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
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