two points.
At the same time the ninth and tenth place teams raced each other, the first to two points, to determine ninth and tenth place. The University of West Florida defeated Oregon State University in two races to finish the event in ninth.
The only flight in the Quarter Finals that went beyond two races was between Boston College and the College of Charleston. Charleston came out on top winning the third race and therefore scoring two points to advance into the Semi-Finals. Also in stage four, the Semi Finals was Yale University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Georgetown University.
In the Semi Finals the winner of the 1 v 8 Quarter Final was paired against the winner of the 4 v 5 Quarter Final, and the winner of the 2 v 7 Quarter Final was paired against the winner of the 3 v 6 Quarter Final. The College of Charleston sailed Yale University and St. Mary’s College of Maryland sailed Georgetown University.
The College of Charleston defeated Yale and Georgetown defeated St. Mary’s in close racing to move them into the Finals. Mike Callahan, the head coach of Georgetown University, felt that their pairing with St. Mary’s was the most challenging racing for them of the event, “St. Mary’s was the best prepared team there,” he says. Georgetown had lost to them twice in earlier rounds in the regatta. “It was a confidence boost to beat them,” Callahan says.
In stage five, the Finals determined first and second in the regatta and the Petite Finals determine third and fourth. St. Mary’s defeated Yale in the Petite Finals taking third place in the event.
The Finals came down to the College of Charleston and Georgetown. Georgetown was controlling Charleston during the starting sequence of the race, but both boats were over the line early. Georgetown was able to clear the line first and come into the race with starboard tack advantage. They were then able to cover Charleston for the remainder of the race and win the Cornelius Shields, Sr. Trophy for the ICSA Match Race National Championship.
Callahan says that their team was able to practice a little bit in Sonars before the event thanks to their assistant coach Janel Zarkowski who helped to find Sonars for them to sail. “We did not get much practice, but enough to feel ready for the event,” he says. Their practice was in heavy wind, so the first two days of the championship they struggled with boat speed. But by the third day the wind was stronger and the Georgetown sailors felt more comfortable.
1. Georgetown University
2. College of Charleston
3. St. Mary’s College of Maryland
4. Yale University
5. University of Wisconsin
6. Stanford University
7. Boston College
8. University of Michigan
9. University of West Florida
10. Oregon State University
Georgetown University team of (left to right) Nevin Snow ’16, Alexander Post ’15, AJ Reiter ’17, and Katia DaSilva ’15
To learn more about the event, the competitors and results visit the event website: College Sailing website: http://2013matchrace.collegesailing.org/.
Results are updated in real time on the College Sailing Scores site: http://scores.collegesailing.org/.
The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.
Source: Jen Vandemoer Mitchell | Toile à Voile for ICSA
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Clever Pig interview with Claire Dennis third overall and top female at the 2013 US Laser Radial Nationals
Clever Pig: Congratulations on a successful event! It looks like you are setting out on a pretty exciting journey! Can you tell us about your plans for RIO 2016? How are you going to prepare?
Claire: Right now I am spending a lot of time sailing the laser radial and identifying which skills I need to focus on in the short-term and longer-term. After four years of college sailing I am loving laser sailing again and being able to concentrate full-time on just one boat and one type of racing! I have a great schedule set up through October with lots of training so that I can work on specific areas for improvement. I’ll be training in southern California, Vancouver, and mostly in San Francisco – home! We have a great training group of other US and international sailors who all have different strengths
Clever Pig: Why did you choose the Laser Radial?
Claire: I have loved laser sailing since I first sailed the boat when I was fourteen. I enjoy the physical aspect of laser sailing and the emphasis placed on the sailor as there are hardly any differences between boats.
Clever Pig: What might be some of the biggest obstacles or challenges you for see in your campaign?
Claire: Based on what I have heard from other sailors who have campaigned, I envision that one of the biggest obstacles will be making sure I maintain the proper balance between training and racing. Also making sure that the training is in logical locations that provide a variety of conditions. And then there’s the fundraising aspect!
Clever Pig: How did you prepare for US Nationals? Will you modify your training for the next event based on how you performed?
Claire: For the US Nationals I was able to spend only a few days training in Santa Cruz prior to the event. I hadn’t sailed lasers since before graduation so I was a bit rusty and focused mainly on just getting back in the boat and getting comfortable in breeze again. As the summer progresses I will be focusing more on speed and then smaller technique elements. Getting back my downwind speed will certainly be a focus as well as general hiking fitness.
Clever Pig: How did this year’s event feel different than previous years?
Claire: I hadn’t sailed a US Laser Nationals in over four years so it was really exciting to be back at Laser event with youth and adult sailors and not just women! I was able to reengage with a lot of people I hadn’t seen since I went off to college including some of my past coaches. I also really enjoyed meeting many new faces and the up and coming youth sailors.
Clever Pig: What makes you laugh on the racecourse?
Claire: I’m generally very serious while I am racing but at the US Nationals I was able to get in a few laughs with other sailors about how far we thought we would make it in the race before the breeze died and switched from the Westerly to the Easterly (this happened every day sometime during our second race).
Clever Pig: Who are your sailing mentors? And why?
Claire: Beyond my parents, Craig Healy and Steve Bourdow were two of my early sailing mentors. Craig always helped me keep sailing in perspective and fielded my questions about Olympic sailing when I was still sailing Optis and into my early years in the laser. Steve coached me during high school and helped me develop a strong work ethic and a system for working on various aspects of my sailing. He showed me the professional side of the sport and bridged the gap beyond youth sailing . Steve also shared a lot of mental aspects of the sport and how to manage disappointment.
Zack Leonard, my college coach at Yale, has certainly been my greatest sailing mentor since high school. I didn’t always have the easiest time with college sailing or double-handed sailing in general but I knew that Zack was always there. Zack’s experience with Olympic sailing was extremely valuable to help me keep in touch with laser sailing during college and, now, transitioning to full-time campaigning.
Clever Pig: Were there any points in the regatta when you felt nervous? How did you over come it?
Claire: I went into this event with process goals rather than result goals since it was my first event back in lasers since the ISAF Sailing World Cup in Miami (OCR). I was nervous before the first day just because I hadn’t been on a start line with more than 18 boats in a while or sailed a 15minute upwind. I had prepared myself for a bit of a rusty start back and so was pleased with how I did . During the regatta I kept track of what I need to work on in training over this summer and down the road. I also made sure to stay realistic about my expectations for the event given the limited amount of time I have had in the laser recently .
Clever Pig: What other events do you plan on sailing in this summer?
Claire: I just finished racing the PCCs that were held in Cascade Locks, Oregon where I was the top woman and third overall, again! I will be going to Ireland at the end of August for the Women’s Radial European Championships followed by the World Championships at the end of September in China.
Clever Pig: Thank you Claire!
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US Laser Radial Nationals- Santa Cruz, CA.
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