Offshore Showdown in Annapolis
Published on September 21st, 2017
Ten teams from around the country will be fleet racing on Chesapeake Bay in Navy 44 sloops on September 22-24 for the 2017 U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship, hosted by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron. This US Sailing National Championship routinely offers a unique offshore racing challenge for participants at one of sailing’s most historic and prominent venues.
NOTE: This initially said October 22-24. It is being held September 22-24.
The Championship focuses on the core fundamentals of offshore racing. The format features one medium and one long distance race (weather permitting) with a variety of possible courses, as well as at least three buoy races. The distance races will be approximately 15 to 30 nautical miles.
The competing teams are representing each of the US Sailing Areas and are seeded through Area eliminations or by sailing resume, plus one U.S. Naval Academy team. Each team consists of a crew of eight, including one skipper, six crew members, and one U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman from the varsity offshore racing team.
Teams must have competed in at least five IRC, ORC, ORR, PHRF, Offshore One Design, Offshore Level Class Racing or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in its respective Area during in the past 18 months.
Dan McGanty – Pacific Palisades, CA
Edgar Smith – New Haven, CT
Scott Ward – Hollywood, MD
Laurent Givry – Fairfax Station, VA
John Leitzinger – Tacoma, WA
Charles Schaffner – Avon Lake, OH
Chris Lewis – Houston, TX
Glenn Doncaster – Raleigh, NC
Brian Kennalley – Chicago, IL
Theodore Papenthien – Annapolis, MD