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2009-Carolina Yacht Club-North Carolina

The Carolina Yacht CluStPete-2009b of North Carolina (CYC-NC) received US SAILING’s St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for their excellence in race management. The trophy was presented to Chip Whitesides, Vice Commodore of the CYC-NC.
The CYC-NC was honored for their excellence for overall outstanding regatta organization, and execution of race management decisions for the 2009 Laser Masters North American Championships held on May 15-17 in Wrightsville Beach, N.C. One sailor said it well on the ballot comments: “In 40 plus years of racing in state, national and world levels, this was quite simply the best regatta I have ever been to. I give an A+ throughout and they went the extra mile in every aspect.”

The event’s Principal Race Officer, Gifford Usher, gained race management experience by training and serving at the 1996 Olympics as the Deputy Race Officer on the Laser Europe circle in Savannah, Ga. Founded in 1853, the CYC-NC is one of the oldest clubs in the country.

“It took us 156 years to get this trophy, but we’ll take it,” added Whitesides.

2009 St. Petersburg Trophy Qualified Applicants



San Francisco Yacht Club

US Men's Sailing Championship

Coral Reef Yacht Club

51st Lightning Miami Midwinter Regatta

St. Petersburg Yacht Club

2009 Flying Scot Mid Winter Championship

Carolina Yacht Club

Laser Masters N.A.

Centerport & Northport Yacht Clubs

2009 Ensign Class National Championship Regatta

Eastport Yacht Club

2008 Melges 24 North American Championship

Mission Bay Yacht Club

Santana-20 National Championship