HYC Accepts Invite to Opti Team Race!
HYC graciously accepted the invite to the 2020 Optimist Pram Invitational hosted by the South Carolina Yacht Club in Hilton Head, South Carolina to be held November 13-15. Hampton Yacht Club received the invite due to the hard work and the collaborative effort with Norfolk Yacht and Country Club for the Hampton Roads Race Team. For this event there are no private or joint teams allowed thus HRRT could not participate. However, HYC was very lucky to be accepted and all HRRT members competing are HYC junior members. The format will be 3 vs. 3 and the event is sponsored by Zim Sailing who provides the boats and sails while SCYC provides an incredible venue.
To prepare for this event, Coach Nathan Smith will be working hard with HRRT. Fortunately, Nathan is well versed in the venue and the format because he won the inaugural regatta sailing for Fishing Bay in 2015. The team has coordinated to train closely with Annapolis and Fishing Bay Opti Teams throughout the remaining weeks of the fall. Some of the key events include clinics with outside coaching, two team races at AYC, one at NYCC, and one at HYC. The teams also will be training for the South East Champs at Carolina Yacht Club in Wrightsville Beach. Unfortunately due to the COVID travel ban in New York state the teams will not be able to compete for the Atlantic Coast Championship in Larchmont.
Either way, it will be a busy season for these young rockstars!