U.S. Disabled Championship

for the Goldman, Hinkel, and Hovey Trophies


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

Regatta Documents

Friday Report

Offats Bayou was filled with top notch athletes again on Friday during the second of three days of racing at the 2014 U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships, hosted by Community Sailing Center Galveston.

Charles Rosenfield put together another good strong outing on the Bayou to remain on top of the singlehanded 2.4 mR fleet. However, the sailor of the day in this fleet was Daniel Evans who trimmed four point deficit to one with a stellar performance Friday. He won three of four races today to set up a showdown on Saturday.

The team of Steven Hammer, Kathy Champion, and Brian Bohne advanced their lead to 12 with four more wins on Friday in the Sonar fleet. Sailors raced under partly sunny skies and winds at 10-12 knots. Two more races are scheduled per fleet in Saturday’s finale.

Friday Recap

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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