Mainers Hall and Hughes become North American 470 champs
Tue, 02 September 2003 12:57
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Team Hall/Hughes crowned 470 North American Champions!
Local US Sailing Team athletes Tom Hall, 36, of Scarborough and Dave Hughes, 25, of South Portland won the 2003 470 North American Championships. Held August 16-20 in the waters off Kingston, ONT at the site of the 1976 Olympic Regatta, the five-day championship comprised 13 races in a challenging wind range of 1-18 knots. Team Hall/Hughes bested a field which included national champions, All-Americans, US and Canadian Sailing Team members, and a former Olympic Gold medallist.
Tied going into the last race with Stefan Locas and Oliver Bone -- the top Canadian team -- Hall and Hughes battled tack-for-tack to take the race win and the championship title. Swapping the lead several times, the two boats launched on the rest of the competition. Coming into the final weather mark both teams were bow-for-bow, but Hall/Hughes capitalized on the increasing breeze and extended on the final downwind leg.
"The last race was a dog fight. Exciting down to the finish. You couldn't ask for a better end to a championship," commented Dave Hughes.
Recent winners of the Canadian/American Goodwill Regatta (August 2-3), Team Hall/Hughes next head to Europe to represent the USA at the 2003 Spanish Championships and 2003 Olympic Classes World Championships, both to be held in Cadiz, Spain in September. One of the nation's top teams going into the US Olympic Trials, Tom and Dave are members of the US Sailing Team and are training for the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. The 470 -- a double-handed, 15-and-one-half-foot high-performance dinghy -- has been an Olympic event since the Montreal Games.
Team Hall/Hughes is actively seeking corporate sponsorships and donations for the World Championships. Donations are tax-deductible.
For more information, please visit http://www.ussailingteam.org.
Hall/Hughes - Athens 2004
Olympic Sailing Campaign
PO Box 6877
Scarborough, ME 04070-6877
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