23 SailStrong Opti sailors are in Pewaukee, Wisconsin getting ready for this weekend’s USODA Team Trials. They have had 2 great days of practice so far, plus one day of no wind in which they worked on all their sail and boat measurements done, as well as registration. The kids have done a great job trying to figure out the lake sailing shifty conditions and are feeling good about their preparation. Two more days of practice and then the racing begins.
SailStrong sailors traveled to Lake Garda Italy, Lake Braassermeer Holland, and Porto Alegre Brazil over Easter week. Great experiences and racing were had by all.
Thomas Rice and JC Hermus were part of the US Team attending the IODA South American Championship in Brazil. Thomas ended up 12th and JC 17th of the 145 boats. JC was part of USA 2, which won the Nations Cup Team Race. Thomas was on USA 3, which narrowly lost to USA 1 in a race for the finals and ended up 3rd.
Four sailors travelled to Lake Garda, Italy for the Lake Garda Meeting, which for the second year in a row set a Guinness Book Record for the largest one-design regatta ever with over 1,400 Optis taking part. The event was split into the Cadetti Division (11 and under) and the Juniores Division (12 and up). In the 300 boat Cadetti Division Maddie Hawkins ended up 13th and second girl, and Madeleine Rice 31st. The much larger Juniores Division was split into 5 groups 250+ boats and after three days of qualifying Jake Vickers and Stephanie Houck ended up 11th and 77th in Bronze Fleet.
Four more SailStrong team members headed to Holland for the 200+ boat Magic Marine Easter Regatta . Jordan and Sam Bruce qualified for the Gold Fleet with Jordan ending up 26th and Sam 57th. Thomas Hall finished 37th in Silver Fleet and Brendan Little 20th in Bronze Fleet.