Eleven match-racing teams from throughout the USA will head to Newport, Rhode Island, this week to compete in the U.S. Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl.
The championship is a US SAILING National Championship hosted by the New York Yacht Club from 19-23 September. The event - sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Rosetta Stone and Dry Creek Vineyard - will feature four days of racing in Sonars.
The field of competitors includes two sailors who have established a high profile in the annals of the event's history, for their most recent wins.
(USA), sailing for Pequot Yacht Club, returns as defending champion, racing this year with crewmembers Chris MUSELER (USA) and David MOFFET (USA). After a close finals at last year's event, PERRY captured the 2006 title, which was his second win at this US SAILING championship in over two decades: he had won the event 24 years prior, sailing for the Yale Corinthian Yacht Club.
(USA) returns to the event after winning in 2005 and finishing second in 2006. ANGEL - sailing for King Harbor Yacht Club with crewmembers Payson INFELISE (USA) and Michael DELANTY (USA) - lost the title as last year's defending champion to PERRY in the final round.
The two skippers entered the last race with a 2-2 score in the best-of-five series. PERRY had the edge to win last year, but ANGEL returns to take another run at the title - and possibly another run at the sailor who proved to be his nemesis at last year's event.
(USA), who finished fourth last year after losing in the petit-final round, returns this year with crewmembers David JURKOWSKI (USA) and David ZAHN (USA) to represent both the Southern and New Orleans yacht clubs.
No stranger to US SAILING National Championship action is Katy LOVELL
(USA). Earlier this month, PILLEY-LOVELL reclaimed the Mrs. Charles Adams Trophy for the third year in a row at the US Women's Match Racing Championship, sailed on the Detroit River. This trophy is awarded to the second-place boat at the women's match race event. PILLEY-LOVELL comes to Newport this week to make a play for the national title, with her Southern Yacht Club team of Debby WILLITS (USA), William Andrew LOE III (USA) and Tim HOTCHKISS (USA).
To follow the match-race action at this ISAF Grade 3 event during the championship, visit the event's website at www.ussailing.org/championships/adult/usmrc
to find daily reports, photos, and race results. The U.S. Match Racing Championship is part of US SAILING's National Adult Championships, all of which are sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. For more information about these events, visit www.ussailing.org/championships