Championships

2024 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship

Event Details

Date:
August 2, 2024 – August 4, 2024

Location:
Chicago Yacht Club
Chicago, Illinois

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Previous Winners

  • 2023 – Allie Blecher, Ali Blumenthal, Beka Schiff, Katja Sertl
  • 2022 – Allie Blecher, Ali Blumenthal, Beka Schiff, Katja Sertl
  • 2021 – Nicole Breault, Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheiser, Julie Mitchell
  • 2019 – Allie Blecher, Alicia Blumenthal, Beka Schiff, Krysia Pohl
  • 2018 – Nicole Breault, Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheizer, Hannah Burroughs
  • 2016 – Nicole Breault, Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheizer, Hannah Burroughs
  • 2015 – Nicole Breault, Molly Carapiet, Karen Loutzenheizer, Emily Dill
  • 2014 – Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea, Janel Zarkowsky, Martha Pitt, Holloster Poole, Elizabeth Shaw
  • 2013 – Jennifer Wilson, Sally Barkow, Krista Paxton, Sandi Svoboda, Katherine Pettibone
  • 2012 – Genevieve Tulloch, Jennifer Chamberlin, Stephanie Roble, Margaret Shea
  • 2011 – Sally Barkow, Elizabeth Kratzig-Burnham, Alana O’Reilly, Amanda Callahan
  • 2010 – Genevieve Tulloch, Karina Vogen Shelton, Alice Manard, Lindsay Bartel
  • 2009 – Genevieve Tulloch, Chaffee Emory, Elizabeth Hall, Elizabeth Kratzig, Alana O’Reilly
  • 2008 – Anna Tunnicliffe-Funk, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer, Ali Sharp, Liz Bower
  • 2007 – Liz Baylis, Cory Sertl, Suzy Leech
  • 2006 – Deborah Capozzi, Lindsay Bartel, Kelly Hand, Chantal Legler
  • 2005 – Sally Barkow, Deborah Capozzi, Anna Tunnicliffe, Lee Icyda
  • 2004 – Cory Sertl, Jody Swanson, Pease Glaser, Debbie Probst
  • 2003 – Liz Baylis, Nancy Haberland, Karina Shelton, Aimee Hess
  • 2002 – Betsy Alison, Lee Loyda, Suzy Leech, Dini Hall

U.S. Women’s Open Championship (1974- 2000)

  • 2000 – Corrie Clement (Singlehanded) Sally Barkow, Deborah Capozzi – Norfolk, VA (Doublehanded)
  • 1999 – Laura Sterns – Plymouth, MA (Singlehanded) Susie Minton, Leanne Phillips – Annapolis, MD (Doublehanded)
  • 1998 – Megan Kelly-Sweeney – San Francisco, CA (Singlehanded), Charlie Arms – San Diego, CA, Stacie Straw – El Segundo, CA (Doublehanded)
  • 1997 – Regatta not held
  • 1996 – Giselle Camet – San Diego, CA (Singlehanded), J.J. Isler, Jane Stevenson – La Jolla, CA (Doublehanded)
  • 1995 – Danielle Brennan, New York, NY (Singlehanded), Nancy Haberland, Carol Newman, Annapolis, MD (Doublehanded)
  • 1994 – Danielle Brennan – New York, NY (Singlehanded), Cory Sertl, Judy Lawless – Rochester, NY (Doublehanded), no Boardsailing
  • 1993 – Julia Trotman – Syosset, NY (Singlehanded), Pease Glaser, Cory Sertl – Long Beach, CA (Doublehanded), no Boardsailing
  • 1992 – Julia Trotman – Syosset, NY (Singlehanded), no Double-handed, Jayne Fenner – Sarasota, FL (Boardsailing)
  • 1991 – Courtney Becker – Rye, NY (Singlehanded), Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl – Eggertsville, NY (Doublehanded), Carroll-Ann Alie – Hull, Quebec (Boardsailing)
  • 1990 – Nancy Haberland – Westerly, RI & Pam Pennell, Coconut Grove, FL (Tie – Singlehanded), Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl – Eggertsville, NY & Judy Lugar, Morag McLean – Halifax, NS (Tie – Doublehanded), Lanee Butler – San Juan Capistrano, CA (Boardsailing)
  • 1989 – Giselle Camet – San Diego, CA (Singlehanded), Amy Lawser, Susan Lawser – Holmdel, NJ & Carol Buchan, Jackie Gollison – Medina, WI (Tie – Doublehanded), Jayne Fenner – Sarasota, FL (Boardsailing)
  • 1988 – Courtney Becker – St. Petersburg, FL (Singlehanded), J.J. Isler, Amy Wardell – La Jolla, CA (Doublehanded), Kathy Steele – Annapolis, MD (Boardsailing)
  • 1987 – Diane Burton – Annapolis, MD (Singlehanded), Susan Dierdorff Taylor, Cory Fischer – Annapolis, MD (Doublehanded), Kathy Steele – Annapolis, MD (Boardsailing)
  • 1986 – Sue Lawser – Holmdel, NJ (Singlehanded), Heidi Zeigler, Linda Penfield – Darien, CT (Doublehanded), Kathy Steele – Annapolis, MD (Boardsailing)
  • 1985 – Allison Jolly – Los Angeles, CA (Singlehanded), Pease Herndon, Cindy Goff – Springfield, IL (Doublehanded), Kathy Steele – Annapolis, MD (Boardsailing)
  • 1984 – Amy Wardell – Newport, RI (Singlehanded), Pease Herndon, Cindy Goff – Springfield, IL (Doublehanded), Kathy Steele – Annapolis, MD (Boardsailing)
  • 1983 – Lynne Jewel – Plymouth, MA (Singlehanded), Jenny Swett, Liz Shoemaker – Chestnut Hill, MA (Doublehanded), Anne Gardner – San Diego, CA (Boardsailing)
  • 1982 – Betsy Gelenitis – Bricktown, NJ (Singlehanded), Martha Starkweather, Sara Deadrick – Marblehead, MA (Doublehanded), Anne Gardner – Miami, FL (Boardsailing)
  • 1981 – Betsy Gelenitis – Bricktown, NJ (Singlehanded), Martha Starkweather, Sara Deadrick – Marblehead, MA (Doublehanded), Anne Gardner – Miami, FL (Boardsailing)
  • 1980 – Lynne Jewel – Plymouth, MA (Singlehanded), Anne Preston, Nelle Alexander – Watertown, NJ (Doublehanded)
  • 1979 – Betsy Gelentis – Bricktown, NJ (Singlehanded), Nell Taylor, Charlotte Lewis – Marion, MA (Doublehanded)
  • 1978 – Meredith O’Dowd – Riverside, RI (Singlehanded) Sandy Ray, Carol Hayes – Westport, CT (Doublehanded)
  • 1977 – Poppy Truman – Berkely, CA (Singlehanded), Jan O’Malley, Pat O’Malley – Mantoloking, NJ (Doublehanded)
  • 1976 – Kristina Saltmarsh – S. Dartmouth, MA (Singlehanded), Diane Greene, Jennifer Lawson – Annapolis, MD (Doublehanded)
  • 1975 – Single-handed not completed Nell Taylor, Sally Linsay – Branford, CT (Doublehanded)
  • 1974 – Jane Pegel – Williams Bay, WI (Singlehanded) Nell Taylor, Lisa Coughlin – Branford, CT (Doublehanded)
Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy- Second Place
  • 2023 – Bridget Groble, Maddie Badshaw, Lucy Klempen, Samantha Foulston
  • 2022 – Janel Zarkowsky, Rose Edwards, Annabelle Ayer, and Eva Fortunato 
  • 2021 – Janel Zarkowsky, Annabelle Ayer, Madeline Gill, Rose Edwards
  • 2019 – Giselle Camet Nyenhuis, Dana Riley Hayes, Molly Vandemoer
  • 2018 –  Allie Blecher, Ali Blumenthal, Beka Schiff, Molly Nobel
  • 2016 – Janel Zarkowsky, Meg Six, Meaghan MacRae, Amanda Callahan
  • 2015 – Janel Zarkowsky, Rebecca Delendbaugh, Amanda Callahan, Isabelle Luzurlaga
  • 2014 – Karen Loutzenheiser, Nicole Breault, Elizabeth Baylis, Hannah Burroughs, McKenzie Wilson, Shala Lawrence
  • 2013 – Stephanie Roble, Maggie Shea, Lindsay Duda, Martha Pitt, Janel Zarkowsky
  • 2012 – Nicole Breault, Evan Brown, Casey Williams, Julie Servais
  • 2011 – Genevieve Tulloch, Alice Manard leonard, Jennifer Chamberlin, Elizabeth Hall
  • 2010 – Sally Barkow, Alana O”Reilly, Katie Pettibone, Libby Christy
  • 2009 – Anna Tunnicliffe, Alice Manard, Liz Bower, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer
  • 2008 – Geneveive Tulloch, Carrie Howe, Kim Hapgood, Liz Hall
  • 2007 – Katy Lovell, Alice Manard, Dana Riley
  • 2006 – Katy Lovell, Debby Willits, Elizabeth Emery, Tara Thomas
  • 2005 – Katy Lovell, Debby Willits, Alice Manard, Ann Graham
  • 2004 – Melissa Purdy, Hannah Swett, Joan Touchette, Whitney Connor
  • 2003 – Sally Barkow, Deborah Capozzi, Sarah Buckley, Chafee Emory
  • 2002 – Carol Cronin, Liz M. Filter, Linda Epstein, JoAnn Fisher

U.S. Women’s Open Championship (1974- 2000)

  • 2000 – Sally Barkow, Debbie Capozzi
  • 1999 – Suzy Minton, Leanne Phillips
  • 1998 – Charlie Arms, Stacie Straw
  • 1996 –  J.J. Isler, Jane Stevenson
  • 1995 –Nancy Haberland, Carol Newman
  • 1994 – Cory Sertl, Judy Lawless
  • 1993 – Pease Glaser, Cory Sertl
  • 1991 – Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl
  • 1990 – Jody Swanson, Cory Sertl  & Judy Lugar, Morag McLean (Tie)
  • 1989 – Amy Lawser, Susan Lawser & Carol Buchan, Jackie Gollison (Tie)
  • 1988 – J.J. Isler, Amy Wardell
  • 1987 – Susan Dierdorff Taylor, Cory Fischer
  • 1986 – Heidi Zeigler, Linda Penfield
  • 1985 – Pease Herndon, Cindy Goff
  • 1984 – Pease Herndon, Cindy Goff
  • 1983 – Jenny Swett, Liz Shoemaker
  • 1982 – Martha Starkweather, Sara Deadrick
  • 1981 – Martha Starkweather, Sara Deadrick
  • 1980 – Anne Preston, Nelle Alexander
  • 1979 – Nell Taylor, Charlotte Lewis
  • 1978 – Sandy Ray, Carol Hayes
  • 1977 – Jan O’Malley, Pat O’Malley
  • 1976 – Diane Greene, Jennifer Lawson
  • 1975 – Nell Taylor, Sally Linsay
  • 1974 – Nell Taylor, Lisa Coughlin

Resources

Match Racing News, Resources & Information
The Dial Up – the free North American match racing e-newsletter
Hosting a US Sailing Championship

US Sailing Bylaws Amended September 18, 2023

US Sailing Regulations  Amended January 31, 2024

Championship Conditions

Waivers, Release of Liability, Code of Conduct

About This Event


Class Boat – Sonars

Crew Size – 3 to 4 females, including the skipper

2024 U.S. Women’s Match Race Series Information – Coming soon

US Sailing Membership- Join/Renew here  – All competitors must have a current USSA membership valid through end of racing to be legible to complete. International athletes may show proof of current membership with MNA as an alternative.

US Sailing Waivers, Code of Conduct, Depiction Release  All competitors are required to fill out a form in order to be eligible to compete.

Safe Sport Training Requirements at US Sailing U.S. Championship Events

  • Competitors are reminded to bring their USCG Approved PFDs to check in and have on at all times on the water.

The U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship is a match race regatta for up to 10 all-female teams sailed on keelboats. The format includes a series of Qualifying Round Robin(s), Semi-Finals and a Finals Series.

The Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy is awarded to the winner and the Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy is presented to the runner-up.
CHAMPIONSHIP FACTS
  • The event has applied for World Sailing (WS) Grade 3. This grading is subject to review by World Sailing. The event may be re-graded where there is clear reason to do so.
  • Class rules will not apply.
  • The rules for the handling of boats will apply and will also apply to any clinics, practice sailing and sponsor races.
  • This event will be sailed in Sonar type boats.
  • The number of crew, including skipper, shall be 3 or 4.
  • All registered crew shall sail all races.
  • Total weight of crew, including skipper, dressed in at least shorts and shirts, shall not exceed 600 lbs.
QUALIFIER INFORMATION
  • All competitors shall be current members of US Sailing at the time of the qualifying series
  • Competitors from other countries shall either be current members of US Sailing or be members of their National Authority.
  • Women skippers and open crew for all the qualifiers.
  • If you can not sail in any of the clinegatta qualifiers, you can request an invitation by resume directly to the US Women’s Match Race Championship 2024 USWMRC Request for Invitation 
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Championship History


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 a 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.