something in the water
The Lauderdale Yacht Club may not have facilities for keelboat racers, but as we’ve highlighted here on the front page, their junior program is one of the most successful anywhere. With innovations like the "take a junior day" during the Melges 32 Gold Cup, and a racing instruction program that is both extremely intense and infused with a focus on fun, the current crop of LYC juniors are standing out in bigger and bigger events.
Last week, little Chris and Duncan Williford took the first and second spots in the 200-boat Optimist North Americans in Kingston, Ontario. We had a chance to interview these kids when we were co-guests aboard the Alex Jackson’s Speedboat, and we could easily be seeing the next Jonathan and Charlie McKee. A good thing, because juniors need some charismatic kids to look up to, and these are the real deal. 3 of the top 5 kids at the NAs were from LYC, while 11th place Ali Toppa was the youngest sailor in the top 40 boats. This great start photo is from Geoff Webster, and piles more are here.
Equally as important, here’s a huge SA shout out to young Ian McDiarmid in 41st place, the lone Sailing Anarchy Yacht Club entrant. Send us an email and we’ll send you yer SA swag, little man! And let it be known: Juniors who kick ass under an SAYC burgee will win SA gear too!