Stuart, Florida February 27, 2014: Today was the first day of racing for the Byte CII North American Championship being held out of the US Sailing Centre, Martin County. This event is also the continental qualifier for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to be held this August in Nanjing, China.
28 competitors from 14 countries set out at no one time for a practice race and the first 2 races. Henry Marshall from the United States entered the event as a heavy favorite after his second place finish at the 2013 World Championships and he did not disappoint, wining both races. Having split time with his Laser Radial over the past year, Henry has grown to love the CII. Earlier today Henry stated, “the technical aspects of the CII has made it a great platform to transition from my Opti to other boats”. In addition, “I really enjoy that the CII has more controls than the Laser and has taught me to use the traveler and adjustable battens in unison with the carbon rig to maximize boat speed.”
Henry’s training partner Ceci Wollmann from Bermuda is leading the way for the girls. She notched two 12th place finishes in challenging conditions. The first race saw 8 knots across the course with the breeze freshening to 14 knots for the second race. Ceci stated, “the racing was very tight and little mistakes were difficult to recover from”. Ceci sails out of the Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club in Bermuda and also splits time in her Laser Radial. Ceci credits the CII for helping her “build strength and refine my technique for how I move in other boats.”
Rounding out the top 5 are 2nd Pablo Bertran CAY, 3rd Benn Smith BER, 4th Rhone Kirby ANT and 5th Peter Dill BER. Rounding out the top 5 women are 15th Celeste Lugtmeijer DOM, 16th Abigail Affoo TRI, 17th Florence Allan CAY and 20th Paula Pelayo MEX. For full results visit the event website. http://www.usscmc.org/content/upcoming-regattas. Additional photos and updates will be posted here. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zim-Sailing/80529607394?ref=hl
This event will secure four countries bids for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. For additional information visit the event website. http://www.sailing.org/32294.php