After three days of racing at the U.S. Offshore Championship hosted by Long Beach Yacht Club in California, it ultimately boiled down to a duel between Marc EAGAN (Metairie, La.) and Aaron HOUSTON (Chicago, IL) to determine the winner.
In the end, Eagan's consistent placing in the top four every race throughout the regatta earned him the National Champion title and US SAILING's Lloyd Phoenix Trophy. The U.S. Naval Academy's team (Annapolis, Md.) demonstrated a consistent performance throughout the Championship sailed in Catalina 37s, taking home third place. Rolex Watch U.S.A. sponsors this and all other US SAILING Adult National Championships.
Joining Eagan on the winning boat were Stephen MURRAY, Jr. (New Orleans, La.), Quinn EAGAN (New Orleans, La.), Jeff HAMPTON III (Metairie, La.), Karl SCHUTTE (New Orleans, La.), Tim MOLONY (Metairie, La.), and Charles THOMPSON (New Orleans, La).
On the first day of the U.S. Offshore Championship, two races were completed in good breezes, averaging 12 -18 knots with long inshore courses. On the second day, Saturday, the winds moderated for the longer offshore course. The final day of the regatta, Sunday, began light, with the first race of the day having to be shortened. Luckily the breeze filled in for the last race. This was the first year that a team from Hawaii participated in the U.S. Offshore Championship.
For complete results and photos of the U.S. Offshore Championship, please visit the website via the link below.
A total of 11 teams competed in this year's Championship, including a team from the U.S. Naval Academy. The U.S. Offshore Championship is a fleet racing competition in offshore keelboats on a closed course, except for one long-distance race. Teams representing each of the US SAILING Areas are seeded through Area eliminations or by sailing resume. Each team must have competed in at least five regattas in IOR, IMS, PHRF, MORC or Portsmouth Numbers rating systems in its respective Area during the current season. Since 1994, racing has alternated between the Naval Academy in the Navy 44s and Long Beach Yacht Club in Catalina 37s.