Thursday August 21 to Sunday August 24 saw the return of the US National Championships return to Oakcliff Sailing Centre in Oyster Bay, NY. Thanks to the generosity of B.H. Lawrence, Oakcliff has a fleet of 8 49er’s and 8 49erFX’s.
The championship was sailed in beautiful conditions. Oyster Bay certainly threw up its best. We had sunny skies, warm temperatures and best of all consistent breeze in the 8 to 12 knot range. This is certainly what one would call Champagne Sailing!
Heron Financial group sponsored regatta video coverage by T2P. Here’s some of that video:
The event served as a good tune up for the teams heading to Santander for next months’ ISAF World Championships, and also as a great way to end the summer for the less experienced teams.
In total, we had seven 49er’s and nine 49erFX’s from a total of three nations (USA, CAN, ISV). The 49er championship came down to the deciding double-points, non-discardable medal race on Sunday afternoon. The defending champions, Brad Funk / Trevor Burd went into the final race trailing teammates Fred Strammer / Zach Brown by three points.
Strammer / Brown led around the first windward, but a cunning gybe-set from Funky Burd saw them claw back the series leaders. At the bottom end of the course some dramatics ensued with a failed roll from Strammer / Brown which resulted in a penalty (to them) and Funky Burd pulling off a team racing style pass back with a luff. With Strammer / Brown sufficiently buried, all they had to do was claw back one or two boats on the remaining legs to take the series and defend their title.
Meanwhile in the 49erFX class, young guns Wade Waddell and Ian MacDiarmid of Florida carried a 10 point lead into the medal race over USSTSTS rivals and defending champions Helena Scutt / Paris Henken.
It came down to the wire, but in the end finishing the medal race in fifth was enough for the young hot shot FX boys to take the title and show the girls how it is done! Congrats to this young team. We’ll be hoping to see lots of young mixed and male teams in the 49erFX in the coming months and years.
The Champions - Rippin'!
Full results here: http://www.yachtscoring.com/event_results_cumulative.cfm?eID=1057
Pictures here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/114477766565400481804/albums/6051883184019249985