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4 August 2005, 11:47 am
Championship Underway In California
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U.S. Junior Women's Single-Handed Championship 2005
Marina del Rey, California, USA

The competition at US SAILING's U.S. Junior Women's Single-Handed Championship in Marina del Rey, California, is in full swing, with nearly 60 competitors vying for the Leiter Trophy and a spot on the 2006 US Youth World Team.
The event, hosted by California Yacht Club, is being sailed in Laser Radials provided by Vanguard Sailboats. On the opening day of the Championship on Tuesday the marine layer that usually burns off leaving sunny skies and the normal ten to 15 knots never left the area, producing only eight to ten fluky knots and cold, nasty conditions for the day.

In typical first race style, the fleet had to be recalled twice, prompting PRO Bill STUMP to put the I flag up for the rest of the day's racing. That settled things down, and the fleet started the first race of 2005 U.S. Junior Women's Single-Handed Championship and two more before the day was over without further incident.

With a second in the first race and two bullets after that, Stephanie ROBLE from Wisconsin is in the top spot with four points. Morgan WILSON from Maryland had a bullet in the first race and stayed in the top five for the next two races to finish the day in second, with Sarah LIHAN of Florida filling out third with a 6, 3 and a 2.

Racing ended about 1630 hours local time with showers, and a debrief by the coaches.

Four more races took place yesterday with ROBLE continuing her impressive start by adding bullets in races four and five and a second and a third. WILSON is eleven points back in second place. She slipped to finishes of 28 and 7 in races four and five before coming back strongly with two successive bullets. LIHAN was a model of consistency with four straight fourth places leaving her third overall, two points behind WILSON.

Event Media (As Amended By ISAF). Image:© Glennon Stratton
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