Lakewood Yacht Club was well represented at the 2018 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta held at Coral Reef Yacht Club in conjunction with the U.S. Sailing Center, Shake-a-Leg Miami and Coconut Grove Sailing Club.
Twenty-four LYC youth sailors participated in the annual international regatta Dec. 26-30, achieving some great results including a first-place win by Asher Zittrer in the Laser Radial Class.
"Conditions were absolutely beautiful, with winds ranging from 6 to 20 knots during the four days of racing, providing fantastic racing conditions and a chance for every sailor to shine," said LYC Coach Bernat Gali Bou. "All fleets completed 12 races, with Key Biscayne providing great weather for the Christmas holidays."
Starting with our youngest sailors, the Green Fleeters, Ian Farley led the Team finishing 34th overall. Not far from him Patrick McNamara placed 39th. Closing the Team's representation was William Wise, who finished 63rd.
Four crews represented the LYC Team in the C420 class. The best finishers were Grace and Kelly Bates in 25th, followed by Paul and Celia Houston in 37th and Alex Wise and Jakob Sutton in 39th, all of them sailing in the Gold Fleet. Emilie Janzen and Ellie Menszer finished 59th overall.
In Laser Radial, Asher Zittrer claimed a big win with his first-place finish overall by a 20-point margin over 2nd. Asher sailed a very consistent Regatta winning five out of 12 races, displaying uncontestable domination. Two other LYC sailors represented the Club in this fleet, as well. Lance Covington finished 26th overall, and Dylan Ascensios, who jumped out of the I420 for this Regatta finished 37th.
In the RWB Fleet, James Pine continued his two-month streak of great sailing to lead the team finishing 16th out of 213 sailors. James managed to score three Top-5 in the Gold Fleet, bullet included, and claimed the White Fleet overall by a 150-point margin. Three other sailors made the final Gold Fleet cut: Scott Mather, in his last Opti Event, finished 26th overall, followed by Lucas Tenrreiro in 35th and William Baker in 40th.
Three other Lakewood sailors showed improved skills in the Silver Fleet. Nathan Pine finished 13th in Silver Fleet and 3rd overall in White Fleet, followed by James Brock in 33rd and Maddie Janzen in 65th.
Lakewood congratulates all of the sailors, coaches and volunteers.