We’re thrilled to share some exciting news from the recent RS Tera North American Championship, where talented young athletes from Community Sailing of Colorado (CSC) made waves within their field. Held at the Jordanelle Reservoir in Park City, Utah, the participants displayed remarkable skill, determination, and sportsmanship.
Our CSC sailors soared to new heights at this event, securing impressive placements across the board. Henry, an exceptional athlete, delivered an awe-inspiring performance by claiming first place in the Sport fleet. Henry was able to achieve the often elusive “all-bullet win.” Henry defended his title and became the first two time champion in the Sport division. With this title he was then invited into the pro division, where he placed 2nd, after contending with winds up to 30 knots. This striking outcome reflects his unwavering dedication and talent.
The RS Tera NAs had its fair share of excitement, with a protest filed by Henry against another racer during race 7. The rival sailor fouled him initially and refused to do the necessary penalty turns. In front of the race committee, Henry’s determination and integrity prevailed. This ultimately led to a tie-breaking decision that landed Isabela on the podium. Adding an extra layer of excitement, this unexpected turn of events, heightened an already thrilling competition.
But the triumph didn’t end there. Isabela, another remarkable sailor from our community, “made a quantum leap in her racing skills” according to community parent and competitive sailor, Dirk Richter. Her tenacity and tactical brilliance were on full display, and the photos captured the essence of her journey. Isabela’s remarkable achievements earned her a well-deserved third place in the competition. This achievement landed Isabela in the Pro Fleet to conclude the first day, although she did not compete due to the 30 knot winds that blew through the valley.
Elena, a rising star in our midst, showed incredible consistency in the upper mid fleet. This first ever regatta experience highlighted a superb performance amongst the fleet. An incredible 7th place finish qualified Elena for the Pro Fleet. As a strong breeze grew to 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon, Elena put up a good fight, but was eventually overpowered by the wind. Elena’s success is a testament to the hard work, outstanding sailing, and keen use of resources on the Front Range.
One of the standout aspects of the local sailors’ success is the unique combination of factors contributing to their excellence. The summer camps offered by CSC provide young sailors with a fun and confident boat experience, fostering their love for sailing from an early age. The Community Sailing of Colorado Race Team, offers a stepping stone for our advanced sailors to learn and practice the fundamentals of competitive racing. What makes these three sailors special is that they have taken it to the next level with racing regularly at Union Sailing Club, which has allowed them to apply, test, and hone their skills in a very real competitive setting.
According to Dirk Richter, “What was of particular interest was that they all stuck together between races and shared tips and coached themselves. I think the combination of summer camp exposure (fun, confident boat experience) as well as the integration of youth racing in the regular race series at Union is a winning combination that is distinct to other clubs.”
Creating an environment that fosters growth and mutual support, provides a sense of community that is the heart of CSC’s ethos.
As we reflect on the athletes’ stellar performance at the RS Tera NAs, we’re filled with pride and excitement for the future. This successful model – combining summer camps, race team, local race series, and a strong sense of community beyond our organization – is one that we will continue to expand on. We aim to continue promoting competitive youth racing and nurture a new generation of passionate sailors.
Behind the scenes, the sailors’ parents played a crucial role in ensuring the success of these athletes. The team portrayed excellent sportsmanship by bringing extra equipment over 1,000 miles! This gesture ultimately allowed two local sailors to compete in the regatta. Their mentorship, coaching, and watchful eyes on CSC equipment contributed to a seamless experience for our sailors, allowing them to focus solely on the goal at hand. Community Sailing of Colorado extends a tremendous thanks to everyone involved for their ongoing support.
Congratulations again to Henry, Isabela, and Elena for their outstanding achievements at the RS Tera NAs. We’re eager to see what the future holds for these rising stars of CSC, and we can’t wait to continue supporting and celebrating their sailing journey. Stay tuned for more thrilling updates from Community Sailing of Colorado!