At the 2014 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships it was a fast and furious Wednesday on Lake St. Clair. The talented 156 sailors, race committee and Grosse Pointe Yacht Club volunteers exhaled this morning, as they were graced with fantastic sailing conditions for the first time this week.
Sustained winds between 13 and 18 knots under sunny skies and temperatures in the low-70s provided great sailing for everyone involved in this US Sailing National Championship. However, the conditions were extremely challenging with unpredictable puffs and shifts throughout the day.
New champions will be decided on Thursday. Start times have been bumped up an hour to 10:00 am EDT. Quote of the day:
Sean Schotthoefer, Event Chairman - 'It's special to be able to host this championship on the 100 year anniversary of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. These young sailors are the future of the sport. It's a great opportunity for these kids to come here and race at this great venue. Our volunteers worked hard to make this a memorable experience and a first-class championship.'
*Results below subject to change. 29er
The 29ers have been, by far, the busiest of the five classes. After posting four races on Tuesday, they completed six more today. The day belonged to Nicolas Muller (Fort Pierce, Fla.) and Ian MacDiarmid (Delray Beach, Fla.), who won four of six races. They take just a one point lead over Max Brill (San Diego, Calif.) and Zach Malcolm (Imperial Beach, Calif.) into Thursday.
29er Top Three Standings:
1. Nicolas Muller/Ian MacDiarmid, -4-2-5-1-2-1-1-3-1- ; 20
2. Max Brill/Zach Malcolm, 1-1-1-2-4--3-3-2-4- ; 21
3. Sean Brennan/Pere Puig, 2-2-3-1-6--4-2-1-5- ; 26 International 420
Chris Keller (Riverside, Conn.) and Peter Schneider (Greenwich, Conn.) have three point advantage in the International 420 fleet through five races. James Westerberg (Riverside, Conn) Pierce Ornstein (Old Greenwich, Conn.) are tied for second place with Kristopher Swanson (Kentfield, Calif.) and Alexander Ron (Houston, Texas).
I420 Top Five Standings:
1. Chris Keller/Peter Schneider, 1-2-2-2-- ; 7
2. James Westerberg/pierce ornstein, 4--1-4-1- ; 10T
3. Kristopher Swanson/Alexander Ron, [10/OCS]-4-3-1-2- ; 10T
4. Christine Klingler/Victoria Thompson, 3-1-5--5- ; 14T
5. Macey McCann/Lenox Butcher, 2--4-5-3- ; 14T Club 420
Andy Reiter (San Diego, Calif.) and Charlie Miller (San Diego, Calif.) have a 12-point lead in the Club 420 fleet through five races.
Club 420 Top Five Standings:
1. Andy Reiter/Charlie Miller, 5-3-1-4-- ; 13
2. Martina Sly/Ian R Morgan, -9-2-6-8- ; 25
3. Augie Dale/Kennedy Placek, -2-16-8-2- ; 28T
4. Shawn Harvey/Andrew Swerdlow, 4--7-14-3- ; 28T
5. Campbell D’Eliscu/Briggs D’eliscu, 1-22-5--1- ; 29 Laser
Malcolm Lamphere (Lake Forest, Ill.) is in command through five races in the Laser fleet. He has won four of five races and leads by six points.
Laser Top Five Standings:
1. Malcolm Lamphere, 1--1-1-1- ; 4
2. Erik Weis, 2-1--5-2- ; 10
3. Will Dana, 9--4-3-3- ; 19
4. Richie Gordon, 6-6-2--7- ; 21
5. Marshall McCann, 10-[19/BFD]-6-2-5- ; 23 Radial
William Marshall (Newton, Mass.) leads Drake Lyon (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) by four points through five races in the Laser Radial fleet.
Radial Top Five Standings:
1. William Marshall, [31/BFD]-2-1-2-2- ; 7
2. Drake Lyon, -1-3-4-3- ; 11
3. Jack Marshall, 11--8-3-1- ; 23
4. Max Guerriero, 3-4-11-6-- ; 24
5. Patrick Shanahan, [31/RET]-11-6-1-7- ; 25