Southport Junior Yacht Club

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 2:45pm

We are lucky enough to start Week 5 off with yet another BMD. Despite the chance of thunderstorms over the weekend, the heat continued creating a perfect day to swim in the frigid Maine water. As the morning heated up, everyone was looking forward to getting onto the water and cooling down with an ocean breeze. This morning, Sophie Min, Chloe Min, Alex Kiani, and Jane Uitti were lucky enough to take their swim tests and join the SYC family. When asked, one of the swimmers said that the water was “very cold but very nice” and then turned and told her friend that she would have enjoyed the water. A southerly carried the turnabouts and Optis out of the harbor for a beautiful day of sailing to start the week.

Before racers and coaches left for the Junior Olympic Regatta hosted in Camden, afternoon sailors participated in their weekly race days. Last week was the last race day in the July Series, marking the halfway point of the summer. For Turnabouts, Alex Goldsmith sailed in Chicken Little, finishing in first; Max Mansourian raced in Blue Falcon, finishing in second; and Eleanor Marshall sailed in Mouse, finishing in third. In Opti land, Ryan Peterson took first with 5 points; Blake Donnellan finished in second with 7 points; and Sawyer Bates finished close behind in third with 8 points. For 420’s, Bryce Jacobs and Abby Thress finished in first with 5 points; Nate Rideout and Brian Goldsmith finished in second with 11 points; and Nathan Chatterton and Carolyn Parker finished in third with 14 points.

The Junior Olympic Regatta took place on Wednesday and Thursday. Despite very little to no wind conditions, racers fought through both days, wishing the wind would pick up so they could have more races. In the Opti Green Fleet of 37 boats, Oliver Tineo finished in 5th overall, with a best race of a 1st; Rachel Phippen finished in 7th overall, with a best race of a 4th; and Parker Baker finished in 26th overall, with a best race of a 9th. In the Opti Championship Fleet of 46 boats, Sawyer Bates finished in 10th overall, with a best race of a 5th; Ryan Peterson finished in 25th overall, with a best race of a 8th; Blake Donnellan finished in 35th overall, with a best race of a 16th; and Luke Donnellan finished in 37th overall, with a best race of a 16th. In the 420 fleet of 37 boats, two SYC boats tied for fourth, but the tie was broken based on who had better individual races. Charlie Apolinsky and Abbie Peterson took the lead in 4th place, with a best race of a 1st; Bryce Jacobs and Abby Thress finished right behind in 5th place, with a best race of a 1st; Nate Rideout and Brian Goldsmith finished in 10th overall, with a best race of a 4th; and Luke Thress and Peter Bauman finished in 19th overall, with a best race of an 8th.

While 15 racers and four coaches were away, morning class sailors had the privilege of sailing on Muskrat, one of the nicest sailboats in Cozy Harbor. All the sailors looked forward to their turn on the boat and came back with lots of excitement and stories.