Small Stuff Mid Atlantic June 2007

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Mendez tapped to head US-IRC

Richard du Moulin, Chairman of the newly formed US-IRC Owners Committee and member of the US-IRC Association, announced the appointment of John Mendez as the executive director of US-IRC.

Mendez, a past chairman of the New York Yacht Club Race Committee, replaces Barry Carroll who leaves the post to pursue other business interests. Mendez raced dinghies and raced offshore in England before coming to the United States in 1968. He is also a member of Larchmont Yacht Club where he served as Commodore.

“US-IRC will continue to pursue its primary goal of promoting the IRC rule and IRC events,” Mendez says. “We successfully introduced IRC racing into the United States three years ago and Barry Carroll has done an excellent job of building the fleet and growing events in the U.S.”

Rating spinnakers was one of the first issues the committee tackled and with its input the RORC is addressing the problem. Other rating systems simply ban the sails altogether, but the IRC is working on ways to rate the sail’s performance in the system.

Sailors named to ‘elite’ development team

US Sailing named six sailors to the newly created U.S. Elite Youth Development Sailing Team. These athletes — all under 21 years old — have been identified as future Olympic prospects in the Laser and Laser Radial classes. This year three Laser Full Rig sailors and three Laser Radial sailors have been selected from a pool of more than 60 candidates.

The members of the 2007 US Elite Youth Development Sailing Team are: Emily Billing of Clearwater, Fla.; Anne Haeger of Lake Forest, Ill.; Sarah Lihan of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Luke Lawrence of Palm City, Fla.; Kyle Rogachenko of Collegeville, Pa.; and Fred Strammer of Nokomis, Fla.

US Sailing created the team this year to provide a national coaching, educational, administrative and financial support structure for the country’s top youth sailors. The team will travel to major international regattas with the guidance of elite-level coaches in order to gain more competitive sailing experience against the best in the world.

Newport club hosts Shields Nationals

The Ida Lewis Yacht Club has been selected to host the 2007 Shields National Championships. The regatta will be held off Newport, R.I., Aug. 15 to 18.

Social events are planned as well as the annual class meeting. Housing will be available for visiting participants.

The regatta is open to all Shields owners who qualify according to class rules. For information interested participants can go to www.shields class.com/2007.