CLEVELAND, Ohio (October 9, 2014) – 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 will be tested in Thistles this year on Lake Erie to see if they can hold their own. This championship is held in a different location and in a different class each year.
These skippers and their teams will race for the Jack Brown Trophy while representing their class at the 2014 Championship of Champions, hosted by the Edgewater Yacht Club in Cleveland, Ohio this Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.
The competition will be challenging with many decorated sailors competing on the same course. Among the competitors at this year’s Championship of Champions is special guest Greg Fisher, one of the most accomplished competitors in United States sailing history. Fisher has captured 21 North American or National Championships in seven different classes including the Lightning, Thistle and Flying Scot over the course of his expansive professional sailing career. He is also a World Champion in the J/22. The former All-American is the Director of Sailing at the College of Charleston.
Several past winners of this championship have returned to take another shot at winning the Jack Brown Trophy. These skippers include Chris Raab (2010), Skip Dieball (2009), and Doug Kaukeinen (2008). Full sailor list with representing classes and hometowns.
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.
Schedule & Race Course
- The scheduled warning signal for the first race each race day is 9:30 am EDT. On Sunday, no Warning Signal will be made after 12:00 pm.
- 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.
- A minimum of four completed races are necessary to constitute a series.
- Twenty races are scheduled. Four races will constitute an official regatta.
- If only five races are completed, no race scores will be excluded. If 6 – 11 races are completed, a boats worst race score will be excluded. If 12 to 20 races are completed, a boats two worst race scores will be excluded.
Prizes on the Line
- US Sailing will provide medals for permanent possession to be awarded to the skipper and crew finishing in the top three positions in the championship.
- The winning team shall receive the Jack Brown Trophy.
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 Wednesday and Thursday:
— EWYC Sail Fleet (@EWYCSailFleet) October 9, 2014
— Skip Dieball (@skipdieball) October 9, 2014
— EWYC Sail Fleet (@EWYCSailFleet) October 8, 2014
US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.
About Gill North America
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