US SAILING – PORTSMOUTH, R.I. (July 17, 2013) – Dana Rohde (Richmond Hill, Ga.) wasted no time in surging to an early nine point lead through four races on Day 1 of the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship (USJWSC), hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club in Marion, Mass.
Rohde, who finished third at last year’s USJWSC in Chicago on Lake Michigan, won the first three races of the day and placed fourth in Race 4 in the 42 boat Laser Radial fleet on Buzzards Bay. The US Sailing Development Team member is making her fifth appearance at the USJWSC and is in search for her first win at the event.
Also making her fifth attempt at the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy is Rachel Bryer (Jamestown, R.I.), who is in second place after posting a 8-2-4-2 scoring line. Her best finish at this event was 15th in 2011.
Making her debut at the Championship is Sophia Sole (Houston, Texas), who is in third place and in fourth is last year’s runner-up, Lindsey Baab (Saratoga, Calif.).
Racing at this three-day US Sailling National Championship is taking place on Buzzards Bay near Centerboard Shoal off of Converse Point. Racing begins at 11:00 am on Thursday.
Competition is just part of the overall experience for the sailors this week in Marion. US Sailing Junior National Coach Rich Feeny is ran a two-day clinic that preceded racing on Monday and Tuesday of this week, with a distinguished list of high school and college coaches, including two-time Olympian Amanda Clark, US Sailing Paralympic Coach Betsy Alison, and Old Dominion Head Coach Mitch Brindley.
As part of the 2013 Olympic Sailing Night Series, Josh Adams, Managing Director of U.S. Olympic Sailing will educate the participating young sailors about the many pathways to Olympic sailing success on Thursday night, July 18.
For results, standings, photos and real-time updates from the race course on Twitter, visit the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship event website at http://championships.ussailing.org/Youth/USJrWomensSinglehanded.htm.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championships sponsored by Gill North America and supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust. This Championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.
– The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is an open event. All competitors must be U.S. citizens and between the ages of 13-18.
– Three races must be completed to constitute a Championship. When fewer than six races have been completed, the boats score will equal the total of her races scored. When more than six races are completed, a boat’s series score will be the total of her race scores excluding her worst score.
– US Sailing Championship medals will be awarded to the top five competitors. Trophies will be awarded to the top three finishers. The overall winner receives the perpetual Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy and qualifies for the U.S. Singlehanded Sailing Championship in September. The C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Prize will also be awarded based on competitor’s votes.