Barrows / Henken Win 2021 49er North Americans
BRISTOL, Rhode Island (June 27, 2021) – It was a solid weekend of racing just north of Mount Hope Bridge out of Roger Williams University for the 49ers and 49erFXs for the 2021 North American Championships. Eleven 49ers and six 49erFXs convened on Mount Hope Bay for three days of stiff breeze and excellent racing administered by Carol Ewing and her race committee crew.
Congratulations to US Sailing Team members Ian Barrows (St. Thomas, USVI) and Hans Henken (Coronado, Calif.) on their 49er North American Champion title, and to Stephan Baker (Miami, Fla.) and Nick Hardy (Newton, Mass.) on their 49erFX title.
6 More Sailors Named to Youth Worlds Team, Buckingham Wins ILCA 7 Fleet
BRISTOL, Rhode Island / SAN DIEGO, Calif. (June 27, 2021) – Two more qualifier events wrapped and six more youth sailors were preliminarily named to the Youth Worlds team (pending qualification eligibility confirmation), scheduled to represent the USA in Al-Mussanah, Oman on December 11-18. Full qualification details for Youth Worlds can be found here.
29er Female Team – Charlie Leigh & Sophie Fisher
29er Male Team – Ian Nyenhuis & Noah Nyenhuis
ILCA 6 Female Representative – Katharine Doble
ILCA 6 Male Representative – Chapman Petersen
Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island hosted 21 29er skiffs for the 29er National Championship, and Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California welcomed 55 ILCA 6 sailors from the United States, Canada, and the Cayman Islands for Laser Midwinters West. Both locations witnessed an impressive pipeline of developing sailors racing right alongside some of the biggest names in their respective classes.
Leandro Spina, US Sailing Olympic Development Director, made appearances on both coasts, traveling mid-regatta to check in on the two important events. “It’s great to see new faces coming up and to see some new first-time members of the Youth Worlds team,” said Spina. “We’re starting to see some strong names come forward and it’ll make for a great team to take to Oman this winter.”
“I think it’s fantastic to see these 40 teams out sailing in high performance boats,” said Paul Cayard, Executive Director of US Olympic Sailing. “The depth of these fleets is wonderful and speaks volumes for our future. The pathway for the kids who join the 29er class is clear through the FX and the 49er. Having the classes race together is such a great ecosystem and gives me great confidence in our future.” Cayard joined the fleets on the water in Bristol for the first two days of racing and got to see the development efforts firsthand that he and Spina have been so invested in for years now.
US Sailing Team sailor and Tokyo 2020 representative, Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.), was also on the water in Long Beach, California this weekend, racing in the ILCA 7 division. Buckingham won the event out of 32 boats with four bullets in 10 races and a 4th as his lowest score. “I’m happy to take the win here but more importantly I’m excited to be getting into my final preparations for the Games,” reflected Buckingham.