Jen French Wins Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational

Published on May 30th, 2013

(May 30, 2013) – Jen French (St. Petersburg, FL), 2012 Paralympic Silver Medalist and the first disabled women to be selected as the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year won the 3rd Annual Robie Pierce Women’s Invitational held off of Milton Harbor, NY.

In a SSW breeze of 3 –to-7 knots, Jen and her first-time crewmate Laura Schwanger, a breast cancer survivor, took first place with 4 bullets out of 6 races. Brenda Hopkin and Susan King were second with 13 points. In this tight match, the third place winners were only 2 points behind the 2nd place winners. Tied for third place but winning the tiebreaker was Judy Kowalesky and Vivian Snyder, with Cindy Walker and Sarah Everhart-Skeels in fourth. Donna DeMarest with crewmate Maureen McKinnon came in fifth place.

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Vivien Snyder, a first-time competitor said that she was so excited that she could have kept going all day long. “My cheeks were hurting from smiling.”

Jen French summed it up by saying that events like this regatta are key in helping to encourage more women with disabilities to get into sailing. “When the wind came up, we all sailed close together and had a lot of fun. At the end of the day, sailing is all about the fun factor.”

The full Robie Pierce Regatta begins on Friday, May 31 and runs to Sunday, June 2. Information is available on the web at

No regatta can be successful without a large group of very special sponsors, including Heineken USA, who has been a major supporter since the beginning; Green Mountain Coffee; and Lucerne Capital Management. New additions are major sponsor Subaru Distributors Corp, Magnum, Gill USA, Thomas Bates. Accessories, NASDAQ OMX and the Sailing Foundation of NY.

For further information, contact Regatta Co-Chair Siobhan Reilly, American Yacht Club, .

Contact: Jan Hodnett

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