2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship – Preview

Published on June 19th, 2013

 The Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, Calif. will host the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy, beginning next Tuesday, June 25 through Thursday, June 27.

Thirty-nine talented young doublehanded teams will test their skills against each other in Club 420’s at this US Sailing National Championship. The young women competing next week range between the ages of 13 and 18. This year’s championship features sailors representing 13 U.S. states, including 45 from California.

Racing is just part of the overall experience in Newport Beach next week. There will be valuable learning opportunities and coaching through a two-day clinic that precedes racing on Sunday, June 23 and Monday, June 24. US Sailing’s Junior National Coach Rich Feeny will be running sailing instruction clinics on-site. The clinic will familiarize the competitors with the local conditions and race course.

Returning to compete in their fourth consecutive U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship as a team is Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.), who were last year’s Runner-ups. Smith and Davidson finished just one point behind the winning team in the 2012 event on Lake Minnetonka (Minn.).

Mimi Paz (Marina del Ray, Calif.) and Sydney Avitia-Jacques (Marina del Ray, Calif.) will also be in the hunt for the Ida Lewis Trophy after finishing sixth last year. They won the CFJ division at the 2012 CISA Championship Regatta.

Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.) and Lilla Salvesen (Edgewater, Md.) had a promising 2012. They finished as the top junior women’s team in the Club 420 fleet at the Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta. They hope to carry this momentum into 2013 and contend for the championship next week in Newport Beach.

In February, Taylor Ladd (St. Thomas, USVI) finished as the fourth best junior women’s skipper at the C420 Midwinters in Jensen Beach, Fla. Earlier this spring, she also helped lead the Antilles School to their first-ever High School Doublehanded National Championship in Chicago. Ladd will sail this week with crew Katherine Jones (Lake Forest, Ill.).

In addition to on-the-water activities, Olympic Silver (2000) and Bronze (1992) medalist in the Women’s 470, J.J. Fetter will deliver a US Sailing Olympic Pathways Presentation on Tuesday, June 25. Keynote speaker Katie Pettibone, a veteran America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race/Whitbread Around the World Race yachtswoman, will address the participating sailors with inspirational stories and fascinating accounts of her sailing experiences. Pettibone crewed last weekend for the winning team at the 2013 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Chicago.

This year’s event is hosted by award-winning BCYC, whose members have spent two years planning everything from the teams’ accommodations to premiere level race management. Competition will take place in the vicinity of Newport and Balboa Piers. Spectator boats are available from the club with advance reservation (tel. 949-644-9530), or watch from the beach or wharf adjacent 21st Street on the Balboa Peninsula, starting around noon daily.

Ten races are scheduled and three races are required to be completed to constitute a series. When fewer than six races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores. When six or more races have been completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.

The winning skipper and crew of the event will be presented the Ida Lewis Trophy (perpetual). US Sailing National Championship medals will be awarded to competitors who finish first through fifth. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Award will be presented to a team following the results of a secret ballot.

For results, standings, photos and more information on the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, please visit the event website at championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensDoublehanded.

For breaking news and race results from Corona del Mar, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag #JWDC13 to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships sponsored by Gill North America and Zim Sailing, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.

Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club is located at 1601 Bayside Drive in Corona Del Mar and the Media Center will be housed in the Commodore’s Office.

PRESS BOATS ARE AVAILABLE: Please RSVP 48 hours in advance to –
Bill Long (949) 683-4990 blong@jnrcorp.com
Betsy Crowfoot (805) 890-7801 betsycrowfoot@gmail.com

9:30AM Daily briefing, competitors rig and launch boats, tow to race course
10:30AM Meet at main dock for Press Boat departure
11:55AM First Race warning signal, and races begin
4:00PM Press Boat returns to dock @BCYC; opportunity to interview competitors
6:00PM Prize-giving ceremony: Thursday only

Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, 401.683.0800 x614, jakefish@ussailing.org
Bill Long, BCYC Press Officer, 949.683.4990, blong@jnrcorp.com
Betsy Crowfoot, On-site Media Advisor, 805.890.7801, betsycrowfoot@gmail.com

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 Zim Sailing
Zim Sailing, headquartered in Warren, R.I. is the fastest growing manufacturer of one-design sailboats in North America. Currently, Zim manufactures and distributes the Optimist, Club 420, CFJ and the Byte CII. Zim’s customers include high schools, colleges, yacht clubs, community sailing centers and the passionate dinghy sailor. Zim boats have won several local, regional, National and North American championships since the company’s creation in 2008. Zim is dedicated to the success and growth of dinghy sailing. Zim’s experienced staff and support vehicles can be found at many regattas. For more information, please visit www.zimsailing.com or email info@zimsailing.com.

About Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club
Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) was founded in 1958, and since then has been named “Club of the Year” by the Southern California Yachting Association seven times: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008 and most recently, 2011. BCYC offers cruising, entertainment, social activities and a Junior Sailing program year-round within a family atmosphere, where power and sailboat enthusiasts share a first-class facility at a premiere Newport Harbor waterfront location. In addition to the Club’s comfortable amenities and well-rounded calendar of events, BCYC members enjoy a worldwide privileges with reciprocity in the leading Yacht Clubs around the globe. Southern California offers some of the best sailing conditions in the United States, with sunny weather, calm afternoon breezes and beautiful beaches. For more information on BCYC please visit the website at www.bcyc.org.

Jake Fish

Communication Manager

US Sailing

Phone: 401-683-0800  x.614
Fax: 401-683-0840
Post Office Box 1260
15 Maritime Drive
Portsmouth, RI  02871

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