Island youth rank high in yachting Junior Olympics
NBYA has the distinction of having one of the largest Junior Olympic Festivals in the nation. This year over 212 boats competed in the event held at Barrington Town Beach.
CYC sailors, led by Matt Gowell, swept the first five spots in the Laser Radial division. Nicole Heinl, Emily Gowell, Tyler Ropolo and Jessica Clafin took second through fifth places. Adele Huffine placed twelfth and Alice Toll finished in sixteenth place for a total of seven islanders in the top half of the finishers.
Dylan Vogel and Luke Adams, representing Sail Newport, took the top spot in Division one of the 420's with 69 points. Gabriel Salk and Erica Lush finished third in the division and Drew Waddington and Billy van der Wal sailed well for the CYC.
In 420 Division two, Natalie Salk and Hadley Neale came home with second place. The girls won the division last year, but Neale said the heavy air this year was the difference between first and second place.
"There was a lot of good competition this year. Cameron Chafee, who came in first place, sailed a good race, but Hadley and I did well in the lighter air," Salk said. "If it had been light air instead of heavy air, I think we would have had him."
Salk also just returned from the Canadian Olympic Regatta in Kingston where she placed fourth overall.
"It was much colder and they had very strict rules, but it was a lot of fun," she said.
Nicholas Sertl, India Johnstone, and Jack Maguire made a clean sweep of first, second and third places respectively in the Optimist Blue Fleet Division.
Rachel Bryer and Carol Lippincott sailed for CYC in the blue fleet and islanders Amina Brown and Emma Kate Vogel raced for Sail Newport.
Sertl also took home the Peggy Reed Sailor of the Week Trophy. The trophy is a general excellence award given to a Narragansett Bay sailor each year at Junior Race Week. It is named in honor of Margaretta "Peggy" Reed. The award was formerly known as the North Sails Sailor of the Week Trophy, but was rededicated in 1998 by Ken and Brad Read to acknowledge their mother's lifelong commitment to youth sports, including the NBYA Jr. Race Week.
Casey Brown, the son of Chris Brown and Samira Hakki of Jamestown, placed second in the Optimist Red Fleet and Katja Sertl took home eighth place in the 18- boat division.
William Marshall, sailing for Sail Newport, took first place honors in the 10 and under Optimist White Division. Islander Timothy Archer secured fourth place in the division.
The Green Fleet, the Optimist Novice Division had 54 boats racing and Jamestowner Nathan Lambert finished second. Tim Howe finished in eighth place. Lucy Jones and Emily Kallfelz finished in the top half of the fleet for CYC.
Although the event tends to be the crowning event of the summer race season for the Narragansett Bay sailors, many of them will be racing in the fall and winter as well.
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