ARAPAHOE, NC (October 9, 2021) – A rainy start did nothing to deter the excitement of the 156 young sailors competing in the 2021 U.S. Youth Sailing Championship at YMCA Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer. All aged 19 and under, the sailors raced in five fleets: 29er, International 420, ILCA 7 (Standard), ILCA 6 (Radial) and Nacra 15. The race started today in wet and windy conditions, but these youngsters proved they can be successful in any weather, and all fleets have completed at least one race. âIt was definitely a physical day today,â said Mitch Brindley, coach of the US Sailing Fleet. âWe had wind, big waves and a lot of rain. “
In the fleet of 11 boats, brothers Ian and Noah Nyenhuis (San Diego YC) lead the 29ers after four races, winning the first two, then placing second and winning the last race of the day for a cumulative five points. They are closely followed by Anton Schmid and Peter Joslin (San Diego YC), with 13 points, and Clark Morris and Noah Zittrer (2NINER Inc.) with 14 points.
Riverside YC’s Freddie Parkin and Thomas Whidden led the 20-boat fleet of 420 at the end of day one, with a 2-4-2 game score. Vanessa Lahrkamp and Katherine McNamara (LISOT Sailing Foundation, Inc.) sit second, just one point behind the leaders, with 3-1-5, followed by Peter Foley and Liam O’Keefe (OUTFIT).
ILCA 7 and ILCA 6
The single-handed boats, ILCA 7 (Standard) and ILCA 6 (Radial) completed three races each. In the Radial, sailors from Lauderdale YC made waves. The 2019 American junior sailing champion, Chapman Petersen (Lake Geneva YC / Lauderdale YC), leads the fleet of 68 boats with a score of 2-1-3 at the start. Robby Meek (Severn SA / Lauderdale YC) is right on his heels, with 1-7-1, and Benjamin Smith (Lauderdale YC / Carolina YC) rounds out the top three. âI rarely consider the competition before an event except the idea that everyone will always be better than they were the last time you saw them,â Petersen said earlier this week. âI’ve learned that at the highest level it’s not about who can do the best tack. Anyone can make a good transfer. It’s about who can make 100 transfers during a regatta when they are used up and not spoil any.
In Laser Standard, consistency was the key word in today’s fleet of 11 boats. Atlanta YC / Lauderdale YC’s Daniel Escuerdo leads the fleet with three balls from the start, followed by Guthrie Braun (St. Petersburg YC) and Ethan Danielson (St. Petersburg YC) with 2-2-2 and 6-3-3, respectively .
Florida sailors dominate the Nacra 15 fleet after a race. Kay Brunsvold and Cooper Delbridge (Sarasota Youth Sailing) took first place in the 7-boat fleet, with Dorothy Medelblatt and Ian Ilse-Lee (St. Petersburg YC / Red Gear Sailing) in second and Tanner DeMarzo and Luke King (Sarasota) Youth Sailing) in third. âI think the competitors did a great job staying focused and controlling what they could control in really unstable weather conditions,â said Richard Feeny, coach of the US Sailing Fleet.
The event is organized by the YMCA Camp Sea Gull and Camp Seafarer and sponsored by MarkSetBot. The races will continue on Sunday and culminate on Monday. For more information and to follow, visit https://www.ussailing.org/competition/championships/2021-us-youth-championship/.
About US Sailing
The United States Sailing Association (US Sailing), the national governing body of sailing, provides leadership, integrity and advancement of the sport in the United States. Founded in 1897 and headquartered in Bristol, Rhode Island, US Sailing is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. US Sailing offers training and education programs for instructors and racing officials, supports a wide range of sailing organizations and communities, issues offshore qualification certificates and provides sailing administration and oversight. of competition across the country, including the National Championships and the US Sailing Team. For more information, please visit www.ussailing.org.