The Rockport Yacht Club (RYC) hosted the Rockin’ Rockport Regatta during the last weekend of Aransas County’s Sesquicentennial Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20. The regatta was a certified event under the Texas Sailing Association Youth Circuit Regatta.

Despite the up-and-down conditions, the yacht club hosted a successful event with 23 youth sailors.

U.S. Sailing National Race Officer Jack Yoas helped run the event as a consultant assistant.

The event got off to a slow start on Saturday with light wind conditions delaying start times. Sailors eventually raced in the late afternoon.

On Sunday, choppy bay conditions made it tough for sailors to navigate courses. However, the event carried on.

The regatta was split into three categories based on age and experience, Optimist Green, Optimist Red/White/Blue, and Laser.

Each category was presided by a Primary Race Officer (PRO). Scott McKay was the PRO for Optimist Green, Brad Chilcote was PRO for Optimist Red/White/Blue, and Bill Coxwell was PRO of Laser.

In Optimist Green, or the novice category, no awards were given for placement, but five sailors and two different yacht clubs participated.

In Optimist White, ages 10 and under, Yuval Sela of the Austin Yacht Club (AYC) placed first and Desmond Jason of the Corpus Yacht Club placed second. Jason also won the RYC’s David Taylor Sportsmanship award.

In Optimist Blue, for ages 11-12, Kaden Virag of the Rush Creek Yacht Club (RCYC) placed first, William Wise of the Lakewood Yacht Club (LYC) placed second, and Alex Lopatin of the RCYC placed third.

In Optimist Red, for ages 13-15, Roni Sela of the AYC placed first and Ramzi Matous of the AYC placed second.

In Laser, 15 and up and at least 85 lbs., Drew Gourley of LYC placed first, Cole Gourley of LYC placed second, and Luke Wilson of GSC placed third. Blake Hadley of CCYC won the RYC’s David Taylor Sportsmanship award.

An additional exhibition race featuring sailors in the Laser Radial and Laser Full class was also held. Reid Johnson of FWBC placed first and Otto Beall of Corinthian Sailing Club Dallas placed second.

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