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September 2018 Commodore’s Report

SEPTEMBER 2018 COMMODORE’S REPORT

The Austin Yacht club welcomes September with open arms. We made it through
another sizzling summer and are looking forward to the fall season. The heat
definitely effected the activity at the Club. The Keel Fleet cancelled both the
Independence Cup and the Singlehanded Regatta due to heat and lack of wind. Most
of the ASA and private lessons were held during morning hours. There is talk about
having a morning series next year, expanding Moonburn, and even upgrading Beer
Can racing to include scoring.
Our Junior Sailors have been competing around the world and doing well. Ethan
Froelich sailed in the I420 Junior European Championships and then in the I420
Worlds in New Port,R.I. The team of Lucy Brock, Julius Hoetkoetter, and Taylor
Synder competed in C420 regattas on the east coast and later in the Sears Cup in
Lightnings. There, they were awarded the Sportsmanship Award. Fiona Froelich and
crew, sister Kate, competed in the FEVA North Americans, FEVA Worlds, and the
RS Games in England. Tony Slowik and James Brock competed in the Opti
Nationals in Pensacola. Tony Slowik sailed with Team USA North Americans in
Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico and in the US Virgin Isalnds where he was presented with the
Pete Ives award for prowess, sportsmanship, determination and good attitude. Richie
and Abbey Amato sailed Sunfish regattas on the East Coast. There are many more
to recognize – don’t miss the TSA highlights in Mary Carew’s article. Thanks to these
young sailors for putting AYC on the map!
Under the direction of Coleman Terrell, we had one of the best camp seasons ever.
The coaching staff was first rate and the feedback from parents was all positive.
Likewise, PB&J had a great season with most of the kids single-handing. As a result,
enrollment for Opti 1 is up. Our high school sailing program has exceeded all
expectations, due to the hard work of Coleman Terrell, Jeff Brock, and our junior
superheroes.
Activities at the Club pick up in the Fall. We are hosting the Women’s Sunfish North
American Championship on Sep. 27-30. The last two sailing clinics are the Learn To
Sail (Oct13) and the Women’s Clinic (Oct 20).And don’t forget the Centerboard
Regatta on Oct. 27, 28.
Our Sailing Director, Coleman Terrell, qualified for the Sunfish Worlds and will be
traveling to North Carolina for that event Oct 8-13. Good Luck Coleman!
See you all on the water!
Bill