BRISTOL, R.I. (September 21, 2014) – As soon as the U.S. Multihull Championship began on Friday, it was clear that multi-time A-Cat North American Champion Lars Guck (Barrington, R.I.) was the most accomplished and experienced A-Cat sailor in the fleet of 15. On Sunday’s finale, Guck finished the regatta like he started on Friday, and won three more races to go undefeated through 11 races.
Guck won the Hobie Alter Trophy by 18 points over Andrew Gaynor, who came on strong Saturday and Sunday. Philip Kinder (Portsmouth, R.I.) placed third. Today’s wind was 12-14 knots out of the SSE all day with overcast skies.
“Lars and I sail a lot together,” said Gaynor. “We work on our boats a lot together as well. He’s tough to beat, but he’s a good tuning partner. I was hoping to take some races off of him, but he sailed really well.”
“We do a Tuesday night series of A-Cat sailing here at Bristol Yacht Club. There is a lot of talent in this fleet. The only way for us to get better is to collectively work at it. That means bringing the slower guys up, so they can challenge us, and it helps everybody, especially in preparation for Worlds.”
The U.S. Multihull Championship, hosted by Bristol Yacht Club, was decided in A-Class Catamarans for the first time in event history. This championship rotates in discipline each year to showcase the depth of classes in multihull racing.
Final Standings – Top 5
1. Lars Guck, -1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1- ; 10
2. Andrew Gaynor, 2/RDG-2/RDG-2/RDG-2/RDG-2-2-2-3--5-3- ; 25
3. Philip Kinder, 3-2-2-2-5-4-6-4-4--4- ; 36
4. Chris Museler, 2-3-3-3-6-5-5-6--4-8- ; 45
5. Christopher Brown, 5-5-4-[16/RET]-4-6-3-16/DNF-3-2-2- ; 50
Listen to this interview with Lars Guck from Friday:
Listen to these interviews from Friday with Chris Museler and Pete Levesque:
Media & Coverage
- For final standings, video highlights from Chris Love, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Multihull Championship, please visit the event website. Video highlights and the photo gallery updates through Sunday will be posted Monday morning.
- US Sailing medals were awarded to the first, second and third place competitors.
- The winning competitor will have his name placed on the Hobie Alter Trophy. The perpetual trophy was presented and named the Alter Trophy in 1986 in honor of Hobie Alter, Sr. and his extraordinary promotion of one-design multihull sailing and racing programs.
- The highest ranking U.S. competitor will be named the 2014 United States Multihull Champion.
The U.S. Multihull Championship is sponsored by Old Pulteney, Hobie Polarized and Gill North America. Gill will be providing shirts for the sailors, Hobie Polarized will be providing the winners with sunglasses and Old Pulteney hosted a whiskey tasting for participants (21 and older) on Saturday night. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certified event.
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US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish
About US Sailing
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About Hobie Polarized
Hobie Polarized is a leading designer, developer, marketer and distributor of polarized eyewear. The brand’s innovative lens technology allows total glare reduction, 100% UV protection, enhances contrast and provides optimum visual acuity. The company’s products are sold worldwide and are used by watermen at all skill and lifestyle levels. The Hobie Polarized headquarters is located in Plainview, New York. For further information, please visit the company’s website at www.hobiepolarized.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Old Pulteney
Old Pulteney Single Malt Scotch Whisky is strongly rooted in the whisky’s nautical heritage and is commonly referred to as ‘The Maritime Malt.’ Old Pulteney is the Official Scotch of US Sailing and recently released a limited-edition ‘Navigator’ expression, commemorating the brand’s sponsorship of the 2013-2014 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. Crafted in Pulteney Distillery in Wick, Scotland, the distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson in the heart of “Pulteneytown,” one of the largest fishing ports in Europe. Each Old Pulteney expression is carefully crafted and carries the windswept and rugged character of the North and the salty, fresh air of the North Sea. It is distributed by International Beverage, Inc. Visit Old Pulteney on Facebook or at www.oldpulteney.com for more information.