PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (July 18, 2014) –Thirty-three young sailors set sail today on Mission Bay this afternoon in the first of three days of racing in Laser Radials at the 2014 U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, hosted by the Mission Bay Yacht Club in San Diego.
The sailors used their acquired race course knowledge and new racing tips from this week’s clinics with US Sailing Junior National Coach Richard Feeny and several distinguished coaches, including US Sailing Paralympic Coach Betsy Alison, US Coast Guard Academy Head Coach Brian Swingly, St. Petersburg Yacht Club Head Racing Coach Todd Fedyszyn, US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider member Allie Blecher, and former Quantum College Sailor of the Year Alana O’Reilly.
It was an impressive start to the championship for Sophia Reineke (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.). She won all four races to take a 12-point lead over last year’s runner-up Lindsay Baab (Saratoga, Calif.). Reineke placed fifth in the super competitive Laser Radial fleet at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta last December in Miami.
Teams race in light to average breezes that ranged from 8 to 12 knots under mostly sunny skies.
“It was good out there today, but I’m from San Francisco, so I wish it was a little more windy,” said Baab. “I’m going to work on my starts tomorrow and going faster downwind. I also need to protect the right side better.”
Unofficial Top 5 Through Four Races
1. Sophia Reineke: 1-1-1-1- ; 4
2. Lindsey Baab: 6-3-4-3- ; 16
3. Claire Havig: 3-6-7-5- ; 21
4. Emily Wright: 2-2-6-12- ; 22
5. Isabella Loosbrock: 10-8-11-2- ; 31
This year’s list of competitors features a number of top returning sailors from last year’s championship and many newcomers who are up to the challenge. Five of the top nine sailors from last year’s championship are back.
The top three boats will qualify for early acceptance to the 2015 U.S. Youth Championships, hosted by Eastern Yacht Club (Mass.), which is a qualifier for the 2015 ISAF Youth World Championships, provided they meet the eligibility criteria and submit an application.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is an open event that offers tremendous opportunities, skill development focus, and outstanding competition in a fun, safe, high-quality racing environment.
Coverage and Media
- For results, standings, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, please visit the event website.
- For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #JrWomensSingle – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.
Schedule and Venue
- First warnings for racing is scheduled for 11:30 am PDT.
- Sailors are racing in the Pacific Ocean across the street from Mission Bay Yacht Club approximately 1.0 NM offshore.
- Ten races are scheduled.
- Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
- When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
- When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
- US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth.
- Keeper trophies will be awarded to competitors finishing in the top three.
- The Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy is the perpetual trophy presented to the winner.
- The C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Sportsmanship Prize will be awarded to a competitor based on the results of the competitors’ ballots.
Support of the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship, as well as the clinics, is made possible by funds provided by the late C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. This support is intended to encourage young American women to enhance their sailing ability, with emphasis on sportsmanship, by providing the opportunity to compete in national-level competition with guidance from high-level coaching.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is sponsored by Gill North America. This Championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.
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