The Mentor Harbor Yachting Club (Mentor, Ohio) was awarded the St. Petersburg Yacht Club Trophy for excellence in race management. The trophy is awarded by the Race Management Committee based on feedback from the participants as well as self-evaluation by the organizers, including the Principal Race Officer and Chief Judge.
The 2018 U.S. Junior Women’s Doublehanded Championship for the Ida Lewis Trophy attracted 40 teams from around the country. The young women were coached by a group of top-flight coaches, and a variety of clubs and sailing centers in the area provided race management volunteers and equipment, making it a truly collaborative effort.
Principal Race Officer Jamie Jones, who managed his team through a variety of challenging conditions, praised the efforts of the race management volunteers: “Having the right people in the right places made running this event a snap: our pin boat…was like having a second set of eyes on the bottom of the course. Our outer leeward mark-set boat managed the outside of the course with great efficiency and provided legs that were true and square all weekend, even in shifty conditions.”
The sailors also praised the event experience. Maddie Hawkins, the winning skipper, noted that she and her crew learned how to improve their starts and find the best pressure on the race course and said, “We had a lot of fun at the scheduled activities this week, including the yoga session and the trip to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Overall it was a really good experience.”