Championship of Champions Day 2 Report

CofC D2 HPCLEVELAND, Ohio (October 11, 2014) – An exciting, full day of racing at the 2014 Championship of Champions, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club, has set the stage for a down-to-the-wire finale on Sunday. The Jack Brown Trophy is up for grabs after six more races were completed on Saturday.

Interesting scenarios are emerging that could significantly affect the scoring and standings. Through Saturday, the Thistle fleet has tallied nine races for the championship. Currently, a boat’s worst race score will be excluded. However, if three or more races are conducted Sunday, a boat’s two worst scores will be excluded. Weather conditions for Sunday are forecasted to be similar to Saturday. The scheduled warning signal for the first race Sunday is 9:30 am EDT. No warning signal will be made after 12:00 pm.

Saturday’s dual between leader Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn.) and Mike Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) figures to be a showdown for the title on Sunday. Parkin and his crew Florian Eenkema van Dijk (Darien, Conn.) are members of US Sailing’s 2014 ISAF Youth World Championship Team as an International 420 team. Jack’s father, Barry Parkin (Riverside, Conn.), is the third crewmate. Ingham, a J/24 champion, has a history of success at the Championship of Champions. He won the event 2005 and has placed second on multiple occasions. Mike’s wife, Delia Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.), and Dan Fien (Webster, N.Y.) are working hard this week as crew.

Top 5 – Complete Standings
1. Jack Parkin [I-420], 1-3-5-5-3-1-[10]-5-1- ; 24T
2. Mike Ingham [J/24], 6-[21/RET]-3-1-1-3-2-6-2- ; 24T
3. Brent Barbehenn [Jet 14], 8-4-1-10-2-6-[13]-1-10- ; 42
4. Greg Fisher [J/22], 15-6-2-2-10-8-1-[19]-4- ; 48
5. Doug Kaukeinen [Sunfish], 5-[10]-4-4-8-4-6-9-9- ; 49

US Sailing’s Championship of Champions is recognized as one of the more unique adult racing events in the country. All helmsmen have qualified for this event by winning a 2013 or 2014 one-design class National, North American, or World Championship. Helmsmen and their crew are being tested in Thistles this year.

Media & Coverage

  • For results, standings, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
  • For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USSCofC – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Race Course

  • Racing area is in the open waters of Lake Erie, Northwest of the Cleveland Harbor entrance and North of the Edgewater Yacht Club.
  • Course configuration will be windward‐leeward, triangle or a combination of the two.

The Championship of Champions is sponsored by Gill North America and is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certified event.

Check out the Twitter coverage from Friday:

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US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish

*Photo credit to David Matthias.

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