We will be training for 5 days (Dec 19-23) in preparation for Orange Bowl and have a few extra spots open. For Orange Bowl we will be welcoming Leigh Kempton as our second coach to help better support our sailors for this multi-fleet event. We will take as many as 18 sailors for the event in order to keep a low ratio. Please contact me if you are interested for your sailor.
The team had a great outing at the NY state champs held at The Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay October 22. JC is the 2011 New York State Optimist Champion (1st overall, 1st Blue Fleet). Joey LaForgia was 3rd overall and 2nd in Red Fleet. Thomas Rice was 14th overall. Michelle Lahrkamp was 2nd in White Fleet. Everyone on the team had good races and showed continued improvement. Will post some pictures and results from the event soon.
We finally got on the water for our first regatta October 9-11 in Marco Island, FL for the South East Champs, this years qualifier for the USODA spring international teams and what a way to start. JC Hermus finished 10th overall and 6th in Blue Fleet. Our second sailor in the top 25 was Nick Brady at 24. We also had 5 others in the top 100 (Chrissie Klingler 56, Mehvish Khan 62, Gray Benson 65, Antonia Bentel 72, and Thomas Rice 98). Some of our younger sailors showed great improvement from Nationals, even in the big breeze on the first day. Not everyone reached their goals but as a team I was very proud of how well everyone sailed and the effort they put in. Back to practicing this week and a few smaller regattas coming up, then the busy winter schedule and time to start the long preparation for Team Trials.