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Valentines Day Regatta 2020By Bobby Lippincott
The Annapolis Yacht Club’s Optimist Race Team traveled down to St. Petersburg, Florida over this past weekend for the 2020 Valentine’s Day Regatta.
Our sailors started the weekend off with breezes ranging from 12-15 knots in the morning hours and then died down to about 5-6 knots in the late afternoon. Our sailors practiced changing gears as the breeze changed from heavy to light.
In the first race of the event there were approximately forty-four BFD penalties, which hurt a lot of the sailors scores until the fifth race was completed. It took the race committee three hours to get the first race off, and only two races were completed on Saturday due to extreme current complications.
On Sunday the weather forecast predicted that winds would be much heavier. Breeze started out in the morning to around 12-15 knots and built to around 16 knots by the afternoon. By 1:45 PM, the race committee decided that three races were all we were going to see for the day and that it was enough to receive a “drop race”.
I am extremely proud of our team’s girl power this weekend! We had a team majority of girls racing on Team AYC for this event. Big congrats goes out to the following sailors, Rebecca Schill, Luca DeSimone, Ava Arepally, and Alders Kulynych-Irvin for finishing the regatta on a high note with their best results yet at a USODA Regatta. Rebecca Schill rounded the windward mark in second place during the last race of the regatta finishing in fifth. Luca DeSimone finished right behind Rebecca in sixth place. Ava Arepally finished twenty fifth, which was her best race of the event and Alders Kulynych-Irvin finished thirtieth, which was also her best finish of the regatta.
Our team has three more regattas left and one more USODA event for the winter. Our team will be traveling to USODA’s Sunshine States Championship at the US Sailing Center Martin County from March 6th through March 8th, 2020. This is the last big USODA qualifier that we will be attending before Team Trials in Lakewood, Texas in April 2020.
2019 Valentine’s Day AYC Sailor Gold Feet Results
Rebecca Schill – USA 19187 – 34th Place in Gold Fleet
Ava Arepally – USA 20616 – 88th Place in Gold Fleet
Luca DeSimone – USA 21073 – 93rd Place in Gold Fleet
Alders Kulynych-Irvin – USA 21323 – 124th Place in Gold Fleet
Luca Webb – USA 22852 – 128th Place in Gold Fleet
Michael Yost – USA 21360 – 138th Place in Gold Fleet
2019 Valentine’s Day AYC Sailor Silver Feet Results
Sofia Forsberg – USA 20775 – 48th Place in Silver Fleet
Charlotte Hugo – USA 18664 – 54th Place in Silver Fleet
High School Sailing
Registration for Spring 2020 High School is now Open! Click here to register.
Currently, Annapolis Yacht Club supports five high school sailing programs: Annapolis HS, Indian Creek, Key School, St. Mary’s HS, and Severna Park HS. Drysuits are required for the spring season.
Spring Tryout Dates
Key School and Indian Creek
March 3rd and 4th
Annapolis High School, Severna Park and St. Mary's
March 5th and 6th
The 2020 Spring starts with tryouts for all five high schools, weather permitting. Tryouts will be held from 3:30 to 6:30 pm.
To contact the High School coaches, please email [email protected].