CYC hosts NBYA girls’ clinic and championships
Conanicut Yacht Club sailors Katja Sertl and Ailsa Petrie, 420, and Rachel Bryer, Laser Radial, were recently victorious in the NBYA Junior Women’s Championships held at the Conanicut Yacht Club.
The sailors were challenged by a puffy northwest breeze, which caused numerous capsizes, especially for the Lasers and 420’s.
In the 14-boat 420 fleet, the CYC team of Katja Sertl and Ailsa Petrie were pushed hard by the visiting Italian team of Federica Zamboni and Delia Mosto from the Compagnia Della Vella Di Venezia, but prevailed counting three firsts and two seconds for a total of seven points over the Italians, who had eight points (three firsts, one second and a third).
Other local leaders in the 420 were Abby Preston and Emmy Stuart from Newport YC, who took third; Jamestowner Amina Brown, sailing with Sarah Kelleher, in fifth; and CYC sailors Caroline Lippincott and Hannah Keaney in seventh.
First-time regatta skippers from CYC were Victoria Allen, who sailed with Olivia Donatelli, and Molly Sylvia, sailing with Fiona Christie. Sertl and Petrie were presented with the Alicia M. Taber Trophy for their first-place finish.
CYC Lasers sailors captured the top spots in the Laser Radial fleet. Rachel Bryer – who recently returned from the U.S. Sailing Junior Women’s Nationals at the Coral Reef YC in Miami, Fla., placing 16th in a competitive 46-boat fleet – counted all first-place finishes and dropped her first race fifth, with tough racing against secondplace India Johnstone, who placed second in every race.
Julia Gowell, winning the first race of the day, won the tie break for third place, with Carla Frankenbach placing fourth, followed by Shelby Davis in fifth.
The strong contingent of CYC Laser girls also included Lucy Jones, Catharine Hemp, Maey Petrie, Emily Kallfelz, Katrina Claflin and Megan Konopka.
Mary Marshall presented Rachel Bryer with the Mary Rose Marshall Trophy in memory of her mother, a long-time supporter of girls racing on Narragansett Bay from Newport YC.
Grace Adam of East Greenwich YC was awarded the Bradford Swett Trophy for winning the Optimist fleet with all first-place finishes. Jenny Swett Chrisman, accompanied by son, Brad, presented the trophy in memory of her father to Adam at the awards ceremony.
The CYC contingent included several up-and-coming young Optimist racers led by Madison Tregenza, Charlotte Simmons, Katy Brayman, Eliza Wright and Alexis Brayman.
The Sunday before the regatta, CYC hosted a clinic for the girls in Optimists, Laser Radials and 420s. The Conanicut Island Sailing Foundation provided funding for clinic coaches Meg Myles, Kathleen Tocke, Natalie Salkand and Emily Gowell, who helped all the girls throughout both days of learning and competition.
Kim Ferguson created lime green event t-shirts featuring a unique mermaid design.
Dr. Robin Wallace from Ida Lewis and New York Yacht Club was the principal race officer on the 420 and Laser course. Wallace was assisted by several parents, including Andrew Kallfelz, Elizabeth Gowell, Samira Hakki, Jim Bryer and Jeff Davis.
Also assisting on the Optimist course were Cory Sertl, Suzanne Aubois, JT Tregenza, Denise MacGillivray and son, Hugh MacGillivray.