Marblehead’s Smith collects top sailing prize
Jud Smith (Marblehead, Mass.) and Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.) took center stage during a special March luncheon in the model room of the New York Yacht Club in Manhattan.
The sailors were named US Sailing’s Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, the country’s most prestigious honor in the sport. Both were recognized for outstanding on-the-water performances during the 2006 calendar year and presented with engraved Rolex timepieces.
Smith was recognized for his victories at several Etchells regattas, including the World Championship, as well as for his wins in several other classes. In addition to the Etchells Worlds, Smith won the class’ North American Championship, Lands’ End Annapolis NOOD Regatta, Florida State Championship and Acura Miami Race Week. Proving his versatility on other boats, Smith also won the Rhodes 19 National and East Coast Championships. He also crewed on the class winners at the Rolex Big Boat Series, the Lands’ End Chicago NOOD Regatta and the Verve Cup.
“Winning this award feels different than I expected,” said Smith. “I’ve always thought that the sailors who have won the award in the past had reached the pinnacle in their careers. I don’t feel I’ve reached my ultimate goal yet; I still have time before I ‘arrive.’ ”
Railey, at 19 the youngest woman ever to receive the Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year award, was recognized for her accomplishments on foreign waters. Among the US Sailing Team members’ victories were the Semaine Olympique Française in Hyères, France; the ISAF World Sailing Games in Neusiedl, Austria; and the Good Luck Beijing-2006 Qingdao International Regatta, the first test event in China at the venue of the 2008 Olympic Regatta. At home, Railey also triumphed at the Laser Radial North American and Midwinter East Championships.
“It feels really fantastic to win this,” said Railey, who won the ISAF Rolex World Sailor of the Year award last fall and hopes to represent the USA at the 2008 Olympic Games. “It’s so nice to come home and receive this award from the U.S. sailing community, and I look forward to continuing on this path.”
A video podcast from the awards luncheon, produced by emcee Gary Jobson, is available at www.ussailing.org .
2007 national sailing team named
US Sailing, national governing body of the sport, has announced the members of the 2007 United States Sailing Team. The top three ranked sailors in each of the 11 classes were selected 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.
Athletes who have qualified for the US Sailing Team are identified as strong contenders to go to the Olympic Games. As members of the team, they will be assisted with coaching, logistics, fundraising and other benefits from US Sailing. The members of the 2007 US Sailing Team are:
Morgan Larson (Capitola, Calif.)/Pete Spaulding (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Tim Wadlow (Beverly, Mass.)/Chris Rast (Wake Forest, N.C.)
Dalton Bergan (Seattle)/Zack Maxam (Coronado, Calif.)
470 Men (Men’s Two-Person Dinghy)
Mikee Anderson-Mitterling (Coronado, Calif.)/David Hughes (San Diego)
Stu McNay (Boston)/Graham Biehl (San Diego)
Justin Law (Newport Beach, Calif.)/ Michael Miller (Charleston, S.C.)
470 Women (Women’s Two-Person Dinghy)
Amanda Clark (Shelter Island, N.Y.)/Sarah Mergenthaler (Harvey Cedars, N.J.)
Erin Maxwell (Stonington, Conn.)/ Isabelle Kinsolving (New York)
Molly Carapiet (Belvedere, Calif.)/ Molly O’Bryan (San Diego)
Finn (Heavyweight Dinghy)
Zach Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Geoffrey Ewenson (Annapolis, Md.)
Darrell Peck (Gresham, Ore.)
Laser (Men’s One-Person Dinghy)
Brad Funk (Clearwater, Fla.)
Andrew Campbell (San Diego)
Kurt Taulbee (Dunedin, Fla.)
Laser Radial (Women’s One-Person Dinghy)
Anna Tunnicliffe (Fort Lauderdale)
Paige Railey (Clearwater, Fla.)
Sarah Lihan (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)
Neil Pryde RS:X Men (Men’s Windsurfer)
Ben Barger (St. Petersburg, Fla.)
Bob Willis (Chicago)
Mark Powell (Coconut Grove, Fla.)
Neil Pryde RS:X Women (Women’s Windsurfer)
Nancy Rios (Cocoa, Fla.)
Karen Marriott (Lakewood, Colo.)
Farrah Hall (Annapolis)
Star (Men’s Keelboat)
John Dane (Gulfport, Miss.)/Austin Sperry (Gulfport, Miss.)
Andy MacDonald (Laguna Beach, Calif.)/Brian Faith (Miami)
John MacCausland (Medford, N.J.)/ Bob Schofield (Annapolis, Md.)
John Lovell (New Orleans)/Charlie Ogletree (Kemah, TX)
Robbie Daniel (Clearwater, Fla.)/ Hunter Stunzi (Marblehead, Mass.)
Don Thinschmidt (Holland, Mich.)/ Drew Wierda (Miami)
Yngling (Women’s Keelboat)
Sally Barkow (Chenequa, Wis.)/Debbie Capozzi (Bayport, N.Y.)/Carrie Howe (Grosse Pointe, Mich.)
Carol Cronin (Jamestown, R.I.)/Kim Couranz (Annapolis, Md.)/Margaret Bonds Podlich (Annapolis, Md.)
BBR set for August return
The 35th annual Buzzards Bay Regatta, organized by the New Bedford, Mattapoisett, Low Tide and Beverly yacht clubs, will be held at the New Bedford Yacht Club’s Padanaram facility in South Dartmouth, Mass., from Aug. 3-5.
The BBR is the largest mixed-boat regatta in the Northeast, regularly attracting over 400 boats and 1,200 sailors. Large PHRF boats, multihulls and one-designs in 16 classes will race three, sometimes four, times each day over the three-day regatta.
This year’s BBR has been chosen for the Etchells Atlantic Coast Championship and the International 505 East Coast Championship.
For information, visit www.buzzardsbayregatta.com or e-mail