Great weekend for the team at two regattas

At the St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta in big breeze and waves, Thomas Rice finished 5th Overall and 2nd in Blue Fleet, and Madeleine Rice was 40th overall and 3rd in White Fleet. From reports back from the two of them it was a tremendous experience sailing in the ocean in conditions they had never faced before, and they can’t wait to go back next year. Thomas also won the sportsmanship award for doing penalty turns when he thought he had fouled another sailor, without being protested. Winning the right way! Results

Thomas and Madeleine with their awards for 2nd Place in Blue Fleet and 3rd place in White Fleet, as well as Thomas's sportsmanship award.  St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta 2013

Thomas and Madeleine with their awards for 2nd Place in Blue Fleet and 3rd place in White Fleet, as well as Thomas’s sportsmanship award. St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta 2013

At Fishing Bay Yacht Club for the Commonwealth of Virginia Junior Championship we had 18 sailors in attendance in the 48 boat fleet. It was quite a performance by the group as a whole and another testament to how hard they all work at getting better. JC won the event by 26 points dropping a 7th and no other race lower than 4th. The Rest of the team did nearly as well, winning every race of the regatta and finishing 1st through 10th, 13 of the Top 20, Top 6 Girls, Top 7 Blue Fleet, and Top 3 Red Fleet. It was a fun weekend as a team, great conditions and hospitality at FBYC, and great RC work by Bo Bragg. Results

The team with coaches Peter and Edgar Diminich at VA State Champs.

The team with coaches Peter and Edgar Diminich at VA State Champs.

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NY State Champs – JC Hermus repeats as NY State Champion

In a tough light air and shifty day of sailing on Oyster Bay against a solid 57 boat fleet, JC Hermus finished 2nd Overall to Matt Logue of Riverside YC (CT). Being the top NY’er in the fleet allowed him to repeat at NY State Champion, though I think he would rather have won the whole regatta. SailStrong Sailors had quite a day with 4 in the Top 5, 6 in the Top 10, 10 in the Top 20, 2nd and 3rd in Red Fleet, 1st through 3rd in Blue Fleet, 1st through 3rd in White Fleet, and 1st, 3rd, and 4th place Girls. It is great to watch the group keep pushing each other to better results while continuing to have fun.

Team Results:

JC Hermus 2nd Overall (NY State Champion), 1st Blue Fleet, Thomas Rice 3rd, 2nd Blue, Kathryn Hall 4th, 2nd Red, 1st Girl, Jack Brown 5th, 3rd Red, Gray Benson 8th, Sam Bruce 9th, 3rd Blue, Michelle Lahrkamp 12th, 3rd Girl, Maddie Hawkins 13th, 4th Girl, Luke Arnone 17th, Madeleine Rice 19th, Michael Pinto 21st, Brandon Lord 24th, Thomas Hall 25th, Clayton Johnson 26th, Jordan Bruce 27th, Sarah Burn 29th, Liam Randall 36th, Brendan Little 38th, Walter Henry 39th, Torrey Chisari 44th, Vanessa Lahrkamp 44th, 3rd White, Nicholas Chisari 49th, Colleen Obrien 51st, Adra Ivancich 55th, Michaela Obrien 57th

2013 NY State Opti Champs Results 

Next up, Virginia State Champs @ Fishing Bay YC this weekend.

when little people learn to deal with big breeze

Last Sunday we had a ton of breeze on Bellport Bay, but the smallest of our sailors didn’t give up and ended up learning a ton. Best yet they had huge smiles when they came off the water and were all so proud of their accomplishments.