Roster set for national sailing team
U.S. Sailing Team annually recognizes the top-five-ranked sailors in each of the boat classes selected for the next Olympic regatta. The team was created in 1986 to recruit and develop top sailors in the country for upcoming Olympic Games. For the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, those classes are: 49er, 470 (Men and Women), Finn, Laser, Laser Radial, RS:X (Men and Women), Star, Tornado and Yngling.
Rankings are based on attendance and performance at qualifying events. Athletes who have qualified for the team are identified as strong contenders for an Olympic berth and, as members, will be assisted with coaching, training and other benefits.
Members of the 2006 U.S. Sailing Team from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions include:
470 Men — Michael Miller of Charleston, S.C
470 Women — Amanda Clark of Shelter Island, N.Y.; Sarah Mergenthaler of Harvey Cedars, N.J.; Erin Maxwell of Stonington, Conn.; and Isabelle Kinsolving of New York City.
Finn — Geoffrey Ewenson of Annapolis, Md.
Laser Men’s — Royce Weber of Surf City, N.J.; Kyle Rogachenko of Worcester, Pa.; and John Pearce of Ithaca, N.Y.
Neil Pryde RS:X Men’s — Seth Besse of Guilford, Conn.
Neil Pryde RS:X Women’s — Farrah Hall of Annapolis, Md.
Star — Andy Horton of Newport, R.I.; Brad Nichol of Hanover, N.H.
Yngling — Hannah Swett of New York; Liz Filter of Stevensville, Md.; Carol Cronin of Jamestown, R.I.; Kim Couranz of Annapolis, Md.; and Margaret Podlich of Annapolis, Md.
For the complete roster, visit www.ussailing.org .
Champions to be crowned at NYYC Race Week
North American championships for five one-design classes — Beneteau First 36.7, J/44, J/109, Farr 395 and Farr 40 — and national championships for the Melges 32 will be determined at the fifth biennial New York Yacht Club Race Week at Newport.
Set to take place July 14 to 23, the popular regatta is known for its split format, with the first half of the week devoted to racing under different handicap rules and the second half dedicated to one-
design racing. A distance race around Conanicut Island draws competitors from all divisions, takes place midweek, July 19, and is scored separately.
Racing will take place on Rhode Island Sound and Narragansett Bay with Rolex timepieces awarded for specific performances. Shoreside activities will be hosted at Harbour Court, NYYC’s clubhouse on Newport Harbor with views of the city front and the Newport Bridge.
Visit www.nyyc.org or contact the New York Yacht Club Sailing Office at Harbour Court (401) 845-9633.
Racing hot at Antigua Race Week
Roger Sturgeon of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., says his overall win at the 2006 Rolex Antigua Sailing Week in May was “beyond belief.”
Moments after returning to the dock, Sturgeon learned that his TP52 Rosebud had corrected on time to finish first in class over Tom Hill’s Titan from Puerto Rico and Numbers, the Farr 60 owned by Dan Meyers of Boston. The win catapulted Rosebud to overall first in class, first in fleet and a coveted Rolex timepiece.
“There is no way you can plan to do something like this. It’s the wind gods, karma, luck, and all the little things that you can’t plan on. You never know what will happen with the weather,” Sturgeon says. “That’s the fun part of sports, of sailing — not knowing what will come your way during a race.”
Light, shifty wind ranged from 4 knots at the start of both Divisions’ Ocean Race, to 12 knots and pouring rain toward the middle and end of the race that took the entire fleet from a start/finish point outside Falmouth Harbour. Both classes were challenged by a range of conditions along the south coast of Antigua with Division A completing about 20 miles, while those in Division B sailed 19 miles in a similar course configuration. www.sailingweek.com .
New York sailor wins in Spain
The U.S. Yngling team of Sally Barkow of Nashotah, Wis., Carrie Howe of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and Debbie Capozzi of Bayport, N.Y., kicked off the European sailing season with a major win April 14 at the Princess Sofia Trophy in Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
The reigning Yngling World Champions had one mission going into the final medal race: finish ahead of the British team led by Sarah Ayton, who was just two points behind when the teams got on the water. The U.S. team, which won the Women’s World Match Racing Championship last year, used its match racing skills to cover the British team, crossing the finish line two spots ahead of Ayton.
“Sally and her team came out prepared to do some match racing today and their experience paid off,” said U.S. Sailing Team head coach Gary Bodie, who was on the water watching the race. The team crossed the finish line in eighth place, while the British finished last.