This is Juan Ignacio Mazzini, Spring Coach for the CYC Opti fleet.
During the month of April I had the pleasure to coach the Chicago Yacht Club Optimist fleet and help with the preparation for Team Trials.
Unfortunately, we didn’t have the best weather in Chicago this Spring, but the kids did their best and sailed in super cold conditions.
Luckily we also train in Miami for 7 days, including a preparation regatta (Spring Fleet Regatta) and after that, Team Trials, a 4-day Regatta in which kids to represent USA overseas are selected.
During the training days we were able to get used to Miami conditions. We had different conditions, but mostly NE winds during the mornings at 5-7 Knots, and picking up during the afternoon with the sea breeze, coming from the SE at 12 Knots and choppy waters with some current.
Team Trials was hosted at Key Biscayne Yacht Club, and 222 kids from all over the Country that were pre-selected for this event were there ready to race.
During racing days we had mix conditions, from no wind to up to 16 Knots and no racing day due to Thunderstorms.
Overall was a super mental regatta with very long days at sea and CYC opti kids did awesome.
After 8 races for gold fleet, Peter Barnard (13 years old) got 21st and Christian Prendergast (12 years old) got 28th, both qualifying for representing USA overseas this summer.
And in silver fleet Annie Samis, who is only 11 years old and first time racing in a Team Trials, got 59th, amazing result for such a young sailor.
Thank you CYC, opti kids, opti parents and Julia Melton, hope to see you soon!
Juan Ignacio Mazzini