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2011 470 US National Championships

Published Date: 10/08/2011

Sailors from all backgrounds competed at the 2011 US 470 National Championships, hosted by the City of Lake Forest, IL, August 5-7. The event brought out 470 enthusiasts of all types in a fleet including three father-daughter teams, two post-college 470 teams, one husband-wife team, and a variety of “masters-aged” teams.

At the sharp end of the fleet, 1988 Olympic Gold Medalist Allison Jolly, sailing with Andrew Sumpton, mixed it up with Lake Forest local Olympic hopeful and Regatta Chair Hunter Ratliff, fresh off the spring training circuit in Europe, teamed for this event with Ian Schappe.

Jolly racked up all wins in the lumpy but marginal trapping conditions Friday, but the advantage then went to Ratcliff when he won both of the very light air races Saturday. Tied on points going into the final three races on Sunday, the teams traded firsts in races six and seven, then entered a race-long dogfight for the championship in the final race with several exciting lead changes. The final decision went to Ratcliff by a single boat-length at the finish line!

Congratulations to Hunter Ratcliff and Ian Schappe, 2011 US 470 National Champions, and many thanks to The City of Lake Forest and their staff for hosting an excellent event.

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Published Date: 10/08/2011

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