2021 U.S. Offshore Championship

Event Details

September 23, 2021 – September 26, 2021

Naval Academy Sailing Squadron
Annapolis, Maryland

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Previous Winners

  • 2021 –   Steve Travis – Seattle, WA
  • 2019 – Jonathan Hitt – Annapolis, MD/ U.S. Naval Academy
  • 2017 – Brian Kennalley – Chicago, IL
  • 2015 – Bruce Kuryla – Milford, CT
  • 2013 – Steve Travis – Mercer Island, WA
  • 2011 – Bruce Kuryla – Milford, CT
  • 2009 – Bruce Kuryla – Milford, CT
  • 2008 – Rick Strilky – Chicago, IL 
  • 2007 – Chuck Nichols – San Diego, CA
  • 2006 – Robert Hobbs – Tampa, FL
  • 2005 – Greg Storer – Branford, CT/ U.S. Naval Academy
  • 2004 – Marc Eagan – Metairie, LA
  • 2003 – Hank Stuart – Rochester, NY
  • 2002 – Scott Sonnier – Southern YC, LA
  • 2001 – John Hoag – Normandy Park, WA
  • 2000 – Keith Ives – Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, CA
  • 1999 – John Leitzinger – Tacoma, WA
  • 1998 – Mark Noble – Santa Barbara, CA
  • 1997 – Scott Sonnier – New Orleans, LA
  • 1996 – Keith Ives – Alamitos Bay YC, CA
  • 1995 – John R. White – Annapolis YC, MD
  • 1994 – Robert Hughes – Macatawa Bay YC, MI
  • 1993 – William “Sledd” Shelhorse – Hampton YC, VA
  • 1992 – Roy Disney – Los Angeles YC, CA
  • 1991 – Steve Garland – Hingham YC, MA
  • 1990 – Charlie Scott – Annapolis, MD
  • 1989 – Charlie Scott – Annapolis, MD
  • 1988 – Mason Chrisman – Charleston YC, SC
  • 1987 – Buddy Friedrichs – Gulf YA
  • 1986 – Lee Demarest – Houston YC, TX


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Hosting a US Sailing Championship US Sailing Regulations Amended 27-July-2020

About This Event

2021 US Offshore Champs Team

2021 U.S. Offshore Champs Team Steve Travis NASS




2021 SAILING INSTRUCTIONS Posted September 20, 2021
2021 NOR Amendment 2 Posted August 17, 2021
2021 NOR Amendment 1 Posted August 3, 2021
2021 NOR

2021 Application for Invitation Competitor Information US Sailing Waivers and Releases FormsEach participant must complete with signatures the all online forms prior to onsite check in day or the team will be unable to participate. ** There is great possibility that it may be a requirement of each participant: competitor, race official or other, to be fully vaccinated (with proof of and at least a two week quarantine from date of last vaccination) prior to being granted access to the academy grounds. US Sailing will post news as we learn more from the U.S. Naval Academy/Navy Sailing Squadron.

The U.S. Offshore Championship is a fleet racing competition in offshore keelboats on a closed course except for one long-distance race.

Teams representing each of the US Sailing Areas are seeded through Area eliminations or by sailing resume, plus one U.S. Naval Academy team. Each team must have competed in at least five regattas in IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF, Offshore One Design, Offshore Level Class Racing, or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in its respective Area during the current season.

Championship Facts

  • Navy 44 MK II sloops (Pedrick design) will be used.
  • Individual teams will submit resumes to US Sailing for consideration independent of the Area Director. Teams interested in entering this Championship shall complete the Application for Entry Form available online on this page or through this link. Include full race results from the qualifying races, his/her own experience and that of the crew for the current season and submit a non-refundable $50 fee. Application deadline extended.
  • Selection of final competitors will be made by the National Offshore Championship Committee and Regatta Chair using the criteria posted here. 
  • Due to Covid-19 reasons, Selection Criteria and Consideration will be broaden for the 2021 event to include Regatta Results and Sailing Resume for calendar years; 2019, 2020, and 2021.
  • The organizing authority reserves the right to cancel this event at any time due to COVID–19 concerns. All entry fees, less credit card handling fees will be refunded to competitors.
  • A minimum of five competitors on each team must have raced together (including the designated skipper) in a minimum of five regattas in IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF, Offshore One Design, Offshore Level Class Racing or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in the past 36 months.
  • Should issues on last minute substitution(at check in or during the regatta) of crew raise eligibility questions, the Protest Committee shall make the final decision on eligibility. All other substitution requests(after registration is complete and prior to check in) be addressed to the Selection Committee.
  • Up to nine (9) teams may enter, plus one (1) U.S. Naval Academy team.
  • There is no weight limit for this regatta.
  • Each team shall consist of a crew of eight including one skipper and six crew members plus one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman provided from the varsity offshore racing team. The Navy may require the addition of a Safety Officer to comply with Navy Safety Regulations. If the Safety Officer is added each crew will consist of 9 sailors, including 2 Midshipmen.



2019 U.S. Offshore Championship
2019 U.S. Offshore Championship

Championship History

Lloyd Phoenix graduated from the United States Naval Academy, class of 1861. He served in the Civil War and witnessed the battle between the Monitor and the Virginia in 1865.

After resigning and going into business he became a yachting enthusiast and Rear Commodore of the New York Yacht Club. In his most famous yacht, the 171 ft. schooner, Intrepid, he won the Club’s 1909 “The Cruise” Trophy which was discovered in 1960 in a storage locker by Shirley Engle, wife of Capt. Aubrey D. Engle, CO of the Naval Station. Capt. Aubrey arranged for the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron to put up the trophy in honor of Lloyd Phoenix as a means of improving relations with the civilian yachting community by bringing sailors from Chesapeake Bay yacht clubs to compete with a midshipmen team in the Luders yawls. When the USYRU Offshore Council sanctioned a national championship for offshore yachts in 1985, the Trophy was offered by NASS for the first match which was held at the U.S. Naval Academy in the Luders yawls. Former USYRU Executive Director, John Bonds, who had been Commodore of NASS, was instrumental in the reformatting of the event and it’s coming under the custody of USYRU as a national championship. Since 1994, racing has alternated between the Naval Academy in the Navy 44s and Long Beach Yacht Club in Catalina 37’s. The Trophy is on display in the Robert Crown Center at the United States Naval Academy. The only three-time winning skipper is Bruce Kuryla from Connecticut.