Stanford alums win US Team Racing Championship

Published on October 22nd, 2017

Oyster Bay, NY (October 22, 2017) – The 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured a “who’s who” of college sailing’s present and past. Jet Lag, a team composed of Stanford University alumni sailors, had all the right combinations as the Northern California based team captured their first Hinman Trophy. They placed fifth last year and second in 2015.

Conditions for the three day event (Oct. 20-22) limited the format for the 14 teams to a single round robin series, with the winners posting a 10-2 overall record for the Championship. They edged Comm Ave Convicts, comprised of current and past Boston College sailors, and Hawks Peacocks, a team comprised mostly of Roger Williams University sailors, by a point in the final standings.

Jet Lag’s team is composed of skippers Mateo Varga (San Francisco, Calif.), Oliver Toole (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Kevin Laube (San Francisco, Calif.) and crew Samantha Steele (San Francisco, Calif.), Carolyn Kelly Ortel (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Yuri Namikawa (San Francisco, Calif.).

Placing second was Comm Ave Convicts. Their team features skippers Wade Waddell (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Scott Sinks (San Diego, Calif.) and Raul Rios (La Colina, Guaynabo, PR), and Emma Perry (Lexington, Mass.), Allison Ferraris (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Katja Sertl (Annapolis, Md.).

Finishing third was Hawks Peacocks. Their team includes skippers Conner Harding (Naples, Fla.), Mackenzie Bryan (Chistansted, St. Croix VI) and Martim Anderson (Bristol, R.I.), and crew Mike McBrien (East Patchogue, N.Y.), Jennifer Agell (Huntington, N.Y.), and Marina Cano Sostre (Boston, Mass.).

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Source: US Sailing Media Contact: Jake Fish


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