Teenage sailors Allyson Donahue and Maddie Widmeier continued their success this summer as they finished fourth at the C420 North American Championship Regatta on July 20-23 at the Falmouth Yacht Club in Cape Cod, Mass.
This was the team’s best finish in the regatta in the past three years.
The duo also won the award for the highest finishing all-female boat for the second time. They also received the award in 2010 with a sixth-place finish.
“We definitely accomplished what we wanted,” Donahue, 17, of Brigantine said. “Our goal was to finish in the top five. We knew we had to stay consistent, finish in the top 10 and that’s what we did for the most part.”
The regatta consisted of 147 boats competing in 14 races over the course of four days. Each team’s best 12 races made up their final scores.
Donahue, 17, and Widmeier, 16, won two races and finished in the top seven in the other 10 for a total of 68 points.
“We have to be happy with our result,” said Widmeier, who is a summer resident of the Brant Beach section of Long Beach Township. “We accomplished our goal and it felt really good.”
The team’s top two finishes were back-to-back wins in the 10th and 11th races on the second to last day of the event.
“It was exciting,” Donahue said. “We knew what we had to do before each race and we just tried to execute our different goals in each race and it just happened that we were able to do that in back to back races.”
This past June, Donahue and Widmeier won their first U.S. Sailing championship at the U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship on Lake Minnetonka, Minn.
“It was great getting that again,” Widmeier said. “Some of the other female teams here weren’t at the Junior Women’s Championships, so we wanted to be able to defend that honor and beat them as well.”
The girls are very happy with their season so far. They continue to focus on bettering themselves in the final regattas of the season.
The duo finished sixth in their most recent competition, the CJ Buckley Team Race Regatta in Greenwich Bay, R.I., on Wednesday. Donahue and Widmeier were in fifth place going into the final day of racing.
“We’re doing very well,” Donahue said. “We just want to continue doing what we’re doing, continue to do well and we want to be able to get all our finishes in the top five.”
They have two regattas left, including one of the biggest, the U.S. Youth Championships in Cascade Locks, Ore. Teams competing at the regatta have been accepted based on their resume only.
“We want to finish very strong there and have that be our best regatta,” Widmeier said. “It’s all very exciting, but it’s also sad that our season is coming to an end.”
Sports correspondent Kelly Ashe contributed to this report.
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