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Local sailors compete in Junior Olympic sailing regatta

By Staff | Oct 19, 2010

Twenty-eight local youth sailors competed this weekend in the United States Junior Olympic River Romp Regatta in the Caloosahatchee River, and eight earned medals in their respective fleets.

The Lee County sailors joined more than 200 others from around Florida in the two-day Junior Olympic competition sanctioned by the United States Sailing Association. The competition took place in the Caloosahatchee River between the Caloosahatchee and Midpoint bridges. Sailors launched from the beach in North Fort Myers.

Sailors ranging in age from 7 to 18 competed in International Optimist, Laser and Club 420 classes. The annual River Romp Regatta is the second largest youth regatta in Florida and one of 25 Junior Olympic sanctioned events for the current sailing season.

Winners in each fleet were:

• Optimist Green: Benjamin Althouse, Mark Sorensen Youth Sailing Program

• Optimist White: Ivan Shestopalov, Coral Reef Yacht Club

• Optimist Blue: Sean Brennan, Coral Reef Yacht Club

• Optimist Red: Christopher Williford, Lauderdale Yacht Club

• Overall Optimist: Sean Brennan, Coral Reef Yacht Club

• Laser 4.7: Liam McCarthy, St. Petersburg Yacht Club

• Laser Radial: Erika Reineke, Lauderdale Yacht Club

• Laser Full: Eric Lawrence, Lauderdale Yacht Club

• Club 420: Taylor Scheuermann/Jackson Fadely, both of Coral Reef Yacht Club

Jonathan Skaggs of Sanibel, sailing with the Edison Sailing Center, placed 27th overall in the Laser Radial fleet.

The regatta was hosted by the Edison Sailing Center and supported by the Lee County Sports Authority and Lee County Parks and Recreation, which is the coordinator of the Calusa Blueway Paddling Festival that begins this Friday, Oct. 22.