U.S. Match Racing Championship – Day 2 Report


Chris Kennedy and Team Oakcliff

Report by Francis K. George, Oakcliff Sailing

OYSTER BAY, NY (October 14, 2017) – ‘You’re not out until you’re out’ was proved again at day two of the U.S. Match Race Championships. Nevin Snow finally ended Peter Holz’s undefeated streak in the 9th and final race of the round robin. However, Janel Zarkowsky, Snow’s coach from Georgetown, beat him two-straight in the first-to-three points quarterfinal series. Snow, the defending champion, still has a shot to make a comeback and advance to the semifinals tomorrow when racing continues. View full results and crew list.

Currently, Peter Holz trails 8th seed Chris Kennedy 2-1 in the quarterfinals. In the beginning, it was looking like business as usual for Holz, winning the first race, but Kennedy and the Oakcliff team came back swinging to win the next two. If they win one more it will be the upset of the regatta.

Pearson Potts of Yankee Creole Racing adapted well to the medium-light breeze to beat David Storrs and break their second place tie in the last flight of the Round Robin. In the quarterfinals, they were the only team to advance three straight, over Nicole Breault. “We won with our boat-handling, which is really how we qualified to begin with,” said Pearson.

David Storrs almost knocked out Steve Lowery with two straight wins but Lowery wasn’t going down without a fight. He won the third match and will continue the fight tomorrow.

Tomorrow’s forecast is calling for 11 knots of breeze building to 15. It will be an exciting final day so be sure to follow us on Facebook for live updates on all the action. Watch the official T2PTV recap video thanks to Heron Wealth or visit the event webpage here.

Media & Coverage

  • For results and standings, daily video reports, photos, Twitter updates, and more information from the 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
  • Watch the video coverage from T2P.TV with commentary by Tucker Thompson sponsored by Heron Wealth.
  • See full results and crew list. Keep up with live updates on Oakcliff’s Facebook page.
  • Participate in the conversation this week on Twitter, Facebook and all social media outlets using #MatchRacing17.

The 2017 U.S. Match Racing Championship is sponsored by Gill North America, Hobie Polarized Sunglasses, Old Pulteney, and Heron Wealth.

Oakcliff Sailing Media Contact: Francis George, pr@oakcliffsailing.org

US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish, jakefish@ussailing.org

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and advancement for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, 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. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

About Oakcliff Sailing
Oakcliff Sailing is an adult and youth training center for athletes who have progressed beyond traditional coaching methods and want to take the next step in their career. We offer trainees a proving ground to develop their skills in the three big veins of professional sailing: the America’s Cup, the Olympics, and around-the-world races. Our goal is to take American sailing back to the highest level world-wide. Learn more on our website or like us on Facebook.

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 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 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.

About Heron Wealth
Heron Wealth is a New York City-based independent financial advisory firm that provides financial planning, investment advice and estate planning services. Founded by David Edwards in 1996, Heron currently has $300 million AUM.