2018 Orange Bowl International Youth Regatta
Robert Lippincott, Optimist Program Manager
December 26, 2018, the Annapolis Yacht Club’s Opti RWB Fleet met
at Key Biscayne Yacht Club to rig and go over their boats before launching for
a “shake off the rust” and tune up practice day out on Biscayne Bay. Our
sailors were very excited to spend the tail end of the holiday season in sunny,
warm Miami, FL, with their families and fellow competitors.
launching from Key Biscayne Yacht Club, our sailors sailed out of the channel
and practiced some fun but challenging starting and boat handling drills. They
spotted marine life along the way which included a big sea turtle and a manatee!
Toward the end of the practice day, our sailors did some down wind boat
handling drills all the way to the Coral Reef Yacht Club’s basin, where they
hauled out their boats and checked in at the registration table.
commenced on December 27 and our sailors were eager to mix it up with
some of the toughest competition internationally. All four of our opti sailors
raced against 23 different countries and made some great new friends from
around the world. For some of the AYC sailors this was their first Orange Bowl
event and they all sailed well after having two months off.
our opti sailors sailed a fantastic event this year. Their confidence and starting
line strategy in big fleets saw a huge improvement as the regatta went on. Our
team experienced extremely challenging Biscayne Bay conditions in regards to
understanding the shifts and upwind strategies/tactics. These challenging
conditions contribute to Miami’s Biscayne Bay being one of US Sailing’s top
Olympic training sites. This year’s regatta had gorgeous sailing conditions
with breeze on (18-22 knots) for the first two days and 8-12 knots on the last
two. Our team learned many lessons in the breeze and enjoyed coming down to
Miami to be able to gain more experiences in the challenging conditions.
for more opti racing regatta results this winter in Florida.
Orange Bowl Regatta Results for RWB:
Reinecke – USA 20955 – 112th Overall
Amthor – USA 17990 – 134th Overall
Hoang – USA 18088 – 184th Overall
Kulynych-Irvin – 209th Overall
Click here to see full results.
Click here to see photos from the regatta.