NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (Sunday, August 18) – The historic U.S. Team Racing Championship wrapped up on Sunday afternoon after three spectacular days of racing in Newport Harbor. The 2019 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured 12 teams steeped in team racing experience and deep in college sailing talent of today and past years. In the end, a blend of current and former college sailors representing three different schools teamed up to win the historic Hinman Trophy.
A team named Holiday Sideshow won Sunday’s final series, 3-1, over San Diego Yacht Club and Friends to cap an exciting weekend of team racing.
Holiday Sideshow features Johnny Norfleet (New York, N.Y.), Christopher Klevan (Westerly, R.I.), Greiner Hobbs (Terra Ceia Island, Fla.), Miranda Bakos (Marblehead, Mass.), Ian Barrows (New Haven, Conn.), and Clara Robertson (New York, N.Y.). Norfleet, Klevan, and Hobbs sailed for Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Roberston and Barros are former Yale sailors, and Bakos sailed for George Washington. All six sailors collectively had never sailed together before.
Four of the six sailors were on last year’s winning team. Hobbs, Bakos, Norfleet, and Klevin were part of last year’s winning team, Boss, at the U.S. Team Racing Championship in Cleveland.
They were the #3 seed through round robin play and the #1 seed and 2017 Champion, Jet Lag, selected Holiday Sideshow for their semifinal match. Holiday Sideshow edged Jet Lag, 3-2, to advance to the Final.
“Everyone had their moment this week and each boat stepped up when they needed to,” said Klevan.
“We knew we had some kinks to work out between the three boats, but we knew we could work it out in the end. We just wanted to get to the knock-out round and be in position to win,” said Norfleet.
The squad from SDYC included Scotty Sinks (San Diego, Calif.), Allison Ferraris (Manhasset, NY), Will La Dow (San Francisco, Calif.), Taylor Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, R.I.), Wade Waddell (West Palm Beach, Fla.), and Katherine Bowman (San Diego, Calif.). Wilson, Ferraris, and Sinks are Boston College alumni sailors, while Bowman is currently sailing for the Eagles. La Dow sailed at Stanford and Kirkpatrick is on the current roster.
The East Coast Drifters defeated Jet Lag in the Petit Finals, 2-0. The East Coast Drifters includes Conner Harding (Bristol, RI), Mike McBrien (East Patachogue, NY), Martim Anderson (Lisboa, Portugal), Marina Cano (Barcelona, Spain), Mackenzie Bryan (St. Croix, Virgin Islands), and Jennifer Agell (Orient, NY). Cano is a former college sailor from Brown, while the other five sailors are Roger Williams University alum.
Racing on Sunday featured plenty of pass backs, mark traps and dial downs in perfect sailing conditions with nice breeze and flat waters. Breeze was light in morning at 3 to 5 knots. The breeze shifted right in the afternoon at 6 to 9 knots.
This year’s entry list featured current college sailors, coaches and alumni from major programs including, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Roger Williams, College of Charleston, Boston College, Dartmouth, Old Dominion, St. Mary’s, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, George Washington, Brown, and California Maritime.
This premier team racing event in the United States is an invitational event. Interested teams applied by resume and international teams were invited to compete. The Championship was raced in three-boat/six-person teams (three skippers and three crews). Teams raced in the CFJ.
For results and standings, photo gallery, and more information from the 2019 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.
Championship updates, videos, and highlights are posted on US Sailing Instagram stories.
This US Sailing National Championship, hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club, is sponsored by Hobie Polarized and Sperry.
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Day 2 Racing Summary –
Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019
- Jet Lag – 2017 Champions are topping the leaderboard after two round robins going into the Gold/Silver split. Top six teams emerge for the Gold fleet.
- Conditions: Light SW 5-8 knots. Shifty in the morning until the marine layer burned off and the breeze settled in. Late in the day the breeze softened.
- The conditions were great for team racing though the harbor traffic increased over Friday.
- The RC completed 175 races, 2/3 through the first gold silver round.
- Sunday racing: Complete two Gold/Silver round robins and then proceed to the knock out series which will feature semifinals including the top four teams on points and then a finals/petit finals to follow.
- The Gold and Silver rounds award 1.5 points for a win, silver 1 point for a win. The rotation has two gold races followed by 2 silver race.
Top 6 Teams – Gold Fleet
1. Jet Lag had – 17
2. Holiday Sideshow – 16
3 SDYC and Friends 16
4. Yahtzee! 15
5. Ladies and Gentlemen 14
6. East Coast Drifters 13
*These top 6 are in the Gold Fleet.
The current results for Gold/Silver round robin do not reflect all teams having sailed. Some teams sailed more races in the earlier part of the round.
Day 1 Notes and Highlights –
Friday, Aug. 16, 2019
- Conditions light SW (5-8 knots) with a left shift late in the day.
- First round robin of 66 races is complete – 12 races into the second round robin.
- Race course is located in the turning basin just beyond the main mooring field in front of NHYC.
- The RC intention is to finish the second round robin on Saturday and transition into the Gold/Silver Round.
- Results and Standings
Preview: 2019 U.S. Team Racing Championship Comes to Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (August 16, 2019) – The 2019 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the historic George R. Hinman Trophy is coming to spectacular Newport Beach, Calif. this week. This US Sailing National Championship, hosted by Newport Harbor Yacht Club, features three days of racing beginning Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18. The 2019 U.S. Team Racing Championship is sponsored by Hobie Polarized and Sperry.
First held in 1981, the U.S. Team Racing Championship remains one of the hottest events in the country. This year’s Championship features an impressive list of accomplished teams and experienced team racers, many of whom have competed in and won this Championship in years past. From top-notch one-design sailors in fleet racing circles to current and former top-flight college sailors and coaches, this US Sailing National Championship attracts a wide range of sailors, both men and women.
This year’s entry list features current college sailors, coaches and alumni from 13 major programs including, Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, Roger Williams, College of Charleston, Boston College, Dartmouth, Old Dominion, St. Mary’s, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, George Washington, Brown, and California Maritime.
The entry list features seven 2019 ICSA Co-ed All-American skippers, three 2019 ICSA Women’s All-American skippers, and four 2019 ICSA Co-ed All-American crew.
“The racing will be fast and furious, with little room for error,” said Betsy Alison, Adult Director at US Sailing. “By Sunday’s final rounds, the cream will rise to the top with well deserving sailors atop the podium.”
This premier team racing event in the United States is an invitational event. Interested teams applied by resume and international teams are invited to compete. The Championship is raced in three-boat/six-person teams (three skippers and three crews). Teams will be racing the CFJ.
Racing Format and Course Area (subject to change) –
- Qualifying Round Robin Series
- Gold/Silver Round Robin Seeding Series
- Knock-out Series – Top 4 Teams: Semifinals, Finals, Petit Finals
*Racing will be conducted in the harbor north of the main dock at Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Event Coverage & Social Media
- For results and standings, photo gallery, and more information from the 2019 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.
- Participate in the conversation this week on social media channels using – #Hinman19
Team racing is one of the most popular disciplines in sailing. Over 100 races can be sailed in just a few days. Races, or flights, are shorter than traditional race courses and are raced on a “Digital N” course. Three flights can race simultaneously with teams swapping out after each race with each team wearing a unique identifying pinny or bib.
The regatta was initiated by Sailing World magazine, and after years of growth and popularity, the event was adopted by US Sailing and became known as the U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy. The trophy was donated in recognition of George R. Hinman’s many years of service and contributions to sailing.
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