09 August 2009

US Match Racing Semi-Finals Report

USMMA Sailing hosted the USMRC Semi-finals for the National Championship in Sonars this weekend.  Racing in the event is Coach Rick Dominique with crew Jonathan Siener/ Ed Stacy ‘10 and midshipman Joseph Hoffman ‘11.  On Saturday, in very light and trying conditions, PRO Paul Nardone completed three flights of the first round-robin.  Our Kings Point team lost their first two races, then won their final one.


On Sunday, the remainder of round-robin was completed.  Conditions continued to be light, though less shifty.  The standings at the end of the round-robin are:

1-       7 wins - 0 losses: Taylor Canfield, St. Thomas, USVI

2-       5 wins - 2 loss:  Jon Singsen,

3-       5 wins - 2 losses:  Ginny Worcester, Fairfield, CT

4-       3 wins - 4 losses:  Paul Wilson, New York, NY

5-       3 wins - 4 losses:  Rick Dominique, USMMA

6-       3 wins - 4 losses:  Neily Williamson, Oyster Bay, NY

7-       2 wins - 5 losses:  Leo Vassilev, Oyster Bay, NY

8-       0 win - 6 losses:  Dan Wittig, Annapolis, MD


The top four boats proceeded to the best-of-three Semi-Finals where Canfield’s team (1) defeated Wilson’s team (4), and Singsen’s team (2) defeated Worcester’s team (3).  The boats in positions 5-8 sailed a sudden-death elimination to determine their final position for the regatta.  Dominique’s team (5) defeated Williamson’s team (6) to remain in fifth.  Wittig’s team (8) defeated Vassilev’s team (7) for the only position change.


In the best-of-three Finals, Paul Wilson defeated Ginny Worchester 2-0 to claim third overall.  Taylor Canfield defeated Jon Singsen 2-0 to claim first overall, with Singsen second.  The top two finishers will be invited to participate in the USMRC National Championship in St. Petersburg this November.


Special thanks to Paul Nardone (PRO), Bruce Cook, the National Chairman of the USMRC and all the umpires for giving of their time to make this event possible.  Also special thanks to the midshipmen at USMMA and Ronnie Saccardo for their efforts to prepare for and host a great event.


Link to photos by Natalie here.

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