Locals Smith and Davidson Capture U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship
CORONA DEL MAR, Calif. (June 27, 2013) – Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, Calif.) cashed in on their fourth consecutive attempt to win the Ida Lewis Trophy at the 2013 U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship, hosted by the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The duo tallied a 3-4-2-4 scoring line in Thursday's third and final day of racing to win the title by eight points over contenders Cassie Obel (Marina del Rey, Calif.) and Annika Garrett (Culver City, Calif.). Smith and Davidson were representing the Newport Harbor Yacht Club and Balboa Yacht Club this week.
Smith and Davidson placed second at least year's U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota. They were the most consistent team this week. Smith and Davidson finished outside the top five just twice through 10 races. Making a hard charge today to place third was the team of Elena VandenBerg (Annapolis, Md.) and Lilla Salvesen (Edgewater, Md.). They won Race 9 and finished second in Race 10. Thursday's leaders Alie and Liza Toppa finished fourth (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
There were plenty of Black Flags and OCS calls throughout the three-day championship. “Starts are the most crucial part of the entire race," said Smith. "However, finding that happy medium between a competitive start and OCS is difficult."
“It’s our first big win,” exclaimed Davidson, who came up short in last year's championship by one point. “That haunted us,” Smith added.
Winning in their home port in their final U.S. Junior Women's Doublehanded Championship was even sweeter. Smith and Davidson will find themselves on opposing college sailing teams next year. Smith will be attending St. Mary's (Md.) and Davidson is headed for the College of Charleston.
Lucy Wilmot (Orinda, Calif.) and Maya Dornbrand-Lo (Berkeley, Calif.), representing San Francisco, Richmond and Encinal Yacht Clubs, received the C. Thomas Clagett, Jr. Sportsmanship Award by popular vote of their peers.
“Lucy is always cheerful and sees the bright side of things,” said fellow competitor Jessica McJones. “Maya has a great sense of humor, and they are always positive – even when black-flagged."
In the Most Improved category, Kennedy Placek (Mill Valley, Calif.) of San Francisco Yacht Club and crew member Sophie Kerr (Houston, Texas) of Texas Corinthian Yacht Club, were recognized by US Sailing coaches for their dedication to advancing their skill.
Today’s conditions were a marked improvement from yesterday. Hazy skies were accompanied by ample breeze, with light but steady southerly winds for all four races.
For results, final standings, photos and more information on the 2013 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship, please visit the event website.
The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championships sponsored by Gill North America and Zim Sailing, and is supported by the C. Thomas Clagett Jr. Trust. This championship is a Sailors for the Sea - Clean Regattas certificated event.
* Race recap content provided by Betsy Crowfoot.
* Please credit to Joy Sailing / BCYC
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Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) was founded in 1958, and since then has been named “Club of the Year” by the Southern California Yachting Association seven times: 1994, 1995, 1996, 2005, 2008 and most recently, 2011. BCYC offers cruising, entertainment, social activities and a Junior Sailing program year-round within a family atmosphere, where power and sailboat enthusiasts share a first-class facility at a premiere Newport Harbor waterfront location. In addition to the Club’s comfortable amenities and well-rounded calendar of events, BCYC members enjoy a worldwide privileges with reciprocity in the leading Yacht Clubs around the globe. Southern California offers some of the best sailing conditions in the United States, with sunny weather, calm afternoon breezes and beautiful beaches. For more information on BCYC please visit the website at www.bcyc.org.