UA-8412995-1 The Southport Globe: Young Sailors Compete In Southport Opti Rumble

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Young Sailors Compete In Southport Opti Rumble

SOUTHPORT, Conn. – It was excruciatingly hot on land Saturday, but much cooler on the water where steady breezes cooled off the young sailors in the Opti Rumble sailing regatta at the Pequot Yacht Club in Southport.
Seventy-nine sailors competed, with three winners crowned after each group completed three 1 1/2-mile races on Long Island Sound, two miles from Southport harbor.
Cooper Yeager from the Stamford Yacht Club won in the red group for 13-14-year-olds after placing first in all three races. Nina Reichhelm from the Pequot Yacht Club won in the blues for 11-12-year-olds. Gavin Meese from Noroton Yacht Club won in the whites for 9-10-year-olds.
The top 30 percent of the finishers qualified for the Opti championships, which will be held at a Long Island yacht club at the end of the summer. The other sailors can qualify at regattas that will be held later this summer.
The Optis were towed out to the sound by boats driven by the coaches. Once the boats were positioned on the course, they waited for horns to sound signaling the race was about to begin. That was when they struggled to position themselves in areas where they could take an early lead in the race and catch the wind. READ MORE:

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