Seabrook, TX: Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) will host ambitious young sailors from around the country for the 2020 USODA Optimist Team Trials Apr. 18-26.
Lakewood is gearing up for the event
," says Race Chair and LYC Member Marie Wise. "
Lakewood's youth sailing and race committees, staff, and member volunteers are working hard to ensure the event is a success for all involved
The Optimist dinghy is one of the most popular youth sailboats in the nation, and the sailors competing in annual Team Trials regatta have qualified for their spots at previous competitions across the country.
Racing will take place on Galveston Bay Apr. 23-26, however, many of the 10 to 15-year-old sailors will converge at the Club early to train before testing their skills against their peers. The Team Trials will include a three-day qualifying round followed by a one-day final round to determine the best Optimist sailors in the country. The top finishers will go on to represent Team USA at Optimist Worlds and other international events.
We are excited to host this Optimist event
," says LYC Racing and Head Optimist Coach Bernat Galí Bou. "
The kids bring their A-Game for Team Trials because they are hoping to earn their way onto the elite international squad or the National or Development Teams
Many of the competitors and their families will be in town for the entire week. Seabrook and its surrounding communities have plenty of accommodations available, and many local attractions to consider. Potential activities include touring Space Center Houston, dining, and other amusements at the Kemah Boardwalk, strolling the walking trails in Seabrook, touring Armand Bayou by pontoon boat, or visiting the San Jacinto Monument and Battleship Texas.
Regatta sponsors include KO Sailing, LYC, USODA, Upstream Brokers, Professional Boats, Blackburn Marine, McLaughlin, Simmons Boat Works, Coral Reef Sailing Apparel, Quantum Sails, Block Head, Zim Sailing, Lon Gundie, Christ Church School and Brig Rigid Intelligent Boats.