Massive field for US Team Racing Champs
Published on September 23rd, 2021
Twenty-four teams will compete in the 2021 US Team Racing Championship on September 24-26 in Bristol, RI. Racing will begin with a qualifying round in a Swiss League format and culminate in a knock-out series among the top teams. Racing will take place on Bristol Harbor, off of the docks of the Maritime Center in downtown Bristol.
“The competition format is extremely compelling this year,” says Nick Cromwell, Race Chair at Bristol Yacht Club. “The format will allow for teams to be seeded against like-competition, which will create even tighter and more exciting competition. It’s going to be very fast-paced in order to accommodate as much racing as possible, and we’re excited to put that together in a location that is going to be right off the dock.”
First held in 1981, the U.S. Team Racing Championship remains one of the most anticipated annual sailing championships of the season. This year’s Championship features an impressive list of accomplished teams and experienced team racers, many of whom have competed in or won this Championship in years past.
“Bristol Yacht Club has been planning this event for almost two years,” says Cromwell. “We’re really excited to finally host this regatta, and the support from the many volunteers at Bristol Yacht Club and the harbormaster has been incredible.”
“Team racing is a really important part of the sport,” says Cromwell. “It’s an area with a lot of growth and interest, especially for the younger and the ‘right out of college’ demographic. It’s a tremendous growth opportunity for the sport, and we’re proud to partner with US Sailing for this event.”
To accommodate the format and have ten fleets on the water at once, Zim Sailing is supplying 18 Zim 420e (v. 2), Roger Williams University Sailing Team is providing six e420s, and six club 420s from Bristol Yacht Club’s Sailing program, East Bay Sailing Foundation will be in rotation as well.
Source: US Sailing