CHICAGO, Ill. (July 28, 2019) – The 2019 Independence Cup and U.S. Para Sailing Championship, hosted by the Judd Goldman Sailing Center and organized by the Judd Goldman Adaptive Sailing Foundation came to a close Sunday afternoon after three days of exciting and closely contested racing under challenging conditions on Lake Michigan. All three winners earned the 2019 U.S. Para Sailing Championship and Independence Cup titles.
Freedom Independence 20 – Doublehanded Fleet
U.S. Para Sailing Doublehanded Championship for the Chandler Hovey Trophy and the Independence Cup.
Allen Fiske (Fort Myers, Fla.) and Joe Cook (Oakland Park, Fla.) captured the Freedom Independence 20 event in a very closely contested fleet through nine races. They won by six points over second place team Christopher Murphy (Charleston, S.C.) and Rob Klein (St. Petersburg, Fla.). Fiske went 1-5-2 on Sunday while Murphy was 5-2-6. Fiske took the lead on Saturday and never looked back en route to the win.
“We lost by one point 15 years ago, so to win it this year was really special,” said an emotional Fiske. “The difference in our performance was affected by going to The Clagett Regatta and getting expert coaching.”