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News | July 5, 2013

Team USA Armed Forces Women Win Sailing Bronze; Men Finish 7th

By Steven Dinote Armed Forces Sports

Bergen, Norway -- Team USA won the women’s bronze in the 46th Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) World Military Sailing Championship in Bergen, Norway 27 June to 4 July. 

The US Armed Forces Women’s Sailing team, led by skipper Navy Lieut. Trisha Kutkiewicz and fellow crewmembers from the Coast Guard Lieut. Elizabeth Tufts  and Lieut. Junior Grade Krysta Rohde, earned 36 points out of 17 races to take the bronze medal. 

The US Women finished strong on day-four of competition, sailing into first place during the last race and securing their place on the podium. 

On the men’s side, skipper Navy Ensign Taylor Vann and crewmembers Lieut. Commander Luke Suber (Navy) and Lieut. Junior Grade Jonathan Duffett (Coast Guard) fought hard on the waters with twelve other nations.  The men finished first in the last race of the final day.  Overall through four days of competition, the US Men finished in 7th place.

Team USA prepared for the CISM World Sailing Championship in Newport, Rhode Island several days before leaving for Norway.  Navy Captain Eric Irwin served as the Chief of Mission and Navy Commander Dexter Hoag coached to the teams.  Ms. Lisa “Sharkie” Stielper from Navy Sports was team captain.

Norway hosted CISM’s 46th edition of the World Military Sailing Championship at the Askoy Yacht Club with a total of 18 men and women teams from 14 nations.  Crews of three took the waters in Yngling sailboats for a total of 17 races over the course of four days. 

For more information, visit the championship website at: