Junior women sailors from across USA are gearing up for the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship for the coveted Ida Lewis Trophy which will be hosted by the Windycrest Sailing Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Sixty junior women sailors (30 teams) have registered for the event, which will be sailed in Club 420s and is sponsored by Vanguard Sailboats. This year's event is a qualifier for the 2004 Youth Sailing ISAF (International Sailing Federation) World Championships in Gdynia, Poland.
The purpose of the U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship is to encourage women's sailing in the U.S. by providing an opportunity for junior women sailors to compete at the national level. It is an open (no pre-qualification required) doublehanded fleet racing competition for ages 13 to 18. The event was first raced in 1995 and became sanctioned by US SAILING in 1996 as the doublehanded event for junior women sailors. Clinics are held across the country in the months leading up to the event. Winners of the 2002 event were Derby ANDERSON and Lucy KUPERSMITH (Annapolis, MD).
Born in the mid-1800s, Ida Lewis was 16 when she became the lighthouse keeper of what was then Lime Rock Light in Newport, RI, after her father could no longer perform the job. Renown for her skill in her wooden rowboat in extreme conditions, Lewis is credited with 18 documented rescues and performed her job as lighthouse keeper until 1911. The Ida Lewis Trophy is a pewter representation of Lewis, heading from the lighthouse to her wooden boat.