October was a great month for BYSC Jr Sailing. Our youngest juniors to our alumni are representing BYSC well!
In recent alumni news, Emily Potter (College of Charleston) was selected as skipper of the Melges 30 “Cougar” for a recent regatta and placed 3rd. Chris Hoogenboom (Vanderbilt University) has been skippering on their dinghy team, traveling to some of the best venues in college sailing and most recently finishing 4th at Georgia Tech. Walter Gnann (US Coast Guard Academy) has been named a skipper on the co-ed dinghy team, most recently finishing 4th in his division at the Oberdorff Trophy. Jacob Lawson has enlisted in the US Coast Guard and we hope to see him on his next leave.
Our High School team has had a huge influx of new members from our successful Learn to Sail summer and as a surprise bonus, new faces that went through our Spirit of America program this year! This is our youngest team in years (no seniors), but we have all of the building blocks in place to regain our spot as the best team in the district. Led by names you’ll recognize like Gnann, Hoogenboom, Myers and McAllister, some new names are attending regattas and we are excited with how the team is coming together. Watch around the club on Tuesdays and Fridays to meet the new team members and cheer on our team. We recently won our home regatta at BYSC and followed it up with a 4th overall at Lake Jordan!
Our youngest sailors started the month at the US Optimist Southeast Championship, then recently competed at the Midlands Regatta at the Columbia Sailing Club. This 2-day regatta was the final stop on the SAYRA Jr Grand Prix and we had 2 sailors defending their podium spots for the season. In the O’Pen Bic class, Ben Gambla sailed to a 10th in a competitive fleet. He also won the award for the Youngest Sailor! In the Opti Green Fleet, James Fabian took 6th. This as a huge accomplishment for someone who has only sailed a boat on their own for the 4th time at this regatta! James came out of the Spirit of America program and has been practicing as crew with the high school team. Lachlan Duer finished 2nd in Opti Green Fleet, one point out of 1st. Bella Duer won both Opti Blue Fleet and the Opti Overall (Red, Blue & White fleets combined). It was great to see so many Beaufort sailors on the podium!
Next up is the O’Pen Bic Midwinters in Charleston, Optimist Midwinters in New Orleans and the US Sailing Junior Olympics in Jensen Beach, FL.
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Our juniors are incredibly appreciative of all of your support over the years. From the youngest juniors to our alumni sailing in college now, it couldn’t have been done without the dedication of our volunteer coaches and the support of our sailing community. Remember that a good deal of our funding for the year comes from the annual Oyster Roast and Auction on New Years Day. Mark your calendars and come out to support the future of sailing in Beaufort on January 1, 2019
See you soon!
The Beaufort Community Sailing & Boating Board