Three Titlists Crowned on Barnegat Bay at 2017 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (August 11, 2017) – Thousands of youth sailing enthusiasts tuned in to Facebook Live coverage this week of the 2017 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, hosted by Toms River Yacht Club. Friday marked the conclusion of this highly competitive US Sailing National Championship. Photo Gallery

All three Championships completed the 10th and final race of the regatta late Friday morning to put the finishing touches on a great week on Barnegat Bay. The race committee completed four races on Thursday and five on Wednesday. Sailors raced in light to moderate breeze throughout the regatta, including 5 to 8 knots on Friday. The breeze built up for afternoon racing on Wednesday and Thursday.

U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship (Laser Radial) – Smythe Trophy

In his first ever U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, James Paul (Darien, Conn./Stamford Yacht Club) made the last race of the Championship count, as he sprung into first place for good after placing fifth in today’s race. He won the Smythe Trophy by five points over the surging Maxwell Mayol (Newport Beach, Calif./Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club), who placed second in today’s race and second overall. Mayol placed second overall at the 2017 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships earlier this summer in the Multihull division (Nacra 15).

Cameron Giblin (Monmouth Beach, N.J./Surf City Yacht Club) had a two point lead heading into today’s race. His 12th place finish today dropped him to third. This is Giblin’s first summer competing in the Laser Radial.

The top three eligible athletes in the singlehanded fleet received early acceptance to the 2018 U.S. Youth Championships.

Final Standings – Top 5
1. James Paul, Stamford Yacht Club, 1-2-[11]-4-4-9-1-8-4-5- ; 38
2. Maxwell Mayol, Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 6-1-2-[21/OCS]-10-1-9-9-3-2- ; 43T
3. Cameron Giblin, Surf City Yacht Club, 2-6-[13]-6-2-5-3-5-2-12- ; 43T
4. Lucas Sawin, Hobcaw Yacht Club, 4-9-14-[16]-7-2-7-1-12-8- ; 64
5. Michael Pinto, Surf City Yacht Club, 10-10-10-2-5-4-6-4-[20]-14- ; 65
Complete Final Standings

U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship (Club 420) – Bemis Trophy

The team of Maddie Hawkins (Edgewater, Md./Annapolis Yacht Club) and Kimmie Leonard (Annapolis, Md./Annapolis Yacht Club) continues their triumphant summer with another big win. Just weeks following their win a the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship in Annapolis, the Maryland tandem won the Bemis Trophy by eight points over Jack Egan (San Diego, Calif./San Diego Yacht Club) and Jack Plavan (Park City, Utah/San Diego Yacht Club). Hawkins and Leonard led the regatta from start to finish. Four teams were separated by only 10 points following Thursday’s racing.

Hawkins and Leonard had a six point lead over Sarah Burn (Short Hills, NJ/Bay Head Yacht Club) and Patricia Gerli (Washington, D.C./Mantoloking Yacht Club) going into today’s final race. Burn and Gerli placed second overall to Hawkins and Leonard at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship last month.

Hawkins and Leonard sealed the Championship with a bullet in race ten, while Egan and Plavan finished second.

“We got a good sense of the competition from around the country by competing here,” said Hawkins. “It’s really nice to race at such a high level.”

“I just enjoyed everyone’s support and we made a great group of friends this summer by competing at all of these championships. I hope to see them again.”

Final Standings – Top 5
1. Maddie Hawkins/Kimmie Leonard, Annapolis Yacht Club, 1-3-1-2-1-2-[4]-2-4-1- ; 17
2. Jack Egan/Jack Plavan, San Diego Yacht Club, [6]-2-2-3-4-1-2-3-6-2- ; 25
3. Sarah Burn/Patricia Gerli, Bay Head Yacht Club, 5-[21/RET]-3-1-5-4-1-1-2-11- ; 33
4. Ansgar Jordan/Patrick Mulcahy, Coronado Yacht Club, 3-1-5-4-2-8-3-7-1-[19]- ; 34
5. Michael Bisson/Ava Walker, Annapolis Yacht Club, 4-4-8-11-[12]-7-8-11-12-3- ; 68
Complete Final Standings

U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship (Flying Scot) – Sears Cup

Cameron Feves (Long Beach, Calif./Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club), Tristan Richmond (Coronado, Calif./Coronado Yacht Club) and Brock Paquin (Coronado, Calif./Coronado Yacht Club) also went wire-to-wire to win the Sears Cup by just four points over John Kirkpatrick (Portsmouth, R.I./Sail Newport), Alden Grimes (Portsmouth, R.I./Conanicut Yacht Club) and Wyatt Fogg (Middletown, R.I./Sail Newport). Feves and crew won five of the 10 races this week. They had a three point lead after Thursday and Wednesday.

This was Feves’ third time competing at the U.S. Junior Sailing Championships. Last year he placed fourth overall in the Lightning class. The Qualifier event was the first time Feves, Richmond and Paquin had all sailed together.

“We are generally faster in morning lighter breeze,” said Feves. “As the fleet got more compact, we got off to good starts and were able to stay in the hunt the whole time.”

Final Standings – Top 5
1. Cameron Feves/Tristan Richmond/Brock Paquin, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, 1-1-3-1-4-1-[7]-2-1-4- ; 18   2. John Kirkpatrick/Alden Grimes/Wyatt Fogg, Sail Newport, [6]-3-1-2-1-6-1-1-2-5- ; 22
3. Christopher Lukens/TJ Danilek/Pierce Ornstein, Riverside Yacht Club, 2-4-2-4-2-4-4-[5]-4-2- ; 28
4. Lucy Brock/Julius Heitkoetter/Taylor Snyder, Austin Yacht Club, 3-7-4-3-6-2-2-[8]-5-8- ; 40
5. George Hambleton/Ian Hunter/William Wells, Fort Walton Yacht Club, [9]-6-5-5-3-7-3-3-3-9- ; 44
Complete Final Standings

Sailors took part in onshore and on-water clinics on Tuesday to hone their skills and acclimate themselves to the racing conditions and the boats. The following coaches will be on site to work with the sailors throughout the championship:

  • Richard Feeny – Head Coach, US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships
  • Kevin Burnham – 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist, Men’s 470 Class
  • Amanda Callahan – Head Coach, Roger Williams University
  • Amanda Clark – 2012 and 2008 Olympian, Women’s 470 Class
  • Cappy Capper – US Sailing Master Coach Trainer

“Our team of US Sailing-provided fleet coaches is one of the things that sets the US Sailing Championships apart from most youth regattas,” said John Pearce, Youth Director of US Sailing. “It’s a great opportunity for young sailors to get a fresh perspective on their skill development, and soak up knowledge from some of the best coaches in the game.”

Sportsmanship and Seamanship Awards (To be posted by 8/12/17)

  • Singlehanded – Faye Bennet Sportsmanship Award: Alexander Hankins (Lakewood Yacht Club)
  •  Doublehanded – Bemis Sportsmanship Award: Ansgar Jordan (Coronado YC) and Patrick Mulcahy (California YC)
  • Triplehanded – Cox Sportsmanship Award: Christopher Lukens (Riverside YC), TJ Danilek (Riverside YC) and Pierce Ornstein (Noroton YC)
  • The Seamanship Trophy will be awarded to the triplehanded team that received the greatest number of points for neatness and general ship-shape condition of their boats: Lucy Brock (Austin YC), Julius Heitkoetter (Austin YC) and Taylor Snyder (Austin YC)

Event Coverage & Social Media

  • For results and standings, photo gallery, Facebook Live coverage and more information from the 2017 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, please visit the event website.
  • Facebook Live: Follow US Sailing on Facebook for recorded live coverage of the racing including sailor interviews.
  • Hashtag – #ChubbChamps17

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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 for the 2017 event.

This event is sponsored by Chubb Insurance Group, Zim Sailing, and Gill North America. Chubb, a long-time supporter of this championship and youth sailing, has been title sponsor of the U.S. Junior Sailing Championships for over a decade. The equally matched Club 420 sailboats are supplied by Zim Sailing. Zim has been a sponsor and boat provider for this championship over the past six years and is dedicated to the growth of the sport and moving dinghy sailing forward.

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