Sunset Beach sailor finishes third at Championship of Champions race

Regatta at Stamford Yacht Club was won by a sailing duo out of Seattle; the round robin race pitted Ideal 18s against each other.

STAMFORD, Connecticut—Sunset Beach sailor Chris Raab, with his one-person crewmember, had a third place finish in the recent Championship of Champions regatta, held during the first weekend of October at Stamford Yacht Club in Stamford, Connecticut.

Raab’s crewmember was Geoffrey Ewenson from Annapolis, Maryland. They both finished behind Dalton Bergan and Ben Glass of Seattle, who claimed the Jack Brown Trophy. Coming in second place was Vincent Porter (Chicago) and Andrew Barrett (Houston).

Raab, who competed in at least one other Championship of Champions regatta, won the 2019 Mercury Nationals, which was held at Richmond Yacht Club in September, alongside Kenny Dair. Other accolades for Dair include: U.S. National Singlehanded Sailing Championship; Mercury National Championship in 2007, 2008 and 2010; and, Cal 20 Class Championship in 2005.

Two points separated three teams in the 2019 Mercury Class Championship, with Raab and Dair finishing first our of 17 teams overall.

Bergen and Glass came into the Championship of Champions as the RS Aero North American champion; they won six of the 13 races at the Championship of Champions regatta.

Hobie Polarized sponsored the Championship of Champions regatta, which was held Oct. 3-6.

The first-ever Championship of Champions was held in 1976; there were two regattas held that year, one in spring and a second one in fall. The regatta has been held only once per year ever since.

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