The St. Thomas International Optimist Regatta finished up with 2 races on Sunday to complete a 10 race series. The regatta was one in dominating fashion by Rayne Duff of the British Virgin Islands, winning 6 races and dropping a worst score of 8.
Thomas Rice led the team, finishing 3rd overall in the 60 boat fleet. Also on the podium was Vanessa Lahrkamp, finishing 3rd in the White Fleet (under 10). Congrats to both of you and all our sailors on a great week of learning, racing, and fun in the islands. Looking forward to coming back to this one next year. Have to say this is the regatta not to miss on the calendar.
Thomas Rice 3rd Overall, 2nd Red Fleet, Ian Jezak 23rd, Madeleine Rice 28th, Chase Carraway 29th, Vanessa Lahrkamp 50th, 3rd White, Kyle Jezak 55th, Kassie Jezak 58th
Another four races today with 8-12 knots and small waves. Thomas Rice sits in 2nd overall, leading 3rd by 1 point, after 8 races. 3 races scheduled for the last day tomorrow.
4 races on Day one in St. Thomas in 8-12 knots. RC planning on another 4 today.
We had a great first day in St. Thomas on Wednesday with 10-12 knots of typical sea breeze and 2-3 ft. waves. We focused on technique for boat speed and handling in the waves. Here is a video of some downwind work and I will post some more later of upwind sailing.
Thursday was our second day and we again had picture perfect conditions with a little more wind and bigger waves. The kids all improved from day 1 in the conditions and are psyched for the regatta to start tomorrow. Here is some upwind video from the training.
We are in the middle of our first clinic of the summer at Little Egg Harbor YC.
Friday we had a great sea breeze fill after a no wind morning and did some great downwind practice.
Here is a video from Thursday’s training of the kids doing the Diamond Drill, basically a chaotic boat-handling drill which forces them to do every maneuver imaginable continuously. The marks start spread out with plenty of space between boats and slowly are pulled closer together to make it more difficult.
Congrats to all our sailors who sailed the SailNewport Youth Challenge this past weekend. It was a fun event and SailNewport did a great job as usual. Thanks to the Lahrkamps and Obriens for organizing a team dinner at New York YC.
Dana Haig lead the team in the 91 boat Opti fleet in 11th. Vanessa Lahrkamp was 1st in White fleet.
Dana Haig 11th, Torrey Chisari 19th, 7th Blue, Liam Randall 27th, Vanessa Lahrkamp 30th, 1st White Fleet, Michaela Obrien 34th, Colleen Obrien 36th, Adra Ivancich 51st, 5th White, Galen Dean 64th
Team dinner at New York YC.
Vanessa Lahrkamp – White fleet champ 2014 SailNewport Youth Challenge
We are looking for a coach boat to charter, ideally an inflatable, for Opti Nationals, July 21 – 27. If you know of anyone in Los Angeles area with a boat they would be willing to rent please let us know.