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Youth Sailors at Lakewood Gear Up for Cold Front Series

Lakewood Yacht Club once again proudly hosts the annual Cold Front Series. Open to youth sailors in all listed classes, the winter series of three monthly races raises the bar for competitive racing in the youth sailing world.

Racers 19 and younger will be competing for the coveted claim to the Lakewood Seahorse Trophy. Housed at the club in a place of prominence, the trophy represents mastery of sailing proficiency and tactical skills.

From the age of six, Lakewood's youth sailors train rigorously for eligibility to race. Even for those with non-competitive tendencies, training exacts a reinvention of seamanship standards that positions youth sailors for a competitive edge.

Seven-time Slovakian National Championship winner Marek Valasek instills a drive for excellence in every youth racer that he trains. A former Olympic sailing competitor, Valasek incorporates tactical and strategic skills into the Youth Sailing Program as Lakewood's Sailing Director. "Kids who sail tend to learn how to solve problems on their own, operate without close supervision, and get accountable for their actions."

Youth sailors train with a variety of boat classes for the Cold Front Series. The Optimist (Opti), a small, single-handed dinghy, is best-suited for the younger sailors. Lasers are better suited for skilled sailors. And 420s and FJs are larger boats for a crew of two.

Each event in the Cold Front Series will consist of six races. The Opti class in the beginner and intermediate fleets will race on the same line. Laser, 420, and FJ classes for more advanced sailors will race on a separate line. Each class will be scored separately.

Beginning on Saturday, December 12, registration opens at 8:30 followed by the Skippers meeting at 9:30. Racers head off to the starting line at 10:00. The second race of the series is scheduled for January 9, 2016, followed by the third and final race, which will take place in February.





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Anne Bechard 
Digital Marketing Specialist

I'm thrilled to be a part of Lakewood's marketing team! From an early age, I started showing signs of becoming an auspicious writing geek. Today, I'm a columnist for Huffington Post, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Business Insider. I get excited about exploring new ideas, communicating in a creative way, and solving problems that stump me. It's especially thrilling that I get to do all this in a place that personifies one of my greatest loves -- nature and the outdoors. I'm looking forward to growing our digital marketing techniques and meeting your communications needs with excellence!



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