USODA Midwinters 2017 Regatta Recap

The USODA Midwinter Championships were organized, as they traditionally are, by Southern Yacht Club over the Thanksgiving weekend, November 24-25.

Like last year, New Orleans featured fine weather with temperatures ranging from 55 to 70, awesome sailing conditions for practice, and . . . . light to no winds during the Regatta. Racing in the light breeze was challenging (a common subject this year for the Opti Circuit) and only 3 races were completed on Friday and none on Saturday.

The Lakewood Team really pushed the starts, and some sailors got UFD’s to start, which meant no chance to drop this race and saying goodbye to higher overall positions (4 sailors out of 13).

William Baker, in his last Regatta as a White Fleet sailor, finished top position from the Lakewood Team with an impressive 8th overall and 3 very consistent races which earned him a 2n overall in the White Fleet Division. Maddie Janzen was the next Lakewood sailor with all her results on the low 20s which meant a 16th overall and 4th in the White Fleet. To close the small representation in the Top 20, Noah Zittrer, who would have claimed the overall win with a 3,1,1 but got OCS on the first race and couldn’t overcome it on Saturday due to the lack of wind.

There were ups and downs on the rest of the team. Emilie Janzen finished 26th after struggling with the light breeze, followed by James Pine in 31st (with scores of 15-7-UFD) who happened to be in the same situation as Noah, Lucas Tenrreiro in 34th (side by side with Noah and James with a UFD), Max Bettis in 36th with some challenges on the starts, Nathan Pine in 40th, Zach Brown in 42nd (another sailor penalized by a UFD), and Mathieu Brown in 55th closing the Lakewood team.

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TSA End of the Year Regatta Follow-Up

          Austin Yacht Club was the venue selected to host the traditional End of the Year Regatta for the TSA Circuit, which gives an end to several months of racing across the state of Texas.
The RWB Lakewood Opti Team was represented by 20 sailors, which made our Team hold more than a half of the fleet participating. Conditions were as expected when it comes to lake sailing, with puffs and shifts that made sailing very tactical and prized consistency at starts. Saturday raised with a nice southerly breeze, while Sunday brought the opposite direction with a northerly breeze due to a cold front crossing Texas.
Tony Slowik put a nice lace to his tremendous season in the TSA Circuit and even being the Champion again for a second year in a row, he claimed the overall win at Austin with a very consistent Regatta (1st Red Fleet, 1st TSA Circuit, Texas State Optimist Champion 2017). Scott Mather followed him placing 3rd overall and 2nd in Blue, but finishing 2nd overall in the TSA Circuit and 1st in Blue Fleet. Lucas Tenrreiro was the next Lakewood sailor, placing 4th (3rd Blue Fleet), followed by Piotr Smieja in 5th (2nd Red Fleet), Ethan Polsen in 6th (4th Blue Fleet), Matias Martin in 8th, Nathan Pine in 9th (1st ever in White Fleet!) and William Baker in 10th and 2nd White Fleet (1st at TSA Circuit in White Fleet) to close up the Top 10.
Inside the Top 20, Eric Jayawant finished 12th (4th Red Fleet), Ava Anderson 13th (2nd Girl), Zach Brown 16th (3rd White Fleet) and James Pine 19th (4th White Fleet).
For the rest of the Lakewood Team, Tanner Ward finished in 21st place, Stevie Neumann in 22nd, Blake Polsen in 25th (5th White Fleet!), Mathieu Brown in 26th, Cole Gourley in 28th, Brayden Benitz 30th, Drew Gourley in 36th (couldn’t sail the first day) and Zach Amelang in 41st (couldn’t sail the second day).
                                                                   — Bernat Gali, Head Opti Race Coach

Follow Up from FWBC’s Mid-America Championship

The 17/18 Season for the Gold and Silver Optimist Fleet officially started last weekend with the celebration of the USODA Mid America Champs in Fort Worth, Dallas, and 22 sailors representing the Lakewood Team.

Fort Worth Boat Club was the Yacht Club organizer and the event was part of the TSA Circuit as well, which meant the Lasers, 420’s and Green Fleet took part in the competition as well.

Following the routine of the Summer, conditions were extremely difficult and challenging, with very shifty and puffy winds throughout the weekend that allowed the Race Committee to run only three races for the entire Regatta, all of them sailed on Saturday. Unfortunately, Sunday ended up with no racing which meant no throwout.

Although the conditions weren’t great at all, results came up the opposite way with Lakewood Team placing 8 sailors in the Top 10 and claiming the overall win in the Red, Blue, White and Girls Fleet alongside the Regatta Overall.

Tony Slowik continues to show a very strong shape after a successful Summer and took the overall win and the Top Red Feet sailor award after a very consistent set of races on Saturday, winning by a margin of 20 points. Following Tony was Scott Mather, who despite a 20th in the first race came back strong to finish 2nd overall and 1st in the Blue Fleet. The next Lakewood sailor was Zach Brown, who surprised everyone and placed 4th overall and 1st in White Fleet with Stephen Momeier closing the Top 5 after a very consistent day and getting the 3rd place in the Blue Fleet.

Next in the Top 10 finished William Baker, who got 6th overall and 2nd in White Fleet followed by Eric Jayawant in 7th and 3r Red Fleet, Matias Martin in 9th and Ava Anderson in 10th, who at the same time got the first girl award for the first time in her Opti career.

Inside the Top 20, another Lakewood sailor, Maddie Janzen who claimed the 11th place overall, 3rd in White and 2nd in Girls and at the same time secured her spot for the 2018 Team Trials, raising the number of qualified sailors to 16.

For the rest of the Lakewood sailors, a bit of inconsistency, UFD’s and struggle in the starts but lots of stuff learned for the following Regattas. Mathieu Brown finished 21st, followed by Noah Zittrer (UFD) in 22nd and Nathan Pine in 23rd to close the Top 30.

More Lakewood sailors participated with Lucas Tenrreiro in 31st (UFD), Max Bettis in 32nd (5th in the last race!), Drew Gourley in 33rd, Emilie Janzen in 38th, Cole Gourley in 39th (rounded the mark first in the last race!), James Pine 40th (UFD), Brayden Benitz 45th, Tanner Ward in 50th and Anna Jayawant closing the Lakewood representation in 52nd overall.

— Bernat Gali, Head Opti Coach