ANNAPOLIS, Md. (July 14, 2017) – Thirty-five talented young teams from around the country will be in sailing hot spot, Annapolis, Maryland this week for the 2017 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship. Hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, this US Sailing National Championship will feature two days of clinics, instructed by a collection of top coaches, followed by three days of racing in the Club 420 on Chesapeake Bay off the Severn River. Racing takes place Sunday, July 16 through Tuesday, July 18.
Along with representing their home yacht club or sailing organization, there are sailors from 14 different U.S. states in competition at this championship. The returning champions from the 2016 event in Mississippi, Sarah Burns (Short Hills, N.J.) and Patricia Gerli (Greenwich, Conn.), have joined this year’s fleet for a chance to defend the historic Ida Lewis Trophy.
Skill development and high-level coaching is an important part of the experience for the participating sailors (ages 13-18).
- Richard Feeny – Head Coach, US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships
- Amanda Clark – 2012 and 2008 Olympian, Women’s 470 Class
- Elizabeth Kratzig – Seven-time US Sailing Team Member
- Brian Clancy – Head Coach, Cornell University
- Dillon Paiva – Head Coach, US Naval Academy
- Charles Higgins – Assistant Coach, Old Dominion University
- Arielle Darrow – Sailing Director, Norfolk Yacht Club
Results & Coverage
- For Twitter updates from the racecourse, results and standings, photos, final report, and more information from the 2017 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, please visit the event website.
- Take part in the conversation throughout the championship using #idalewis17 and @ussailing in your social media posts.
- Support of the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship as well as the clinics is made possible by funds provided by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. to perpetuate his unwavering dedication to junior women’s sailing. This support is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability, with emphasis on sportsmanship, by providing the opportunity to compete in national-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching. Tom Clagett’s family continues to assist in fulfilling his vision.
- The U.S. Junior Women’s Championships Committee annually hosts two events: a Singlehanded and a Doublehanded championship. Both championships are open events.
- The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship started in 1995.
- The Ida Lewis Trophy is the perpetual trophy presented to the winning team.
- US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth.
- Trophies will be awarded to competitors finishing in the top three places.
- The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Sportsmanship Prize will be awarded to a team based on the results of the competitors’ ballots.
The 2017 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship is sponsored by Gill North America. Zim Sailing is the exclusive charter provider for this event. This US Sailing National Championship is participating in the Sailors for the Sea’s Clean Regattas program.
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.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.