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1 July 2005, 10:23 am
Historic Female 420 Win
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U.S. Youth Sailing Championship 2005
Westport, Connecticut, USA

History was made and National Champions were crowned yesterday, after the last day of US SAILING's U.S. Youth Sailing Championship hosted by Cedar Point Yacht Club in Westport, Connecticut. For the first time in the 23 year history of the event, an all female team won the double-handed 420 fleet.
Emily DELLENBAUGH and Leigh HAMMEL (USA) deserved the honours, demonstrating great consistency throughout the Championship by always finishing in the top six of seven races in the 50 boat fleet. Thomas BARROWS (ISV) was victorious in the Laser class and Kyle ROGACHENKO (USA) won the Laser Radial class.

Racing was intense in the 420 fleet with the overall lead changing several times throughout the Championship. In the end, only six points separated the top three finishers in the event with Tyler SINKS and Myles GUTENKUNST (USA) taking second place and members of the USA's team for this month's Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Championship, Adam ROBERTS and Nicholas MARTIN finishing third.

DELLENBAUGH attributes her team's win to 'lots of practice.' She and HAMMEL have been sailing together for about a year and when they are not sailing together, DELLENBAUGH practices in her 420 with her sister Rebecca. DELLENBAUGH and HAMMEL take home US SAILING's Manton Scott Memorial Trophy.

In the Laser fleet, competing for his third time in the Championship was the charm for BARROWS, who defeated 34 competitors to take home the National Championship title. 'This year's event was the best competition I've ever been in,' said BARROWS, adding that his high school sailing experience and a recent Advanced Racing Clinic in Newport, Rhode Island, helped him prepare for the Championship. With 23 points total, BARROWS finished seven points ahead of the second place finisher Robert NOONAN (USA) and ten points ahead of another sailor heading for the ISAF Youth Worlds, Royce WEBER (USA), who finished third.

By winning the event, the 17 year old BARROWS has received US SAILING's Robert L. Johnstone III Trophy and has also qualified to compete in the U.S. Single-handed Sailing Championship for US SAILING's O'Day Trophy to be sailed at Alamitos Bay Yacht Club in Long Beach, California, from 17-21 August 2005.

With a total of four wins in seven races in the 25 boat Laser Radial fleet, Kyle ROGACHENKO (USA) took the lead on the first day and held on to it throughout the Championship. This event served as great practice for ROGACHENKO who will represent the USA at the Laser Radial World Championship in Brazil in December of this year. David HERNANDEZ (USA) finished in second place overall, one spot higher than in last year's event. John MOULTHROP (SA) finished third overall.

The David M. Perry Perpetual Sportsmanship Trophies were awarded to the sailors voted by their peers as most sportsmanlike in each fleet. The awards went to Fred STRAMMER (USA) in the Laser fleet, Zeke HOROWITZ (USA) in the Radial fleet, and to 420 skipper Tyler SINKS and crew Myles GUTENKUNST (USA).

Marlieke Eaton (As Amended By ISAF). Image, The 420 champions:© Allen Clark/www.ThePhotoBoat.com
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