LYC Opti Racing is having an OUTSTANDING 2008! It has been some time since the Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailing Program has ever seen such sustained growth. For the past three years the Sailing Program has been steadily growing not only in program participation, but also in results, and now girth. This past July LYC sent 25 sailors and three coaches to the USODA National Championship on Long Island, NY. Last summer our Learn to Sail program recruited over 20 sailors to participate on the year round sailing team, while our Championship Fleet retained 100% of its participants.
Late this July the LYC Opti Racing Team participated in the 2008 USODA National Team Racing, Girls, and Fleet Racing Championships.
Congratulations to Lauderdale Yacht Club Sailor Christopher Williford for competing on the gold division winning team racing team, and also to Lauderdale Yacht Club Team 1 for finishing fourth place in the gold division at the National Championship- the top yacht club team at the event. LYC 1 competed with Martina Sly, Haley Fox, Nikki Medley, and Erika Reineke. LYC Team 2 competed in the silver division and placed third. LYC 2 competitors were Calli Lewis, Mack Fox, Sophia Reineke, and Grant Dixon.
Congratulations to Erika Reineke for her second consecutive year to win the USODA Girls National Championship, the competition was difficult- many of the top sailors in the country today are girls. LYC coach Lindsay Allen led all nine of our girls at the USODA Girls National Championship. Other top LYC Girl’s Nationals participants included Nikki Medley and Haley Fox. Anna Weis won the white fleet with Alie Toppa in 3rd, Sophia Reineke in 4th and Calli Lewis in 12th.
Lauderdale Yacht Club brought home some hardware at the Fleet Racing Nationals as well. Christopher Williford sailed an impressive event winning overall, deemed the 2008 USODA National Champion. Erika Reineke also sailed an impressive event taking fourth overall and finishing as the top girl. Also, Liza Toppa won the final race of the pearl division! Another great accomplishment was LYC qualified ten sailors for the Team Trials.
Congratulations to all of our sailors that participated in the National Championship, what a great way to wrap up the summer. Stay tuned next month as our race team gets tuned up to compete at the 2008 Atlantic Coast Championship