TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (August 6, 2014) – Ninety-three confident young racers set sail on West Grand Traverse Bay in the first of three days of racing at the 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, hosted by Grand Traverse Yacht Club (GTYC) and Traverse Bay Community Sailing (TBCS). Tuesday’s racing clinics and practice races with five of college sailing’s top coaches from around the country prepared the sailors for the challenging and varied conditions on the Bay and how to use their equipment this week.
Sailors are testing themselves this week in single-, double-, and triplehanded competition. Racing is taking place in the Byte CII (single), Club 420 (double), and Interlake (triple). The equally matched Club 420 and Byte CII are supplied by Zim Sailing, one of the sponsors of the championship.
U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship – Sears Cup
Liam McCarthy (St. Petersburg, Fla.), Josh Dochoda (St. Petersburg, Fla.), and Greiner Hobbs (Tampa, Fla.) have an eight point lead in the 11-boat Interlake fleet through seven races. McCarthy was the runner-up in last year’s Sonar fleet for the Sears Cup.
U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championships – Smythe Trophy
Henry Marshall (Newton, Mass.) leads the 20-boat Byte CII fleet through four races. He won all four races and leads by eight points. Marshall is no stranger to the Byte CII. He won the 2014 Byte CII North American Championship and Youth Olympic Games Qualifier. He also placed second at the Byte CII World Championship.
U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship – Bemis Trophy
Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.) jumped out to an early five point lead in the highly competitive, 20-boat Club 420 fleet through five races. Obel and Garrett recently finished third at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship.
Coaching & Clinics
US Sailing’s Junior National Coach Richard Feeny is joined by an impressive roster of coaches from around the country, including Cappy Capper (University of Minnesota Head Coach), Matt Lindblad (MIT Co-Head Coach), Mike Kalin (MIT Co-Head Coach), and John Pearce (George Washington University Head Coach). Instruction covered charter boat assignment, rigging and handling of the boats, starts, and practice races. A College Sailing Night, sponsored by Gill, is scheduled for Thursday, August 7. This is a special opportunity for these young sailors to learn the ins-and-outs of college sailing and what it takes to race at the next level. Watch Tuesday’s clinic highlights and interviews.
- John Pearce, George Washington University Head Coach: “The lake sailing here is pretty similar to ocean sailing. They need to keep their head on a swivel, look for pressure and not rely on trends to pay off every time. They can take educated risks, but the fundamentals paid off the most. Top sailors did a nice job of staying out of trouble.”
On the Byte CII sailors – “It’s a challenge to come here sail a different type of boat. It’s about tuning and being able to look at a new sail shape, and adapt to the control lines on this specific boat to get the specific sail shape you want. Sailors in the front need to push and attack the race course, and not be overly conservative, because with the puffy conditions on the lake you have to actively position yourself where the best wind is. Sailors who need to catch up need to focus on rig tuning and sail shape.”
- Richard Feeny, US Sailing’s Junior National Coach: “There was a postponement this morning, but everyone seems relaxed mentally and prepared physically. The kinks are out of the bodies and kinks are out of the equipment. Everyone had to pin down at some point. The boats have experienced light and medium air settings.”
On the Bemis competition – “It’s a fleet of champions. Everybody has beaten the top local sailors in their area to get here. Getting a good start is important. There are no weak boats to take advantage of.”
- Matt Lindblad, MIT Co-Head Coach: “We had champagne sailing conditions here yesterday at Traverse City. The yacht club did an amazing job of getting the race course set and giving the sailors a great test practice race and the kids felt great about it.”
Light conditions forced an early postponement this morning. Wind picked up to 7 to 9 knots this afternoon from 45 degrees with light chop. Later in the afternoon wind picked up to 10 to 15 knots.
Who are these Sailors?
Nearly 900 sailors compete regionally to win a place at this championship in one of three fleets. Competing sailors range in age between 13 and 18. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor / team to compete in each of the fleets.
What is on the Line?
There are 2015 U.S. Youth Championship implications on the line this week. The top two single- and doublehanded teams not already qualified and finishing in the top 30% of competitors will receive early acceptance to the 2015 U.S. Youth Championships in a doublehanded boat of their choice. Teams must apply for the 2015 U.S. Youth Championship to be eligible.
Media & Coverage
- For results, standings, video highlights from Chris Love, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships, please visit the event website.
- For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #ChubbJrChamps14 – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.
Racing Course & Venue
- The first warning signal is 10:00 am CT through Friday.
- The sailing area for the Singlehanded and Doublehanded disciplines is off GTYC in the Southern part of West Grand Traverse Bay.
- The sailing area for the Triplehanded discipline is off the Elmwood Township Marina in the Northern portion of the foot of West Grand Traverse Bay.
- The Singlehanded and Doublehanded disciplines sail a trapezoid course.
- The Triplehanded discipline sail a windward/leeward course.
- Spectator boats may be available via sign-up at GTYC.
- Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
- When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
- When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
- Ten races are scheduled for the Singlehanded and Doublehanded disciplines.
- Eleven races are scheduled for the Triplehanded discipline.
- US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through third.
- Singlehanded — The Smythe Trophy is the perpetual trophy presented to the winner.
- Doublehanded — The F. Gregg Bemis Trophy is the perpetual trophy presented to the winning team.
- Triplehanded — The Sears Cup is the perpetual trophy presented to the winning team. The Judges Trophy will be awarded to the second place team.
- Sportsmanship Awards — Faye Bennet Sportsmanship Award (Singlehanded), Bemis Sportsmanship Award (Doublehanded), Cox Sportsmanship Award (Triplehanded).
- The Seamanship Trophy will be awarded to the Triplehanded Team that receives the greatest number of points for neatness and general ship-shape condition of their boats as per USJRSC Condition 7.
The 2014 Chubb U.S. Junior Championships are sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Zim Sailing, and Gill North America. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event.
*Photos by JH Peterson.
About US Sailing
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About Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
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About Zim Sailing
Zim Sailing, headquartered in Warren, RI is the fastest growing manufacturer of one-design sailboats in North America. Currently, Zim manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of training, recreational and performance sailboats in North America. Zim is best known for its C420, Optimist, Byte CII and CFJ. The durability of Zim boats has been proven at all levels to include High Schools, Colleges, Yacht Clubs, and Community Sailing Centers along with the passionate dinghy sailor. In addition, the Zim performance has elevated sailors to podium finishes at several local, regional, National and North American championships since the company’s creation in 2008. Zim is dedicated to the success and growth of dinghy sailing and Zim’s experienced staff and support vehicles can be found at many regattas. For more information please visit www.zimsailing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or email@example.com.