USODA South East Champs

Thomas Rice wins the 2012 SE Champs held at Camp Seagull in North Carolina!

Camp Seagull was a great host for the regatta and we got in 6 races over the two days in winds from 5-12 knots and flat water with a surprising amount of current. The turnout for the event was great, with 90+ boats from all over the east coast.  The whole SailStrong contingent had a successful showing with 2 sailors in the top 10, 4 in the top 15, 3 of the top 5 Blue Fleet, and 4 of the top 5 in White Fleet. Way to go everyone!

Thomas Rice 1st Overall, 1st Blue Fleet, Maddie Hawkins 6th Overall, 1st White Fleet, Porter Kavle 11th, 3rd Blue, Brendan Little 13th, 5th Blue, Jake Vickers 14th, Sam Bruce 17th, 2nd White, Jordan Bruce 28th, 4th White, Aidan Morgan 36th, Madeleine Rice 37th, 5th White, Kimmie Leonard 39th, Michael Pinto 48th


Holiday Opti Clinic – December

December 20-23 – Miami – A four day clinic on Biscayne Bay before Christmas in preparation for Orange Bowl or just a great winter training opportunity. This will be a one coach clinic with a small ratio (10 kids max) so lots of attention for each sailor and with a low number of sailors, lots of time on the water. Sailors can attend for any number of the 4 days. Contact for more details. This clinic is open to all RWB Opti Sailors. 

This coming Saturday Sept 22

Much of the team will be in North Carolina at the USODA South East Champs but we are still having practice at the Dinghy Shop on Saturday. Our usual assistant coach, Leigh Kempton will running the practice. There are only 5 kids signed up right now so it could be a great chance to get some one on one, in a small group. Let me know if you are interested. Practice will be from 9am to 4:30 pm.

Open House and Fall Kick-Off Party

We will be hosting our first Open House and Fall Kick-Off Sept 15 in Northport, NY.

Right after practice, we will head from the Dinghy Shop over to Northport for a pizza party for the kids. Old and new sailors and families will have the opportunity to get to know each other.

This is also a chance for families interested in the team to meet the coach and other families. Stop by for a slice and see what SailStrong is all about.

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One year Anniversary!

Debrief after first day of sailing as SailStrong.

One year ago, this coming weekend, SailStrong Youth Racing had its first practice. Thanks JC, Chrissie, Mehvish, Julia, Camille, Thomas, Gray, Aaron, Madeleine, Caroline, Joe, and all their families for showing up that first day to get things going. One year in, we have been to Opti regattas all over the US, had sailors represent USODA in internationals events, had several sailors make the US National Team, held open clinics on Long Island, in Maryland, and in Florida, started 420 training, and will have nearly twice as many sailors showing up for our first practice of this school year season.

This would not have been possible without the never-ending support from the parents of all the sailors. This is a coach lead program, but so much of the effort to get the kids off the beach still comes from the parents. Thank you all so much! 

I can’t wait to see what year number two brings.

Fall Season Kick-off Opti Clinic

Much of the team was in attendance for our first practice of the Fall season at Bellport Bay Yacht Club last Thursday and Friday and many of them stayed on for the weekend of sailing in the Bellport Labor Day Regatta. It was great to welcome some new members to the team, and with several new sailors coming out next weekend, it is looking like its going to be a busy season with solid numbers every weekend for practice.

Our first 420 practice

We had our first 420 practice this past week at Bellport Bay Yacht Club. Just a couple boats out but a good start to our next fleet and trying to grow the 420 fleet on the South Shore of Long Island.