Young Sailors Race, Practice Drills

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Young sailors run drills near the Newport Harbor Yacht Club. — Photo by Victoria Roach

Balboa Yacht Club hosted the Balboa Advanced Racing Clinic this past weekend where 50 youth sailors from all over southern California came to hone their skills.

Local, well-known coaches ran drills Saturday and Sunday morning with sunny skies and consistent breezes. Sunday afternoon all of the participants were challenged to use their skills in a regatta that took place in front of Newport Harbor Yacht Club.


Kate Madigan prepares for her next race representing Newport Harbor Yacht Club in A Fleet. — Photo by Victoria Roach

It was a busy weekend with a lot of commercial traffic but the charter boat captains “were super cooperative and worked around us, which was a huge help in running successful races,” Balboa Yacht Club Junior Director Katie Tinder said.

After a weekend of intense drills and racing, all of the sailors will be prepared for Junior Sabot Nationals this Aug. 8-11, hosted by the Newport Harbor area yacht clubs.


Top local finishers:


A Fleet:

3. Sean Segerblom (NHYC)

4. Kate Madigan (NHYC)

5. Wills Johnson (NHYC)


B Fleet:

1. Patrick Shannon (NHYC)

2. Max Mayol (BCYC)

4. Sammy Pickell (BCYC)


C1 Fleet:

3. Reid Wiley (NHYC)

4. Evan Tingler (LIYC)

5. Andrew Potter (NHYC)


C2 Fleet:

1. Christian Rosene (BYC)

4. Erik Hou (LIYC)

5. Finn Dobkin (NHYC)


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