Girls Nationals Update

July 20, 2010 8:59 pm

Girls Nationals start of race 2Today the USODA Layline Girls National Championship was held in Deltaville Virginia. Eighty of the best girl sailors from around the country sailed 3 races to determine the girls national champion.

Following the skippers’ meeting this morning, the first race was postponed on shore until the fickle westerly breeze decided to stick around. An hour later the breeze filled in at 6.8 knots and the sailors were sent out to start the first race.

signal boat bridge girls nationals race 1At the first start there was a least one boat over early. Alie Toppa was the first sailor around the 1.5 mile trapezoid course. She was followed by Ellie Wollmann and Haddon Hughes. The light wind caused the sailors to spread out substantially on the course. Fourteen sailors were unable to finish before the time limit expired.

The wind built a bit for the second race enabling all of the sailors to finish within the time limit. Haddon Hughes was the first finisher. Martina Sly finished second and Eliot Caple finished 3rd.

pre-start race 3The start of the 3rd race was by far the best start of the day. There were no boats over early and the racers formed a nice line all the way down the start. Haddon Hughes took her 2nd first of the day. Anna Weis was 2nd and Alexandra DelBello was 3rd.

All of these results are provisional and are still pending the result of a hearing as of this writing. Awards will be handed out tomorrow morning at the fleet skippers meeting.

Anna Tunnicliffe with sailorsIn the evening the sailors were joined by Anna Tunnicliffe who spoke at the opening ceremony for the Fleet National Championship and was to give out Girls Championship awards. The sailors enjoyed talking to Anna, seeing her gold medal and posing for photos.

Provisional results pending the hearing from today’s racing can be found here. The notice board is being updated with any new notices from today. There are also photos and highlight videos.

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