OAKCLIFF RAISES THE COMPETITION LEVEL AT U.S. WOMEN’S MATCH RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

Photo by Larry Kennedy

Stephanie Roble races Chantal Hearst upwind

OYSTER BAY, NY (07.13.2014) – Oakcliff’s intensive training program provided a high level of competition this weekend at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship in Oyster Bay, NY.

 

This year, the teams selected for the event were highly ranked through the United States, and several of the competitors are past and current Oakcliff’s trainees including Elizabeth Shaw, Kathryn Shiber, Madeline Gill, and Danielle Gallo.

 

SapGrad Elizabeth Shaw, a member of Stephanie Roble’s winning team (Epic Racing), attributes all of her match racing success to Oakcliff. “Before I came to Oakcliff, I had never participated in a match race. Oakcliff allowed me to find another side of myself through match racing that I had not experienced with other racing before,” said Shaw.

 

Oakcliff’s current Acorn, Kathryn Shiber, who sailed with Agustina Barbuto in the event, felt confident with her match racing skills after participating in Oakcliff’s Inshore and High Performance programs. “I have learned a lot about match racing after being here for a month, and I hope I can come back next summer to keep expanding on my new skills.”

 

Both Shaw and Shiber both participated in Oakcliff’s two signature programs, Acorn (ages 15-18) and Sapling (ages 18 & up). They both believe that Oakcliff has been an incredible opportunity and want to encourage others to join in on the Oakcliff experience.

 

For more information about Oakcliff’s programs, please visit oakcliffsailing.org or contact Samantha Pilz at pr@oakcliffsailing.org.

 

The final results are listed below.

  1. Stephanie Roble
  2. Nicole Breault
  3. Katie Maxim
  4. Sandy Hayes
  5. Madeline Gill
  6. Agustina Barbuto
  7. Danielle Gallo
  8. Chantal Hearst

 

About Oakcliff Sailing

Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY is the only complete training and coaching center in the world. With two signature programs, the Sapling and Acorn, Oakcliff’s goal is to create complete sailors, who are capable of sailing in any position, fixing every aspect of a boat, and managing a small marine business.  Oakcliff trains sailors in match and fleet racing, inshore and offshore, fully crewed and short handed as well as providing access to historically significant classic yachts. Oakcliff is a non-profit organization open to all sailors of all ages and levels.   Oakcliff has also been named an official US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider Training center with 8 each of the Olympic Classes: Nacra 17, 49er and 49er-fx.

 

Contact Information:

Samantha Pilz

Communications Director

Oakcliff Sailing

P: (203) 314-8351

E: pr@oakcliffsailing.org

Roble Wins First U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship by Jake Fish

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (July 13, 2014) – Stephanie Roble’s Epic Match Racing Team will add the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy to their extinguished list of accomplishments. Roble defeated Nicole Breault’s team, 2-0, in Sunday’s final series to win the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing.

WMRC14 WinnersThe win for Roble marks her first U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship title in five attempts. Roble receives an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, which will be sailed October 3-5, 2014 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. The U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship Committee will be providing travel grants to the team for both events.

She also receives an invitation to the 2014 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan (Wis.) on September 23-28, 2014. Roble had previously earned a birth in the Buddy Melges Challenge, so Breault receives an invitation to the event as well.

For a play-by-play account of today’s racing, including the Roble vs. Breault finals, visit the #USWomensMRC Twitter feed.

Crewing for Roble’s Epic Racing Team this week was Maggie Shea (Chicago, Ill.), Janel Zarkowsky (Annapolis, Md.), Martha Pitt (Newport, R.I.), Hollister Poole (Falmouth, Maine), Elizabeth Shaw (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada).

An exuberant Roble explained her team’s success this week: “We expected light air this weekend and we got a wide range of conditions, including heavy breeze today. We did a great job getting in good position for the finals. We had our hands full in the finals with Nicole’s team. They led us along the track, but we were able to get some lead changes. I thought we had great boathandling and Maggie did an amazing job downwind on the kite, which is where we made most of our moves.”

Roble advanced to the Finals with a 2-0 series win over Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.) in this mornings semifinals. Breault also advanced to the finals with a 2-0 win over Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.).

“We learned a lot this week in the Swedish Match 40s,” said Breault. “At times we felt like we were in control and other times it got hectic. Our hats off to Stephanie’s team. In more breeze they were able to handle their shute better. We are looking forward to our next chance to race at this championship.

In the Petit Finals, Maxim edged Hayes to take third place honors. Local competitor Madeline Gill (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) won the four-team consolation round.

Roble placed third at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship last June in Cork, Ireland. Roble is the third ranked women’s match racer in the world and #1 in the U.S. She also won the 2013 Stena Match Cup Sweden Women’s Trophy. She returned to the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship after placing second last year in Chicago.

Access the full sailor list with crew.

On Thursday, Oakcliff Executive Director Dawn Riley – a world-renowned sailor – conducted a match racing clinic for the competing teams. Oakcliff Sailing is one of the premier high-performance training centers in the country and was named a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider National Training Center in 2013.

Prizes

  • Perpetual Trophies were awarded for first and second place: Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy (winner), Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy (runner-up)
  • US Sailing Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the skippers and crews placing first through third, respectively.

This US Sailing National Championship event is sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, 401.683.0800 x614, jakefish@ussailing.org

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or gary.barker@gillna.com.

About Oakcliff Sailing
Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY is the only complete training and coaching center in the world. With two signature programs, the Sapling and Acorn, Oakcliff’s goal is to create complete sailors, who are capable of sailing in any position, fixing every aspect of a boat, and managing a small business.  They train sailors in inshore racing including match, high performance, and fleet racing as well as offshore racing including fully crewed and short handed. Our sailors also have access to historically significant classic yachts. Oakcliff is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization open to all sailors of all ages and levels. In 2013, Oakcliff has also been named an official US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider Training center with 8 each of the Olympic Classes: Nacra 17, 49er and 49er-fx.

U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship – Day 2 Report by Jake Fish

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (July 12, 2014) – The table is set for Sunday’s showdown at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing. Saturday was a long day out on the water with many closely contested match-ups, as teams battled to be in position for Sundays semifinals.

The eight teams completed Round Robin 1 this morning and Round Robin 2 in the evening. The top four teams have advanced to Sunday morning’s semifinal knock-out series in a mad dash to stake claim to the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy.

Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.) collected 11 wins through 14 races and easily advanced to the semifinals. Joining Roble with 11 wins is Nicole Breault (San Francisco, Calif.) who also advanced. These teams split their two Round Robin matches.

Placing third and fourth overall and moving on to the semifinals is Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.) and Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.), respectively. Roble will face Hayes and Breault will take on Maxim in two outstanding seminfinal match ups. The first to two points in each semifinal series advances to the finals.

Conditions were very light this morning with the breeze clocking at approximately 3 knots. A 180 degree southerly shift on West Oyster Bay Harbor provided more wind for the sailors later in the day. Wind speeds built up throughout the afternoon, ranging from 12 to 20 knots.

Crews changed from genoas to jibs before the 13th flight. The races were postponed for an hour late this afternoon.

Local sailor Madeline Gill (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) had this to say about the day’s conditions: “Racing today was typical of Oyster Bay with the sea breeze that filled in this afternoon. We had to adjust quickly from the light stuff earlier today to the heavier wind. It takes a while to make that adjustment. We were close to land on all sides, so there was some funny things happening out there today.”

Access the full sailor list with crew.

The winning skipper receives an automatic invitation to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, which will be sailed October 3-5, 2014 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. and an automatic invitation to the 2014 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan (Wis.) on September 23-28, 2014.

On Thursday, Oakcliff Executive Director Dawn Riley – a world-renowned sailor – conducted a match racing clinic for the competing teams. Oakcliff Sailing is one of the premier high-performance training centers in the country and was named a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider National Training Center in 2013.

Venue and Schedule

  • Racing will take place on Oyster Bay, Cold Spring Harbor or Long Island Sound.
  • First signal for racing is scheduled for 10am EDT, July 11-13.
  • The tentative last signal for racing on Sunday, July 13 is 2pm EDT.

* The intended course will be windward/leeward/windward/leeward with starboard rounding, finishing downwind.

Coverage and Media

  • For results, standings, Live Twitter updates from the course, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
  • For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USWomensMRC – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Prizes

  • Perpetual Trophies will be awarded for first and second place: Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy (winner), Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy (runner-up)
  • US Sailing Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the skippers and crews placing first through third, respectively.
  • Only a US citizen may be declared U.S. National champion.

This US Sailing National Championship event is sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, 401.683.0800 x614, jakefish@ussailing.org

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or gary.barker@gillna.com.

About Oakcliff Sailing
Oakcliff Sailing, Oyster Bay, NY is the only complete training and coaching center in the world. With two signature programs, the Sapling and Acorn, Oakcliff’s goal is to create complete sailors, who are capable of sailing in any position, fixing every aspect of a boat, and managing a small business.  They train sailors in inshore racing including match, high performance, and fleet racing as well as offshore racing including fully crewed and short handed. Our sailors also have access to historically significant classic yachts. Oakcliff is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization open to all sailors of all ages and levels. In 2013, Oakcliff has also been named an official US Sailing Team Sperry Topsider Training center with 8 each of the Olympic Classes: Nacra 17, 49er and 49er-fx.

U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship – Day 1 Report by Jake Fish

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (July 11, 2014) – Racing commenced Friday morning for the teams competing  at the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, hosted by Oakcliff Sailing. Eight teams of six are racing in the Match 40 through Sunday for the right hold the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy.

Wind speeds ranged from 5 to 8 knots for most of the day. By 3pm EDT, the wind completely disappeared prior to the completion of Round Robin 1. Racing took place on West Oyster Bay Harbor. Teams raced under clear skies, flat seas, and a slight right wind shift for most of the day.

The plan for Saturday is to finish Round Robin 1 and complete another Round Robin stage to determine places 5-10. The top four teams advance to the Semifinal knock-out series.

As expected, Stephanie Roble’s (East Troy, Wis.) team is off to a terrific start. They are the only undefeated team through five races. Roble is the third ranked women’s match racer in the world and #1 in the U.S.

“It’s real quality competition out here this week,” said skipper Stephanie Roble. “It’s the strongest field since the 2012 championship. There have been a lot of lead changes and everyone is really competent with these large boats.”

Stage 1: Round Robin 1 (not complete)
1 – Roble: 5-0
2 – Breault: 4-1
3 – Hayes: 3-1
4 – Gill: 2-3
4 – Hearst: 2-3
6 – Gallo: 1-3
7 – Barbuto: 1-4
7 – Maxim: 1-4

Full Results and Standings

Access the full sailor list with crew.

There is a lot on the line this week beyond trophies and medals. The winning skipper receives an automatic invitation to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, which will be sailed October 3-5, 2014 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. and an automatic invitation to the 2014 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan (Wis.) on September 23-28, 2014.

On Thursday, Oakcliff Executive Director Dawn Riley – a world-renowned sailor – conducted a match racing clinic for the competing teams. Oakcliff Sailing is one of the premier high-performance training centers in the country and was named a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider National Training Center in 2013.

Venue and Schedule

  • Racing will take place on Oyster Bay, Cold Spring Harbor or Long Island Sound.
  • First signal for racing is scheduled for 10am EDT, July 11-13.
  • The tentative last signal for racing on Sunday, July 13 is 2pm EDT.

Racing Format (subject to change)

  • Stage 1 – Single Round Robin
  • Stage 2 – Round Robin to determine places 5-10
  • Stage 3 – Semifinal knockout series
  • Stage 4 – Petit Final for places 3 and 4
  • Stage 5 – Final knockout series for places 1 and 2

* The intended course will be windward/leeward/windward/leeward with starboard rounding, finishing downwind.

Coverage and Media

  • For results, standings, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
  • For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USWomensMRC – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Prizes

  • Perpetual Trophies will be awarded for first and second place: Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy (winner), Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy (runner-up)
  • US Sailing Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the skippers and crews placing first through third, respectively.
  • Only a US citizen may be declared U.S. National champion.

This US Sailing National Championship event is sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, 401.683.0800 x614, jakefish@ussailing.org

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or gary.barker@gillna.com.

 

Oakcliff Welcomes Top Teams for U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship by Jake Fish

OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (July 9, 2014) – Women’s match racing takes center stage this week at Oakcliff Sailing in Oyster Bay, N.Y. One of the premier high-performance training centers in the country will host the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, beginning this Friday, July 11 through Sunday, July 13.

Eight talented teams of six sailors will race in the Match 40 over three days of intense, one-on-one match racing action. Competition is just part of the experience for sailors this week. Oakcliff Executive Director Dawn Riley will conduct a match racing clinic for the competing teams prior to the start of the championship on Thursday, July 10. Riley is a world-renowned sailor, who has raced on four America’s Cup and two Whitbread (now Volvo Ocean Race) teams.

Highlighting this year’s cast is Stephanie Roble (East Troy, Wis.), who is fresh off her third place finish at the ISAF Women’s Match Racing World Championship last June in Cork, Ireland. Roble is the third ranked women’s match racer in the world and #1 in the U.S. She won the 2013 Stena Match Cup Sweden Women’s Trophy. She returns to the U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship after placing second last year in Chicago.

Four skippers who raced in last year’s championship have returned to take another shot at the elusive Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy. These returning skippers, along with Roble, are Katie Maxim (Napa, Calif.), Sandy Hayes (Scituate, Mass.), and Madeline Gill (Oyster Bay, N.Y.). Access the full sailor list with crew.

There is a lot on the line this week beyond trophies and medals. The winning skipper receives an automatic invitation to the 2014 U.S. Match Racing Championship, which will be sailed October 3-5, 2014 at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, Calif. and an automatic invitation to the 2014 Buddy Melges Challenge at Sail Sheboygan (Wis.) on September 23-28, 2014.

Venue and Schedule

Racing will take place on Oyster Bay, Cold Spring Harbor or Long Island Sound.
First signal for racing is scheduled for 10am EDT, July 11-13.
The tentative last signal for racing on Sunday, July 13 is 2pm EDT.
Racing Format (subject to change)

Stage 1 – Single Round Robin
Stage 2 – Round Robin to determine places 5-10
Stage 3 – Semifinal knockout series
Stage 4 – Petit Final for places 3 and 4
Stage 5 – Final knockout series for places 1 and 2
* The intended course will be windward/leeward/windward/leeward with starboard rounding, finishing downwind.

Coverage and Media

For results, standings, photos, Twitter updates, and more information on the 2014 U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
For breaking news and race results, follow us on Twitter @USSailing. Use Twitter hashtag – #USWomensMRC – to participate in the conversation throughout the championship.

Prizes

Perpetual Trophies will be awarded for first and second place: Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy (winner), Mrs. Charles Francis Adams Memorial Trophy (runner-up)
US Sailing Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the skippers and crews placing first through third, respectively.
Only a US citizen may be declared U.S. National champion.
This US Sailing National Championship event is sponsored by Gill North America. The championship is a Sailors for the Sea – Clean Regattas certificated event. Oakcliff Sailing was named a US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider National Training Center in 2013.

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jake Fish, US Sailing Communications Manager, 401.683.0800 x614, jakefish@ussailing.org

About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.

About Gill North America
Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada. Gill is a worldwide apparel and accessories brand serving the marine industry with over three decades of experience. Gill specializes in high tech, breathable waterproof clothing. The company develops and markets a variety of performance-oriented, award-winning apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity with product lines that include foul weather gear; interactive layering systems; footwear; gloves; bags; junior gear; scholastic gear and team wear. Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers and select West Marine Stores. For further information, please contact: Gary Barker at 941 505 2111 or gary.barker@gillna.com.

Killian, Martin and Vandervort Win 2014 Rose Cup by Dave Perry

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By Dave Perry

The team of Christophe Killian, Jack Martin and Harrison Vandervort from the Balboa Yacht Club has won the 2014 Rose Cup, a U.S. youth national match racing championship sanctioned by US Sailing and sponsored by Gill, Harken, North U and the event’s founder the Newport-Balboa Sailing & Seamanship Association. The event was co-hosted by Oakcliff Sailing and the Seawanhaka Corinthian Yacht Club in Oyster Bay, New York, hosts of the 2014 Intercollegiate Match Racing National Championship.

Second was Sean Segerblom, Briggs and Campbell D’Eliscu, and Carter Scott from the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. Third was Charlie Lalumiere, Myles Everett, Connor Harding and Mia Steck sailing for Oakcliff Sailing.

The Houston, Texas team of Dane Byerly, Howdy Hughes and Collin Scoville were awarded the Nick Scandone Sportsmanship Award based on a vote by the competitors and umpires. The top four skippers earned invitations to the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an international youth match racing event held at the Balboa Yacht Club in Newport Beach, California, July 14-91, 2014. Augustina Barbuto from St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands was the top finishing woman skipper, in 6th place, and earned an invitation to the 2014 U.S. Womens Match Racing Championship, July 10-13, 2014, at Oakcliff in their Match 40’s.

Four-time U.S. National Match Racing Champion Dave Perry and North U Director Bill Gladstone ran a two day clinic and continued coaching all the teams during the round robin. “What impressed me the most,” said Perry, “was the tremendous improvement in the match racing and small keelboat racing skill of all twelve teams. Most had little experience in the Sonars, and some had very little experience in formal match racing. By the last day, it was a true Grade 3 match racing regatta with multiple lead changes and boats overlapped at the finishing line.”

Perry, also Chairman of the US Sailing Match Racing Committee, said, “we are working hard on introducing the 16-20 year old sailors in the U.S. to competitive match racing, and the Rose Cup is our pinnacle event. We are pleased to announce that next year’s event will be the US Sailing Youth National Match Racing Championship hosted by the Balboa Yacht Club, June 17-21, 2015, in Governor Cup 21’s. Video from this year’s event can be seen on the event facebook page. The complete results can be seen on the Oakcliff Sailing event page:
http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gstinjdab&oeidk=a07e8nmmcbfc61b889e .

OAKCLIFF’S SHAW WINS JUNE INVITATIONAL

Team Shaw Wins Oakcliff

Team Shaw after receiving their trophies

06.08.2014 – Oyster Bay, NY – Oakcliff SapGrad Elizabeth Shaw (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada) won the June Invitational Clinegatta with six wins and one loss overcoming the high-ranking competition this weekend.

Shaw was happy that her team was able to push through the “light and difficult” conditions that they were presented with during both Saturday and Sunday.

“I’m really proud of my team. I’ve spent so much time focused on international race management. It was a great feeling to be back on the other side of the game, and of course to be successful,” said Shaw.

Shaw graduated from Oakcliff’s Sapling program last summer and is back this summer to continue her quest in match racing. She is very appreciative of all the hard work that Oakcliff and their volunteers have put in over the past two years.

“My team and I are very appreciative of the race committee and all their hard work this weekend. They took their time to make the right decisions, and we are thankful for that,” said Shaw.

Besides Shaw, there were also two Oakcliff Saplings, Doug Reynolds (Great Neck, NY) and Charlie Lalumiere (Falmouth, ME) aboard the boat with Shaw during the regatta.

Reynolds said, “Oakcliff’s Sapling program definitely has paid off for this regatta. It helped us to keep our racing tight, and everyone was able to keep focused without any major problems.”

Her crew consisted also included Zach Runci of Duxbury, MA and Howie Meyers of Bellport, NY.

The final results and ISAF ranking are as follows:

  1. Elizabeth Shaw – CAN – 603
  2. Lance Fraser – BER – 60
  3. Jon Hammond – USA – 118
  4. Chris Poole – USA – 28
  5. Jason Hearst – CAN – 955
  6. Doug Shannon – USA – 141
  7. Chantal Hearst – CAN – 310*                                 *All women crew
  8. Colin Kennedy – USA – 452

Congrats to all teams!