Please select your home edition
Edition
Clipper Ventures

Stage one of Oakcliff Triple Crown delivers opportunities to measure progress

by US Sailing Team 28 Sep 04:49 PDT 25-27 September 2020
2020 Oakcliff Triple Crown © US Sailing

The first stage of the Oakcliff Triple Crown Series has concluded with US Sailing Team athletes Stu McNay (Providence, R.I.) and Dave Huges (Miami, Fla.), and Carmen and Emma Cowles (Larchmont, N.Y.) comfortably taking first and second place, respectively.

The sailors were kept on their toes for the final day of racing thanks to the shifty and puffy conditions on Oyster Bay. McNay said, "We had two to seven knots and a lot of close racing out there. The course was tucked up under the land, so we had a lot of wind shifts. There was also a bit of current out there, so there were a lot of factors to consider, which made for fun racing."

Despite the unstable conditions, the athletes managed to stay in front of the fleet. Carmen and Emma posted two more first-place finishes, while McNay and Hughes rounded out the final two races with a second and third-place finish.

This event was the first racing opportunity for the US Sailing Team athletes, since competing at the 2019 Hempel World Cup Series Miami, this past January. Coming into the event, all four athletes and their respective coaches were very much looking forward to using the event as a way to check in on the progress they have been working on in training.

Though the fleet isn't as deep as the competition on the international level, McNay and Hughes' coach, Thomas Barrows (Cambridge, Mass.) is pleased with how the event has gone for the team. "They and the Cowles definitely have the most experience in the fleet, so it can still be a bit of a two-boat battle at times, but its shifty and the current weird enough here that other boats are in the mix," he said. "It's also a good mindset change."

Barrows was particularly interested in McNay and Hughes' mindset this weekend. He continued, "A big thing we have worked on recently is communication and teamwork. It's one thing to do that well in practice, it's another in a racing environment, and that's been going really well. That was a major goal of ours coming in."

The Cowles twins likewise enjoyed using this event as an opportunity to evaluate what they have been working on in training. Carmen is especially glad to see improvements in their ability to anticipate and prepare for different tactical situations as they unfold.

"I think something we're both proud of is being able to recognize situations developing," she said. "There were moments today where we made a mistake and were able to catch some second mistakes before losses got bigger. So we were still in the game."

Emma added, "The first mistake isn't always the one where you lose, it's the second and every one after that."

As the event will be a "Double Crown" this year, one more regatta remains in the series. Next weekend, October 2-4, the athletes will have another opportunity to put their training to the test on Oyster Bay.

US Sailing Team Results:

  • Stu McNay & Dave Hughes - 1st; 10 points
  • Carmen & Emma Cowles - 2nd; 14 points
View full results here.

Related Articles

US Sailing to expand training opportunities
High performance sailing for youth in 2021 Following recent announcements from World Sailing regarding changes to the dates and venues for 2021-22 Youth Sailing Worlds, US Sailing is planning an expanded training schedule and regimen to continue raising the bar for high-performance sailing Posted on 22 Oct
Buckingham takes sixth at Laser Europeans
Charlie Buckingham closes out his two-month stint in Europe on a high note US Sailing Team Athlete Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) will close out his two-month stint in Europe on a high note, thanks to a sixth-place finish at the 2020 Laser Senior European Championships. Posted on 14 Oct
US Sailing 2020 Championship of Champions
Jake La Dow, Alex Curtiss win at Newport Beach Harbor US Sailing's 2020 Championship of Champions came to a close on Sunday following three days of challenging and exciting racing on Newport Beach Harbor. Posted on 12 Oct
Charlie Buckingham to race at 2020 Laser Europeans
Buckingham's Laser Tour through Europe continues US Sailing Team Athlete Charlie Buckingham (Newport Beach, Calif.) is in action this week beginning Thursday, October 8 in Gdansk, Poland at the 2020 Laser European Championships for six days of racing. Posted on 9 Oct
Balboa YC to host Championship of Champions
46th Annual event racing for the Jack Brown Trophy A talented list of current one-design class National and North American Champions will race for the prestigious Jack Brown Trophy at the 46th Annual Championship of Champions, hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club in Corona del Mar, California. Posted on 9 Oct
Dialing racing mindset at Oakcliff Triple Crown
End of summer's racing opportunities for the US Sailing Team 470 athletes On Sunday, October 4, the second and final stage of this year's Oakcliff Triple Crown Series wrapped, marking the end of this summer's racing opportunities for the US Sailing Team 470 athletes. Posted on 5 Oct
Oakcliff Triple Crown Series preview
U.S. Sailing Team's 470s will sail for first time in 9 months This weekend, US Sailing Team 470 athletes will head to Oakcliff Sailing and Seawanhaka Yacht Club for the first stage of the 2020 Oakcliff Triple Crown Series. Posted on 26 Sep
Strong return to racing for U.S. athletes in Kiel
Pleased to have the opportunity to compete at international level again On Sunday, September 13, Olympic class racing at the 2020 Kiel Week Regatta came to a close. After several months without racing, all of the sailors are pleased to have the opportunity to compete at the international level again. Posted on 14 Sep
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series
LGBTQ+ Community in Sailing panel to be featured on The Starboard Portal The Starboard Portal panel will share their personal and professional perspectives, and provide recommendations on how sailing organizations can work to be more inclusive to individuals who represent this community. Posted on 4 Sep
Jobson talks to Allison Jolly & Lynne Jewell Shore
First women to win an Olympic gold medal on Rolex Yachtswoman of the Year Series Allison Jolly and Lynne Jewell Shore became the first women to win an Olympic gold medal in sailing at the 1988 Olympic Games in South Korea. Posted on 27 Aug
ETNZShop-SUPPORTERRANGE-728x90 HR BottomOfficial-Team-Gear-Red 728x90 BOTTOMC-Tech 2020 C-Tech 728x90 BOTTOM