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11 August 2005, 03:13 pm
Championships In Full Swing
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U.S. Junior Championships 2005
Newport Beach, California, USA

The U.S. Junior Championships are taking place right now off Newport Beach in southern California. More than 100 young competitors from across the country are competing for National Championship titles and US SAILING Trophies in single-handed, double-handed and triple-handed events.
The competitors kicked of the regattas on Tuesday where, under the watchful eyes of US SAILING's Youth Development Coach Mike KALIN and numerous other coaches, the sailors got to sharpen their sailing skills in a day long clinic. The first day of racing was yesterday with the events continuing through until Friday.

Yesterday temperatures were in the 70's with light breezes. The first day Championships got off to a great start in light to medium winds that built steadily as the day progressed.

In the triple-handed event for the Sears Cup and Judges Trophy, 21 Gov Cup 21 boats designed for Newport Beach summer wind conditions performed beautifully with close and interesting racing.

The windward leeward courses featured both upwind and downwind finishes, with the downwind spinnaker finishes particularly exciting and colourful. Ten one-design boats with ten talented junior crews approaching the finish line in close order finishes was a great sight for the spectator fleet.

Area J's Balboa Yacht Club crew of Christian EMSIEK, Wade BUXTON, and Perry EMSIEK started the day with a bang with a first place finish then were crushed with two consecutive OCS races followed by a respectable fourth place finish.

The Annapolis Yacht Club crew of Ted HALE, Evan ARAS, and Joe MORRIS sailed a beautifully consistent four races with four consecutive second place finishes. Annapolis's great sailing leads the regatta with a total of eight points at the end of day one.

Coming on strong right behind Annapolis with ten points is Jackson BENVENUTTI, Gary TAYLOR and Davis BOLYARD of Area D's Bay Waveland Yacht Club, Mississippi, with a total of ten points with races of 7, 1,1,1. What a great way to finish the first day with three consecutive bullets following the first race seventh place finish caused in large part by a tangle with the starting pin anchor rode.

In the double-handed series in the 420 for the Bemis Trophy have the team of John KEMPTON and Molly LUCAS from Island Heights YC are tied on 16 points with Jeff KNOWLES and Caila JOHNSON from Sail Newport. Cole HATTON and Blair BELLING from host Newport Harbor YC are in third place with 19 points.

The single-handed series in the Laser for the Smythe Trophy has Thomas BARROWS, winner of the Bob Johnstone trophy at this year's U.S. Youth Sailing Championships, and sailing for Pleon YC, in first with 13 points followed by Cameron CULLMAN from American YC with 15 points and Michael EASTON from Portland YC is in third with 19 points.

Four more races are scheduled for today with a final two races scheduled on Friday.

Event Meida (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The 420s get underway yesterday:© Event Media
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