Sophia Debs represented Indian Harbor Yacht Club at the U.S. Junior Women's Singlehanded Championship this past week, finishing second in the Laser 4.7 Class. The U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship is an open event that includes two days of clinics and three days of championship racing in two fleets: the Laser 4.7 and the Laser Radial. This unique event gives junior sailors a chance to build their skills in an all female environment. This year the event was hosted by Richmond Yacht Club, in Richmond, Calif.
The regatta included sailors from all across the country, including Hawaii, Michigan, Texas, and California. A total of 43 competitors faced typical Bay Area conditions with moderate to heavy breeze and one to three-foot chop. Racing started on Friday with a variety of conditions throughout the day. At times the fog burned off, lightening the breeze, then reversed back to another fog bank followed by strong winds. Sophia started the regatta strong, with two first place finishes in four races.
Day two brought colder temperatures with bigger breeze and chop. With an ebb current, the waves increased to 3-4 feet. The race committee was able to complete two races before racing was called for the day. Sophia Debs continued to lead the Laser 4.7 fleet. After another day of all top three finishes, she maintained a dominant lead with a six point gap between her and second place boat, Catie Vandervort.
On Sunday competitors arrived an hour earlier, to maximize time on the water for the final day of racing. Hailey Thompson of San Francisco Yacht club had a near perfect day, finishing second in the first race held and first in the final three races to clinch the Laser 4.7 fleet championship.
Overall, Sophia had an impressive performance, finishing first in three races and second in three races throughout three days of racing.
Race results are here.