Bristol, R.I. (July 10, 2015) – Several sailors were in position to contend for qualification spots on the US Sailing Youth Worlds Team as they entered Friday’s final set of races at the 2015 U.S. Youth Sailing Championships. Excitement was in the air and the breeze on Mount Hope Bay and Narragansett Bay cooperated, which made for some great racing.
There were several contenders making their way up the leaderboard and challenging the leaders, which made for a climactic finish to the premiere youth sailing regatta in the country. Sailors raced in 4 to 8 knots with light chop, under mostly sunny skies.
Richie Gordon (Ridgefield, Conn.) ran away with the championship in the Laser fleet and won the 23-boat division by 26 points. He won the first three races of the regatta and never looked back. He was fifth in last year’s championship in Michigan. In the women’s division, Lindsey Baab (Saratoga, Calif.) stepped up on the final day to win in her last U.S. Youth Championship event. She was sixth overall after placing 10th last year. Christina Sakellaris (Milton, Mass.) qualified for the Youth Worlds Team as the top eligible sailor in the junior women’s division.
Laser – Top 5: Complete Standings
1. Richie Gordon, Cedar Point YC, 1-1-1-2-5-2-2-[24/RET]-4- ; 18
2. Ford McCann, Texas Corinthian YC/ GCYSA, 7-3-2-9-7--3-5-8- ; 44
3. Colin Brego, St Thomas YC, 2-[24/OCS]-7-13-4-6-5-2-9- ; 48
4. Marshall McCann, Texas Corinthian YC/ C-Vane, 4-2-4-1-17--10-10-6- ; 54
5. James Pulsford, Lauderdale YC, 17-8--10-2-1-1-15-3- ; 57
The 2015 edition of the U.S. Youth Sailing Championships wass hosted by Roger Williams University at the newly constructed Richard L. Bready Mount Hope Bay Sailing and Education Center, and supported by the Bristol Yacht Club.
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