Youth Sailing Camps Enjoy Great Turnout
Seahorse and Opti Camps enjoyed a strong turnout of campers. LYC became host to over 95 combined sailors enjoying very fresh breeze, plenty of fun activities, and friendships to last a lifetime. Coaches taught counselors, counselors taught campers, and campers learned how to spend a week in formidable heat and sea breeze to learn life lessons in helping others, being leaders, and doing the right thing when nobody was looking. We thank the Lakewood Yacht Club membership for sharing the facilities and the LYC staff for such excellent care in providing a top-flight experience for those attending. Both camps were the products of an endless stream of volunteer parents—directed by Paul Dunphey and Angie Momeier this year. Campers report both weeks were a huge success.
And, more fantastic success in Venice, Italy! LYC Seahorses brought home the XXX Trofeo Marco Rizzotti (30th Marco Rizzotti Trophy). This prestigious international competition for team racing brought 23 teams by invitation from around the world to the Adriatic Sea. Over the three days, LYC Red won eight out of nine for the best percentage to win the overall regatta. This experienced team of Captain Zane Rogers, Dutch Byerly, Yumi Yoshiyasu, Paul Houston, and Michael Burns have been working hard together and individually to compete at a consistently high level over this past year. LYC had a second Blue Team invited and they won the Fair Play Trophy for best display of sportsmanship, exhibiting grace, composure, and courtesy to competitors and race officials under difficult conditions. Blue Team leader Noah Zittrer, with teammates Parker Tyson, Kelly Bates, Cade Morrell, and Tony Slowik sailed well against the world’s top team racers. The Red Team has several members moving out of Optis, so the Blue team will reshuffle next fall. Congratulations to Red and Blue Teams.
On local waters in 10-15 kts of sea breeze, 13 Seahorses climbed aboard a J/109, two J/105s, and two J/22s to mix it up on windward leeward courses for the GBCA Juniors’ Regatta. Grace Bates and Tyler Kemberling skippered J/105s and gave chase to Asher Zittrer on J/109 Airborne. Stone Lack skippered a J/22 against Alex Wise and HYC representative Brice Tuma to form a three boat one-design class, with Alex and crew Laurel Tyson and Brandon Reit emerging victorious. Steve Willits may have helped the Seahorses with a little experience he brings to the J/22.
The GBCA Race Committee fired off three races of four legs each wearing out all the crews. Special thanks to boat owners for loaning us the keelboats: Kemberlings, Christensens, Bates, Hayes, Wise.
National news reported local Clear Falls High School sailing team earned the Mallory Trophy, the oldest high school sailing trophy. Wiley Rogers, Hunter Skinner, Dane Byerly, Laura Masterson, Julia Sheaffer, and Bailey Spatz honored our Bay Access program and the whole state of Texas. Lakewood Yacht Club promotes sailing through Bay Access and provides opportunities for sailors to compete at the highest levels.
Written by Alan & Ann Bates
Co-Chairs, Youth Sailing Committee