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19 August 2006, 09:10 am
US Single-handed Championship
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Milwaukee, USA

This weekend, 17 of the USAs best single-handed sailors are arriving in Milwaukee, WI, to compete in the U.S. Singlehanded Championship for US SAILING's George O'Day Trophy.
No ALT tag specifiedThe sailors of the U.S. Singlehanded Championship have come a long way to be able to compete in the National Championship: they defeated more than 100 sailors nationwide in elimination rounds at local sailing organizations across the country. The event is sailed in Lasers, provided by Vanguard Sailboats, one of the sponsors of the event hosted by Milwaukee Yacht Club. The Championship kicks off on Thursday, August 17, with a Rolex clinic and racing will take place from Friday through Sunday. The event is sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A. Inc., as are all of US SAILING's Adult National Championships.

Competitors for the U.S. Singlehanded Championship are selected through ladder events starting at the local club level, as well as up to six additional sailors who are selected based on their sailing resume. In addition, the regatta is also open to sailors representing the Inter-Collegiate Sailing Association, the Interscholastic Sailing Association (high school sailing), the U.S. Youth Championship, and the military. Some of the competitors who have qualified for this prestigious Championship include Charlie BUCKINGHAM (Newport Harbor, CA) who won the U.S. Junior Singlehanded Championship last weekend.

The registration process went very well on Thursday and all the sailors are set to race. But, before we get to the real racing, a clinic sponsored by Rolex Watch USA Inc was held at for the competitors. Kurt TAULBEE from Sailfit was in town to put on the Laser clinic and he did a great job.

Kurt started with an on shore chalk talk session, which had all of the competitors' attention. He made very good use of the dry erase board. Next, Bob PEGEL who is from Lake Geneva, measured all of the blades. This was a bit of an undertaking. Aimee GRAHAM from Vanguard was there in full support.

Terry BISCHOFF, the PRO for this event, and his race committee team, pushed off from the dock around 1300 to set a practice race course and get some race committee work in. Kurt went out with the sailors and did some on the water clinic work. Terry and his crew ran two races and Kurt continued with his fine coaching efforts. Dean CADY, Chief Judge, took the Harken 21' RIB out for a test run and warmed up his yellow flag and whistle. There was a 10 knot breeze from the east, which developed a fairly significant chop. Some challenging conditions for sure.

After racing, all the boats were put away and we had a nice opening ceremony where we passed out the 'one of a kind' Rolex hats that were designed for this event. All the competitors introduced themselves. The Judge Team and the Race Committee were also introduced. Milwaukee Yacht Club put on a nice Sailor's Buffet dinner and all went home full and happy.

Tomorrow at 10:30 the first warning gun sounds and we're off to a set of nine exciting races. .

Marlieke EATON (As Amended By ISAF). Image, Paige RAILEY again features in this year's US Team:© Nico MARTINEZ/
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