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5 August 2005, 11:16 am
ROBLE Sails To Victory
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U.S. Junior Women's Single-Handed Championship 2005
Marina del Rey, California, USA

In the last few years, 16 year old Stephanie ROBLE has quietly been making a name for herself in the sailing world, making it onto the US Sailing Team earlier this year as one of the youngest team members. Today, she topped off what has been a successful year thus far with a convincing win at US SAILING's U.S. Junior Women's Single-Handed Championship in Marina del Rey, California.
ROBLE sailed a terrific series, winning the ten race event with six bullets and a ten point total (including two discards).

With her win, ROBLE takes home the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy and has earned a spot on the 2006 US Youth World Team, which will represent the USA at the Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship in Weymouth, Great Britain next July. The U.S. National Championship, sailed in Laser Radials provided by Vanguard Sailboats, was hosted by California Yacht Club in Marina Del Rey.

ROBLE was not the only competitor sailing a consistent regatta. Throughout the Championship, the top three of 57 competitors remained the same: while ROBLE took the lead on day one, Morgan WILSON and Sarah LIHAN were not too far behind in second and third place respectively throughout the event. But ROBLE had too many race victories for WILSON and LIHAN to catch up with. WILSON finished with 24 points total, eight points ahead of LIHAN.

'I really worked on keeping my head in the game the whole time,' said ROBLE. 'I focussed on taking it one race at a time and tried not to think about how well I had been doing. I wanted to take it race by race.'

ROBLE began her sailing career in the Optimist, winning the 2003 USA Junior Olympic Sailing Festival - Orange Bowl and competing on the U.S. National Optimist Teams in 2003 and 2004. ROBLE did not start racing seriously in the Laser Radial until earlier this year when she finished an impressive seventh at the ISAF Grade 1 Rolex Miami OCR. Inspired by her success at the event in Miami, ROBLE went on to finish eleventh at the ISAF Grade 1 Laser Midwinters East. With these two results, ROBLE qualified for the 2005 US Sailing Team and became one of the youngest athletes on the team. Up next for ROBLE is the Laser 4.7 World Championship which starts this weekend at Barrington Yacht Club in Rhode Island, USA.

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, ROBLE, centre sail#25 was unstoppable in California:© GTSphotos.com
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