November 9, 2019 – San Diego, CA
By Casey Allocco, SDYC Communications Coordinator | October 28, 2019
The coveted Sir Thomas Lipton Challenge Cup trophy is leaving San Diego Yacht Club and heading north to the home of this year’s winners: Newport Harbor Yacht Club! After three days of intense, close racing, skipper Justin Law and his seasoned crew earned their bragging rights by winning four of eleven races and staying in the top half of the fleet for almost every other race this weekend.
“It was super stressful. We just really played ball that last race. We had to stay five boats within Chicago and the team just did enough. Winning the first race made the tension go away and it was a great way to start the day. It set us up for a successful final two races,” commented Law.
The overall results of the 2019 Lipton Cup show Newport Harbor Yacht Club finishing first overall with 40 points. Close behind is Chicago Yacht Club in second with 43 points and San Diego Yacht Club in third with 47 points.
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.
1988 – Sailing
1992 – Sailing
1996 – Sailing
2000 – Sailing
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.
LONG BEACH, Calif., June 1, 2019 – David Wood, the 2018 Champion of Long Beach Yacht Club’s annual Junior Match Racing Invitational tops the leaderboard of this year’s event, despite forfeiting two matches so as not to miss Prom.
The event is a two-day, Grade 4, six-team, match racing event sailed in modified Solings on Alamitos Bay.
Before leaving the dock, the 18-year-old Wood, representing Balboa Yacht Club, said that consistency was the goal of the day. By the time he left the course after five races, the 51st World Sailing-rated sailor was the only unbeaten skipper. His early departure left the other five competitors hopeful of gaining some ground, but only fellow BYC skipper Jeffrey Petersen came close.
Petersen, who bested Wood in March’s Butler Cup, lost the head-to-head match in the day’s first race, giving Wood the tiebreaking edge. At the end of the day, half way through the second round-robin of the competition, Wood topped the leaderboard with five wins and two losses, followed by Petersen also at 5-2.
The LBYC teams, in a freeway-series type of matchup against the nearby BYC teams, had a day that matched the winds; shifty and inconsistent.
Although each of the skippers won at least two races, the day was an example of how important experience is. Wood has sailed 20 graded events since 2016 and Petersen 11 since mid-2017. Both of them have sailed in international events, traveling as far as Australia to race.
Most of the matches were won or lost in the five-minute pre-starts, when the sailors are jockeying for position to cross the start line first or be on a favored side of the start line, potentially making maneuvers that result in their competitors drawing a penalty.
It’s all about good boat handling; being in the right place at the right time and being able to anticipate or control an opponent, race officials said. It’s boat handling first, then learning to thinking strategically about what you’re doing with the boat.
Principle Race Officer Alexis Hall said this event was developed specifically so that junior sailors could get a jump start into match racing. The event is considered an excellent opportunity for match racers to polish their skills leading to the Rose Cup. Less experienced match racers have an opportunity to get a better grasp of the sport, during daily debriefings with coaches and umpires. However, Saturday’s debriefing was moved to just ahead of Sunday’s skipper’s meeting to allow other participants to attend proms and juggle school activities.
Hall, a second-year Fashion Institute student has served as PRO for eight events and was just named LBYC’s Rookie PRO of the year.
Sunday’s racing will complete the second round robin matches, then the Semi Final, Petit Final and Final race.
The boats racing in today’s event, are believed to be the largest yacht-club owned fleet of Solings in the country. They were built between 1961 and 1967, bought in pairs as of 2009, later modified by and maintained by LBYC. The modifications were to simplify the boats so they could be used for learning, rather than being the Olympic sailing machines they were initially designed for. The boats are 26.75’ LOA with 6.25’ beam.
Miami, FL / March 3 – 9, 2019
SoCal sailors Eric Doyle and Payson Infelise (SDYC) win the Star Class in a fleet of 64.
Bruce Ayres and Team Monsoon (Mike Buckley, George Pete, Jeff Reynolds and Chelsea Simms) from Newport Beach (NHYC) takes third in the Melges 24 Class.