Peter Keck is the champion of champions
Published on October 9th, 2022
Peter Keck (Delafield, WI) won the 2022 US Sailing Championship of Champions held in MC Scows on October 7-9 at Brick, NJ. With 20 class champions completing on Barnegat Bay, Keck gained his invitation at the C Scow Nationals, the fifth time he’s held that title.
“I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to hold on to the lead – it was so close, but I managed,” said Keck. “The whole idea of this event is so cool, to have people from other one design classes that are all champions competing against each other is a great idea. To all the competitors, I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you – thank you!”
Bill Draheim and Mary Anne Hopper (Royse City, TX), representing the MC Scow Class, came in a close second after a banner final day. The pair won three of the four last races in an attempt to close the gap with Keck. Lightning Master North American Champion Ched Proctor (Southport, CT) and crew Stephanie Swann (Fairfield, CT) sailed a consistent event, taking third place. Proctor had only three finishes outside the top 10.
Competitors and volunteers alike complimented the unique nature of the regatta, which invites winners of one design National, North American, and World Championships to compete against each other in a selected one design fleet.
“It never ceases to amaze me the continued popularity and importance of the championship of champions event to the sport of sailing in North America,” said Shannon Bush, US Sailing’s Championship of Champions Committee Chair. “As a One-Design sailor myself, it’s very humbling to be in a crowd full of competitors who have won a major national, continental or world championship in the past year.”