Katie speaks at Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship

Rising Tide Leadership Institute Co-Founder/Ambassador Katie Pettibone was the keynote speaker at the 2013 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, California in late June. 78 of the top junior women sailors competed for the US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship title. Katie shared adventures from her America’s Cups and Round-the-World Races and inspired the young elite competitors with the stories of Raya, Intisar and the Omani Women’s sailing team.

KP speaking JWDCFocusing on leadership, Katie introduced the competitors to the Rising Tide Leadership Institute, leaving them with a self-assessment performance tool and an invitation to fill out a more in-depth performance assessment survey on the RTLI website. Katie commented on the young women, “It’s energizing to be around a group of high performance oriented young women who want to constantly up their game. They motivate me even more as to the importance of our mission at the Rising Tide Leadership Institute – to help develop high capacity young women leaders.” Congratulations to 2013 US Junior Women’s Doublehanded Champions Carolyn Smith (Newport Beach, California) and Bayley Davidson (Costa Mesa, California)!

2013 USA Women’s Match Racing Champion Team!

Congratulations Ladies!  In a three-day series at the Chicago Match Race Center that featured everything from light shifty breeze to big wind and waves, Chicago-based Jennifer Wilson and her team of Sally Barkow (Nashotah, Wisconsin), Katherine Pettibone (Sacramento, California), Krista Paxton (Royal Oak, Michigan), and Sandi Svoboda (Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan) have won the Allegra Knapp Mertz Trophy for the 2013 US Women’s Match Racing Championship. After defeating Sandy Hayes in a 2-0 Semi-Final, Wilson and team went on to defeat Stephanie Roble and her team in a 3-1 Final.

2013 US Womens Match Race Champions

L to R: Sally Barkow, Sandi Svoboda, Jennifer Wilson, Krista Paxton, Katie Pettibone

For winning this ISAF Grade 3 championship, Wilson will receive an automatic invitation to the Open US Match Racing Championship this September in Sheboygan, Wisconsin as well as the Women’s International Match Race Series event this July in Oyster Bay, New York.

“I was really comfortable racing with this team,” said Wilson. “We have sailed a lot together over the years. I felt like we had the best group out there. I let Sally do her magic and take care of tactics, while I focused on sailing fast and smooth in the shifty conditions.”

Rising Tide Leadership Institute Ambassador Katie Pettibone shared, “It was a great weekend of racing with both new and more experienced match racers. It was fun to battle it out against Stephanie Roble and her team who after doing an Olympic campaign have been out on the circuit honing their skills. We had great speed and picked our lanes carefully and were able to prevail to ultimately win.” [Read More]