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U.S. Team Racing Championship held at CWB

October 1, 2010

One of US SAILING’s most intriguing adult national championship events, the U.S. Team Racing Championship, will be raced in the Pacific Northwest for the first time in event history. Sixteen teams representing three countries will sail Vanguard 15s with a three boat, six sailors per team format. A collection of the best team racers in the world will vie for the prestigious George R. Hinman Trophy on the waters of Lake Union in Seattle, Wash. for three days of racing beginning this Friday, October 1. The championship will be decided on Sunday, October 3. The highest placing U.S. team will represent the United States at the 2011 ISAF Team Racing World Championship next August in Ireland.

Seattle Sideshow, the local qualifiers, hope to keep the Hinman Trophy in Seattle. They are led by skippers Anthony Boscolo, Dalton Bergan, and Andrew Loe. All six sailors on the team are from Seattle.
Team racing is a unique form of racing. In each match, two teams of three boats are pitted against each other on an “N” shaped course. It is the cumulative points of all three boats that determine the winning team, which may or may not include the winning boat. The resulting tactics in this format are complex. It requires instantaneous decisions and superb boat handling.

Up to 346 action-packed races will be conducted at the south end of Lake Union. Friday and Saturday’s racing will feature a double round-robin schedule. Sunday’s racing will consist of championship elimination rounds and the finals. Racing starts at 10:00 a.m. PST all three days.

The U.S. Team Racing Championship is hosted by the Seattle Yacht Club and The Center for Wooden Boats. The team of volunteers are prepared to put on an impressive show. On-the-water spectators are welcome, though they will be asked to stay clear of the race course and not interfere with wind. Two big screen TVs will carry action live inside the Center for Wooden Boats, and a live web feed is planned as well. Racing starts at 10:00 am all three days.

Sponsored by Rolex Watch U.S.A., LaserPerformance, Dry Creek Vineyard, and Gill North America. Please visit the event web site for up-to-the-minute results, daily reports, photo galleries, Sailgroove videos, and more.

CWB Livery Note: Sailing lessons and Livery hours will not be affected by the racing, but we ask that you please be aware of the event and stay clear of the course. We also ask that you do whatever you can to prevent wind interference.

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