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Young Sailing Stars Shine at MLK Regatta

Tomorrow’s sailing talent shone brightly at the Martin
Luther King Day Optimist & 420 Regatta, held out of the St. Thomas Yacht
Club, January 15 to 16. Not only did skilled junior sailors excel, but also
there were several newcomers that sailed well portending an
‘optimistic’ future for the sport.

St. Thomas’ Taylor
Canfield and Nathan Rosenberg were two practiced sailors who aced the 420 class
with nothing but a string of bullets and one second place score, once
throw-outs were discarded.

“I
only sail 420s now and Nate’s been my crew for
awhile,” said Canfield, who skippered the two-man dinghy. “Another
team almost had us today, but we were able to pull away and really fly on the
reaches. It was fun sailing this regatta with spinnakers. They definitely make
the boat go faster.”

In the
Optimist class, St. Thomas’
Ian Barrows bested a field of ten other competitors with counted scored no
lower than a third. “I liked the lighter winds of the first day
best,” said Barrows, who placed second in White Fleet and 28th
out of 215 total Optimist sailors at the prestigious Orange Bowl Regatta,
sailed December 27 to 30, out of the Coral Reef Yacht Club, Miami, Florida.

Finally,
in the beginner Green Fleet, it was St.
John’s Aspen Moore who led the pack. “This
was only my second regatta,” said Moore.
“But, I sail every weekend with KATS and then when lessons are over, I
usually go out in a Sunfish and sail with my dad. The toughest thing is
figuring which way the wind is going, but I’m getting the hang of
it.”

The Green
Fleet boasted a healthy ten sailors, who by the looks of the competition,
will all be poised as future Opti and 420 stars of
the future.

OPTIMISTS

RED FLEET

1. Alec Anderson, RBVIYC (24)

BLUE FLEET

1. Ian Barrows, STYC (15)

2. Nikki Barnes, STYC (34)

3. William Bailey, STYC (42)

4. Alex Coyle, STYC (42)

5. Billy Gibbons, SCYC (46)

6. Christopher Cilliers, STYC (67)

WHITE FLEET

1. Alec Tayler, STYC (27)

2. Challis Diaz, SCYC (73)

3. Mac Bryan,
SCYC (76)

GREEN FLEET

1. Aspen Moore, KATS
St. John (8)

2. Nicholas Gartner, STYC (17)

3. Abel Phillips, KATS
St. John (22)

4. Coral Bruening, KATS St. John (25)

5. Joszi Nemeth, KATS St. John (36)

6. Kule Brego,
KATS St.
John (47)

7. Addison Hackstaff, STYC (54)

8. Adam Chan, KATS
St. John (60)

9. Tyler Percell, STYC (64)

10. Tristan Miller, STYC (79)

420s

1. Taylor Canfield and Nathan Rosenberg, STYC (9)

2. Cy Thompson and Rian Bareuther,
STYC (19)

3. Thomas Barrows and Hugo Roller, STYC (20)

4. Jae Tonachell
and Mack Bryan, SCYC (22)

5. Mimi Roller and Sydney Jones, STYC & SCYC (43)

6. Olin Davis and Zach Trahan, STYC & KATS (45)

7. Tyler Rice and Max Nickbarg,
STYC (48)

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