Romain Screve Wins US Youth Match Racing Championship

Published on June 19th, 2016

Ten teams competed at the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship, held June 17-19 in Sheboygan, WI. Racing in Elliott 6ms, the title was won by Romain Screve (Ross, CA), Jackson Ritter (San Francisco, CA) and Sammy Shea (San Francisco, CA).

After light winds on the opening day of the Round Robin stage, the teams were greeted with outstanding conditions on day two and three on Lake Michigan. Sean Cornell (Centerport, NY) was the top team after the Round Robin stage, and carried that momentum through the Quarter Final and Semi Final rounds.

Cornell faced Screve in the Finals, with the winner of the Rose Cup determined in the last race of the first to three points series. With the series even at 2-2, #2 seed Screve edged top-seeded Cornell and crew Thomas Pluchino (Centerport, NY) and Scott Ewing (Miami, FL) to win the championship.

The win earned Screve an invitation to the 2016 Governor’s Cup on July 18-23 at the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. Screve also qualifies for the 2016 Oakcliff Halloween Invitational on October 29-30 in Match 40s.

Results & Racing – Results & Standings
• Final Series: Screve won races 1, 3 and 5 in the Final Series against Cornell to win the U.S. Youth Match Racing Championship for the Rose Cup (Note – Cornell defeated Screve in their Round Robin match on Friday). Screve’s crewmate Shea earned his second Rose Cup title. He won his first as crew for Scott Buckstaff in 2013.
• Petit Finals for third place: The team of Jack Parkin (Riverside, Conn./Riverside Yacht Club), Wiley Rogers (Kemah, Calif.) and Bram Brakman (Darien, Conn.) defeated Dane Byerly (El Lago, Texas/Lakewood Yacht Club), Laura Masterson (League City, Texas) and Christopher Chaumont (Fort Worth, Texas), 2-0.
• Semifinals: #1 Cornell defeated #4 Parkin, 3-0; #2 Screve defeated #3 Byerly, 3-1.
• Quarterfinals: #1 Cornell and #2 Screve each swept their matches, 3-0; #3 Byerly and #4 Parkin advanced on their final race of the series to win their matches, 3-2.
• Round Robin: Cornell finished the stage as the #1 seed with eight points in nine races; Screve was also 8-1 in the stage, with his lone loss coming to Cornell; the top eight teams advanced to the Quarterfinals.

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Source: Jake Fish, US Sailing

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