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The U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy was started in 1995 when it became apparent that a second championship in a doublehanded boat was needed to complement the singlehanded event. It became a US Sailing national championship in 1996. The event is sailed in Club 420s.
A separate sportsmanship prize was later added to both championships in 2001, following Tom’s death in June of that year and a family logo was created for the championships incorporating Tom’s and Nancy’s private yacht signals. Nancy’s signal was a green ladder on a yellow rectangle since "Leiter" is German for ladder. Tom and Nancy's first boat was named The Barefoot Girl after Nancy’s preference not to wear shoes. Tom’s private signal became two white bare feet on a blue triangle. The Singlehanded class flag is Nancy’s signal flag, and the Doublehanded class flag is a representation of the Ida Lewis lighthouse.
Known as one of the finest, and largest, small yacht harbors in the world, Newport Harbor is surrounded by wind-blown bluffs, sandy beaches, rocky coves and numerous islands. Two jetties stand as sentinels against the encroaching ocean and two main channels join and converge towards the harbor mouth. Inside the channel quiet bay beaches line its shores while surf pounds the oceanfront. Boat slips line much of the shoreline where over 9,000 vessels are docked, ranging from small canoes and kayaks to enormous luxury yachts.
Established in 1958, the club is known as the “friendliest yacht club on the bay.” Our members share their love of the ocean, whether racing, cruising or fishing.Small-boat racing was the genesis of BCYC and today we race sailboats of all sizes. Many of our racers participate in most of the PHRF and one-design events locally, while we also have a core group of serious professionals. The Junior Sailing program is recognized as one of the finest in Southern California, providing our junior sailors with an enhanced sense of self-reliance, knowledge of seamanship and a strong appreciation of teamwork.
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body for sailing, provides leadership, integrity, and growth for the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and race officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore rating certificates, and provides administration and oversight of competitive sailing across the country, including National Championships and the US Sailing Team Sperry.
Ida Lewis is one of the most famous personages to have ever served in the Coast Guard or in this case, the U.S. Lighthouse Service, one of the Coast Guard's predecessors. She gained national notoriety during a time when most women in the United States were not in the professional workforce nor on the national stage. She overcame the biases of the time, through skill and professional ability, to become the official keeper of the Lime Rock Light Station, a position she held until her death.