Lucas’s final result was 138th. The number itself is nothing to write home about, however did we accomplish what we set out to do? The answer is yes and much more.
These last few days have shown me, and most importantly I think it has shown Lucas, that he can overcome adversity. He was thrown into the shark tank, and survived.
He faced extreme new conditions he had never seen and learn from it, and adjusted as needed. The steep waves on day 2 of racing, combined with the strong wind posed a big challenged for him, but he tried to figured it out; he tried to “solve” the problem; as I always encourage him to do; but the highlight is that he did not quit any of the races, even after being swamped a few times and feeling “fear”, as he put it. We do look for mental toughness, and I think he forged some of it this week that will stay with him forever.
11 months. That is the number of months that Lucas has been sailing for. He started the Opti I program with coach Kate and Charlie in March of 2015. On May 5th, for his 10th birthday, we got him a club boat I purchased from Kate, and then it was literally off to the races. Capping that first year of Lucas’s sailing by competing in the advanced Optimist “Timoneles” fleet at the “Semana Internacional del Yachting” in Argentina, is an accomplishment that is even hard for me to comprehend. I am his dad, so I am bias of course, but I am impressed, and so yes we accomplished our “getting experience” objective, and as I said, much more.
Racing Clinic Success!
Thanks to the coordination and support from the AYC Fund, the RoadRunner Fleet, and AYC Sail Training over 20 Laser and Optimist sailors had an amazing weekend right here at Lake Travis. The weekend racing clinic launched Friday night with Fajitas and a chalk talk, followed by two full days of practice. When keel boats were aborting Saturday conditions the youth continued to sail. A total of eight hours on Saturday with reported maximum gusts of 33 kts. was just the right thing to prepare for upcoming regattas in Corpus Christi and San Francisco Bay. The learning continued Sunday under 10-15 winds allowing for attention to the finer details of how best to sail to maximum benefit. The Laser fleet was coached by our own Coach Coleman, and the Optimists were under the guidance of Coach Jamie Gilman of Lakewood Yacht Club.
Team Race Midwinter Championship
The Team Race Midwinter Championship at Lakewood Yacht Club in Houston was the largest ever with 32 teams from all over the nation on three different start lines. AYC brought two teams and gave it their best, sailing approximately 15 races each through rain, gust, calm, and current over the three-day event. This four-on-four exciting format allowed for strategic aggressiveness, and provided logical thinkers the chance to really execute a chess-game with offensive and defensive plays. If you would like to learn team racing, please contact Sportsmanship Chair Jeff Brock at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are recruiting for the next team race event which is July 16-17 , quickly followed by another two-day event on July 24-26.
Team Race Clinic
Meanwhile, five other racing RoadRunners joined East Coast sailors, and spent a warm, humid week at the US Sailing Center in Marin County, Florida for a team racing clinic for 28 sailors from Florida, North Carolina, New York, Louisiana, and Austin. They hope to use their new knowledge and skill set in the upcoming USODA MidWinter Team Racng event in Lakewood later this month.
Despite cool and dismal weather in Austin, you may have seen Lucas Tenrerrio sailing on Lake Travis nearly every day this month. His dedication is impressive as he gears up to sail in his first international regatta at the Semana Internacional del Yachting de Mar del Plata, Argentina. This ISAF event will have starting lines for: Optimist, Laser, Cadet, 420, 29er, 49er, F18, Snipe, Kiteboarding and 2.4mr. It is guaranteed to be an amazing week of action.
Sailing for Austin Yacht Club after 4 days of racing, 11 races in breezy conditions, and racing against 100 sailors in the laser radial division from all over the world were Alexandra Mares (42nd place) and Spencer LeGrande (25th place) at the Orange Bowl Regatta in Miami. Across all fleets, this is the largest regatta in the nation with over 625 participants. Way to represent!