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Lakewood’s Sailing Director Picked To Coach World Optimist Championship In Poland!

Seabrook (Aug. 11th, 2015): Lakewood Yacht Club’s Sailing Director Marek Valasek has been chosen to coach the 2015 Opti Worlds to be held in Dziwnon, Poland from Aug. 25 to Sept. 5. This is an honor bestowed only onto the best of the best. The Fleet Races and the Team Races will be held on Pomorska Bay, which is on the Baltic Sea. With 300 boats expected to participate, the venue had to be changed from the original marina to a larger, newer one, just to the west.

Since joining Lakewood’s staff in May of 2012, Valasek has grown the club’s youth sailing program into one that is recognized as stellar around the world. Most recently, Marek’s team of Dane Byerly, Howdy Hughes, Collin Scoville and Carson Shields, representing Lakewood Yacht Club, won US Sailing’s Jr. Quadruple Handed Championship for the Sears Cup. “It is a true honor to have our Sailing Director selected for this distinct championship where Optis will be racing from all over the globe,” related Commodore Joyce Maxwell. “Marek is a world class sailor, winning a total of 7 National Championships for his home country of Slovakia in Optimists, Lasers and Finns during the 1980’s and 1990’s. He also raced in the Centennial Olympic Games. We are very proud to have him representing Lakewood in Poland.”

Valasek graduated in 1999 from Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, with a Masters degree in Physical Education and English. He moved to Miami in the year 2000 where he served as the Sailing Head Coach for Coral Reef Yacht Club for eight years before taking the position of Sailing Director at the Lauderdale Yacht Club from 2009 – 2011. There, he managed a very large summer sailing programs with up to 12 employees in charge of over 200 sailors. Valasek has managed multi-class sailing programs throughout his career including learn-to-sail through advanced racing in Optimist, Laser, Club and High School classes.

Troy Wise 
Marketing and Membership Development Director

I’m super-excited about joining the Lakewood Team! Most would call me a hard worker that is energetic, disciplined, goal-oriented and creative! After 15+ years in the Marketing Industry, I now have the pleasure of generating, implementing and directing comprehensive marketing, communications and membership strategies specific to building brand awareness and our membership community, and doing it all with a smile!
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