U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship

for the Allegra Knapp Mertz and Adams Memorial Trophies


Oakcliff Sailing Center – Oyster Bay, New York
July 10 – 13, 2014

About the Championship

Founded in 1974, the U.S. Women’s Open Championship served the interest of female sailors who wished to compete against other women at the national level in double and singlehanded boats. The regattas were organized along traditional one design racing lines where boat preparation is a factor, and no eliminations were required. A boardsailing championship was added in 1981. A one-day clinic typically preceded the three-day championship regatta.

The Adams Memorial Trophy for doublehanded sailing was presented by Mrs.Henry (Adams) Morgan, and the Committee presented the Mertz Trophy for singlehanded sailing to honor Allegra Knapp Mertz as four-time winner of the U.S. Women’s National Championship and many years of service as Chairperson of the Women’s Championship Committee.

In 2000, a motion to change the event from fleet racing to match racing was passed.  The first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship was held at Southern Yacht Club, November 11 – 14, 2002.  The Mertz Trophy is awarded to the winner and the Adams Memorial to the runner up.

Championship Facts & Features

  • Venue Oyster Bay, Cold Spring Harbor or Long Island Sound.
  • Only skippers invited by the OA will be eligible to enter this event. Invitations will be issued in
    accordance with the USWMRC Conditions.
  • To be invited, skippers must request an invitation online no later than midnight  June 22, 2014.
  • Skippers shall complete online team registration, including names and US Sailing
    membership numbers for all crew by July 10, 2014.
  • The event will be sailed in Match 40 type sailboats provided by Oakcliff Sailing
  • The event will be sailed in Match 40 type sailboats provided by Oakcliff Sailing

Championship Awards

Trophies will be awarded for first and second place:

  • The Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy, emblematic of the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship
  • The Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy, emblematic of the Runner-up position

Previous Winners

Final Report

Stephanie Roble’s Epic Match Racing Team will add the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy to their extinguished list of accomplishments. Roble defeated Nicole Breault’s team, 2-0, in Sunday’s final series to win the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing.

The win for Roble marks her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title in five attempts. Roble receives an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, which will be sailed October 3-5, 2014 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. The U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship Committee will be providing travel grants to the team for both events.

She also receives an invitation to the 2014 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan (Wis.) on September 23-28, 2014. Roble had previously earned a birth in the Buddy Melges Challenge, so Breault receives an invitation to the event as well.

For a play-by-play account of today’s racing, including the Roble vs. Breault finals, visit the #USWomensMRC Twitter feed.

Crewing for Roble’s Epic Racing Team this week was Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.), Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), Martha Pitt (Newport, R.I.), Hollister Poole (Falmouth, Maine), Elizabeth Shaw (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada).

An exuberant Roble explained her team’s success this week: “We expected light air this weekend and we got a wide range of conditions, including heavy breeze today. We did a great job getting in good position for the finals. We had our hands full in the finals with Nicole’s team. They led us along the track, but we were able to get some lead changes. I thought we had great boathandling and Maggie did an amazing job downwind on the kite, which is where we made most of our moves.”

Roble advanced to the Finals with a 2-0 series win over Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.) in this mornings semifinals. Breault also advanced to the finals with a 2-0 win over Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.).

“We learned a lot this week in the Swedish Match 40s,” said Breault. “At times we felt like we were in control and other times it got hectic. Our hats off to Stephanie’s team. In more breeze they were able to handle their shute better. We are looking forward to our next chance to race at this championship.

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