for the Bengt Julin Trophy
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Due to lower than expected registration numbers, US Sailing has cancelled the 2013 International Women’s Keelboat Championship (IWKC), originally scheduled for September 2-7 in Marblehead, Mass. We are looking ahead to the 2015 event and working together with the IWKC Committee on implementing the necessary improvements to this historic US Sailing National Championship that has successfully provided women keelboat and offshore sailors with high-quality racing and an opportunity to compete with top national and international sailors for years.
US Sailing would like to thank the volunteers and local sponsors of the Eastern Yacht Club, event co-chairs Mindy and Peter McManus, national sponsors Gill and Old Pulteney, and countless others for their unwavering commitment and effort in planning this event.
About the Championships
Inaugurated in 1985 at the instigation of US Sailing’s Women’s Championship Committee, of which Helen K. Ingerson was a long-time Chair, the International Women’s Keelboat Championship quickly became the premier women’s sailing event in the U.S. and worldwide. Held biennially, the event provides women keelboat and offshore sailors high quality racing and an opportunity to compete with the top national and international sailors. The Ida Lewis Yacht Club, Newport, RI became host for the event and hosted the championship until 2001, when it began to move around the country. Rolex Watch, U.S.A. Inc. – sponsor at its inception – subsequently became the title sponsor until 2013.
The trophy is named for Bengt Julin, an international judge and strong supporter of women’s sailing. A modest man and sailing philanthropist, Julin championed the event from its inception and was instrumental in making it an international competition. Julin presented the very first trophy to Betsy Alison and retired the original to her after she had won it three times consecutively. Alison of Newport R.I. had an unbroken winning streak competing against teams from a dozen or more nations from 1991 through 1997. In 2007, Sally Barkow matched Alison by winning the championship for the third time.
Championship Facts & Features
Bengt Julin Trophy