Struggling for wind at U.S. Adult Championship
Published on September 25th, 2014
Fort Worth, TX (September 25, 2014) – After being unable to complete any races as the 2014 U.S. Adult Championship got underway yesterday, the J/22 teams and the race committee patiently waited for breeze on a hot Thursday afternoon and were rewarded with two races to officially launch the event being hosted by the Fort Worth Boat Club.
Eagle Mountain Lake greeted the competitors with glassy conditions and patchy breeze, with sufficient winds at 3:39 pm CDT for Race 1 to finally began in very light breeze. The wind started to fade after the first leeward mark rounding, so the finish line was set up at the end of the third leg. Paul Wilson (Vineyard Haven Yacht Club) won Race 1, followed by Bryan Dyer (Forth Worth Boat Club) and Benz Faget (Southern Yacht Club).
After the boat rotation, Race 2 started but was quickly abandoned due to lack of wind. Race 2 started after a lengthy postponement and despite limited wind and shifty conditions, four legs were completed. Faget won Race 2, followed by Chris Doyle (Youngstown Yacht Club) and Dyer. Official results.
Teams are prepared to launch Friday morning at 9:oo am for a 10:00 am CDT start time. The championship concludes this Saturday.
The U.S. Adult Championship honors the traditional club vs. club competition by mixing the best elements of the former Mallory Trophy and Adams Cup events, while recognizing that sailors may be representing a community sailing organization.
Report by US Sailing media.