US Sailing's Championship of Champions
Inaugurated in 1976, US Sailing selects nineteen competitors from nominees by their class associations who are current national or North American champions of their respective classes. Eligible are sailors who normally sail in the U.S., are members of US Sailing and are members of a club, class or association affiliated with US Sailing. The championship is held in a different class each year, and boats are supplied, and if possible, shall be new and identical. Additionally, each year a guest helm is invited. Invited helms have included winner of the Rolex Yachtsman and Yachtswoman of the Year, Olympians, and other sailing luminaries. Classes in which the event has been held run the gamut from conventional to cutting edge and have included Y-Flyers, Snipes, Hobie Cats, J-24’s, Sunfish and Etchells, to name just a few.
The Championship is named in honor of Jack Brown who was noted for his service as a judge, regatta organizer and member of US Sailing Committees
Notable skippers include two-time winners Tom Linskey, Ed Adams, Hobie Alter and Russell Robinson. Three time winners include Paul Foerster and George Szabo. Both Foerster and Szabo have represented two different classes in this event (FD/ JY 15 and Lido 14/Star respectively).
2002 Winner Bill Draheim was also on the top podium step as winning crew in 1987 with Paul Foerster. In 1996 George Szabo with crew Stacey Dumain from San Diego sailing for the Lido 14 Class became the first to win the C of Cs in their own class.