U.S. Adult Championship Day 2 Report

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downwind  6197_recapFORT WORTH, Texas (September 25, 2014) – The J/22 teams and the race committee patiently waited for breeze on a hot Thursday afternoon for the second day and were rewarded with two races to officially launch the 2014 U.S. Adult Championship, hosted by the Fort Worth Boat Club.

Eagle Mountain Lake greeted the competitors with glassy conditions and patchy breeze. The race committee attempted to start the championship on Wednesday to no avail. They waited it out again on Thursday and at 3:39 pm CDT, Race 1 finally began in very light breeze. The wind started to fade after the first leeward mark rounding, so the finish line was set up at the end of the third leg. Paul Wilson (Vineyard Haven Yacht Club) won Race 1, followed by Bryan Dyer (Forth Worth Boat Club) and Benz Faget (Southern Yacht Club).

epstein  6121_recapAfter the boat rotation, Race 2 started but was quickly abandoned due to lack of wind. Race 2 started after a lengthy postponement and despite limited wind and shifty conditions, four legs were completed. Faget won Race 2, followed by Chris Doyle (Youngstown Yacht Club) and Dyer. Official results.

Teams are prepared to launch Friday morning at 9:oo am for a 10:00 am CDT start time. The championship concludes this Saturday.

The U.S. Adult Championship honors the traditional club vs. club competition by mixing the best elements of the former Mallory Trophy and Adams Cup events, while recognizing that sailors may be representing a community sailing organization.

A Texas style welcome reception, with a barbeque buffet, took place Wednesday night. Sailors were encouraged to wear their western attire and two-step to live country music. There was also be mechanical bull riding challenge, which served as outstanding entertainment for everyone involved.

*Photo credit to Sue Bodycomb.

Check out Thursday’s social media coverage:



Media & Coverage
•    For results, standings, video highlights, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Adult Championship, please visit the event website.
•    For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USAdultChamps14 – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Schedule & Race Course
•    First warning is scheduled for 10 am Friday and Saturday.
•    On Saturday, no races will be started after 6 pm.
•    Racing area will be on Eagle Mountain Lake.
•    Courses will be Windward-Leeward.

Scoring Format
•    Teams will compete in a J/22 round robin format with a minimum of three crew including the helmsperson.
•    Ten races are scheduled.
•    Three completed races will constitute a series.

Prizes on the Line
•    US Sailing medals will be awarded to the first, second and third place competitors.
•    The winning team will be presented the Clifford D. Mallory Trophy.
•    The Royal Victoria Trophy is awarded for excellence in Seamanship.
•    The Staton J. Peele, Jr. Trophy voted upon by the sailors is awarded for Sportsmanship.

The U.S. Adult Sailing Championship is sponsored by Gill North America and Old Pulteney and supported by the Clifford D. Mallory family. This US Sailing National Championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certified event.

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
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 gary.barker@gillna.com.

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.