Spring Lake Team Race


Saturday, April 22:

What a perfect day for high school sailing and an introduction to team racing for many sailors!!!

The morning found 60 sailors from 8 teams gathered at Spring Lake Yacht Club with temps in the 30's. The breeze filled in nicely from the NE at 5-8 mph just in time for the race committee and course crew to set a course and get the first race sequence started at 09:15:25 (25 seconds after posted first start time in NOR). Temps had warmed to 50's by that point with bright sunshine.

The breeze held pretty steady in the 4-10 mph range with direction consistent until about 14:25 when it suddenly died. It was calm for about 2 minutes before the shore breeze thermal kicked in from exactly 180 degrees opposite the morning's direction. The finish boat and start boat simply changed locations on the Digital N and races continued.

The wind piped up through the remainder of the afternoon to a high of 16-21 mph. There was only one capsize during the day and the sailors quickly and calmly righted the boat and continued the race. Sailors throughout the day displayed good spirits and excellent sailing ability which clearly improved as the day progressed. Exactly what we like to see at these Tier 3 events.

Two round robins of 28 races were completed for a total of 56 races with the last race of the day getting started at 17:59:45 (15 seconds before cutoff). It was a full sunny day of fast paced sailing with perfect conditions.

A huge thanks to Jenn Colvin who organized all of the food and kept the clubhouse in order. Also to all of the Spring Lake parents who donated food and their time. They say "it takes a village" and this is another example of members of the community selflessly coming together to make this sport available to kids throughout the region.

Thanks also to Spring Lake Yacht Club for use of the facility. The new floating docks provide just about the most perfect venue for high school sailing that you can imagine.

Final Results

1Spring LakeSpring Lake High SchoolRed Mixed14-0Zoe Czadzeck '20Caleb Boon '17
Noah Wolters '19Cole Hoffman '19
Bryson Hough '21Griffin Phares '21
Zak Colvin '19
2Grosse Pointe SouthGrosse Pointe South High SchoolGold10-4Liam Walz '17Audrey Whitaker '19
Emma Turner '19Noah Karcher '18
Ashley Strong '20Reis Dempsey '19
Drew Clutterbuck '19Drew Clutterbuck '19
3Grosse Pointe SouthGrosse Pointe South High SchoolWhite (Mixed)9-5Eva Rossell '18Carly Orhan '19
Dominic Dulac '20Luc Walz '20
Julia Hudson '20Gwen Hudson '20
Ryan Hexter '21
Eva Paschke '20
4Spring LakeSpring Lake High SchoolGrey7-7Claire DeBlanc '20Ryan Navarre '19
Kameron Norwood '19Caden Realini '19
Ryan Peterson '20Kameron Norwood '19
Preston Johnson '19Abby Airo '20
5St. Francis  TraversSt. Francis High School Traverse CitySt Francis Gladiator6-8MaryFrances Myler '18Noah Passinault '17
Jamie McClellan '17Margaret Sutherland '18
Lily Salgat '18Becca Roche '18
6Grand HavenGrand Haven High SchoolMixed5-9Frank Frisinger '19Grace Kucharski '19
Noah Schueler '19Simon Furton '21
Derek Hartman '22Morgan Parrent '19
Mason Milligan '21Ethan Walburg '19
Morgan Parrent '19Noah Schueler '19
Grace Kucharski '19Derek Hartman '22
Ethan Walburg '19
Simon Furton '21
7Traverse City CentraTraverse City CentralGold3-11Maddie Zimmerman '17Olivia Wilson '18
Brooke Corso '17Amelia Burke '18
Celeste Anderson '17 Max McGinty '18
8Detroit Country DayDetroit Country Day SchoolTulip MIXED2-12Ethan Lee '19Diego Rangel '20
Maddie Yang '19Andre Sosa '18
Max Rosenthal '20Lukas Denner '18