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Sears Cup Looming and Who’s Got a Lightning?
At last weekend's Area G Qualifiers, hosted by Richmond Yacht Club, StFYC's youth sailing team of Mats Keldsen, Spencer Paulsen, Ryder Easterlin and Juliana Testa finished first, earning the Club a berth at the Sears Cup.
  Sears Cup Looming and Who’s Got a Lightning?

Congratulations to the St. Francis Yacht Club youth team skippered by Mats Keldsen who won the Area G qualifier out of Richmond Yacht Club last weekend, earning the Club a berth at the Sears Cup in August at Mission Bay Yacht Club. The Sears Cup is US Sailing’s triple-handed youth championship.

Eliminations racing was held last weekend at Richmond Yacht Club, and StFYC finished (2)-1-1-1-2 – which was not exactly a runaway, with StFYC and RYC trading firsts and seconds all the way through.

Owen Lahr was the RYC skipper and, “They had a good, fast boat,” Mats said. “My crew and I were making better decisions.”

Wind conditions were unstable, with velocity shifts but nothing above 20 knots. Host Club RYC provided the J/22s. “In the first race, we were just getting settled and learning the layout,” Mats said. “Their J/22s are slightly different from ours.” Then again, when it comes to adapting, there’s the fact, as Mats relates, “I had sailed a J/22 only three times before: twice as a skipper and once as a crew,” so there wasn’t so very much to unlearn. In his other racing life, Mats sails 420s on the Stuart Hall high school sailing team. He is currently wrapping up his sophomore year.

Also on the Sears Cup team are Ryder Easterlin (headed to Northwestern in the fall) and Spencer Paulsen (Bay School). Those three together totaled nowhere near the weight limit for the J/22 class, so Juliana Testa joined as a fourth for the Area G Qualifier. She’s light, she’s quick, and she’s ahhhh, a little bit good.

NOW we’re on the hunt for a Lightning for Sears Cup practice. Come August 11-15 at Mission Bay, San Diego, Sears Cup racing hits the water aboard that three-person class, and hereabouts Lightnings are pretty scarce. If you have a Lightning, or if you can lead our team to a Lightning, please contact Head Sailing Coach Adam Corpuz-Lahne at 415-655-7774 or Operators are standing by. 


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