Ruf, Everhart-Skeels Earn First Career U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships

Published on September 8th, 2013

Milwaukee, WI (September 8, 2013) –  John Ruf (Pewaukee, Wis.) and the team of Sarah Everhart-Skeels (Tiverton, R.I.) and Gerry Tiernan (Falmouth, Maine) won their first U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship titles following three more races today on Lake Michigan. Teams in 2.4mR and Ideal 18 classes tallied seven races over three days, beginning this Friday, September 6. The 2013 event was hosted by the Milwaukee Community Sailing Center. This year’s talented field included Paralympians, US Sailing Sperry Top-Sider members, international sailors, and new contenders.

Ruf, a 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist, had his sights set on his first U.S. Disabled Singlehanded Championship for the Judd Goldman Trophy and achieved this goal in his home state. Ruf won all seven races this week. Three-time U.S. Disabled Singlehanded Champion Charles Rosenfield (Woodstock, Conn.) placed second and finished second overall in all seven races this week.

2.4mR Final Standings
1. John Ruf, Pewaukee Yacht Club, [1]-1-1-1-1-1-1- ; 6
2. Charles Rosenfield, Sail Newport, [2]-2-2-2-2-2-2- ; 12
3. Tim Ripley, Nyack Boat Club, 3-3-3-3-3-[4]-3- ; 18
4. Jeffery Reinhold, CYC Seattle, 4-[7/DNF]-7/DNS-4-4-3-4- ; 26
5. Zak Kordik, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, [5]-4-4-5-5-5-5- ; 28
6. Tracy Schmitt, Team Paradise/National, 6-5-[7/DNF]-6-6-6-7/DNF- ; 36

Everhart-Skeels and Tiernan, who were recently named to the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider in the Paralympic SKUD-18 class, won five of seven races this week to win the U.S. Disabled Doublehanded Championship for the Chandler Hovey Trophy by eight points.

Ideal 18 Final Standings
1. Sarah Everhart-Skeels/Gerry Tiernan, Sail Newport, [3]-1-1-1-1-1-3- ; 8
2. Edward (Ted) King, M.D./Jim Scott, PPSC/Bbay Hbr YC, 2-[4]-4-3-4-2-1- ; 16T
3. Bridget Bodo/Lawrence Campbell, JGASF, 1-2-2-[4]-3-4-4- ; 16T
4. Ryan Porteous/Cindy Walker, Mission Bay Yacht Club, 4-3-3-2-2-3-[5]- ; 17
5. Patrick LoDuca/Dana Currier, Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing, [5]-5-5-5-5-5-2- ; 27

Click here for complete results.

Competitor Quotes
Overall, how was your experience at this year’s championship?
“Even with the storms yesterday, we had great sailing conditions and got in three solid days of racing, and the volunteers were so accommodating and did a wonderful job making us feel welcome.” – Bridget Bodo (Chicago, Ill.)

“I’m glad to have competed on this part of Lake Michigan for the championship. We had great race officials, great weather and great competition.” – Gerry Tiernan

How does it feel to have won the 2.4mR class?
“There was such drama out on the water today. My seat broke during the fifth race, and the whole time I was going over scoring in my head and figuring out what I had to do to maintain my position. I was able to hold onto the lead to win that race, and get the seat issue resolved. I never expected this outcome for the championship, but it feels incredible.” – John Ruf

Weather
Air Temperature: Highs were in the mid to upper 60s.
Water Temperature: 65° to 68° F
Wind Conditions: ESE Wind of 12 to 14 knots, remaining consistent throughout all three races.
Waves: 2 to 4 foot waves throughout the day.

The event was open to any sailor with a physical disability. Participants have included quadriplegics, paraplegics and amputees, as well as individuals with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, polio and ALS.

Visit the official event website for final standings and more. View today’s photo gallery from Milwaukee.

The U.S. Disabled Sailing Championships is a US Sailing National Championship regatta, sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certification event.

*Recap by Sebastian Raasch, Jake Fish

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

Championship Notes
– There was a racing clinic for participating competitors on Thursday, September 5.
– Racing took place on Lake Michigan east of Milwaukee Harbor
– US Sailing medals were awarded to the first, second, and third place skippers and crews in each.
– The Milwaukee Community Sailing Center has run an adaptive sailing program since 1984. In just under 30 years, the MCSC has grown their fleet from 10 to nearly 90.

Championship Personnel:
MCSC CEO: Margaret Jaberg
Event Chair: Cookie Mueller
U.S. Disabled Sailing Championship Chair: Kevin Wixom
US Sailing National Championships Director: Liz Walker

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