San Diego YC Hosts U.S. Match Racing Championship
Published on October 6th, 2016
San Diego, CA (October 6, 2016) – San Diego Yacht Club will play host to the 49th edition of the U.S. Match Racing Championship this weekend in San Diego, CA. Ten talented teams representing their home sailing organizations will go one-on-one for the Prince of Wales Bowl.
Returning to take another shot at this US Sailing National Championship is three -time (2013, 2002 1984) U.S. Match Racing Champion David Dellenbaugh. He will be representing the Pequot Yacht Club (CT).
The lone women’s skipper racing this week is Nicole Breault. Ranked #9 in the world in women’s match racing by ISAF and #2 in the country, Breault had a remarkable season, winning the 2016 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Annapolis, MD. Breault will be representing St. Francis Yacht Club (CA).
ICSA’s College Sailor of the Year for the second year in a row, Nevin Snow, will compete for his first win of the Prince of Wales Bowl. This year, Snow has performed well, winning the U.S. Match Race Championship Qualifiers in June. Snow is ranked #3 in the U.S. He will be sailing in his own waters, having grown up at SDYC.
The San Diego Yacht Club has a long history of high profile events, recently hosting the 2013 Star World Championships, 2011 Etchells World Championships and three America’s Cup events along with several one design North American and National Championships over the years. For the last 15 years SDYC has been working on growing match racing in the San Diego Region.
The three-day event begins Friday, October 7 and concludes on Sunday, October 9.
The skippers that are participating this weekend are –
Venue/Local Sailing Conditions
Racing on San Diego Bay along the city front normally provides sunshine, calm water and nice breeze. The wind is a late riser in these parts, making trying to race in the early morning a lost cause, but by 1100 there is generally a nice 5-8 knot breeze that will generally build and go right. More often than not, it tops out at 10-12 knots from about 280.
Stage 1 – Preliminary Round Robin Racing
Stage 2 – Semi Final/Final Knock-out Series
Prizes on the Line
• The winner will be named the U.S. Match Racing Champion and will have their name engraved on the Prince of Wales Bowl, a perpetual trophy that will be kept on display at US Sailing.
• US Sailing medals will be awarded to teams placing first through third.
Source: Event Media