By Vince Casalaina
Each year, US SAILING, holds championships for junior sailors. The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is open to all junior women sailors so that up and coming juniors can learn by close contact with those who’ve mastered the Laser Radial dinghy.
In 2011 the regatta was hosted by the Richmond Yacht Club in California and 56 girls between the ages of 13 and 19 competed on San Francisco Bay. The Bay is never very warm in the summer but you can almost always count on breeze. The girls who live in light air venues had a good time in the first four races of the series. After that the Bay lived up to its reputation and skill and stamina played a big part of winning.
Going into the last day, any of the top four boats could have won the regatta. With a 1st and two 2nd’s, Kelly McGlynn from the Little Egg Harbor YC won the regatta handily. Christina Frost from the St. Petersburg YC and Kaitlyn Baab from the St. Francis YC fought it out for second and third with the decision coming down to the last leg of the last race.