Report from US Sailing, photos by Matt Cohen
OYSTER BAY, N.Y. (October 22, 2017) – This weekend’s 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy featured a “who’s who” of college sailing’s present and past. Jet Lag, a team composed of Stanford University alumni sailors, had all the right combinations this week, especially on Sunday, as the Northern California based team captured their first Hinman Trophy. They placed fifth last year and second in 2015.
In a close finish to the Round Robin series, Jet Lag went 2-0 on Sunday to improve to 10-2 overall for the Championship. They edged Hawks Peacocks and Comm Ave Convicts by a point in the final standings. Hawks Peacocks, a team comprised mostly of Roger Williams University sailors, went 0-1 today and 9-3 for the Championship. Comm Ave Convicts, comprised of current and past Boston College sailors, also finished 9-3 overall and 1-1 on Sunday. There was no knock-out series in this regatta. See results and final standings.
Jet Lag’s team is composed of skippers Mateo Vargas (San Francisco, Calif.), Oliver Toole (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Kevin Laube (San Francisco, Calif.) and crew Samantha Steele (San Francisco, Calif.), Carolyn Kelly Ortel (Palo Alto, Calif.) and Yuri Namikawa (San Francisco, Calif.).
Placing second was Comm Ave Convicts. Their team features skippers Wade Waddell (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.), Scott Sinks (San Diego, Calif.) and Raul Rios (La Colina, Guaynabo, PR), and Emma Perry (Lexington, Mass.), Allison Ferraris (Manhasset, N.Y.) and Katja Sertl (Annapolis, Md.).
Finishing third was Hawks Peacocks. Their team includes skippers Conner Harding (Naples, Fla.), Mackenzie Bryan (Chistansted, St. Croix VI) and Martim Anderson (Bristol, R.I.), and crew Mike McBrien (East Patchogue, N.Y.), Jennifer Agell (Huntington, N.Y.), and Marina Cano Sostre (Boston, Mass.). Here is the entire list of teams.
Event Coverage & Social Media
- For results and standings, real-time Twitter updates, photos, and more information from the 2017 U.S. Team Racing Championship, please visit the event website.
- Watch this weekend’s action anytime on Facebook Live by Degan Media.
- For a rundown of updates and information from this weekend’s event, follow Twitterhashtag – #Hinman17.
- Photos by Matthew Cohen
- Saturday Report: Sunset Sailing
- Friday Report: Round Robin Series Begins
- Teams raced the 420E from Zim Sailing. The 420E features enclosed deck technology ideal for high school and college sailing.
Teams patiently waited out another lengthy postponement this morning. The race committee was hoping to catch some morning breeze and scheduled the first warning signal for 9:00 am. Fortunately, the sea breeze filled in earlier this afternoon, which allowed the race committee to finish the Round Robin.
The regatta was made official on Saturday after they tallied 20 races late in the afternoon and early evening, completing 80% of the Round Robin which constitutes an official regatta. They finished 53 races on Friday.
This US Sailing National Championship included an impressive list of accomplished teams and experienced team racers, many of whom have competed in and won this Championship. From top-notch one-design sailors in fleet racing circles to current and former high-level college sailors and coaches, this US Sailing National Championship attracts a wide range of sailors, both men and women.
First held in 1981, this premier team racing event in the United States is an invitational event. Interested teams applied by resume and international teams are invited to compete. The championship is raced in three-boat/six-person teams (three skippers and three crews).
The U.S. Team Racing Championship remains one of the hottest events in the country. Over 100 races can be sailed in just a few days. Races, or flights, are shorter than traditional race courses and are raced on a “Digital N” course. Three flights can race simultaneously with teams swapping out after each race with each team wearing a unique identifying pinny or bib.
The regatta was initiated by Sailing World magazine, and after years of growth and popularity, the event was adopted by US Sailing and became known as the U.S. Team Racing Championship for the George R. Hinman Trophy. The trophy was donated in recognition of George R. Hinman’s many years of service and contributions to sailing.