Sunday, September 16, 2007

Team Camet Win Mallory Cup

Photographs by Carl Hancock
San Diego and the Mallory Cup have two of the richest histories in American sailing. But in the 56 years that the U.S. Men's National Championship has been sailed, no three-man crew from San Diego had ever won the competition.
Until yesterday. Brian Camet, with father Daniel and brother Alex as crew, defeated nine other club teams from around the country to win the title. Camet, who won three US Sailing national titles in other classes as a youth, had three wins and four second-place finishes in the 10-race series sailed in Etchells sloops out of Southwestern Yacht Club. Each skipper sailed a different boat every race.

The Camets won the title by 16 points over San Diego Yacht Club's Chris Busch, who finished one point in front of defending and three-time champion Scott Young of Austin, Texas. Young had also sailed on two other Mallory Cup winners as a crew. “It was a lot more competitive than I expected it to be,” said Camet, who has raced Etchells as a family team for more than a decade. “In the end, knowledge of the conditions and experience worked in our favor.”

In the companion Adam Cup U.S. Women's Championship, Elizabeth Altman of Chicago won seven of the 11 races en route to the title. SWYC's Colleen Cooke was third. – BILL CENTER