Mixed Double Handed Distance Racing in the 2024 Olympics and Annapolis Yacht Club is On Board
Annapolis, MD (May 10, 2019) — Have you heard that World Sailing has added a mixed double handed
offshore event to the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris? This exciting addition
will take place near Marseille and will continue with the 2028 Summer Games in
Annapolis Yacht Club will be hosting a panel
discussion that will cover the new format for the Olympics as well as introduce
the most recent addition to AYC’s Regatta Calendar, a Mixed Double Handed
Distance Race that will start on September 28, 2019.
Learn about the new Olympic event and how it came
to be from Gary Jobson who has served on the boards of World Sailing, US
Sailing, the Olympic Sailing Committee, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame.
He is also serving as a member of AYC’s committee for the new Chesapeake
Are you interested in hearing what it’s like to
compete in short-handed races? Local expert Tom Weaver will talk about his
experience as a two-time Worrell 1000 (beach cat) competitor in the double
handed 1000-mile Miami to Virginia Beach race. Weaver, a Naval Architect and
USCG Captain with 30 years in the marine industry including stints as a yacht
designer, boatbuilder, and pro sailor, will also talk about his experiences in
the America’s Cup, racing around the world and breaking speed records on the
125-foot catamaran, Playstation.
AYC’s Event Chair for the new
race, Shane Zwingelberg, will introduce Gary and Tom, and the panel will hold a
Q&A session at the end of the speaking portion of the evening. The seminar
will take place on June 25, 2019, at AYC’s new Sailing Center located at 510
Severn Avenue, and will kick off at 1830 with a cash bar followed by the
seminar at 1900. The seminar is gratis and open to anyone interested in
learning more about the new event at both the Olympic and local level. To
reserve your seat(s), call the Front Desk at 410-263-9279.