2021 Optimist US Team Trials

Published on April 25th, 2021

The 2021 KO Sailing/Optimist US Team Trials was held with 203 of the top Optimist sailors from across the USA invited to compete April 22-25 in Seabrook, TX.

James Pine of South Carolina Yacht Club finished in first place with Gilman Hackel of Lauderdale Yacht Club in second place and Fynn Olsen of Miami Yacht Club in third place overall. Maddie Janzen of Lauderdale Yacht Club was the top girls division finisher in 11th place overall.

Twelve races were completed on Galveston Bay in a full range of conditions. A late spring cold front kicked off the event with breeze building to 20 knots from the north and chilly temperatures. By the final race days, a warm southeasterly pattern set in for sunny days and breeze of 12-15 knots.

As the qualifying event to award entry for international teams and regattas around the world, the full range of conditions provided the ideal competition setting for the cream to rise.

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