KING HARBOR YACHT CLUB – Seventy-five Optimist Dinghy racers gathered this past weekend at King Harbor Yacht Club for the 2015 Ken Hoover Regatta. The Del Rey Yacht Club Optimist Race Team attended with Isabelle Fisher, Arlo Erwin, Iris Erwin, Oliver Keeves, and Elena Roby competing in Green Fleet. The Championship Fleet roster consisted of Michael Fineman, Finn Tipton, Jack Martin, and Ben Ross. Coach Adam Pokras looked after the Green Fleet, with Coach Sean Dougherty coaching Championship Fleet.
Racers were greeted with ten knots of breeze at the beginning of the first day, which soon built to a steady fifteen knots with gusts up to twenty. Upon reaching the Green Fleet course, a twenty knot puff came through, sending the fleet into crisis-mode. Parents watched from the sidelines of Joe’s Crab Shack as Green Fleet coaches worked hard to organize their sailors. Eventually, everyone made it back to shore with no injuries or boat damage. No races were completed in Green Fleet on the first day of the event.
In Championship Fleet, three races were completed with much of the fleet retiring early. It was big wind and big waves in South Santa Monica Bay, with the focus placed on staying in control and minimizing mistakes in the big breeze. The conditions were very trying, and it was great to have the sailors getting experience in heavy weather.
After racing on Saturday, sailors and parents were greeted with dinner compliments of King Harbor Yacht Club.
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