The 2019 North American 505 Championships are complete.
Congratulations to Mike Martin and Adam Lowry who have won the event after 10 races from Howard Hamlin and Russ Clark in second and Mike Holt and Carl Smit in third.
After a postponement ashore today’s racing was abandoned as the sun beat down and the breeze faltered. The prize giving was held on the waterfront lead by event organiser Jeff Boyd with recognition given to the small army of volunteers who made this event a true success.
The 40 boat fleet was challenged by mixed conditions and tight racing on the fresh water of Lake Ontario. With 4 of the current top 5 boats in the world competing, the battle for the podium places was always destined to be tough, however the whole fleet enjoyed tight racing with plenty of opportunity for place swapping and overtaking.
There are 15 finalists for the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame class of 2019, but only one San Diegian. Tabitha Lipkin caught up with a sailor on that list that has traveled the world, but holds the 92106 area code close to his heart.
OLYMPIC GAMES 1988 – Sailing Silver: Star 1992 – Sailing Gold: Star 1996 – Sailing 8th: Star 2000 – Sailing Gold: Star
TOP 5 ATHLETIC ACCOMPLISHMENTS
After winning the gold in 2000, Reynolds was named World Sailing’s and U.S. Sailing’s Yachtsman of the Year. These awards are considered the highest honor in the sport of sailing globally and in the United States, respectively.
Won a gold medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.
Reynolds was a two-time world champion in 2000 and 1995. He has eight world championship medals in the Star class.
Reynolds is a 10-time continental champion.
In 1989 and 1992, he was named Athlete of the Year for Sailing by the USOC.
TOP 3 REASONS FOR CONSIDERATION
Reynolds is the most decorated Olympic sailors in U.S. history. In three of the four Games he attended, he earned a medal (two gold, one silver). In 1996 (Reynold’s worst Games performance) he still placed in the top 10.
Off the water, Reynolds is extremely motivated and an incredible team player. While he was training for the Olympics, he simultaneously worked as a sailmaker. He not only designed the sails for all three of his medal-winning boats, but also those for his competitors.
Reynolds’ dedication to fostering U.S. Olympic sailing transcends dedication to his own campaigns. In 2008, 2012 and 2016, Reynolds served as a coach for the U.S. Olympic Sailing Team. In 2016, even after the Star class was eliminated from the Olympic Games, Reynolds shared his expertise by coaching the U.S. Men’s Laser sailor, Charlie Buckingham. With guidance from Reynolds, Buckingham finished his first Olympic Games’ in the boat widely renowned as the most competitive Olympic class in 11th place.
• Competed in Star at four Olympic Games (1988-2000), three of them alongside Hal Haenel (1988-96).
• Four-time Olympian and three-time medalist, including two golds.
• Won six world championship medals in Star, including golds in 1995 and 2000.
• He also won a Star gold medal at the 1986 Goodwill Games, and a silver medal in the Snipe class at the 1979 Pan American Games.
• He learned to sail from his father, James Reynolds, who was a 1971 world champion in Star, as crew for Dennis Conner.
• Attended San Diego State University, graduating in 1979.
• Was named the 2000 ISAF/Sperry World Sailor of the Year, and in 2002, he was inducted into the World Sailing Hall of Fame.
Mark Reynolds represents the qualities of a model Olympian. He is an avid supporter of U.S. Sailing and Olympic excellence, an extremely talented athlete, and is dedicated to fostering the next generation of champions. During Reynold’s tenure dominating the Star class, he displayed a vast depth of skill and sportsmanship.
DETROIT, Mich. (August 18, 2019) — Allie Blecher (Long Beach, Calif.) won the 17th U.S. Women’s Match Racing Championship with a 2-0 victory over Giselle Camet Nyenhuis (San Diego, Calif.) in Sunday’s Final.
Blecher, the 2010 Quantum Collegiate Female Sailor of the Year and a member of the US Sailing Team in 2013, won the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy for the first time in her second attempt. She finished runner-up in last year’s championship held in San Francisco. This year she won an abbreviated final that was reduced to a best-of-three from a best-of-five due to thunderstorms in the Detroit area.
Long Beach, Calif., August 11, 2019 – Dustin Durant continued his winning streak today and locked in his place at the US Match Racing Championship Finals at St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco this October 3 through October 6.
After a 3-year hiatus from match racing, Durant and crew have officially got their groove back. After the 8 and 0 record yesterday, Durant said that he was a little nervous at the start, but following a practice race and logging their first win, it felt that he and his five crewmembers got back in the groove. “The teamwork was there,” the LBYC sailor said.
Given that Durant is a four-time Congressional Cup Skipper and a two-time California Dreamin’ Series winner, and following yesterday’s sweep, the top-placed finish today was not a surprise. But with two races scheduled for today, anything could have happened.
The 31-year-old skipper shared the win with Shane Young on main, Neil Rietdyk and Wes Bryne on trim, Jack Bazz in the pit and Ian Paice upfront on the bow.
San Diego Yacht Club’s Chris Nesbitt will be one of the skippers Durant will face in October. Nesbitt also had a second strong day. Currently ranked 29th in the world and 5th in the US, Nesbitt competed here earlier this year in both the Butler Cup and Ficker Cup and has already qualified for the US Match Racing Championship. He won his first match today against Trent Turigliatto who arrived for today’s races with a sprained ankle and (adding insult to injury), incurred a penalty at the start.
Nesbitt’s second loss of the series came in the second race, and for a second time to Durant.
The second skipper qualified for the Championships is Cameron Feves, who won a qualifier in Chicago earlier this year and is the reigning Rose Cup winner. Feves didn’t have a strong showing Saturday, but he and his crew started to get to a better feel for the complexities of the Catalina 37s by the end of racing yesterday and put up a strong fight today in an attempt to break the three-way tie for third.
The day’s first flight saw all three seasoned skippers, Nesbitt, Liz Hjorth and Durant facing off against their younger rivals and schooled them handily. With the win in that flight, Hjorth, sailing for California Yacht Club, secured third place. Momentarily.
In the second flight, Feves turned up the heat, winning the race and drawing her back into the fold.
When LBYC’s sailing coach, Trent Turigliatto beat Colton Gerber in the last race, both young rivals had scored a win against Hjorth, which resulted in how the third-place position finishers ranked.
Colton Gerber, a 23-year old Corpus Christi, Texas resident sailing for Ann Arbor Yacht Club finished in last place but will go home with a boatload of experience. A lengthy collegiate sailing resume garnered an invitation to this event. But the Catalina 37s, the largest boat he and the crew have sailed, challenged the team.
“Boat handling deficiencies caught up to us pretty quick,” Gerber said. “Trial by fire, it’s how it works in sailing.” He felt good about the progress he and the crew made by the end of the day and looked to improve boat speed day. The trip to California was also an alumni reunion of sorts as his entire crew is fellow University of Michigan alumni, with one crewmember in his senior year.
Even Parker Mitchell, who handles the main for Nesbitt, said the boats really put boat skills to the test. “It’s hard to win races without strong boat handling skills,” he said.
This race was also the first time Feves had sailed the Catalina 37. Along with the bigger boat, he picked up a few crew members with varying degree of experience. The 18-year-old, sailing for Cabrillo Beach Yacht Club, said they learned as they went; catching a couple of flags that didn’t go their way, but overall, were pleased with the progress made in just 10 races.
The USMRC Finals in San Francisco will be sailed in J/22s, boats that both Nesbitt and Feves have experience with. “We want to win that one,” Feves said.
This qualifier event was sailed in Long Beach Sailing Foundation’s fleet of identical Catalina 37 sailboats donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts, for use in Long Beach Yacht Club’s signature event, the Congressional Cup. They are used in many events throughout the year that test many a skipper’s sailing skills and the further development of those skills.
Although this was also Turigliatto’s debut as skipper on the Catalina 37, the young racer has frequently sailed as crew on the boats for other skippers. And as Durant’s win today affirms, experience, teamwork, and local knowledge is a recipe for success.
Racing started before noon today, on a course off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier. Winds of 9 – 10 knots filled in early creating elevated sailing conditions typical of late afternoons.