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YALE UNIVERSITY WINS GILL COED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

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St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 6, 2014) – Today was the last day of the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship, hosted by St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This is the last of three high caliber spring College Sailing National Championships, where were co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After winning their semi-final fleet leading up to the finals portion of this event Yale University has won the national title and the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy.

Racing got underway at 9:15 a.m. Winds were from the northwest at around 5-8 knots. It was sunny and the temperatures were in the 70s. The wind started to shift to the north and get light. After completing a few races the race officials postponed the racing to wait for wind. After about an hour a westerly wind around 8-12 knots held steady and the racing started up again. Later in the afternoon the wind shifted 180-degrees to the north. It did not hold and there was not enough to complete more races before the 5 p.m. deadline.

A-division sailed in 420s and completed six races today. B-division sailed in FJs and completed five races for an event total of 15 races in both divisions. The sailors competed on windward-leeward four leg courses today.

Yale finished 88 points ahead of second place overall and won the Henry A. Morss Memorial Trophy, which was donated by a group of nationally known yachtsmen as a memorial to Henry A. Morss, a Boston yachtsman and 1907 Bermuda Race winner, as well as an MIT alumnus and benefactor.

“We tried to sail our own races for this event and sail smart,” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale. “You couldn’t sail safe up the middle today or you would miss the shifts,” Healy says of the conditions today, “We looked to sail for the pressure closest to us and use our boat speed,” he says.

This is the second championship Yale has one in this spring series and Healy says, “Everyone is so excited and can’t wait to get home and share the good news with their friends.”

Sailing for Yale: Graham Landy '15 with Eugenia Custo Greig '14 and Katherine Gaumond '15 in A-division and Ian Barrows '17 with Amanda Salvesen '14 and Marlena Fauer '14 in B-division.

Georgetown University finished 45 points ahead of third place overall and won the Oxford University Trophy for the second year in a row. It is awarded to the second place team in the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. The Oxford University Yacht Club team and its captain Jeremy Thomas presented this trophy in 1954 on the occasion of the first of a continuing series of college regattas between British and North American teams held alternately in the United States and Great Britain every two years.

“We are happy to get second,” says Mike Callahan, head coach for Georgetown. “It was an extremely difficult regatta against the top teams in the nation,” he says. “It was difficult to be consistent and Yale did an amazing job,” Callahan says.

Sailing for Georgetown: Nevin Snow '16 with Katia DaSilva '15 in A-division and Alex Post '15 with Katie Olsen '15 and Bettina Redway '16 in B-division.           

Boston College finished in third place winning the Metropolitan Sailing League Trophy, which was first presented in 1971. Boston College was in sixth place yesterday, but today they worked up the scoreboard to win a spot on the podium.

Sailing for Boston College: Raul Rios '16 with Shelby Hamilton '14 and Allison Ferraris '17 in A-division and Erika Reineke '16 and William Bailey '15 with Elizabeth Barnard '15, Christopher Dwyer '15 and Katherine Wysocki '15 in B-division.

The Robert Allan, Sr. and Robert Allan, Jr. Trophies are awarded to the low point "A" and "B" teams, respectively, in the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship. Graham Landy '15 with Eugenia Custo Greig '14 and Katherine Gaumond '15 from Yale won A-division with 71 points, twenty-seven points ahead of second place. Ian Barrows '17 with Amanda Salvesen '14 and Marlena Fauer '14            also from Yale won B-division with 50 points, 57 points ahead of second place.

For full results and additional regatta information visit the event website: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/

FINAL RESULTS
1. Yale University, 121
2. Georgetown University, 209
3. Boston College, 254
4. Stanford University, 260
5. Tufts University, 261
6. Old Dominion University, 264
7. College of Charleston, 269
8. Dartmouth College, 275
9. U.S. Naval Academy, 281
10. U.S. Coast Guard Academy, 283
11. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 288
12. University of South Florida, 322
13. University of Hawaii, 325
14. Bowdoin College, 334
15. University of Wisconsin, 340
16. Connecticut College, 341
17. Brown University, 351
18. Harvard University, 355

Gary Jobson and Chris Love filmed portions of the Championship for an ESPNU segment, which will air on Friday, July 11 at 7 p.m. ET, Saturday, July 12 at 4 a.m. and 9 a.m. ET and Sunday, July 13 at 8 a.m. ET. This will be the tenth time the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championships have been covered on ESPNU.

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.

The ICSA sponsors and partners are: LaserPerformance (www.laserperformance.com), title sponsor of LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships and Official Boat Supplier of the ICSA Spring National Championships. Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), title sponsor of the Sperry Top-Sider / ICSA Women’s National Championship; Gill North America (www.gillna.com), title sponsor of the Gill / ICSA National Championship; Quantum Sail Design Group (www.quantumsails.com/), official sponsor of the “Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year”; Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com), title Sponsor of the APS / ICSA Team Race National Championship; Marlow Ropes (www.marlowropes.com/), presenting sponsor of the “Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award” and Official Rope of College Sailing; US Sailing (home.ussailing.org), supporting sponsor of the ICSA National Championships.

 

In 2007, The Southport Sailing Foundation developed the original Clever Pig website with the goal of providing youth sailors with the information required to manage a successful campaign. The Foundation invested in a practical online program that would empower sailors to organize their own campaigns, and provide Clever Pig’s resources to all sailors at no cost.

Clever Pig provides the necessary guidance and direction for sailors at every step of the campaign process.
• Defining a successful campaign, how to get started, and setting expectations.
• How to select a coach with tips on what to look for and where to find the right coach.
• A coach finder database gives visitors the chance to learn more about coaches.
• Selecting a class and finding a teammate through a crew finder source.
• The latest training tips and developments in sports psychology to maximize results on the water.
• Information on campaign financing, fundraising, and applying for grants.

US Sailing, along with the Southport Sailing Foundation, Chicago Match Race Center, Sailing Foundation of New York, Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound, and California International Sailing Association (CISA), has pulled together an effective listing of services and programs to enhance the website for users from around the country.

The development of youth sailing in the United States is paramount at US Sailing. Young sailors in search of great competition, quality coaching instruction and a fun time on and off the water have been participating at US Sailing youth racing events for years. The USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival (JO) and the US Sailing Championships series collectively organize a combined 27 regattas around the country for youth sailors from June through December. These events are designed to promote the enjoyment of sailing, develop the skills of young sailors, and to provide a pathway for hopeful Olympic competitors. These events are often preceded by clinics conducted by coaches provided by US Sailing.

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Dave Perry
June 22, 2014
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Killian, Martin and Vandervort Win 2014 Rose Cup

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The team of Christophe Killian, Jack Martin and Harrison Vandervort from the Balboa Yacht Club has won the 2014 Rose Cup, a U.S. youth national match racing championship sanctioned by US Sailing and sponsored by Gill, Harken, North U and the event’s founder the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association. The event was co-hosted by Oakcliff Sailing and the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, hosts of the 2014 Intercollegiate Match Racing National Championship.

Second was Sean Segerblom, Briggs and Campbell D’Eliscu, and Carter Scott from the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Third was Charlie Lalumiere, Myles Everett, Connor Harding and Mia Steck sailing for Oakcliff Sailing.

The Houston, Texas team of Dane Byerly, Howdy Hughes and Collin Scoville were awarded the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award based on a vote by the competitors and umpires. The top four skippers earned invitations to the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an international youth match racing event held at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California, July 14-91, 2014. Augustina Barbuto from St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the top finishing woman skipper, in 6th place, and earned an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Womens Match Racing Championship,  July 10-13, 2014, at Oakcliff in their Match 40’s.

Four-time U.S. National Match Racing Champion Dave Perry and North U Director Bill Gladstone ran a two day clinic and continued coaching all the teams during the round robin. “What impressed me the most,” said Perry, “was the tremendous improvement in the match racing and small keelboat racing skill of all twelve teams. Most had little experience in the Sonars, and some had very little experience in formal match racing. By the last day, it was a true Grade 3 match racing regatta with multiple lead changes and boats overlapped at the finishing line.”

Perry, also Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee, said, “we are working hard on introducing the 16-20 year old sailors in the U.S. to competitive match racing, and the Rose Cup is our pinnacle event. We are pleased to announce that next year’s event will be the US Sailing Youth National Match Racing Championship hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, June 17-21, 2015, in Governor Cup 21’s.  Video from this year’s event can be seen on the event facebook page. The complete results can be seen on the Oakcliff Sailing event page.  Many more photos and videos at https://www.facebook.com/RoseCupMatchRace.

cisa2 sThe 2013 CISA Advanced Race Clinic has been in full swing now for 2 days with 115 youth sailors on the water at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club, spread across 7 different classes. With the addition of the F-18 multihull, some new faces are on the water with 3 teams heading out on the multihulls.

CISA Coach Richard Feeny, a multihull veteran, commented on the addition of the multihull fleet to CISA; "It's great having the Cats here at CISA; it's a first and it's great to show CISA sailors the pathway--that this is a logical next step. Multihulls are in the Olympics, they're in the America's Cup and ½ of the US Youth America's Cup sailors are comprised of CISA graduates." He further added, "These boats are not unattainable with about the same complexity as an I-420. The appeal is obvious to the sailors; they're cool looking!" 

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YALE UNIVERSITY WINS APS TEAM RACE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
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St. Mary’s City, Md. (June 2, 2014) – Today was the third and final day of the APS Team Race National Championship on the St. Mary’s River at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. This event is the second of three collegiate sailing national championships co-hosted by the U.S. Naval Academy and St. Mary’s College of Maryland this spring. After three days of racing Yale University is the national champion and winner of the Walter C. Wood Trophy.

The day began with completing the top eight round robin. Racing got underway around 9:30 a.m. Competitors sailed in FJs on digital N courses. The remaining ten races were completed in the top eight round today. The morning conditions were sunny, temperatures in the 70s and winds from a southerly direction at around 5-10 knots.

Principal race officer, Chris Gaffney, was methodical making sure to run the races efficiently and taking the time to make sure the course was square so that the sailing was fair. He and the race officials ran 154 total races in this event.

Today the teams were fighting to advance into the final four round. The competition was tough and the sailors were working hard on the racecourse. Yale made it through the top eight round undefeated, with only one loss on their record from the very first round robin of the regatta.

Before Yale sailed their last race in this round they had clinched the regatta win. Once they had their 20th win in the event, they mathematically won, even before the final four began. This is the first time this has happened in at least eight years and it may even be the first time a team has clinched a national win so early on in the regatta. Still, the racing continued and after some real battles on the racecourse, the final four were decided.

“Since we were just taking it race by race it just kind of happened [clinching the regatta],” says Bill Healy, assistant coach for Yale University. “The team is totally psyched and everybody is happy – the regatta was so awesome, it was perfect,” Healy says of their win.

“I am really happy for the team. They worked so hard for it all spring and Zeke Horowitz, who helped us a lot, was a key contributor to this win,” Healy explains. Healy also gave a shout out to the hard work of St. Mary’s Sailing head coach Adam Werblow and Chris Gaffney and his crew, “They were so incredible and efficient and patient when they needed to be. It was the smoothest team race event I have ever been to,” he says.

This is Yale University’s second APS Team Race National Championship title and Walter C. Wood Trophy win, having just won the event last year.

The winning team members are: Ian Barrows ’17, Christopher Segerblom '14, Graham Landy '15, Max Nickbarg '14, Amanda Salvesen '14, Eugenia Custo Greig ’14, Marlena Fauer '14, Katherine Gaumond '15, Charlotte Belling '16 and Meredith Megarry '17.

By lunchtime the top eight racing was complete and after a short break the final four round began. Yale advanced into the round with Stanford University, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and Boston College all tied with a 15-7 record.

There were six races total in the final four. The temperature was up around 75 degrees and the winds were a steady southerly around 7-11 knots. St. Mary’s and Stanford came out of the gate strong and won their first races in the round. Stanford gave Yale their second loss of the regatta. This momentum carried them through until they had to face each other to determine who would take second place.

Stanford started the race winning and was ahead almost all of the way around the course, but St. Mary’s started to make gains on the Stanford sailors and eventually chipped away at them up the last beat of the race and crossed the finish line with a winning 2,3,4 combination. St. Mary’s continued to be undefeated in the final four.

This is the third year in a row that St. Mary’s has placed second at this championship.

“We had a really hard time starting today and had to play catch up in almost every race,” says Adam Werblow, head coach for St. Mary’s. “But the team was a team and the guys have been together now for a long time and really battled and it was fun to see,” he says.

“Bill [Healy] did a great job getting fired up and wanted to do their absolute best in the final four and without a question Yale was dominant and they should have won. Everybody else was really close and we were fortunate to come out in second place again,” Werblow says.

Sailing for St. Mary’s was: Fletcher Sims '14, Joshua Greenslade '14, John Wallace '14, Kelley Merryman '14, Nicole DeAngeli '14 and Allison Shane '15.

This is the first time since 1996 that Stanford has finished on the nationals’ podium.

“It means a lot to the West Coast, to our conference and especially to Stanford to get back on the nationals podium,” says John Vandemoer, head coach for Stanford. “I am proud of these guys for so many things,” Vandemoer says about his team and especially the seniors. “It’s incredible what the seniors have done both on the water and off the water to really lead and establish Stanford as a powerhouse in college sailing. I can’t say enough about their support and all of their work,” he continues.

“Big shout out to our two captains, Yuri and Hans, they have really lead this team all year. The team racing is tough, everyone is good and it takes strong leaders to make it happen,” Vandemoer says.

Sailing for Stanford was: Kevin Laube '14, Hans Henken '15, Kieran Chung '15, Mateo Vargas '14, Yuri Namikawa '14, Tally Buckstaff '14, Haley Kirk '15 and Mary Vangelos '17.

For complete results and regatta information visit the regatta website: http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/

Final Results, Top 8 (wins and losses)
1. Yale University, 22-3
2. St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18-7
3. Stanford University, 17-8
4. Boston College, 15-10
 
5. Georgetown University, 14-8
6. U.S. Naval Academy, 14-8
7. Roger Williams University, 12-10
8. Tufts University, 11-11
 
To view or purchase photos from today’s racing and awards visit: www.ebrianschneider.com.

Racing continues tomorrow in the Gill Coed Dinghy National Championship with the first day of Semi-Finals. The top 36 collegiate teams in the nation have qualified to compete in this stellar event. The competitors’ briefing will be held at St. Mary’s tonight at 6 p.m. and the first warning for racing is tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Live coverage, sponsored by LaserPerformance, will continue tomorrow with highlights and updates. Click on “Live Coverage” on the event website (http://2014nationals.collegesailing.org/) for these up-to-date racing details. Social media coverage will be provided on collegesailing.org.

Gary Jobson and Chris Love will be filming portions of the Championships for an ESPNU segment, which will initially air on July 13.

The Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association (ICSA) is the governing authority for sailing competition at colleges and universities throughout the United States and in some parts of Canada. Visit www.collegesailing.org to learn more.

The ICSA sponsors and partners are: LaserPerformance (www.laserperformance.com), title sponsor of LaserPerformance Men’s and Women’s Singlehanded National Championships and Official Boat Supplier of the ICSA Spring National Championships. Sperry Top-Sider (www.sperrytopsider.com), title sponsor of the Sperry Top-Sider / ICSA Women’s National Championship; Gill North America (www.gillna.com), title sponsor of the Gill / ICSA National Championship; Quantum Sail Design Group (www.quantumsails.com/), official sponsor of the “Quantum Women’s College Sailor of the Year”; Annapolis Performance Sailing (www.apsltd.com), title Sponsor of the APS / ICSA Team Race National Championship; Marlow Ropes (www.marlowropes.com/), presenting sponsor of the “Marlow Ropes College Sailor of the Year Award” and Official Rope of College Sailing; US Sailing (home.ussailing.org), supporting sponsor of the ICSA National Championships.