LYC Sailors Take Two Podium Finishes at SORC

Congratulations to two Lakewood teams for outstanding performances throughout the 2021-22 Southern Ocean Racing Conference season. Chris and Karen Lewis on Kenai took 1st for the Series, and Al Goethe on Hamburg II placed 3rd overall giving Lakewood Yacht Club 2 podium finishes.

The SORC Series consists of five challenging offshore races along the Florida coast and Bahamian Islands. The perpetual trophy is one from sailing legends with names including Dennis Conner and Ted Turner. Kenai, which won the previous years' series as well, is the first yacht to appear twice.

The final race in the series finished March 20 at Lauderdale Yacht Club. Well done Kenai and Hamburg II from all of LYC, and thank you for representing our Club!
Kenai under sail All Goethe with a gift from his crew
                                                                  Kenai under sail                                                                             Al Goethe with a gift from his crew
SORC series award with race routes SORC perpetual award
                                                    SORC series award with race routes                                                              SORC perpetual award
Hamburg II crew at awards
Hamburg II crew at awards

Beau the Golden Retriever Racks Up Frequent Flyer Miles

Beau the Golden Retriever Racks Up Frequent Flyer Miles

March 2017

If you’ve been around Lakewood for any period of time, there’s a good chance you’ve met Beau. Beau is a 7 1/2 year old Golden Retriever and LYC member, Sol Zittrer’s certified service dog. Sol has had Beau for 7 years and he’s been his service dog since Sol’s wife Ruthie passed away in July of 2016.

Recently Beau accompanied Sol on a trip to Chicago and Cleveland. Beau was treated to a Starbucks Puppuccino in between flights and even got to visit with the pilots in the cockpit! The next day, Beau attended a five hour long meeting with Sol and was perfectly well-behaved. Sol said, “He was unbelievable; he did not get a bathroom break until we got back to Houston.” We're sure Beau will have more adventures to come!

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May 2017

Beau attended this years Keels & Wheels at Lakewood Yacht Club and made a sweet friend.

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May 2017

Beau's travels have taken him to Washington D.C., where he visited the Washington Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial. He also attended meetings at the United States Coast Guard Headquarters and even gave some pointers to Congressman Al Green. Where in the world will Beau go next?

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June 2017

Less than a month after returning from Washington D.C., Beau headed to the Houston National Cemetary to visit his best friend Ruthie. He and Sol then hopped on a plane to Little Rock, Arkansas, where they stayed in the famous Capital Hotel. Beau ran around town with Sol all day and ended the night napping on the first-class hotel bed. What a "ruff" life!

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April 2018

Beau's latest trip has taken him abroad to Cabo with his owner, Sol, and his friend Patricia, who used to live there. While in Cabo, they looked at real estate and boating possibilities and met up with Sol's family member, Marco Ehrenberg, who was related to Sol's late wife, Ruthie. Sol gifted Marco a book titled "Ehrenberg" as pictured in the first picture below. As always, Beau was a perfectly well-behaved travel buddy!

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July 2018

Beau celebrated his 9th birthday at the Club! Happy birthday, Beau!

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December 2018

Beau and his owner, Sol, traveled up north to visit family for Christmas. He's also been hanging out with the trainers at water aerobics class at the Houston Methodist Aquatic Center.

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January 2019

Beau participated in the GBCA Icicle Race with Sol and Admiral Jim Watson, U.S. Coast Guard (retired).

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March 2019

Beau recently welcomed the Ambassador of Greece to the United States, Haris Lalacos, and his wife Anna to Houston. Later, he campaigned for LYC member, Bill King, who is running for mayor of Houston. No telling what Beau will be up to next!

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May 2019

Close to 60,000 people (and Beau) recently attended the 50th anniversary of the Offshore Technology Conference. A good time was had by all!

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July 2019

Beau racked up some more airline miles at the beginning of July when he and Sol flew to Little Rock, Arkansas. Beau squeezed into a small spot on the floor for a relaxing hour and a half long nap. Such a good boy!

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July 2019

A few days after returning from Little Rock, Beau celebrated his 10th birthday! He donned a birthday hat and lei for his party at the Club.

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August 2019

Beau and Sol recently took a trip to the Houston SPCA, a non-profit organization that has been helping a variety of species, including "companion animals, small pets, horses and farm animals, native wildlife and exotics" since 1924. They have a brand new building that Beau and Sol had the pleasure of touring. They almost came home with a new friend for Beau! Learn more about the Houston SPCA.

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September 2019

Beau has been busy behind the wheel of Sol's Porsche. One of his favorite places to drive is
Lakewood Yacht Club! Another favorite destination is New York Bagels in Houston where he enjoys
the smell of freshly made bagels!

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October 2019

Beau presented an LYC Sunday Brunch certificate to the winner of a drawing at the monthly Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME)  meeting.

January 2020

Beau is such a smart boy that he's receiving mail from the Colorado School of Mines to recruit him to the university! Do you think he will go on a campus tour?



 

Beau went on a field trip to the Houston Maritime Museum and then discovered historic Houston through a tour led by TV's Mister McKinney. Beau had a great day exploring and thinks that you'd really like it too!

 

 
 

February 2020

Beau witnessed what life in the fast lane is like! He spent the day at the race track watching Sol's grandson, Asher race. When will it be Beau's turn to drive a fast car?

  
 

July 2020

Beau celebrated his 11th birthday on the 13th in true fashion - enjoying his annual scoop of vanilla ice cream, a refreshing swim in his backyard pool, and a relaxing bath to finish the day!
  

September 2020

Beau joined the Coral Crew for a ladies learn to sail class at Lakewood Yacht Club with his friend Patricia and his dad Sol! Beau may be sailing on an RS21 soon!

  

December 2020

Beau is enjoying is brand new 70" TV that he got from American Furniture Warehouse. He loves watching Star Trek on the big screen!
  

March 2021

Look what Beau bought for his best friend Sol, a new Porsche Macan S for his 78th birthday! And he’s smiling about it. He sure most have saved a lot of dog biscuits to pay for it?
 
Beau took a trip back in time and learned about some history at Maceo Spice & Import Co. in Galveston. He became best buds with the owner, Ronald Maceo and explored all of the tasty spices, blends, oils, and deli items. Beau's dad, Sol, ordered some delicious muffalettas for lunch... do you think Beau got a little taste? 

 

May 2021

Beau spent some time at his dad Sol's Georg Fischer booth at this year's Keels & Wheels. Beau had such a fun weekend full of vintage wooden boats and classic cars (& lots of head scratches).

 

June 2021

Beau made a trip to the Katy Mills Mall to visit Global Water Center's mobile discovery center. He learned all about how the organization is working to end the global water crisis by providing safe, clean drinking water to all people. Beau explored the 25,000 square feet of exhibit space and even got a private tour by Chris Holdorf, Executive Director of Global Water Center. 
 

July 2021

Beau enjoyed his annual birthday bowl of ice cream from Kasra Persian Cafe. Such a treat! The staff even sang happy birthday to him. All of us at Lakewood wish you a very happy 12th birthday, Beau!
 

August 2021

Beau had another wonderful trip to Washington DC for the US Coast Guard Meeting. He gave the pilot some pointers, cat-napped on the plane, visited with friends and enjoyed his comfy hotel bed.
 
 
 
Also in August, Beau had a grand time at the flight museum and Offshore Technology Conference! Just look at that happy smile.

 

October 2021

Beau was one of the 600+ attendees at the Marine Technology Society Annual BBQ and Fundraiser in Houston. He enjoyed an evening of socializing, food and refreshments. Beau thought about bidding on some of the silent auction items and autographed sports memorabilia. He saw lots of bids for the Sunday Brunch for 4 donated by Lakewood Yacht Club. He hopes the winner enjoys it! Beau had a wonderful time catching up with his Marine Technology buddies!
 
 

January 2022

Beau made another new friend, this time at Sam's Club! If Constable Derousse ever needs a K-9 sidekick, Beau is the man for the job!

February 2022

Beau enjoyed a wonderful performance at Theater Under the Stars in Houston celebrating his dad's birthday with their friend Patricia. The musical was Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific." Beau gave the musical two paws up!
 
 
With our deepest sympathies, we share the news of the passing of Beau, who passed February 16, 2022. Beau was well-known and loved around the Club and the community. He lived a wonderful life full of adventure and traveled all of North America, from Canada to Mexico. A Celebration of Life was held Saturday, February 26 from 12-2 PM in the Lounge of Lakewood Yacht Club. It was a gathering of happy memories, hot dogs, and a special cocktail called the Golden Retriever.
 

June 2022

Some words from Beau's dad, Sol: As some of you may know already, Beau sadly passed away on February 16, 2022 and we had a wonderful and warm Celebration of Life luncheon for him on February 26. Hot dogs and a rum cocktail called a Golden Retriever were served. On Sunday morning, February 27, a new friend showed up, a beautiful black Labrador puppy with no collar and no chip. He needed a home and I needed a new friend. We named him Zeus on February 28. We went to the vet to get checked out and he weighed 78 lbs. and was 12 months old. Here we are now June 18, 2022 and Zeus has had 3 full days of training and socializing at Endless Pawsibilities Canine Enrichment Retreat in Alvin, TX, in addition to 12 hours of training at our home by Mason Erwin with Bark Busters, Zeus now weighs 92 lbs. He is a growing big boy!

Zeus will be taking Beau's place and will get to enjoy some of the same adventures that Beau did. We both went to Galveston to welcome the tall sailing ship USCGC Eagle. The training ship for the United States Coast Guard. The last time the Eagle visited Galveston was in 1972.

Thank you to all of our friends of 30 years at Lakewood Yacht Club for all of your support and kind words during this difficult time which has become a wonderful and warm time for both me andZeus.

 

Local Youth Sailor, Noah Zittrer, Continues to Find Success in Multiple Classes

If you are following the sailing 2021 adventures of Noah Zittrer, here is the next installment.

In March, Noah traveled to La Ventana, Mexico to train with the other U.S. Formula Kite sailors. He stayed for 3 weeks, kiting and training nearly daily, plus a little spearfishing at the end of the trip. It is a nice group of young men and women who are really working together to share knowledge and pushing each other to improve. Noah returned home for a few days then traveled back to Miami at the beginning of April for some 29er training and to attend two regattas. First, he competed in the Don Q Snipe Regatta which is the first U.S. qualifier for Snipe Worlds 2022 to be held this year. Approximately 30 teams competed on Biscayne Bay for 3 days. The first day was fairly light breeze and Noah and his partner, Justin Callahan, surprised themselves (along with the rest of the fleet) with a second place standing after a consistent string of third place finishes that day. The breeze picked up considerably over the next two days and despite being well under ideal combined weight for the Snipe, the boys hung onto 3rd place overall and took first place in the Under 30 category. The boys may have managed to secure a spot at the Snipe World Championships with this 3rd place finish due to the event’s selection rules, but this will all be sorted out by the end of the year.

On the following weekend, Noah participated in the final Skiff Generation event for the Spring, also held in Miami. Again, Noah is new to the crew position in the boat and since December 2020, has paired with Clark Morris of the American Yacht Club. This event was smaller than the last Mid-Winters event, but conditions varied from light and fluky to 20 knots. The boys took a commanding lead on the first day of the event and never loosened their hold on first place, winning 6 out of 8 races.

Noah will spend the month of May finishing up high school and thereafter plans to train in Formula Kite on Lake Benbrook in Fort Worth and at Sherman Island, California. The month of June will largely be spent on the east coast at training clinics focused on the 29er leading up to the 29er U.S. National Championship to be held on the last weekend in June. This event will be the single qualifying event for the recently announced 2021 Youth Worlds Championship, the pinnacle annual youth world sailing event. Noah and his partner are hopeful to win the National Championship and be selected to attend Youth Worlds in Oman this coming December. Mid-June, Noah will take a few days break from the 29er to compete with Justin again in the U.S. Snipe Nationals to be held in Annapolis, Maryland. In July, pandemic and travel restrictions to Europe permitting, Noah plans to participate in the U19 World Formula Kite Championship in July to be held at Hang Loose Beach in Gizzeria, Italy.

Written by Leigh Zittrer
 
 

Seahorse Sailor Excels in Two of his Passions

While COVID-19 has presented all of us with difficulties, setbacks and losses, it has also opened our eyes to different ways to approach our lives and our work. Noah Zittrer, a Lakewood Seahorse, decided not to attend traditional high school this year (his senior year), which has permitted him to dedicate a significant amount of time to his favorite pursuits – kiting and sailing.

After the Optimist, Noah found himself without a boat to compete in. Not satisfied with sailing 420s, and not being large enough to competitively race lasers, he taught himself to kite. Ultimately, he turned his skills to Formula Kite, the newest of the Olympic sailing disciplines to be incorporated into the 2024 Paris Olympics. He and his best friend, also named Noah, taught each other how to fly ram air kites and ride carbon fiber foils. Both have recently caught the attention of U.S. Sailing and are now a regular part of the Olympic Development Squad for Formula Kite. But kiting is not quite enough for Noah, and he has also elected to sail 29er skiffs and the venerable Snipe.

Because he can take his school on the road, Noah has spent much of his winter in Florida sailing. In mid-January he traveled to St. Petersburg, Florida to participate in a kite ODP clinic, coached by two-time Olympic medalist Charlie McKee, and two formula kite regattas. After 4 days of coaching and training with the best U.S. Formula Kite sailors, Noah finished the first 2-day event hosted by the St. Pete’s Yacht Club in 5th place overall, and first in the U18 category. Four days later, Clearwater hosted one of six Olympic Class Regatta events that will be held this year. Conditions were variable over the 4 days of racing. Noah put his sailing and tactical training to use, selecting the right sails, getting good starts and sailing the breeze given, and ultimately finished 4th overall.

Two days later, Noah moved over to Miami and spent two days training in the 29er in preparation for the 29er Midwinters East event held the weekend of February 13-15. Noah is relatively new to the 29er and, since December, has paired with Clark Morris of the American Yacht Club for three events, with Clark as skipper and Noah as crew. Years of foiling seem to have prepared Noah well for an easy transition to being 29er crew. Clark and Noah led the first two days of the event, but going into the third day were in second place after losing a protest made by the second place boat. Clark and Noah came out swinging on the first race of the final day of racing, finishing the race more than a minute ahead of the second place boat. This tied them for first. On the second and last race of the regatta, the boys were pushed into a poor start by successful match race maneuvering of the team with whom they were tied. They got pinned on the left side of the course and rounded the top mark near last. However, the boys slipped away from their rivals on the first downwind leg, and ultimately passed 8 boats to secure 6th in the race, winning the regatta with a 2 point lead.

On March 1, Noah headed to La Ventana, Mexico to again train with the other U.S. Formula kite sailors for 10 days. In April, he will go back to Miami to continue training in the Snipe, sailing in the Don Q Snipe Regatta first, and then on the following weekend, sailing the last 29er event of the spring season. Wish Noah good luck!

Written by: Leah Zittrer
 
 

Kenai wins the SORC 2020-21 Islands In the Stream Series

The Kenai crew including LYC Members Chris and Karen Lewis, Bill Zartler and Brian Shores were thrilled to win the SORC 2020-21 Islands In the Stream Series with a 1,1,2 score. The races were varied with light conditions for Races 2 and 3 and then a real blow for most of the 340 nm Eleuthera Race that challenged all the yachts. The team won the series through sheer determination at times and some good decision making. For example to get to Key West we tacked the 145% genoa 114 times and gybed the 0.5oz VMG kite 28 times. Chris commented "I guess that was good for the sailmakers! Although I am amazed at how today's carbon sails stand up to offshore conditions if properly handled."

"The first leg to Eleuthera was a tight reach in moderate conditions across the Florida Straights allowing for a Code Zero flown off Kenai's 2m sprit. We sagged below the rum line with the Stream on our stern quarter. By reefing the main and reducing drag in the puffs the boat was faster. Then dropping to a Heavy #1 sheeted to the rail we were able to foot up to Little Isaac over the last 20 nm with less north set current. From there we were on the wind with a 200 nm starboard biased beat changing down to a #3 jib and finally the #4 jib. In both cases with a reefed main. The seas got to be 6 to 8 ft and confused going out into the Atlantic passed the northern tip of Eleuthera. We moved the #4 jib sheeting to the outboard track and saw boat speeds of up to 8.7 knots. Great for the race but not appreciated by the off watch crew as Kenai launched off and through the seas. Finally we turned to a fetch down to the southern tip of the island and set the A4 for the finish line. We knew it was tight with the TP52 on rating but the old girl hit 13 knots with 25 knot gusts on the VMG run to the finish. We corrected out by 22 minutes in the race with the RC selecting the ORC Predominantly Upwind Rating.

It's truly amazing that a 23,500 lb 30 year old design with 175 sq. m kites and an overlapping genoa has been able to be competitive with a variety of race boats in SORC under a wide range of conditions during the series. The key is knowing your boat and keeping near to 100% of your speed throughout the race. We do a lot of sail changes. We were also fortunate that the J121 Wings never got to fly down wind for very long!" 
 
 
 

Kenai Finishes Strong in the SORC Key West Race

Once in every 20 years it happens...you are beating in the middle of the night for hours and hours towards Key West in a fleet of 30 boats trapped between the reef and the Gulf Stream. This year’s SORC Key West Race was one of those years.

The race started off Port Everglades with a great mix of boats in ORC and PHRF plus a few multihulls with a faint NW breeze that tried to become a sea breeze. As it happened the US Navy was running submarine trials south of the entrance, and the whole fleet motored south 5 miles to safe waters and recognizing that the US Navy is not to be messed with even if you are racing!

By the time Kenai, our A-Sym modified J/44 reached the Miami RW the light weight fliers were well ahead. We were sucked into an interesting false positive on that leg. With the wind behind, the further offshore you venture into adverse current, the more the apparent wind builds. Now if you were an AC75 this would have been a great tactic as you travel 3x the wind speed. But for a keel boat it feels good as your compass bearing on the boats inshore (shown by AIS) drops a few degrees on each refresh.

After the Miami sea buoy a light wind filled in from the SE and rotated S. The beating upwind began. We were inshore (finally) and on the correct side of the rotation. However, as we passed Fowey Rock it became clear that we needed to tack every 3 to 5 minutes in order to stay out of the stream. We would watch the calculated current Set and Drift on our B&G H5000 instrument pack (between GPS COG / SOG and Boat Speed and Heading) slowly rise on Starboard tack and then call the turn at 0.9 knts. It takes six people to efficiently tack a 145% Genoa with a 24ft LP. One to release the moment the sail backs, one to stop it catching on the shrouds and then to skirt the foot inside the lifelines if needed, a tailer, a grinder, a mainsheet trimmer to release the sheet so the main roach does not hang on the back stay, and the helmsman. Meanwhile the modern boats with non overlapping jibs would annoyingly flip from one tack to the next.

The inner course boundary was set by twenty waypoints along the Keys that marked between them an imaginary no go boundary, straight lines slowly increasing in bearing. Our navigator would count down the feet to this line 500, 400, 300, 200, 100 and at 100 we would start the next tack out to the stream.

Kenai started to overtake boats after being almost DFL at the Miami Sea buoy. Then as the reef curved to the west, our port tack started to extend with an acute approach to the course boundary until we were at a point where if we sailed in high / slow mode, traveller up, stalled top tell tail and genoa on max. trim we could delay the next tack for quite awhile.

114 tacks later we were on a fetch, then a reach and the kite was up. We’re we’re making 8.5 knots to KW with the A3. But then our Navigator started to bring up bad news. “The high pressure sitting in the Florida Gulf is not moving. I ran the routing and every model shows that we won’t finish inside the 48 hr race time limit.” As skipper I decided to ignore this as negative news is the last thing a tired crew needs to hear.

We pressed on and sure enough the wind shut off. But fortunately we were now in the 0.5 knt. counter current inside the stream off Marathon Key and we persevered with a VMG run in 3 to 4 knts. of breeze. 28 gybes later many boats had pulled out the race. Some were headed back and others were peddle to the metal to hit the Key West bars before closing on Friday night.

We became locked in a boat for boat battle against Wings, a J121 with lead changes as shifts and puffs made all the difference. Lake sailing on the ocean!

Finally as the expected NE land breeze filled in and it allowed us to finish at 4 am with an elapsed time of 41 hrs 18 min.

Our perseverance paid off and we won ORC 2 Class and corrected to be second in fleet behind Flat Stanley, a Melges 32 that is a fraction of our 23,400 lb displacement.

For comparison the first time we sailed this event, Kenai finished the 170 mi course in just over 16 hrs!

So now we are entered in the final Islands In the Stream event; a 340 nm race from Miami to Eleuthera on Feb. 17 where strong finish could mean that we win the Island In the Stream Series. But the Gulf Stream, a a venture into the Atlantic around the exposed Eleuthera coast and a lot of water has to pass under the bow between now and the finish off Cape Eleuthera Marina. Never mind all the COVID tests involved.


Chris and Karen Lewis
J/44 Kenai
 

LYC Sailors Finish Strong in Orange Bowl & Miami Snipes Under 30 Invitational

Annually, several premier youth sailing events occur in Coconut Grove, Miami around Christmas and New Years. There was tremendous uncertainty whether this years planned Orange Bowl and Open Orange Bowl regattas would actually occur, but through careful planning and strong leadership of numerous persons and clubs in Miami, meaningful youth one-design racing resumed. Several Lakewood Seahorses participated in these events. Conditions were light on the first day of the events, but became blustery with an angry sea state over the next 3 days of the event with average breeze between 18-20 knots. Conditions advantaged larger sailors, but made it very difficult for all.

In the Open Orange Bowl, Noah Zittrer, in his first regatta in the crew position on the 29er (the training boat for the Olympic Class boat, the 49er) finished in an outstanding 6th place overall with his partner, Clark Morris of the American Yacht Club.

Lakewood member Aidan Dennis competed in the Orange Bowl Laser Radial Fleet finishing in a strong 11th position. The Laser 4.7 Fleet was represented by multiple Lakewood members - Ava Anderson, Stephen Momeier and Kate Dennis finishing in 17th, 18th and 26th respectively.

In the Red/White/Blue Optimist Fleets, Alia Dennis finished in 55th and Ian Farley in 57th. Finally, Scarlett Dennis in her first Orange Bowl completed all four days of the event in the Optimist Green Fleet finishing in 40th.

Thanks to both Key Biscayne Yacht Club and Coconut Grove Sailing Club for welcoming our sailors to their teams for the regatta. The regatta was challenging both on and off the water but the organizers did a great job navigating how to host a safe event.

Two days following the conclusion of the Orange Bowl events, Asher Zittrer and Noah Zittrer, in their first pairing together as skipper (Asher) and crew (Noah) participated in the Miami Snipes Under 30 Invitational. The event is organized by the Miami Snipe Sailors annually to encourage new sailors to participate in the class and maintain this venerable boat as an active class. Thirty-two boats filled with top youth and collegiate sailors from around the country (and even out of the country - Puerto Rico, Peru and Ecuador) tested their skills on Biscayne Bay for two days in an old but highly technical boat called the Snipe. After some very competitive sailing, Asher and Noah finished third overall. The brothers are hoping to ultimately secure a spot to attend the 2022 Snipe World Championship in Enoshima, Japan and this was their first step towards that goal!

Update: February 10, 2021
Noah just finished off a second skiff generation event in January, two kite events in the St. Pete area in which he did well. This coming weekend he is doing a major 29er event in Miami.


Written by: Leigh Zittrer, LYC Member

 
    

LYC Members Place First in SORC Islands Stream Series

LYC Members Take Second in the Melges IC37 Class at the NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta:The Lewis Team has begun it’s campaign with Bow 002 in the ground breaking Melges IC37 Class. 20 identical boats crewed by amateur sailors will race to qualify to represent NYYC in the Invitational Cup in September. The first qualifier is the Annual Regatta June 14-16. Chris and Karen are sailing with a number of Texas based J/105 sailors and have Olympic and Americas Cup helmsman and current J/105 NA Champion Terry McLaughlin on board as tactician.

Update: July 21, 2019

The Lakewood team took second to Southern YC in the new Melges IC37 Class at the NYYC 175th Anniversary Regatta. See results here.

With Lakewood YC members covering helm, Chris Lewis and tactics, Danny Pletsch and Karen Lewis at Pit position the Texas based team Qubit led the regatta mid-week and finished second overall to John Lovell and Steve Benjamin, Southern YC who will be defending the Invitational Cup in the September.

Racing was super close in the fleet with the winner averaging worse than 5th place in a fleet of 21. Team Qubit overcame hooking a lobster pot off the start line and an over early on the last day to hold second overall. Sailing fast and keeping open lanes paid off for the Qubit team who put together a string of single digit finishes.

Update: October 2019

The IC37 marketed by Melges was conceived by New York YC in 2017 to replace the dwindling privately owned Swan 42 fleet used in the New York YC Invitational Cup, where yacht clubs from around the world qualify or are invited to compete. The boat is a pure one design, not dissimilar to the Laser concept with class sails, identical rig settings and very tight controls. Performing well comes down to pure technique and tactics.

There are 31 boats made to date. 20 belonging to NYYC which are chartered and 11 privately owned in a growing class. The boat has just been adopted for the Canada Cup and there will be racing in the Solent next year. A Florida winter series has just been announced based at Pier 66, Fort Lauderdale. The great aspect of the class is that it is all amateur sailors except for one bona fide maintenance and delivery orientated boat captain. You also have the option to race in IRC events; Russel Peters won IRC class at Cowes Week this year in the first UK based boat.

When Karen and I saw the opportunity to race these boats under charter we jumped at the opportunity and started working with Farley Fontenot to put together a team that could compete in the fleet. We pulled from J105 sailors that we knew and a few J44 sailors from Kenai. Over the season we initially had moments of success such as leading the Around the Island Race before a bad kite hoist and disasters including several self-inflicted kite failures. The Melges IC37 does not tolerate any kind of boat handling mistake in a fleet of 20 boats that’s are all moving at similar speeds. However, we also noticed that by sailing clean and fast large gains could be made.

By the time we entered Race Week in Newport we had understood how to trim the boat by working the running back constantly when underpowered and then moving up to a mainsheet and traveler controlled trimming mode in breeze. Downwind you had to maintain at least 10 deg heel and minimize gybes. Recent Lakewood YC member Danny Pletsch called tactics and we took second place overall in an exciting event after throwing a 10 pt. overall lead before the last day when hooking a lobster pot on a first beat. Southern YC deservedly won and went on to place well in the Invitational Cup.

Going into the National Championship we knew that we needed to gel as a team. With Danny unavailable we focused on “team”. Five of our nine sailors were Texas based. Ryan Glaze, Rush Creek YC of Gringo fame trimmed main. Jake Scott also Rush Creek YC called tactics and adjusted jib trim upwind when the jib trimmer was hiking. Carter Perrin, Texas Corinthian YC trimmed spinnaker, dowsed the 157 sq m kite (a single retrieving line that we called the FRL – it was a red line!) in just 7 seconds and worked with Jake on the upwind chess game. Karen Lewis nicknamed “Strings” ran the pit. The female crew was rounded out by two other sailors; Natalya Doris, NYYC, a College All American Women’s Team dinghy sailor learned the running backs over the season and Erin Spraugh, American YC, a west coast college coach learned to trim jib and span the spinnaker sheet winch down wind. Ryan Zupon, Larchmont YC was on bow coming off the Zartler’s LYC J105 campaign in Deja Voodoo. Our Boat Captain Alec Snyder was at mast. Alec had delivered Kenai and runs Summer Storm, a competitive Martin 49. He was not permitted to trim or call tactics by Class rules.

Day 1 – A northerly shifty breeze filled in and with an average start we found it difficult to hold our lane. Working the shifts and ducking boats we pulled into a decent inside position further up the beat but again could not hold our lane. We finished 14th and I thought wow … the class has gotten better and we are a mid-fleet boat. We reviewed the issues post-race, backed down for weed and moved our jib car to the narrowest sheeting position and focused more on jib twist upwind. This paid off as we took a 3rd in Race 2 after competing for a 1st or 2nd spot at the top of the second beat.

Day 2 – Sitting 10th overall going into Saturday we knew we had to average top 5 finishes to have any chance of a podium finish as a string of 5ths usually wins overall in the fleet. With a strong southerly we took 6th in Race 3 showing moments of great speed. In Race 4 we had a clean start with a lot of speed at the gun. Maintaining this speed with active main trimming through a nasty chop (not dissimilar to Galveston Bay) we rounded first and stretched to a dominant 1 minute lead at the finish. In Race 5 after a mid-fleet rounding we pulled to 6th with some very good downwind speed in the building waves. With our goal met we began knew Sunday was going to be intense with 5 boats in the running to win overall.

Last day – Sitting in 4th overall and 8 points adrift from Members Only, sailed by Jay Cross, Hanna Sweat, Steve Benjamin and several AC Women’s sailors who had put together a dominant performance; we played heavy rock music going to the start. With Carter pulling off a tribal war dance we were pumped up. Alas, rounding 13th at the first mark we were buried. An early gybe and with some awesome down wind speed by working spin and main on every wave we took 6 boats on the run. Jake called a brilliant second upwind as we worked the boat continuously to round the top mark in 3rd. Gybing inside the 2nd boat we hauled it to the finish winning a buy a few feet on a well executed the turn down to the line!

Race 7 saw us 4th on the last top mark on the stern of Members Only who now had a 6 point lead overall. After a drag race on starboard they fake gybed and sent us in towards the finish. However, the wind strengthened to 18 knts and we laid the finish surfing at over 16 knts to take 3rd with Members Only dropping eight places to 11th after over standing the gybe point in a tightly packed fleet.

Now with a 1 point lead overall the north wind shut off and rotated east. We were potentially the Champions if Hank Stuart could not get a start in before 1500 hrs. But Hank, the top race officer he is, set a great course at 14.30 after two General Recalls, and aborted start with a 30 deg right shift and we finally started for real. Talk about intense! We came off the line boat for boat to windward of Members Only. For more than 1 mile we sailed on their windward hip preventing a tack to port. However, our inability to steer as well through waves by putting the bow down allowed them to eventually tack and cross. They led at the top mark and won the Championship. With a 4th place we concluded the series as up runner up, just two points adrift.

Completing the season as the best overall scoring NYYC boat we are were proud to represent Texas and maintain the legacy of Texas teams competing at a high level in Newport, RI. A big thank you to my wife Karen without whom nothing would have come together, to Farley who helped us focus on team and to everyone who sailed with us. As in all things: the team is everything.
If anyone is interested in finding more about the Melges IC37 Class, please feel free to reach out to me.

 

By Chris and Karen Lewis

Update: December 2020

Kenai won a tricky SORC race  in the Stream Series, beating a wide range of race yachts by a 40 minute lead. Chris and Karen Lewis and Brian Shores were onboard.

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LYC Members Finished in the Top 3 at NYYC Race Week

Several of our members raced in Newport at New York Yacht Club's Race Week September 23-26. Tom and Diana Sutton on Leading Edge took second place in the ORC 2 Fleet and Chris and Karen Lewis sailing with Danny Pletsch as tactician finished 3rd in a highly competitive 12 boat Melges IC37 Fleet.

See NYYC site for more full race results.


Congratulations to all! Be sure to congratulate these folks when you next see them!

 

Seahorse Sailor Finishes 15th in I420/29er Midwinters East

Two weeks ago, the I420/29er Midwinters East were hosted by the Miami Yacht Club, with very variable weather conditions and 8 races completed for each class.

Kelly Bates represented Lakewood Yacht Club at the event, finishing 15th in 29ers (Emily Alfortish from SYC was her skipper).

Results can be found here

Updates about the Annual International Palamos Optimist Trophy & I420/29er Midwinters East

XXXIII International Palamos Optimist Trophy, Spain

Two weeks ago, Ava Anderson and Ike Schutz traveled to Palamos, Spain to represent the USA at the annual International Palamos Optimist Trophy. This event is the second largest Optimist regatta in the World only behind the Lake Garda Meeting, and attracted 550 sailors from over 34 nations.

Bernat Gali Bou, Lakewood Head Opti Coach, was the Lead Coach for the team selected by the USODA. Unfortunately, the weather conditions didn't really cooperate with the warmth of the locals and the fantastic venue, and after a few days of light wind practice days, only three races were completed and all of them the first day, which was the only day with good racing conditions (17-22 knots SW).

The regatta was won by a German sailor, part of the German Worlds Team for this year. Respecting Ava and Ike, they managed to finish 193rd and 331st after a few capsizes involved with the big waves they experienced the first and only day of racing.

Results can be found here

I420/29er Midwinters East

Last week, the I420/29er Midwinters East were hosted by the Miami Yacht Club, with very variable weather conditions and 8 races completed for each class.

Two sailors represented Lakewood Yacht Club at the event, with Noah Zittrer finishing 11th in 29ers (Thomas Kerrigan from SYC was his crew) and Nicky Abate crewing for Haru Masumoto in the I420 class, achieving a 25th overall.

Results can be found here

LYC Seahorses compete in USODA Valentines Day Regatta

This past weekend, six Lakewood sailors went out to brave the harsh Florida winter and race in the annual Valentine's Day Regatta hosted by St. Petersburg Yacht Club. Over the course of two days and 5 races, our sailors battled it out in the fleet of 190 sailors. Both days had a strong current pushing the kids over the line resulting in LOTS of black flag penalties especially in the first race, but our sailors persevered and posted good results as they continue to hone their skills in anticipation for Team Trials in April!

Leading the Lakewood pack for the regatta was Cole Gourley (39th) sailing in the largest fleet of his career and first out of state regatta. Not far behind was Wylder Smith (52nd) with a very strong day of racing in the breeze on Sunday. Our most consistent sailor of the regatta was Blake Polsen (61st), finishing with a range of 4 places each race. A big shout out goes to this next sailor, having finally becoming Team Trials Qualified after finishing within spitting distance of qualifying at his last two USODA events. Ewan Dossin (72nd), sails a great first day of the event and consistent sailing on Sunday to make the cut at this event!

Just behind Ewan, finishing in 6th in the White Fleet, Patrick McNamara (82nd) had a great regatta with a strong first day and consistent sailing on Sunday. Rounding out our fleet was Ian Farley (152nd) who struggled a bit on Saturday dealing with the current, but came back with good results on Sunday to finish the regatta strong.

All of our sailors showed improvement at this regatta and faced conditions that were new and challenging. A big hats off to the team for their strong performance and fast sailing!

Results can be found here.

LYC Seahorses Win Big at Corpus Christi TSA Kick-Off Regatta

This last weekend, Corpus Christi Yacht Club hosted the first TSA regatta of the year to kick off the season for Texas Youth Sailing. The Lakewood Seahorses were represented in 4 different fleets: 2 in Green Fleet, 15 in RWB, 3 in Laser Radial and 4 in Laser 4.7.

The weather conditions, unfortunately, were not up to the standard of Corpus Christi Bay, and sailors battled light winds and shifty conditions all weekend, which at least brought sunny skies!

Starting with the Green Fleet, William Wise and Scarlett Dennis were our representatives. A shootout to them as they joined the local team for coaching and finished 5th and 11th overall respectively.

Moving to Laser Radial, Michael Morse won the close battle he had with his teammate Jacob Brown, who finished 2nd after Michael. Ethan Polsen claimed 5th overall not too far from the podium.

In Laser 4.7, Stephen Momeier took the honors in his first-ever Laser 4.7 regatta just one point ahead of Zach Brown, like Stephen racing in Laser 4.7 for the first time. Drew Gourley competed the 100% Lakewood podium with Katie Dennis finishing 5th overall.

To finish, our largest fleet, the RWB sailors. Matias Martin (1st Red Fleet) dominated with 5 bullets out of 6 races, with a beautiful match race with William Baker (2nd Red Fleet), who scored five 2nds and finished second overall, well ahead of Dylan Tomko who claimed 3rd overall and top White Fleeter. Ava Anderson (3rd Red Fleet) finished 4th not too far from Dylan with 4 more Lakewood sailors in the Top 10: Casey Small in 7th (2nd White Fleet), Cole Gourley in 8th (2nd Blue Fleet), Syndey Small in 9th (3rd White Fleet) and Blake Polsen in 10th (3rd Blue Fleet).

In the top 20, 6 more Lakewood sailors: Ewan Dossin in 11th, Keen Cabrera in 12th, Kynes Cabrera in 14th, Patrick McNamara in 15th, Alia Dennis in 16th and Korbin Bendele in 17th. Kale Bendele, in his first-ever RWB regatta, finished in a fantastic 24th overall.

Results can be found here.
 
 








 

Team USA Takes Home First Place in 2020 Monaco Optimist Team Race

This last week, the US Opti National Team sent 4 sailors to race at the prestigious Monaco Optimist Team Race Trophy, an event where competitors race in Team Racing format.

Twenty teams were represented at the event, with sailors coming from as far as Uruguay, China, and the mentioned USNT.

After the completion of the Round Robin, and 3 days of intense racing, Team USA took the honors home after the second time participating in this event. James Pine, a product of our Sailing Team, was one of the USNT members for this event.

Results can be found here

Orange Bowl Youth International Regatta Results

Orange Bowl Youth International Regatta 2020

Last week, 22 sailors traveled to sunny Florida during Christmas to participate at the annual Orange Bowl Youth International Regatta, hosted like every year by the Coral Reef Yacht Club, the US Sailing Center and Shake-a-leg in Miami.

After one day of practice rather windy and wet on Dec 26th, the regatta lasted 4 days, until Dec 30th. The event was an absolute success, with all the fleets being able to complete the racing program (12 races total) and weather conditions that almost reached perfection, with winds ranging from 7 to 23 knots throughout the championship and an estable wind direction from the E-SE every day.

Starting with the C420 Fleet, the only two crews representing Lakewood qualified for Gold Fleet, with Kelly Bates finishing 26th overall (crewing for former Lakewood sailor Emilie Janzen) and Alex Wise/Jake Sutton finishing in 34th overall.

Moving to Laser 4.7, Stevie Neumann, after a promising start, unfortunately, suffered an injury during the second day and had to retire early from the regatta. We wish her a speedy recovery!

In the Laser Radial Fleet, 3 sailors sailed under the Lakewood burgee. Ethan Polsen was the only one able to qualify for Gold Fleet, finishing 32nd overall. His team mate, Scott Mather, fell short to do so, but made up for it finishing 3rd in Silver Fleet and 37th overall. Imad Mabsout had a first taste of an International Regatta, and finished 50th overall.

William Wise was the only Green Fleeter representing Lakewood this year, and after a fantastic effort with the very strong winds we had on the second day, he finishing 49th overall.

To finish, our largest representation this year, the RWB Fleet, with 12 sailors competing under the Lakewood burgee. This year, the top Puerto Rican sailor joined Lakewood Team for the Orange Bowl Regatta, and he had the best result ever for an International Regatta finishing 6th overall and 4th in Red Fleet. Not far from him was Stephen Momeier, who remained in the top 10 every single day and finished 7th overall and 5th in Red Fleet to close his Opti Career in a really high note. Lakewood had a 3rd sailor in the top 10 (2nd team with most sailors in the top 10) with James Pine making his way into the top 10 in the last race, claiming 5th in Blue Fleet as well.

Two more Lakewood sailors qualified for Gold Fleet, with William Baker sailing a fantastic event and finishing 20th overall, and Nathan Pine, who despite his irregularity, finished 44th overall.

In the Silver Fleet, Hiraku Masumoto led the Team finishing in 104th overall (40th Silver Fleet) with a trio of Lakewood sailors not far behind, led by Dylan Tomko in 115th, Blake Polsen in 116th and Tanner Ward in 117th.

To finish, our two youngest RWB sailors at the Regatta. Patrick McNamara did a fantastic job, especially sailing through the strong winds, and finished 153rd in his first-ever Orange Bowl Regatta in the RWB Fleet. Ian Farley, in his first ever Orange Bowl Regatta in the RWB Fleet as well, finished 172nd.

Results can be found here

Open Orange Bowl Regatta 2019

At the same time as the OBYIR, the Open Orange Bowl Regatta was hosted by the Coconut Grove Sailing Club, This event runs for fleets that aren't part of the OBYIR like I420s, 29ers and Laser full rigs.

In the 29er class, Noah Zittrer as a skipper partnered with Thomas Kerrigan from SYC, and in their first ever 29er event together, finished 14th overall.

In the I420 class, Nicky Abate crewed for Haru Masumoto, and they finished 17th overall out of a fleet of 35 boats.

Results can be found here

Seahorses Compete in Cold Front Series

Cold Front #3
This past Saturday was the third and final day of racing for our Winter? Cold Front Series. Finally, there was some wind for the 29 sailors. This day of racing allowed for us to four races on the RWB/Laser and five races on the Green Fleet Line.

Taking the podium on the RWB line was Stephen Momeier with four bullets on the day. Following behind Stephen was William Baker in second and Casey Small in third. Meanwhile, in the match race between Max Bettis and Ethan Polsen on the Laser Line, Max took first after winning the tiebreaker in the final race of the day.

On the Green Fleet Line, William Wise won the day of racing with four bullets in five races. Stealing the perfect day of racing from William was Cinco Poindexter. Cinco's bullet in the final race of the day tied him with his sister, Lily (3rd), and won the tiebreaker for him.

Congrats to all who joined us on a great day of sailing. Results for the Club Championship will be announced at the Seahorse Ball on January 11th.

2019 Junior Olympic Sailing Festival (aka Florida State Opti Champs)
Two weekends ago, the US Sailing Center at Martin County, Jensen Beach, hosted the traditional Junior Olympic Sailing Festival, which has been named the Florida State Opti Champs before. 128 sailors participated in this event, which had some very challenging conditions like a light breeze, storms popping out of nowhere and extremely shifty winds.

Matias Martin was the only Lakewood sailor representing, and despite the added difficulty of starting in a single line of 128 boats, he managed to finish in a fantastic 2nd place overall! Matias was very consistent in his results, and was one of the only 2 sailors finishing all the 4 races completed in the top 10 (7,3,6,3) which rewarded him with a place on the podium as mentioned, and top Red Fleeter for the event.

Results can be found here

Cold Front Regatta 2.0 Results

Cold Front #2
The second edition of this year's Cold Front Regatta was held this past weekend with racing being held on Clear Lake for the Green Fleet and Galveston Bay for the Laser and RWB fleets. We were joined again by sailors from HYC and TCYC to have a total of 32 sailors. Conditions were light and shifty with the wind eventually trailing off, but racing was held, with 3 races for the Lasers, 2 races for RWB, and 5 races for the Green Fleet.

In the RWB fleet, Mathieu Brown won the day of racing with a fourth and first-place finish. Close behind Mathieu was Ewan Dossin with 7 total points and Blake Polsen with 12 points. Consistency was key and making sure to stay under the line because of U Flag starts helped these sailors lead the pack!

On to the Lasers! Tightly contested races and close finishes resulted in Scott Mather winning 3/3 races. Jacob Brown was hot on Scott's heels again but finished just shy with 8 points. Max Bettis had an unfortunate U flag start in the third race resulting in finishing the day with 11 points.

Last but not least, the Green fleet held racing on Sunday due to light winds on Saturday. After five races Luke Contreras won the day with three bullets, followed closely by William Wise. Rounding out the fleet for the day was Jude McAuliffe.

Congrats to all our sailors in the second day racing for this year's Cold Front Regatta. Reminder, the 3rd and FINAL day of racing is this Saturday, December 11.

LYC Youth Sailor Wins USODA Midwinter Championship

USODA Midwinters 2019

This past week 10 Lakewood sailors traveled to New Orleans to participate at the annual USODA Midwinter Championship, hosted by the Southern Yacht Club during Thanksgiving.

A total of 68 sailors raced at this two-day event, with a wide range of different sailing conditions. While Saturday, the wind blew from the N-NE with a max intensity of 8 knots, Sunday came fully stocked with S-SW winds and gusts from 12 to up to 23 knots.

The weather fully cooperated, with sunny skies and no rain, and the RC did a great job finishing 8 races during these two days.

After all this racing, and for the first time in a very long while, a Lakewood sailor took the overall win and engraved his name in the perpetual trophy. Stephen Momeier, after a very consistent and well-sailed regatta, secured the win with even a race to spare, showing great determination and focus. He finished 1st in Red Fleet as well as first GYA sailor, which got his name engraved in the perpetual trophy for this award too.

Two more sailors finished in the top 10, with Matias Martin missing the podium for just 1 point but scoring a bullet and getting 3rd in Red Fleet. Charlie Allen was the other Lakewood sailor in the top 10, finishing 8th overall.

Inside the top 20, two of our youngsters, Dylan Tomko and Casey Small and Ewan Dossin. Dylan sailed a fantastic regatta, and fought for the White Fleet overall until the last upwind, missing the win for just two points but getting 12th overall and 2nd in White Fleet. Casey Small didn't end up far behind, finishing 15th overall with a few ups and downs but bringing two awards back home, with her 3rd overall in White Fleet and 2nd overall in the Girls Division. Closing the top 20 was Ewan, who despite the heavy winds on Saturday, claiming 20th overall.

About the rest of the Lakewood Team sailors, great perseverance and determination by all of them, as nobody retired and all of them sailed until the end, showing a great improvement on their heavy wind skills. Patrick McNamara, being our youngest sailor, claimed the last spot in the White Fleet awards list, and finished 5th overall to achieve his first award in a USODA Regatta. Following Patrick was Sydney Small, who despite having not her best regatta, fought hard and finished 36th overall.

Closing the Lakewood representation were Teddy Reiser in 39th (with his first-ever top 15 race result in a USODA Event) and Dax Marsden in 48th overall.

Results can be found here

The First Cold Front Series of 2019 is in the Books

Cold Front Series #1

This past Sunday, we ran the first Cold Front Series of this Winter, with the Green Fleet racing in Clear Lake, while Lasers and RWB Fleet raced out on the Bay.

The Cold Front Series are 3 events in total, and each takes a day of racing. This Championship is used to decide who will be the club champion for the 2019 season.

For the first one, sailors from HYC and TCYC joined the Lakewood to make racing even more attractive. In total, we had 37 sailors, with 8 Lasers, 9 Green Fleeters and 20 RWB sailors.

The weather conditions weren't exactly great, with very light winds and an unusual strong current ebbing that made racing and completing racing very challenging.

In the Green Fleet, they were able to complete 6 races in total, with William Wise taking the honors, ahead of Milou Van Koilenburg (TCYC) in second and Scarlett Dennis in third.

In the Laser Fleet, a close battle between Scott Mather and Jake Brown, which brought the winner to be decided in the last tack of the last upwind. At the end, Scott Mather took the win home, just one point ahead of Jake Brown with Ethan Polsen in third.

Finally, in the RWB Fleet, the current played a big role, and with only 3 races completed, like the Lasers, no throw out came to play, which made consistency (and avoiding UFD's) key. At the end of the day, Ava Anderson showed the best consistency, taking the #1 Cold Front Series ahead of Ewan Dossin in second, and Zach Brown in third.

You can find the results posted on the whiteboard out in the porch at the Seahorse Lounge.

TSA End of Year Awards + Other Regatta Results


TSA Corpus Christi Regatta


This past weekend, 32 Lakewood sailors traveled to Corpus Christi to participate at the End of the Year regatta, which closes the season for the Texas Sailing Association Youth Circuit.

Contrary to the usual weather conditions Corpus usually delivers (mid-strong winds), the weekend provided the sailors with little to no wind, making the job of the RC's very challenging and giving the sailors extra work to find their boat speed across the racecourse. At the end of the weekend although, 7 races were completed for the Green Fleet, 3 for the RWB and 4 for Lasers and 420s.

In the Green Fleet, 3 sailors attended the event, with Kale Bendele finishing 4th, William Wise in 7th and Scarlett Dennis in 10th overall.

In the 420 line, Alex Wise was our only sailor representing and finished in 4th overall.

In the Laser 4.7 fleet, Stevie Neumann was our only sailor as well, claiming a spot in the podium and finishing 3rd.

In the Laser Radial class, 4 Lakewood sailors raced in Corpus with Scott Mather leading the team and finishing 2nd, right ahead of Michael Morse in 3rd. Imad Mabsout finished 4th and Ethan Polsen closed the team performance in 7th.

In the RWB Fleet, 23 sailors sailed under the Lakewood burgee for the Regatta. Matias Martin won the overall with three bullets (1st in Red) and also claimed the Texas State Championship title for 2019. Joining him on the podium were Lucas Tenrreiro in 2nd and Zach Brown in 3rd (1st Blue Fleet). 6 more sailors completed an almost top 10 sweep with Blake Polsen in 4th, Wyatt Singh-Tauber in 5th, Tanner Ward in 6th, Cole Gourley in 7th, Casey Small in 8th (1st White Fleet) and Dylan Tomko in 9th (2nd White Fleet).

In the top 20, 6 more Lakewood sailors with Mathieu Brown in 13th, Ewan Dossin 14th, Kynes Cabrera in 15th, Ian Farley in 17th (3rd White Fleet), Keen Cabrera in 18th and Sydney Small in 20th.

To close the team performance, Patrick McNamara in 21st, Alia Dennis in 24th, Korbin Bendele in 26th, Jessie Gaines in 27th, Dax Marsden in 30th, Rohwan Singh-Tauber in 31st, Teddy Reiser in 33rd and Christian Gerdes in 36th.

Results can be found here

TSA End of the Year Awards

During the awards presentation at Corpus after racing on Sunday, the End of the Year Awards for the TSA Circuit were handled as well to complete another successful season in Texas.

Here is the list of Lakewood sailors awarded for the Season Standing Awards:

Green Fleet

1st overall = Kale Bendele
5th overall = William Wise

Laser 4.7

1st overall = Scott Mather

Laser Radial

3rd overall = Jake Brown

C420

3rd overall = Alex Wise

Opti RWB

1st overall and 1st Red Fleet = Stephen Momeier
2nd overall and 1st Blue Fleet = Cole Gourley
3rd overall and 1st White Fleet = Dylan Tomko
5th overall and 3rd Red Fleet = Tanner Ward
6th overall and 2nd Blue Fleet = Ewan Dossin
8th overall and 2nd in White Fleet = Casey Small
9th overall = Kynes Cabrera
10th overall and 3rd in White Fleet = Keen Cabrera

The full list of awarded sailors can be found here

Bermuda National and Open Optimist Championship
This past week Lakewood had three sailors competing in Bermuda for their National Optimist Championship. Over the course of three days and eight races, 56 sailors battled heavy winds of 25 knots in the Great Sound. Leading the way for Lakewood was Stephen Momeier in 13th place, with James Pine (20th) and Nathan Pine (24th) not far behind. James Pine also won the Junior Perpetual Trophy, becoming the first-ever USA sailor to win the award. Congrats to all that competed. Results can be found here
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