Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships – Day 2 Report

2012_us_chubb_logoOsterville, Mass. (August 4, 2015) – Tuesday’s weather in Cape Cod, and in most of Southern England, featured a line-up of variety from morning ominous thunderstorms to a sun-splashed afternoon on the waters of Nantucket Sound. Sailors racing on the second day of competition at the 2015 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships experienced a tremendous day of racing in single-, double-, and quadruplehanded fleets.

On Monday, all fleets got an early start to the regatta, as the Byte CII (single) and Club 420 (double) fleets tallied two races each, and the Wianno Seniors (quad) totaled three. On Tuesday the Byte CII and Club 420s finished four races, while the Wianno Seniors finished three races.

Soon after launching Tuesday morning, another incoming storm forced sailors to return ashore for a brief postponement. The shower storm breezed through the area quickly and the boats relaunched at approximately 10:30 am. Most of the morning featured steady 7 to 10 knots, with stronger gusts up to 20 knots, and choppier conditions later in the day.

Leading the charge in the U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship is Joseph Hou (Newport Beach, Calif.). Hou won the first four races of the championship. He was runner-up in races five and six and leads by six over Sam Morrell (Red Hook, USVI).

Current Standings: Top 5
1. Joseph Hou, Newport Harbor Yacht Club, 1-1-1-1-[2]-2- ; 6
2. Sam Morrell, St. Thomas Yacht Club, [5]-2-3-2-1-4- ; 12
3. Jack Bitney, Minnetonka Yacht Club, 6-3-2-[18]-5-1- ; 17
4. Lucas Pierce, Santa Barbara Yacht Club, [8]-6-4-3-3-7- ; 23
5. Gerard Eastman, Seawanhaka Corinthian YC, 3-4-9-[10]-7-3- ; 26
Complete Standings

Jack McGraw (San Diego, Calif.) and Dot Obel (Los Angeles, Calif.) have commanding 12-point lead in the U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship. They had a pair of wins on Monday.

Current Standings: Top 5
1. Jack McGraw/Dot Obel, Southwestern Yacht Club, 1-[6]-1-2-6-2- ; 12
2. Will Martens/J. Noble Reynoso, Sfyc, [21/DSQ]-2-4-3-14-1- ; 24
3. Timothy Greenhouse/Jack DeNatale, Wadawanuck Club, 7-12-6-1-1-[15]- ; 27T
4. Mark Davies/Graceann Nicolosi, Chicago Yacht Club, 6-1-5-[12]-4-11- ; 27T
5. Alyson Turner/Jessica Lietz, Chautauqua Lake Yacht Club, 8-8-2-[13]-5-7- ; 30
Complete Standings

Skipper Dane Byerly (El Lago, Texas) has led his team to an early advantage in the U.S. Junior Quadruplehanded Championship. They have three wins and lead by four over Wianno Yacht Club helm Charlie Hibben (Concord, Mass.).

Current Standings: Top 5
1. Dane Byerly, Collin Scoville, Howdy Hughes, Carson Shields, Lakewood YC, 1-[9]-1-1-2-6-2- ; 13
2. Charlie Hibben, CJ McKenna, William Cannistraro, Morgan Farber, Wianno YC, 2-1-[5]-2-5/SCP-2-5- ; 17
3. Jacob Seicshnaydre, Dawson Doucet, Grant Kalil, Mallory Edwards, GYC, 6-3-2-5-3/SCP-3-[8]- ; 22
4. Reid Shanabrook, William Bedford, Grant Adam Benjamin Pitman, Pleon YC, [9]-4-4-3-8-5-1- ; 25
5. Sammy Shea, Nolan Van Dine, Chloe Bohannon, Jackson Ritter, San Francisco YC, 5-5-[7]-4-5-4-6- ; 29
Complete Standings

First sailed in 1921, sailors compete regionally to earn an opportunity to race at this championship in one of three fleets. Competing sailors range in age between 13 and 18. Each Area is eligible to send at least one sailor/team to compete in each of the fleets:

  • U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy to be sailed in the Byte CII.
  • U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy to be sailed in the Club 420.
  • U.S. Junior Quadruplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup to be sailed in the Wianno Senior.

The top two Youth Champs eligible single- and doublehanded teams not already qualified and finishing in the top 30% of competitors will receive early acceptance to the 2016 U.S. Youth Championships in a boat of their choice. Teams must apply for the 2016 U.S. Youth Championship by the 2016 deadline to be eligible.

The equally matched Club 420 and Byte CII sailboats are supplied by Zim Sailing. The 2015 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships is sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Gill North America, Zim Sailing, and Switlik Survival Products. This US Sailing National Championship is a Sailors for the Sea certified – Clean Regatta.

Event Coverage
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About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or

About Zim Sailing
Zim Sailing, headquartered in Warren, RI is the fastest growing manufacturer of one-design sailboats in North America. Currently, Zim manufactures and distributes the most comprehensive line of training, recreational and performance sailboats in North America. Zim is best known for its C420, Optimist, Byte CII and CFJ. The durability of Zim boats has been proven at all levels to include High Schools, Colleges, Yacht Clubs, and Community Sailing Centers along with the passionate dinghy sailor. In addition, the Zim performance has elevated sailors to podium finishes at several local, regional, National and North American championships since the company’s creation in 2008. Zim is dedicated to the success and growth of dinghy sailing and Zim’s experienced staff and support vehicles can be found at many regattas. For more information please visit or email

About Switlik Survival Products
Established in 1920, Switlik Parachute Co. has been owned and operated by the Switlik family for four generations and is known worldwide as a manufacturer of the highest quality sewn and heat sealed inflatable safety and survival products for the aviation, marine, and military/government markets. Our capabilities include a wide variety of anti-exposure and anti-g suits, inflatable life rafts, inflatable life vests, inflation systems and other specialty textile-based military equipment all manufactured at our 85,000 sq. ft facility located in Trenton, NJ USA.