U.S. competes at 2014 CISM Sailing World Military Championship

By Armed Forces Sports Secretariat | Armed Forces Sports | December 04, 2014

(Doha, Qatar) – The U.S. Armed Forces Sailing team competed at the 47th Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military Sailing Championship at the Doha Sailing Club, in Qatar Nov. 22-29.

Navy Lt. Trisha Kutkiewicz of Washington, D.C. returned as the U.S. Women’s skipper to lead Team USA to sixth place overall alongside Air Force 2nd lt. Keisha Pearson of Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

The U.S. Men featured two newcomers to the U.S. Armed Forces Sports program.  Men’s skipper Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Samuel Ingham of Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. and Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Sean Kelly of San Francisco Sector, Calif. finished eighth overall out of 15 teams.

During the final round of competition, a massive sand and rain storm erupted from inland out to the sea, halting competition. After 20 minutes, search and rescue operations ensued as nearly all of the competitors’ boats capsized. Thankfully, all were accounted for without any injuries. All scores prior to the final round were used to determine the final standings.

First competed in 1949, the 47th edition of the CISM Sailing World Championship featured 56 athletes from 17 nations.

The U.S. will prepare to send a team next year to South Korea, the host of the 6th CISM Military World Games Oct. 2-11 2015. The Games will feature over 6,500 athletes from 110 nations competing in 26 sports, including sailing.

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2014 U.S. Armed Forces Roster:
Women:
Skipper – Lt. Trisha Kutkiewicz (Navy) – Washington, D.C.
Crew – 2nd lt. Keisha Pearson (USAF) – Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.

Men:
Skipper – Lt. j.g. Samuel Ingham (USCG) – Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla.
Crew – Lt. j.g. Sean Kelly (USCG) – San Francisco Sector, Calif.

U.S. Chief of Mission – Capt. Eric Irwin (Navy) – Newport, R.I.
Team Captain – Ms. Sharkie Stielper – Washington Naval Yard, D.C.
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