Darien, Conn. (June 6, 2010) -- USSTAG's John Ruf, the 2008 Paralympic Bronze Medalist and 2010 World Champion in the 2.4mR, added another title to his list of achievements when he won the 2.4mR National Championship today. The three-day event was sailed out of Noroton Yacht Club in Darien, Conn., where the conditions varied from 3-5 knots to 12-18 knots with strong ebb current.
For an inland lake sailor like Ruf, a Wisconsin resident who trains on Lake Michigan, battling the choppy current on Long Island Sound was challenging. "It does not come naturally at all," said Ruf. "Being able to fight back to the front was the key factor at this regatta."
Ruf was awarded the Nick Scandone Trophy, which the U.S. 2.4mR class introduced last year to honor Scandone's sailing accomplishments. Scandone lost his battle with ALS, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, in January 2009, less than four months after winning a gold medal at the 2008 Paralympic Games in China.
"I've been a bridesmaid at least twice, and I really wanted my name on my friend Nick's trophy," he said.