Junior Racing

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What a great year for Hoover’s Junior Race Team! I’m not sure how to quantity a successful season but I believe it is more than just the trophies that are brought home.

A big thank-you to the parents. There was an enormous time commitment and support from the parents ranging from taking boats and kids to the regattas, helping with rescue and use of coach boats. They volunteer to help at our home regatta by making awards, running registration, preparing food, scoring, and even running the race committee. We would not have a team without their support. 

A team cannot be successful without great coaching. Fortunately, Dave Alvarado agreed to once again be Head Coach this year. He went above and beyond his duties to keep the team on track. Nadia Reynolds had an admirable rookie season coaching primarily the 420s and Nick Byerly closed his second season coaching the Optis. 

They had their hands full because our team was huge this year. This was the biggest we have ever had. We had the largest traveling team, and the most attendees at Junior Bay Week at Put-in-Bay Yacht Club.

Most of the other traveling teams this year focused on either the 420s or the Laser. Hoover’s contingency had many on the line in all divisions including Optis, which bodes well for the future of junior sailing at the club. 

As far as awards, we were respectable there too with podium finishes at every regatta…too many to mention, actually. Here are the Travelers Series overall scores.  

Travelers Series Overall Scores
Ben Spengemen2nd
First in his age group
Won the ILYA Championship
Nate Schelmer5th
Emma Friedour3rd
Dylan Robertson5th
Nicholas Robertson & Jed Lory2nd
Brendan Smuckers & Sam Heighway5th
Graham Neubauer & Liam RodriguezCommodore Burgoyne Award for Perseverance at Jr. Bay Week

For the first time ever, our Hoover Sailing Club JRT won the Stan Cliff Memorial Trophy ILYA Travelers Series TEAM Overall WINNER!

And finally, I believe that the main accomplishment this year was the affirmation that the support the club has shown with its strong focus on youth sailing is paying off. We are in good shape to continue the excitement for sailing moving forward.