Titles won at US Junior Championships
Published on August 10th, 2018
La Salle, MI (August 10, 2018) – Over 90 sailors today wrapped up a big week on Lake Erie which produced three new champions at the 2018 Chubb U.S. Junior Sailing Championships, a US Sailing National Championship event held August 8-10.
“We had very competitive fleets across all three disciplines, and great camaraderie and sportsmanship from the sailors,” noted John Pearce, Youth Director at US Sailing. “This event has sailors from every part of the country competing fiercely, but also sharing a common bond as American sailors at a US Sailing Championship.”
U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship for the Smythe Trophy – Laser Radial
The Balboa Yacht Club’s David Wood (Corona Del Mar, Calif.) won by 14 points over Chapman Peterson (Winnetka, Ill.) who placed second overall. Lucas Sawin (Mount Pleasant, S.C.), who finished fourth at least year’s event, placed third this year. Wood wrapped up a great regatta today with a scoring line of 5-7-2 over three races. He finished in the top five in seven of the 10 races this week.
The Laser Radials posted two races on Wednesday (Aug 8) with Wood taking the earl lead by two points. He extended his lead to four points over Petersen through five more races on Thursday.
The top three eligible athletes in the singlehanded fleet will receive early acceptance to the 2019 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships.
Final Standings – Top 5 (20 boats)
1. David Wood, Balboa Yacht Club, 2-2-5-2--6-1-5-7-2- ; 32
2. Chapman Petersen, Lake Geneva Yacht Club, 5-6-3-1-2-5-6-6-12-- ; 46
3. Lucas Sawin, Lauderdale Yacht Club / Hobcaw Yacht Club, 8-1-8-5--7-10-3-10-6- ; 58
4. James Paul, Stamford Yacht Club, -7-10-15-15-3-4-1-3-3- ; 61
5. Will Foox, San Francisco Yacht Club, 9-9-1--4-13-5-8-4-10- ; 63
U.S. Junior Doublehanded Championship for the Bemis Trophy – Club 420
Trevor Davis (Arnold, Md.) and Rider Odom (Arnold, Md.) of the Severn Sailing Association won by a 21 point margin after finishing strong today with a 5-1 scoring line. Placing second was Hamilton Barclay (West Boothbay Harbor, Maine) and Ella Beauregard (Southport, Maine). They moved into second place today with a strong showing to close out the regatta (7-2). Last year’s runners-up, Jack Egan (San Diego, Calif.) and Jack Plavan (Park City, Utah), finished on the podium again, this time in third place. Davis and Odom won five of the 10 races this week.
There was little separation at the top of the leaderboard following the first day’s three races as the top four teams were separated by just one point each. Egan and Plavan entered day two with a one point lead but Davis and Odom surged in front from fifth place to take a 10 point lead after five more races. Egan and Plavan dropped to second place.
Final Standings – Top 5 (20 boats)
1. Trevor Davis/Rider Odom, Severn Sailing Association, 1-[21/RET-AF]-1-5-1-1-2-6-5-1- ; 23
2. Hamilton Barclay/Ella Beauregard, Boothbay Harbor Yacht Club, 6-2-7--8-5-3-4-7-2- ; 44
3. Jack Egan/Jack Plavan, San Diego Yacht Club, 2-1-11-1-9--1-2-10-9- ; 46
4. Charlotte Costikyan/Isabel Infurna, Noroton Yacht Club, 9-3-5-7-2-3--12-3-10- ; 54
5. Ansgar Jordan/Patrick Mulcahy, Coronado Yacht Club, 4-10-2-8-15-6--1-12-7- ; 65
U.S. Junior Triplehanded Championship for the Sears Cup – Lightning
The team of Douglas Wake (Sheboygan, Wis.), Ashley English (Sheboygan, Wis.), and Noah Bartelt (Howards Grove, Wis.) of the Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center won in convincing fashion. The Sheboygan team won six of 11 races this week on their way to a 27 point win. Placing second was Cameron Feves (Long Beach, Calif.), Christopher Salas (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), and Justin Zmina (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.).
Feves won this Championship last year in the Flying Scot with a different crew. He was fourth in 2016 in the Lightning. In third place was Grant Gridley (Milwaukie, Ore.), Christopher (Kit) Stoll (Mercer Island, Wash.), and Kieran Banyard (Portland, Ore.). Gridley, also with a different crew, finished sixth in 2017 and fifth in 2016.
Wake got off to a strong start and took an early seven point lead through three races and a 2-3-1 scoring line. They extended their lead to 15 points yesterday through five more races.
Final Standings – Top 5
1. Douglas Wake/Ashley English/Noah Bartelt, Sheboygan Youth Sailing Center, 2-3-1-1-2--1-1-3-1-1- ; 16
2. Cameron Feves/Christopher Salas/Justin Zmina, Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, 1-[12/DNF]-2-2-1-6/ARB-7-7-5-4-8- ; 43
3. Grant Gridley/Christopher (Kit) Stoll/Kieran Banyard, Willamette Sailing Club, 3-[12/DNF]-7-4-4-1-5-2-4-7-9- ; 46T
4. Jack Vanderhorst/Annika Vanderhorst/Meghan Dieball, Edgewater Yacht Club, -8-4-7-7-5-2-3-2-3-5- ; 46T
5. Owen Lahr/Connell Phillipps/Nick Nash, Richmond Yacht Club, 4-6-3-8--4-3-5-10-2-6- ; 51
Sailors raced in the open waters of Lake Erie, approximately due east of host North Cape Yacht Club. The sailing conditions on day one included light offshore winds at 5 to 7 knots and flat water. On day two, there was a light offshore wind to start, building gradually throughout the day to 10 to 12 knots. Today, the winds were onshore and stronger, approximately 12 knots, with typical Lake Erie waves due to the new wind direction coming off the lake.
Sailors took part in onshore and on-water clinics with a collection of top coaches from around the country on August 7 to hone their skills and acclimate themselves to the racing conditions and the boats. Included in this year’s line-up of coaches is 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist and four-time Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year, Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias.
The following coaches are on site working with the sailors throughout the championship:
• Anna Tunnicliffe Tobias – 2008 Olympic Gold Medalist, Laser Radial
• Amanda Clark – 2012 and 2008 Olympian, Women’s 470
• Richard Feeny – Head Coach, US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships
• Alana O’Reilly Marks – 2006 Quantum ICSA Women’s Sailor of the Year
• Scott Ikle – Head Coach, Hobart & William Smith
• Cappy Capper – US Sailing Master Trainer
“This Championship is very unique in that there is representation from every part of the country, across three sailing disciplines,” said Pearce. “These sailors earned the right to represent their region and the opportunity to learn from a world-class team of coaches. Our team of US Sailing-provided fleet coaches is another aspect of this event that sets it apart from most youth regattas.”