U.S. Disabled Championship

for the Goldman, Hinkel, and Hovey Trophies


Community Sailing Center Galveston – Galveston, TX
October 29 – November 1, 2014

Regatta Documents

Final Report

The 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships wrapped-up on Saturday under challenging conditions. The singlehanded 2.4 mR and triplehanded Sonar divisions completed two more races after a postponement this morning. Offats Bayou featured white caps and strong breezes at 18 to 26 knots.

As expected, the 2.4 mR fleet came down to the wire. Three-time U.S. Disabled Singlehanded Champion Charles Rosenfield had a one point lead over Daniel Evans through eight races going into Saturday. Evans won his third consecutive race and fifth overall for the championship in Race 9. His fourth place finish in Race 10 was discarded, and despite finishing in a tie for points at 16 with Rosenfield, Evans won the tiebreaker to claim the U.S. Disabled Singlehanded Championship for the Judd Goldman Trophy.

Closing out a fantastic week in Galveston was the team of Steven Hammer, Kathy Champion, and Brad Kendall. They won the U.S. Disabled Triplehanded Championship for the Gene Hinkel Trophy by 12 points in a strong Sonar division. They won 6 of 10 races this week.

Final Report

About the Championships

First established in 1986, what was then called the U.S. Independence Cup became US Sailing’s national championship for disabled sailors in 1989. For many years it was organized by the Disabled Sailing Committee and was run in conjunction with the North American Challenge Cup, which is hosted by Chicago Yacht Club.

In 2007, the regatta moved under the Championships division of US Sailing and was renamed the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship.  The following year, the championship moved from Chicago Yacht Club to begin to travel around the country.  Many competitors at the U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships have gone on to represent the United States at the Paralympics Games including Nick Scandone, gold medalist at the 2008 Paralympics The Chandler Hovey, Jr. Trophy was donated at the 1994 Independence Cup by A.G.A. Correa and Co. to US Sailing. “Buzz” Hovey, for whom it is named, was active in 12 Metre racing in the ‘50’s and ‘60’s with the family owned Twelve, Easterner. Diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1947, he continued, nonetheless, to sail and race actively, especially in his Shields Class boat, until 1981 when he retired from the racing circuit.

Peter Goldman donated the Judd Goldman Trophy in honor of Justin “Judd” Goldman (1914-1989) who, despite his own physical disability, was an accomplished sailor and inspired the creation of the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Program, Chicago, Illinois.  In 2009, a third trophy in honor of Gene Hinkle was donated in honor of Gene’s many contributions to disabled sailing and the US Paralympic team.

Championship Facts & Features

  • 2.4mR, Ensign, and Sonar Classes
  • Standard entry process
  • Competitors in these classes must supply their own boat, or make arrangements for charter
  • All competitors must be members of US Sailing or, if not U.S. residents, the national
    sailing authority of their home countries
  • Races will be sailed in Offats Bayou, Galveston, Texas

Previous Winners

2013 Highlights


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