The 2016 College Sailing Match Racing Nationals, hosted by San Diego Yacht Club (SDYC), concluded today on San Diego Bay. After three days of competitive racing, Georgetown University has won the Cornelius Shields Sr. Trophy.
Congratulations to Cole Harris on being named SDAYC's 2016 Junior Yachtsman of the Year! Cole's combination of outstanding race results like the C420 North American Championship, his service as our 2015/2016 Junior Commodore, and his performance now as a coach, make him a true stand out in a tough crowd, and we couldn't be prouder to have him on our team. Well done, Cole!
The 2016 US Match Race Championships were held at the San Diego Yacht Club, October 7-9. The regatta was sailed off of downtown San Diego, in SDYC’s fleet of J/22’s. The conditions throughout the regatta were near perfect, with races being sailed in 6-12 knots of northwesterlies.
The #3 ranked match racer in the country, Nevin Snow, may be moving up the rankings following this weekend’s triumphant performance in San Diego at the 2016 U.S. Match Racing Championship. The San Diego native earned his first Prince of Wales Bowl in impressive fashion by winning 17 of 18 races.
The 49er North Americans were held in Newport, RI, at Sail Newport, August 26-28. My crew, James, and I arrived a week early to do some training for what was to be our first 49er regatta together (and my first 49er regatta ever!). Nonetheless, the training was great with 5 days in a beautiful Rhode Island seabreeze of 11-18 knots.
As the final weeks of summer were drawing to an end for others mine was just getting started. For roughly sixteen days, minus two days of break, I was nonstop sailing at three of the most competitive events in junior sailing.
20 Teams from around the country competed for the prestigious BEMIS trophy in the US Sailing Chubb Junior Championship Regatta. Two teams are selected from each US Sailing Area. Cole Harris/Tanner Chapko and Jack Reiter/Dot Obel are the teams that qualified from Area J.
The 2016 C420 North Americans were held at Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club August 18-21, which presented a great opportunity to compete in my first ever major championship. Not only was this my first major championship, but it also was the first time I sailed the C420 in a windy venue.
The U.S. Team Race Championship started Friday August 19th at Sheboygan Yacht Club in Wisconsin. Eleven of the best Team Racing teams in the country were selected by resume to compete in the prestigious event. This year, I teamed up with a group of All Americans from Boston College to try and defend our title at the event.
This years Leiter Cup was full of lasting memories. This regatta has always been my favorite because all the girls form a special connection. At the Ida Lewis Regatta, the same format but in C420s, everyone has their crew or skipper to talk to which does not necessarily make for the best bonding of the girls