IODA North American Championship

Congrats to all our sailors who participated in the IODA North American Championship. SailStrong had a great showing in both the Fleet and Team Racing Championships.

In the Fleet racing Thomas Rice was very close to the Top 5 but a couple tough races to end the event had him finishing 9th. Always great to see our sailors competing with the top sailors in the world with last year’s World Champion from Singapore in attendance. Following Thomas in Gold Fleet was Sam Bruce in 44th and Maddie Hawkins in 54th, both in their first IODA event. Michael Pinto, also making his first appearance in an IODA regatta, finished 22nd in Silver Fleet.

In team racing, Thomas Rice was part of Team USA 1 which won the North American Optimist Team Racing Championship.

Congrats to you all on your performances and we look forward to you all bringing back that experience to the group.

SailStrong Sailors at 2014 IODA North American Championship (L to R: Maddie Hawkins, Michael Pinto, Thomas Rice, Sam Bruce)

SailStrong Sailors at 2014 IODA North American Championship (L to R: Maddie Hawkins, Michael Pinto, Thomas Rice, Sam Bruce)



St. Thomas Opti Regatta Final

The St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta finished up with 2 races on Sunday to complete a 10 race series. The regatta was one in dominating fashion by Rayne Duff of the British Virgin Islands, winning 6 races and dropping a worst score of 8.

Thomas Rice led the team, finishing 3rd overall in the 60 boat fleet. Also on the podium was Vanessa Lahrkamp, finishing 3rd in the White Fleet (under 10). Congrats to both of you and all our sailors on a great week of learning, racing, and fun in the islands. Looking forward to coming back to this one next year. Have to say this is the regatta not to miss on the calendar.

Team Results

Thomas Rice 3rd Overall, 2nd Red Fleet, Ian Jezak 23rd, Madeleine Rice 28th, Chase Carraway 29th, Vanessa Lahrkamp 50th, 3rd White, Kyle Jezak 55th, Kassie Jezak 58th

Overall Results

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St. Thomas Optimist Regatta – Practice Days

We had a great first day in St. Thomas on Wednesday with 10-12 knots of typical sea breeze and 2-3 ft. waves. We focused on technique for boat speed and handling in the waves. Here is a video of some downwind work and I will post some more later of upwind sailing.

Thursday was our second day and we again had picture perfect conditions with a little more wind and bigger waves. The kids all improved from day 1 in the conditions and are psyched for the regatta to start tomorrow. Here is some upwind video from the training.



Kicking the summer off in the Jerz

We are in the middle of our first clinic of the summer at Little Egg Harbor YC.

Friday we had a great sea breeze fill after a no wind morning and did some great downwind practice.

Here is a video from Thursday’s training of the kids doing the Diamond Drill, basically a chaotic boat-handling drill which forces them to do every maneuver imaginable continuously. The marks start spread out with plenty of space between boats and slowly are pulled closer together to make it more difficult.

SailNewport Youth Challenge

Congrats to all our sailors who sailed the SailNewport Youth Challenge this past weekend. It was a fun event and SailNewport did a great job as usual. Thanks to the Lahrkamps and Obriens for organizing a team dinner at New York YC.

Dana Haig lead the team in the 91 boat Opti fleet in 11th. Vanessa Lahrkamp was 1st in White fleet.

Team Results

Dana Haig 11th, Torrey Chisari 19th, 7th Blue, Liam Randall 27th, Vanessa Lahrkamp 30th, 1st White Fleet, Michaela Obrien 34th, Colleen Obrien 36th, Adra Ivancich 51st, 5th White, Galen Dean 64th

Event Results 

Team  dinner at New York YC.

Team dinner at New York YC.

Vanessa Lahrkamp - White fleet champ 2014 SailNewport Youth Challenge

Vanessa Lahrkamp – White fleet champ 2014 SailNewport Youth Challenge

Pre Opti Nationals Coaching

We have pre Opti Nationals training dates set for July 21-22 with coach Leigh Kempton. If your team is not arriving early or you are not team racing and would like to get a couple extra days of practice in on site we have open spaces for those dates. Contact us if you are interested.