Two races were completed yesterday at the US Junior Women's Double-handed Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy. The morning race was a light air affair and racing took place at the mouth of the Tred Avon River where the breeze was more consistent.
The provisional winners of the first race were Emily MAXWELL and Avery FIELD. In a close battle for second were Becca DELLENBAUGH with crew Keisha PEARSON and Sara WATTERS with Christina MURRAY. Dellenbaugh crossed before local sailor, Watters who took third. Unfortunately, the light air meant that the time penalty had to be invoked.
After lunch on the water listening to the church bells from Oxford, the breeze began to fill in. In another light air race, Emily DELLENBAUGH and Leigh HAMMEL were first over the line, followed by Andrea SAVAGE and Alison TROST, and Roberta STEEL and Meredith NORDHEM.
Due to the increasingly light air conditions, the third race was abandoned. The sailors used their time getting tips from US SAILING's Olympic Development Coach Brian DOYLE and Casey MORGAN on how to improve their light air performance in an extended debrief after derigging.
Despite the hot and windless conditions, the sailors remained upbeat. Blair JOHNSTON and Lauren SHEFFIELD racing for only the fourth time in 420's said they had had fun and learned a lot. Tonight, they and the rest of the sailors will be with their host families relaxing before another day of racing tomorrow.
Top Ten After Two Races
||Leigh HAMMEL NOROTON
||Taylor Chrisi GRIMES