It was a tight squeeze for the race organizers and competitors of the U.S. Youth Multihull Championship this weekend in Panama City, Fla. With Hurricane Katrina approaching, organizers and host club St. Andrew Bay Yacht Club decided to fit in as many races as possible on Friday and Saturday, canceling races on Sunday, what otherwise would have been the final day. For Michael Siau (Manlius, N.Y.) and Sam Ingham (Rochester, N.Y.) it wasn’t as much of a tight squeeze: the two came out with a bang on the first day, winning all six races. With those results, the team had practically secured the Championship title and the battle went on for second and third place. After four additional races on Saturday, local sailors Evan Miller (Panama City, Fla.) and Kyler Hast (Lynn Haven, Fla.) took second overall, with Cameron Biehl (San Diego, Calif.) and Pike Harris (Coronado, Calif.) finishing third.
With their new National Championship title, Michael Siau and Sam Ingham received US SAILING’s Arthur J. Stevens Trophy and have qualified to represent the U.S. at the 2006 Volvo Youth Sailing ISAF World Sailing Championships, which will be held in Weymouth, England. Sarah Newberry (Miami, Fla.) won the Darline Hobock Sportsmanship Award for demonstrating pure sportsmanship behavior throughout the Championship.
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