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Lakewood Youth Sailor Finishes Strong in the 2018 Laser Radial Youth World Championship
Seahorse Asher Zittrer (pictured center below) spent the better part of this past August in Kiel Germany training and competing in the 2018 Laser Radial Youth World Championship.  Nearly 300 boys and 100 girls ages 19 and under were selected by their respective countries to be their country’s representatives in this event.  In the US those selections are based on the point system attributed to a sailor’s finish in certain North American Laser Association sponsored regattas. The US was allocated 15 spots at the championship based on the sailor’s point ranking from the year prior. US Sailing further selected 4 young men as its official delegation to the event, providing them with coaching and some cool US Sailing Team gear.  Asher was amongst that official delegation. Sailors competed for 6 full days (Race Week prepares you for world class events!), with no more than 2 races to be sailed each day on the open waters of the Baltic Sea. Conditions varied from mild to a wild microburst and water spout which tossed around a few boats on the last day and wind from nearly all directions over the course of the week.  At one point in the event, Asher held 8th overall, but could not hold onto a top 10 spot in the final challenging days of Gold Fleet racing. Eleven races were completed and Asher finished in 14th place overall and was the top American boy. Please be sure to congratulate Asher for his hard work in advancing the Lakewood burgee internationally next time that you see him at the club!

Written by Leigh Anne Rhodes Zittrer.

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