SailNewport Youth Challenge

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.

Team Results

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

Event Results 

Team  dinner at New York YC.

Team dinner at New York YC.

Vanessa Lahrkamp - White fleet champ 2014 SailNewport Youth Challenge

Vanessa Lahrkamp – White fleet champ 2014 SailNewport Youth Challenge

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SailStrong team racing teams successful on two continents this weekend

With three teams traveling to two events this weekend the kids were busy. SailStrong Red finished 5th of 20 teams at the Trofeo Marco Rizzotti in Venice, Italy. It was the first international team race for SailStrong. There was definitely a lot learned about a different style of racing than we usually see here in the US. SailStrong Blue and White were at Southern YC for their inaugural Opti Team race. Being a first time event it was a small turnout with 6 teams but SYC put on a great regatta and given the low number of teams the teams were able to get in a lot of races relative to a two day event with 15-20 teams. Racing was also close with all teams winning races and victory for SYC Black coming down to the last race. Our White Team finished 2nd and Blue Team 3rd.

Both events produced lots of good preparation for Nationals in July.

Trofeo Marco Rizzotti Team Race Results 

 

Southern YC Team Race Results

SailStrong Red Team USA Trofeo Marco Rizzotti 2014 (JC Hermus, Gray Benson, Maddie Hawkins, Thomas Rice, Clayton Johnson, and Coach Scott Norman)

SailStrong Red Team USA Trofeo Marco Rizzotti 2014 (JC Hermus, Gray Benson, Maddie Hawkins, Thomas Rice, Clayton Johnson, and Coach Scott Norman)

SailStrong Blue at SYC Team Race (Michelle Lahrkamp, Jordan Bruce, Ian Jezak, Nick Chisari)

SailStrong Blue at SYC Team Race (Michelle Lahrkamp, Jordan Bruce, Ian Jezak, Nick Chisari)

SailStrong White (Walter Henry, Madeleine Rice, Torrey Chisari, Vanessa Lahrkamp, Sam Bruce)

SailStrong White (Walter Henry, Madeleine Rice, Torrey Chisari, Vanessa Lahrkamp, Sam Bruce)

USODA Team Trials 2014 wrap up

24 SailStrong team members attended the 2014 USODA Team Trials at Stamford YC May 1-4. The event presented a range of conditions with winds from 5 – 20+ knots, and strong currents from the tides on Long Island Sound. 9 races were sailed over the four days. The current lead to many more OCS and Black Flag penalties for being over early at the start than is usually seen in an event like this but the sailors that managed to start cleanly were able to maintain the best scores, especially with some sailors carrying multiple starting penalties.

Our sailors worked very hard in preparation for this event and positive results were to show for many of them, though we too fell prey to the starting penalty.

Maddie Hawkins lead the team finishing 14th overall and 4th place Girl. She was followed closely by Michael Pinto 16th and Sam Bruce 20th. We had 6 sailors in the top 50, 14 in the Top 100, and all our first time Team Trials sailors finished well even in the windiest conditions on the last day.

Team Results (217 boats)

Maddie Hawkins 14th, 4th Girl, Michael Pinto 16th, Sam Bruce 20th, Thomas Rice 27th, Walter Henry 43rd, JC Hermus 47th, Ian Jezak 59th, Harrison Bailey 61st, Michelle Lahrkamp 66th, Jordan Bruce 67th, Brendan Little 70th, Madeleine Rice 78th, Clayton Johnson 97th, Nick Chisari 98th, Dana Haig 114th, Reed Menszer 115th, Emma McInnis 120th, Chapman Petersen 130th, Jack Farrell 142nd, Torrey Chisari 145, Liam Randall 192nd, Colleen Obrien 197th, Harrison Menszer 200th, Brendan Lord 209th

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US Optimist National Team Practice – Lauderdale YC

SailStrong team member Sam Bruce took part in the USNT practice last weekend at Lauderdale Yacht Club. Looks like the conditions were fantastic with good breeze, big waves, and warm weather in the ocean off Ft. Lauderdale. Sam sailed well finishing the race series in 11th of the 29 boats.

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Kicking off the fall with multiple practice locations

It was a big weekend for the team, being the first time with practices running in two locations at the same time. 16 kids sailed at the Dinghy Shop on Long Island and 13 more practiced at Island Heights YC in NJ. We have come a long way from 12 kids and 1 coach two years ago in Bellport. Thanks to all the sailors sailors and parents for working hard and believing in the program. Thanks to my family for putting up with all the travel. Thanks to all the coaches that have helped with the kids.

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NJ State Optimist Championship

Clayton Johnson (far left) and JC Hermus (3rd from left) coming off the start at the NJ State Optimist Championship.

Clayton Johnson (far left) and JC Hermus (3rd from left) coming off the start at the NJ State Optimist Championship.

26 SailStrong Sailors took part in the NJ State Optimist Championship August 19-20 at Brant Beach YC. Saturday the RC got off 4 races in very shifty and light conditions. Sunday they were able to get off three more in steadier but still light air. Our sailors did very well in the 111 boat Gold Fleet and 25 boat Silver Fleet.

JC Hermus won his second straight USODA event, though this one was much closer than New England Champs. Going into to the last race JC trailed two other boats by one and two points, and lead another by only one. He won the last race and came away with a one point win.

Sarah Burn, 8th, and Thomas Hall, 10th, also cracked the Top 10 in the competitive fleet with sailors from all over the country. The team as a whole sailed very well in addition to the three in the Top 10, with 8 in the Top 20, 11 in the Top 30, and 18 in the Top Half. 

Link to Overall Results

Team Results

Gold Fleet – 111 Boats: JC Hermus 1st Overall & 1st Red Fleet, Sarah Burn 8th Overall & 3rd Blue, Thomas Hall 10th Overall & 1st White, Sam Bruce 12th, Maddie Hawkins 13th, Stan Picard 14th, Kathryn Hall 16th, Clayton Johnson 17th,  Jordan Bruce 24th, Brendan Little 26th, Eloise Burn 30th, Daven Subbiah 33rd, Brendan Lord 34th, Michael Pinto 37th, Liam Randall 39th, Jack Farrell 41st, Jagan Subbiah 45th, Nich Chisari 53rd, Fritz Sellig 64th, Colleen Obrien 68th, Cordelia Burn 69th, Torrey Chisari 70th, Justin Smith 87th, Michaela Obrien 88th, John McCarthy 96th

Silver Fleet – 25 Boats: Adra Ivancich 13th

New England Championships Recap

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August 5th through 8th we were in Portland, ME for the USODA New England Championship hosted by SailMaine. The conditions were great with 9 races over three days in light to medium wind, thought the water was a little chilly. The team sailed a great regatta and took home awards in the Overall, Red, Blue, White, and Girls Fleets.

JC Hermus lead the group, winning the regatta in convincing fashion with 8 bullets in 9 races  and dropping a 5th place. We also had 1st through 3rd in the Girls: Kathryn Hall 1st, Sarah Burn 2nd, and Michelle Lahrkamp 3rd. As a group we had 16 sailors make the Top 100 of the close to 300 boats sailing. We also had a solid group of younger and less experienced sailors make great steps in improving their sailing. Great job by everyone!

Team Results:

JC Hermus 1st Overall, 1st Red Fleet
Kathryn Hall 12th, 1st Girl, 8th Red
Jordan Bruce 17th, 6th Blue
Sarah Burn 19th, 2nd Girl, 7th Blue
Thomas Rice 20th, 8th Blue
Michelle Lahrkamp 22nd, 3rd Girl, 9th Blue
Sam Bruce 27th
Maddie Hawkins 28th, 6th Girl
Thomas Hall 42nd, 3rd White
Gray Benson 51st
Walter Henry 56th
Stan Picard 57th
Clayton Johnson 65th
Eloise Burn 75th
Michael Pinto 78th
Madeleine Rice 79th
Brendan Lord 99th
Brendan Little 106th
Nick Chisari 119th
Liam Randall 153rd
Cordelia Burn 156th
Torrey Chisari 168th
Colleen Obrien 190th
Maddie Kaller 216th
Michaela Obrien 228th
Vanessa Lahrkamp 230th
Adra Ivancich 285th

Congrats to Kathryn Hall on solid regatta at Opti European Championships

Kathryn Hall represented Team USA at the Optimist European Championship this past week in Hungary. She had a great regatta with several Top 10 finishes in her first IODA Championship. Kathryn ended up 35th in the 102 boat Girls Fleet, which at Europeans is sailed separately from the boys. Congrats Kathryn on all your hard work and a well sailed regatta.

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Results

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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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