U.S. Youth Championships – Day 3 Report

GROSSE POINTE SHORES, Mich. (August 13, 2014) – It was a fast and furious Wednesday on Lake St. Clair. The talented 156 sailors, race committee and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club volunteers exhaled this morning, as they were graced with fantastic sailing conditions for the first time this week.

Sustained winds between 13 and 18 knots under sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s provided great sailing for everyone involved in this US Sailing National Championship. However, the conditions were extremely challenging with unpredictable puffs and shifts throughout the day.

New champions will be decided on Thursday. Start times have been bumped up an hour to 10:00 am EDT.

Quote of the Day:
Sean Schotthoefer, Event Chairman – “It’s special to be able to host this championship on the 100 year anniversary of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. These young sailors are the future of the sport. It’s a great opportunity for these kids to come here and race at this great venue. Our volunteers worked hard to make this a memorable experience and a first-class championship.”

*Results below subject to change.

The 29ers have been, by far, the busiest of the five classes. After posting four races on Tuesday, they completed six more today. The day belonged to Nicolas Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), who won four of six races. They take just a one point lead over Max Brill (San Diego, Calif.) and Zach Malcolm (Imperial Beach, Calif.) into Thursday.

29er Top 3 Standings
1. Nicolas Muller/Ian MacDiarmid, [8]-4-2-5-1-2-1-1-3-1- ; 20
2. Max Brill/Zach Malcolm, 1-1-1-2-4-[5]-3-3-2-4- ; 21
3. Sean Brennan/Pere Puig, 2-2-3-1-6-[7]-4-2-1-5- ; 26

International 420
Chris Keller (Riverside, Conn.) and Peter Schneider (Greenwich, Conn.) have three point advantage in the International 420 fleet through five races. James Westerberg (Riverside, Conn) Pierce Ornstein (Old Greenwich, Conn.) are tied for second place with Kristopher Swanson (Kentfield, Calif.) and Alexander Ron (Houston, Texas).

I420 Top 5 Standings
1. Chris Keller/Peter Schneider, 1-2-2-2-[4]- ; 7
2. James Westerberg/pierce ornstein, 4-[6]-1-4-1- ; 10T
3. Kristopher Swanson/Alexander Ron, [10/OCS]-4-3-1-2- ; 10T
4. Christine Klingler/Victoria Thompson, 3-1-5-[7]-5- ; 14T
5. Macey McCann/Lenox Butcher, 2-[7]-4-5-3- ; 14T

Club 420
Andy Reiter (San Diego, Calif.) and Charlie Miller (San Diego, Calif.) have a 12-point lead in the Club 420 fleet through five races.

Club 420 Top 5 Standings
1. Andy Reiter/Charlie Miller, 5-3-1-4-[19]- ; 13
2. Martina Sly/Ian R Morgan, [10]-9-2-6-8- ; 25
3. Augie Dale/Kennedy Placek, [32]-2-16-8-2- ; 28T
4. Shawn Harvey/Andrew Swerdlow, 4-[17]-7-14-3- ; 28T
5. Campbell D’Eliscu/Briggs D’eliscu, 1-22-5-[34]-1- ; 29

Malcolm Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.) is in command through five races in the Laser fleet. He has won four of five races and leads by six points.

Laser Top 5 Standings
1. Malcolm Lamphere, 1-[5]-1-1-1- ; 4
2. Erik Weis, 2-1-[5]-5-2- ; 10
3. Will Dana, 9-[11]-4-3-3- ; 19
4. Richie Gordon, 6-6-2-[8]-7- ; 21
5. Marshall McCann, 10-[19/BFD]-6-2-5- ; 23

William Marshall (Newton, Mass.) leads Drake Lyon (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) by four points through five races in the Laser Radial fleet.

Radial Top 5 Standings
1. William Marshall, [31/BFD]-2-1-2-2- ; 7
2. Drake Lyon, [10]-1-3-4-3- ; 11
3. Jack Marshall, 11-[12]-8-3-1- ; 23
4. Max Guerriero, 3-4-11-6-[26]- ; 24
5. Patrick Shanahan, [31/RET]-11-6-1-7- ; 25

Media & Coverage
•    For results (pending), standings, video highlights from Chris Love, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Youth Championships, please visit the event website. Wednesday’s video highlights and photos will be available Thursday morning.
•    For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USYouthChamps14 – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

More social media coverage today from Grosse Pointe Shores, Michigan:

Racing Schedule & Venue
•    First race warning for Thursday, August 14 is 1o:00 am EDT.
•    Regatta will be sailed on Lake St. Clair immediately outside the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Harbor.
•    Courses may include windward-leeward, triangle and trapezoid course types.

Scoring Format
•    Three races are required to be completed to constitute a series.
•    When fewer than five races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores.
•    When five or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score

What’s on the Line?
•    US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded.
•    The Manton D Scott Memorial Trophy will be awarded to the winning Open Doublehanded Dinghy (C 420) team.
•    The Robert L. Johnstone III Trophy will be awarded to the winning Singlehanded–Heavy (Laser Standard) competitor.
•    The Robert and Ann Conner Trophy will be awarded to the winning Singlehanded– Light (Laser Radial) competitor.
•    The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophy will be awarded, as well as sportsmanship keepers, in each discipline.

The U.S. Youth Sailing Championships are sponsored by Gill North America, Hobie Polarized Sunglasses, Sperry Top-Sider, and Urban Science. The Championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event. Zim Sailing is a charter boat provider for the Club 420 and 29er.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, jakefish@ussailing.org, 401.683.0800 x614

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 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 Urban Science
Urban Science is a business-solutions company focused on supporting the needs of the sales and marketing function of the automotive industry. We leverage a scientific methodology to help our client partners sell more vehicles, improve profitability and increase customer loyalty.  And we do that by helping solve their toughest challenges including planning an optimal dealership network, improving individual dealer performance, and efficiently converting sales leads into sales. In short, we guide business through science—and we’ve been doing this since 1977. Today we have a team of more than 850 employees throughout 19 global offices. www.urbanscience.com