U.S. Disabled Championship

for the Goldman, Hinkel, and Hovey Trophies


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

One of the oldest if not the oldest disabled sailing regattas in the United States, this championship is sailed in three fleets all of which are adapted for disabled sailing.   Classification is required at this event.

New this year is a developmental regatta October 27 – 29, 2014 for Ensigns, Sonars, and any fleets who would like to participate, run by Community Sailing Center Galveston.  See the Notice of Race for full details.  US Sailing’s Paralympic coach Betsy Alison will running a clinic in conjunction with this event.

Any sailor who is participating in the development regatta and is interested in the championship regatta is encouraged to do so in either the 2.4MR, the Ensign or the Sonar. The host will provide an AB for all Ensign teams.

There will be classification during that time for those who need it.   Pre-registration is required.

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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