2020 Rippel Award

Dave AlvaradoHoover Sailing Club, Leadline, Leadline Club News, News, Youth Sailing

This year our junior sailors were faced with a less then perfect situation; this is an understatement. That said, they handled it perfectly, also an understatement. At the beginning of the year our sailors did not know if they would have a season at all, everyone took it all in stride. From virtual practices to not being able to travel to regattas; it was incredible. Masks on shore, temperature checks, twice a day for some that spent all day at the club. Our sailors followed every state and local guideline flawlessly.

During a pandemic, we were able to furnish a team with 33 sailors and three coaches, practice two nights a week and juniors sailing in Wednesday night club racing. We had three regattas this year, two at Hoover and one at Leatherlips Sailing Club. Out of those three regattas Hoover took home almost every available medal. Thanks to all of our sailors that made it a successful season on and off the water.

Thanks to all the parents. The parents are the backbone of this program; we could not do it without them. They transport the sailors to and from practices and to events. They help load boats, volunteer at regattas, and much, much more.

I really appreciate the efforts of our assistant coaches. Nick Byerly and Bob France are fantastic assets to this program. This year required our coaches to be extra creative and innovative, Nick and Bob certainly delivered.

A very special thanks to Jamie Jones and Scott Savage. They put in so much work behind the scenes so the coaches could focus on coaching on the water.

“Competition for the Ripple Cup shall be based on Junior Sailing achievement. Excellence in competitive racing will be the principal qualification balanced by a record of good sportsmanship and dedication to Junior Sailing.” In 2020 Brendon Smucker was the clear winner. In a field of outstanding young sailors, Brendan managed to stand out amongst the crowd. At the top of the fleet in every regatta, he sailed in, his achievements speak for themselves. I was especially impressed with Brendan’s sportsmanship this year. This young man was always more than willing to help his fellow juniors. In fact, he often identified areas to help and jumped in without being asked. Brendan volunteered to help coach High School practices and was a fantastic asset. Brendan always modeled a supportive attitude and was a strong and positive influence on everyone around him.