7 SailStrong Sailors qualify for the 2013-2014 US Optimist National Team

That’s 15% of the National Team. Congrats to all of you. Well done.¬†

SailStrong members of the USNT :

Gray Benson
Sam Bruce
Sarah Burn
Kathryn Hall
JC Hermus
Clayton Johnson
Thomas Rice

NY State Opti Champs – June 15

The New York State Optimist Championship will be held June 15 at the Waterfront Center in Oyster Bay, NY. There should be around 50 Red, White, and Blue Optimist sailors racing in West Harbor, the same location of the last NY State champs, in 2011. JC Hermus looks to defend his title from that year, but it won’t be easy in the always competitive NY area Opti fleet. This should be a great kick-off to the summer sailing season.

If you sailor would like coaching for this event, we have one more practice, June 1-2, before the regatta to get prepared.

2013 NYS Opti Champs NOR

2013 NYS Opti Champs Reg. Form

Great results at USODA Team Trials

The team as a whole had great results at the 2013 USODA Team Trials at Pewaukee Yacht Club. 195 Optis showed up for a primarily light air event. Being on a lake lead to some interesting shifts and puffs. Consistency and not taking too many risks were the keys to putting together a good score line. Pewaukee YC was a wonderful host and the Race Committee, led by Anderson Reggio, did a great job getting 11 races in.

Team highlights were

– JC Hermus 4th overall

– 3 sailors in Top 15

– 1st and 2nd Blue Fleet

– 5 Sailors in Top 50

– 4 of Top 10 White Fleet

– 12 Sailors in Top 100

SailStrong Team Members will represent the USA at numerous international regattas this summer.

World Championship Team  РJC Hermus

European Championship Team – Kathryn Hall

North American Championship Team РClayton Johnson, Thomas Rice, Michelle Lahrkamp

British National Championship – Madeleine Rice, Boyd Bragg, Jagan Subbiah, Daven Subbiah, Brendan Lord