The King Harbor Yacht Club team were crowned winners of the US Match Racing Championship for the Prince of Wales Bowl, after four days of racing in Sonars off Newport.
The team of Brian ANGEL
, Payson INFELISE
and Michael DELANTY claimed the title after a repeat of last year's final.
The finals of this national championship - hosted by New York Yacht Club and sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., Rosetta Stone and Dry Creek Vineyard - echoed the final battle of last year's event: ANGEL once again faced Pequot Yacht Club skipper Dave PERRY
, the same formidable sailor he faced in 2006. Last year, PERRY and his crew triumphed; ANGEL found the battle this year to be tougher - but he also found his edge.
PERRY and his crew lead in the fourth race; but in a jibing duel on the final downwind leg, ANGEL passed PERRY - and he kept that lead until the finish to log a 3-1 record in the finals and capture this national title for King Harbor YC for a second time.
"The competition was amazing this year," said ANGEL, who also won the championship for King Harbor YC in 2005. "There were no easy wins, but my hardest matches were those against Dave [PERRY]." According to ANGEL, crew work and strong boat handling were key to his team's win, in a series where breeze ranged from light air to teen-strength blows. PERRY raced with Chris MUSELER and David MOFFET
As winner of this championship, an ISAF Grade 3 event, ANGEL also earns invitations to the 2008 Knickerbocker Cup (ISAF Grade 2) and the 2008 Ficker Cup (ISAF Grade 3).
The Larchmont Yacht Club team of Jonathan SINGSEN
, Andrew BUCKINGHAM
and David JOHNSON
won the petit-finals against the Bayview Yacht Club team of Chris VAN TOL
and John Stephen Van Tol VAN TOL
and Michael HOEY
Eleven match-racing teams from throughout the USA competed for this national title. To find complete results, photos and more information on the US Match Racing Championship, visit the event website at www.ussailing.org/championships/adult/usmrc
. The event 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 championships, visit www.ussailing.org/championships