A 16-year-old upstart and a former champion each entered Sunday’s racing with a chance to win the Jack Brown Trophy at the Championship of Champions, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club. Recognized as US Sailing’s most unique National Championship, the 2014 edition was nothing short of this description.
Sunday’s showdown featured Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), a J/24 sailor and the 2005 champion of this event, and Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.), an International 420 sailor and member of US Sailing’s 2014 ISAF Youth World Championship Team. Ingham is also a six-time Thistle National Champion.
About the Championships
Inaugurated in 1976, US Sailing selects nineteen competitors from nominees by their class associations who are current national or North American champions of their respective classes. Eligible are sailors who normally sail in the U.S., are members of US Sailing and are members of a club, class or association affiliated with US Sailing. The championship is held in a different class each year, and boats are supplied, and if possible, shall be new and identical. Additionally, each year a guest helm is invited. Invited helms have included winner of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, Olympians, and other sailing luminaries. Classes in which the event has been held run the gamut from conventional to cutting edge and have included Y-Flyers, Snipes, Hobie Cats, J-24’s, Sunfish and Etchells, to name just a few.
The Championship is named in honor of Jack Brown who was noted for his service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing Committees.
Championship Facts & Features
- Up to 19 applicants will be invited to attend this event.
- Thistles will be provided and will be sailed in a “round robin” format
- The total number of crew aboard shall be 3 persons
- All competitors must be current members of US Sailing. Proof of membership will be requested upon application and registration
- The applicant must be a 2013 or 2014 one design class United States, North American or World
- Racing area is in the open waters of Lake Erie
Jack Brown Trophy