Another great regatta outing for the Madison Beach Club! In our first event with sailors in all 5 (!) fleets, we saw many successful races, a podium finish, and a qualification for the Midget Challenge!
Despite ominous clouds, the weather today was fantastic with light to moderate breeze throughout the day. The sun started to poke through in the afternoon and everyone enjoyed a cookout at the Niantic Bay Yacht Club after racing.
In the Opti Red fleet, Sam Judson earned a 2nd place medal over the course of five races. John de Chabert and Teke Helms competed in the same combined-division fleet, facing off against sailors in the Blue and White fleets, respectively. Theo Gleason and Nate Judson tried their hand in the Opti Green fleet for four race, including a MBC victory in race 3 by Theo! Quinn Lee and Eli Gleason finished 6th out of 28 boats in the 420 fleet, which qualifies them to compete in the ECSA Midget Challenge regatta at the US Coast Guard Academy (August 10).
Special thanks go to Katie de Chabert for trailering the rib to Niantic, Kara Judson for trailering the rib back to MBC, Josh Gleason for trailering the Optis both ways, and Orianna Strom and Emily (Judson babysitter/driver) for providing on-land support!
This was a huge logistical effort by the parents and I cannot thank you all enough. The kids had a great time and gained a ton of experience. The sailors' hard work is clearly paying off and that wouldn't be possible without your support.