|Junior Sailing Highlights of 2016
By Adam Corpuz-Lahne, Head Sailing Coach
Juliana Testa, Spencer Paulsen, Mats Keldsen and Ryder Easterlin won the US Sailing Junior Keelboat Championship qualifier
As we roll into 2017, I’d like to take a moment for a quick look back on some the competitive highlights of our Junior Saiing Program in 2016:
High School Sailing:
We wrapped up the 2015-2016 season with two schools (The Bay School and Convent/Stuart Hall) ranked in the top 20 (of 60) in the PCISA rankings, and St. Ignatius College Prep and University HS finishing the year with their highest ranking ever.
In the Fall portion of the 2016-2017 season, at least one of our schools brought home a trophy at each of the nine regattas we sailed.
420s: Spencer Paulsen and Ryder Easterlin sailed at the Club 420 North American Championship, where they were the second place West Coast team, finishing in 11th.
J/22s: The StFYC Junior’s boat finished 2nd in the J/22 Summer Series with a variety of Junior members rotating in on the crew. Mats Keldsen, Juliana Testa, Spencer Paulsen and Ryder Easterlin won the Area G Sears Cup (US Sailing Junior Championship, Keelboat) qualifier and went on to represent StFYC at the Nationals.
Lasers: Sumner Strumph won the Area G Smythe (US Sailing Junior Championship, Singlehanded) and represented the StFYC at the Nationals.
Kiteboarding: Daniela Moroz claimed the Women’s Formula Kite World Championship as well as the Women’s division of the Hydrofoil Pro Tour.
In 2017 we plan on continuing to gather momentum in the racing scene, with changes coming to support our youth racers at all ages and ability levels. We are working closely with the Flag Officers, the Junior Committee, and the ERC to create a robust racing program that will allow our Junior Members to excel on the race course and continue sailing with us from age 8 to 18.