Top Ranked Laser Radial Youth Sailor in Texas: Lucija Ruzevic

Lucija Ruzevic, daughter of Nino and Lara Ruzevic, just returned from competing in the US Junior Championships for the Smythe Trophy where she secured a 6th place finish among twenty of the most elite laser radial youth sailors in the US. This year, Lucija was the only girl to qualify for the laser radial division. That meant she was going head-to-head with nineteen young men who were all older, bigger, and more experienced than Lucija, and she beat almost three-quarters of them.

Only two youth sailors from each of the eleven districts are eligible to compete in their class at the US Junior Championships, held in Toms River, New Jersey in 2017. To secure her invitation to the US Junior Championships, Lucija had to place in the top two at the highly-competitive Smythe qualifiers held at the Gulf Coast Championships.

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Image courtesy of Marie Nuchols

It was only earlier this year that Lucija started racing radials. Lucija has graduated to progressively bigger boats twice in just eighteen months. It was early in 2016 that Lucija moved from Optis to the 4.7 laser fleet. She sailed the 4.7 for less than a year before moving up to the laser radials in April.

The 4.7 was a great fleet for Lucija, too. You will recall that she was the top ranked 4.7 sailor in Texas for the 2016 season, earning her seat at the Race of Champions held at White Rock earlier this year.

Now in the radial class for less than a year, she is the top ranked youth radial sailor in TSA.

Lucija will compete in three final TSA regattas in 2017, including our own Pirates of the Corinthian. As this season winds down, she is maintaining her strength/cardio training that includes two core workouts a day in addition to an hour of swimming.

Professional sailing coach Scott Lindley continues to guide Lucija’s sailing career and considers her a remarkably coachable sailor. “She listens and does what you ask her. And she asks the right questions. She is one of the youngest kids out there (in the laser radial class). She has some things to learn about sailing under pressure, but she is handling pressure more maturely than most kids.” Coach Lindley added that it’s Lucija’s passion for sailing that sets her apart from her competition.

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Image courtesy of Laura Burns

 

 

 

US Youth Championships held at Corpus Christi Yacht Club, held in June 25-28, 2017.  Images courtesy of Emily Stoke of Corpus Christi Yacht Club.


 

Glorioso Steak Night

FROM THE HOST, SUZANNE GLORIOSO

“Saturday I had the pleasure of hosting dinner for 73 fabulous people. Dinner consisted of ribeyes, baked potatoes and an wonderful salad made by Ms. Leslie Maynard. The weather was great for grilling and the race that followed dinner. I think a great time was had by all that attended. A special thanks for Ms. Leslie Maynard, Mr. Massey for the grill, cleaning, etc, David Lorenat for being the Grill Master, and the awesome and always helpful Hankins, Hancocks and Hoffmans. We have a great club!! DB you’re next!”

 

Steak night was attended by more than sixty members of the club. Many thanks to James Hankins for the images.

 

 

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Image courtesy of James Hankins

People attending the event had the opportunity to watch the fourth race in our Full Moon Race Series!

Fourth of July at the Club!

New seating at the gazebo + Holiday gets a new windex

Dan Wolf built some remarkably comfortable built-in seating at the gazebo on the breakwater. Check this out! Perfect place to chill out. Massive thanks going out to Dan!!

 

While we were there to check out Dan’s great work, we found Matt Cerralvo all the way up Holiday’s mast replacing the windex. How’s the view, Matt?

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Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.

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Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.

 

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Image courtesy of msn’s camera phone.

Lucija and J/24s at the Coast this weekend

This weekend finds DCYC sailors at the coast for two different events. In the first, Lucija Ruzevic is competing in the 2017 US Youth Championships. Read this from their website:

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (June 21, 2017) – For the second time since 2013, the Corpus Christi Yacht Club will host the pinnacle event for youth sailing in the United States. The 2017 US Youth Championships will bring together over 175 of America’s top youth sailors, with qualification for the 2017 Youth Sailing World Championships on the line in four of the six classes. Sailors under 20, both young men and women, will race on Corpus Christi Bay over four days, beginning Sunday, June 25 through Wednesday, June 28.

As with all US Sailing Junior and Youth National Championships, competitors will receive world-class event management and support. The 2017 U.S. Youth Championships will be run by a team of experienced judges, coaches and race officers who will provide high quality racing for America’s top youth talent. Since the first edition of the Youth Champs in 1973, the regatta has served as a transformative step for young sailors who aspire to reach the highest levels of sailing. U.S. Youth Championship participants fill the rosters of successful college sailing programs and routinely achieve All-American status. The Youth Champs is also part of the pathway for ambitious athletes who hope to earn a place on the US Sailing Team, and ultimately at the Olympic Games.

Lucija has worked tirelessly to earn her spot at this event and we know she will do well.

We are so very proud of you, Lucija! SAIL FAST!

J/24s

Also at the coast this weekend are two of DCYC’s J/24 teams competing in the 2017 Beasley Cup at the Houston Yacht Club, the fourth circuit stop for the Texas J/24s: Chris Holmes with TEAM BADMOON and James Freedman with TEAM MISS CONDUCT.

We are proud of our J/24 teams! SAIL FAST, Y’ALL!!


 

Summer Series Off to a Fast Start

The summer series is officially underway at DCYC!

We kicked the day off with some grilling, had a nice long race, and wrapped up enjoying the post race sunset. Thank you to everyone who helped with the grilling and setup.

The wind was a litte higher than predicted, and that led to some exciting racing! Dr. Hoppenstein and crew on Cyrano took the honors of the day, followed by Frank and Nino on Blue Monk! Dr. Jay even executed a textbook (wo)man overboard maneuver! Pretty exciting stuff!!

We hope to see everyone out again next weekend for the second installment in the summer series!

Lucija takes top honors at Chocopalooza!

GREAT NEWS!

On June 3-4, Lucija took top honors in Laser Radial at the Chocopalooza Regatta held at Rush Creek Yacht Club, a Bemis Qualifying event. 

WAY TO GO, LUCIJA!!!

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Image courtesy of Lara Ruzevic

 

Lucija’s summer schedule is full to the brim with racing. Check out this crazy schedule:

June 9-11, Lucija is heading to the Laser Gulf Coast Championships in Corpus Christi. Note that this regatta is also the US Sailing Area F qualifier for the Chubb U.S. Junior Championship held in New Jersey.

June 17-18th, she will race at the Rockin’ Rockport Regatta on the Coast. 

June 24-28 will find Lucija at the U.S. Youth Championship at the Corpus Christi Yacht Club. Her dad shared this about the event: “Only 200 youth sailors form across the US got invited (qualified) for this event. Lucija is one of only 14 laser radial girls who qualified (radial fleet: 14 girls and 31 boys)!

July 6-11th, she is competing in the U.S. Junior Women’s Singlehanded Championship for the Nancy Leiter Clagett Memorial Trophy at the Houston Yacht Club.

The dates for the Texas Youth Race Week at Lakewood Yacht Club overlap somewhat with the Leiter Cup, but she may also attempt to compete in this event, as well.

And I bet you thought your summer was busy!

Lucija, we are tremendously proud of your hard work and dedication to the sport of sailing.

Go get ’em, Lucija!! SAIL FAST!!


 

 

Brunch in Honor of Carol’s Retirement

A potluck brunch was offered in honor of Carol Robert’s retirement from her longtime service as the accountant for the club. The brunch was hosted by Pauline Chetlet, Heather Fahle, Pam Hancock and Marie Nuchols.

Commodore Hankins made a special presentation recognizing Carol’s dedication and demanding workload.

We are all so thankful for Carol’s indefatigable service to DCYC. Though she will remain a member, her smiling face will be missed by all who work with her.

Thank you for everything, Carol!

Spring Series Winner + DCYC’s Youngest (and quite possibly most adorable) Member

Congratulations to our Winners from the Spring Series!

PHRF A: Matt Harden and TEAM WHEN IN ROME

PHRF B: Dick Peters and TEAM YODA

We want to especially thank our sponsor, Audacity! Allison and her sister, Phoebe, joined us for the awards ceremony and brought along a couple cases of our favorite brews!

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Joining the party was Rachel, one of our newest and likely our very youngest member! Ari and Amy are Rachel’s proud parents. Be sure to say hi to Rachel and her lovely parents when you see them around the club.


 

Commodore’s Regatta Report

By James Hankins

The Annual DCYC Heritage Cub 2017 regatta has come and gone. Personally, I believe it was a great success and would like to thank all of those that participated. We had 36 boats on the water and without boats on the water it wouldn’t be much of a regatta, so a big Thank You to all those that traveled—some as far away as Corpus Christi—as well our members here at the club.

Regattas just don’t happen without a lot of planning and help. Thank God for Charles and Janell Hoffman who co-chaired in 2016 and chaired this year (2017) and have been planning and preparing this since last year. What great leadership we had with them at the helm.

It’s a long list but would also like to recognized the following:

Cash Sponsors: Slalom Shop, SVT Tronics, ACR Realty Inc, David & Kristin Lyon, Steve & Sheryl Stout, Charles & Janell Hoffman, John Pearson and Mr. Anonymous.

In-Kind Sponsors: Mariner Sails, Don Q Rum, Norma’s Café, Audacity Beer, Reddy Ice, Texas Body Works, IDLife

Member Volunteers & Non-Members:

David Patterson – Race Management Team Captain / John Lusk – Regatta Logistics Team Captain /  Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon – Registration / Judge Team Captain /  Jessica Hancock – Registration / Accounting/ Phyllis Hankins – Entertainment Team Captain / Rum Happy Hour Chair / Marie Nuchols – Promotions Team Captain /Peter Brigaitis – Fleet Promotions/ Heather Fahle – Sponsor Recruiting / Suzanne Glorioso –  Committee Boat  / Lesley Maynard – Breakfast / housekeeping / Dick Peters – Scoring / Dagny Boaz – Race Equipment / Pauline Chetelat – Breakfast / Pam Hancock – Sunday Lunch, with husband Jim Hancock / Kim Dickey, Justin Adams  FUNDRAISING / Janet Bilhartz, Susan Crittenden, Bob & Susan Maeyama & non-members Alexa Stevens, Jessica Johnston, Juliet Thomas DINNER HELPERS/ Skip Bilhartz, & non-members Mike Smith, James Hamilton, Mark Hoffmann, Ross Glorioso FISH FRYERS / Dan Crittenden, James Cooley, Lynn Harpold VIP BOATS Michele Ditmer, REGISTRATION /Lara Ruzevic T-Shirt Sales: Edna Brown, non-member Judy RuzyckiDave Meek, Tim Johnson  GENERAL HELPERS and a big thank you to Mark Blanchard for all that he did as well

        (And there are countless others that are not listed that volunteered at this regatta)

 If you did not participate, you missed out on a great opportunity to make a lot of friends working shoulder to shoulder. I have personally been involved for the last 7 years and see a lot of the same volunteer’s year after year and it’s time for those not participating to step up and share in this great effort.

See you next Year!


 

Regatta Report for 2017 Corinthian Heritage Cup Regatta

Regatta Report from the Shore

by Janell Hoffman

Hard to believe that 1 week ago Dallas Corinthian Yacht Club was beginning to set up for the arrival of J/24s, Catalina 22s, and assorted classes for our annual regatta. It was our 61st Heritage Cup and the 12th Annual J/24 Corinthian Cup, otherwise known as the Corinthian Heritage Cup Regatta 2017.

We had 35 boats registered in 6 classes.

But while everyone was preparing for the excitement on the water, many hands went in to make sure that the onshore preparations were adequate to entertain more than 200 people for the weekend. The tent was set up, port-o-potty in place, and truck full of ice, donated by Reddy Ice Pilot Point, was on site and ready. On Friday evening, Sloppy Jos were served to any and all who came hungry. Also, Peter Brigaitis prepared a feast for the J/24 personnel. That’s why the sailors like to come to DCYC. We go the extra distance!

Saturday and Sunday mornings, coffee and a continental breakfast was out and ready at 7am. Thanks to Jessica Hancock and Dick Peters for running registration all weekend. Thanks to Leslie Maynard, Nassif Kaldawi, April Harpold, Lara Ruzevic, and Pauline Chelat. Following breakfast, sailors were invited to pick up their lunches. Thanks to Subway in Aubrey for providing the sandwiches at a reduced cost.

John Pherson and Lindsey Pherson served as our official regatta photographers all weekend. You can find almost 900 of their images here (the password is 2017). Thank you, John and Lindsey!

After the races, the sailors came ashore, grabbed a cup and drew a beer from the tap. The beer for the weekend was donated by Denton’s own Audacity Brew House. Next came The ever popular Happy Hour, starring the DCYC Rumminator prepared by Phyllis Hankins and her team. The rum was donated by Don Q. The servers were able to raise about $300 in tips (to encourage them to open early which were donated to the Youth Program.

As Happy Hour was winding down, Charlie Hoffman led a team of expert fish fryers, organized by Ross Glorioso, to fry up about 100 lbs of Louisiana channel catfish. That was accompanied by potato salad, coleslaw, hush puppies and cobbler, all of which was donated to the regatta by Norma’s Café in Frisco. Of course, it was expertly served up by the Fox Hollow Farm Hands, including members Janet Bilhartz and Susan Crittenden.

During dinner, the DJ Manny geared up his equipment and played music during and after dinner. As the evening wound down, people were sailing and camping out. Steve Utz pulled out some Chinese lanterns and they floated out in the darkness over the water, while the music played on. A great end to a great day of racing.

Sunday morning, bad weather threatened and races were delayed, but the storm passed and the races went on. As the races ended, sailors began loading up their boats and heading in for some lunch. Pam and Jim Hancock grilled up some delicious burgers. They were so delicious that we had to pull out some extra ones to meet the demand.

After lunch, the awards were given and the winning raffle ticket for the Quest 13 Kayak, graciously donated by Mariner Sails, was announced. After selling over $1,800 in raffle tickets, the winner was  Graham Marshall, one of the J/24 racers.

By 5pm, the club was pretty much cleaned up, sailors were gone and the regatta was all but a memory, and a good one at that. We had good weather, good races and we are pretty sure that we will have a good amount to donate to our Youth Sailing Program when everything settles out.

We would be remiss to not mention Marie Nuchols and her amazing gift for promotion. From the minute she said yes to heading up the promotional piece of the regatta, she tirelessly worked to encourage the leadership team and members to take part in this important event.

And a special word of thanks to our Commodore, James Hankins, for having confidence in us and in his club. He was supportive at every turn. Because of his due diligence, we were able to collect many cash and in kind donations from members and businesses and even the docks.

We are so grateful to all who helped make this regatta a success. DCYC is a definitely a member-driven club.


2017 J/24 U.S. North American Championship

Five teams from DCYC will be competing in the 2017 J/24 U.S. North American Championship starting tomorrow. Skippers and their crews started arriving in Houston on Wednesday and Thursday. At least some of the teams ended today with a practice sail (image below).

Good luck to James Freedman and Team Miss Conduct, Christopher Holmes and Team Bad Moon, Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon and Team Siren, Tim Johnson and Team Gray Wolf, and Andrew Theisman and Team Youn’Guns.

Sail fast, y’all!

 

UPDATE: Miss Conduct had a great performance on the water! James and Team Miss Conduct even beat Will Welles in a race! Way to go, TEAM MISS CONDUCT!!!

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DCYC teams finishing their evening practice after rigging and the skippers’ meeting.

Photographer unknown.

UPDATE

Here’s Team Miss Conduct, Team Siren, and Team BadMoon on the water.



DCYC Spring Series Wrap-up

With last Saturday’s race, the 2017 Spring Series at DCYC has come to a successful close.

With the low winds forecast for the day, not everyone was optimistic about the race coming off. We even BRIEFLY discussed cancelling the race, but certain very wise individuals gave counsel to the effect of “if you cancel the race, the winds will come up”, and “if you cancel it, we will be mad”, and in one case, simply “no”, so we ran the race. Although the winds started out low and shifty, the breeze did fill in throughout the day, and as usual, we had a great time out there. With the low wind early on, it was a good opportunity for many of the sailors to catch up on their adult beverage intake.

And so, without further ado, the winners of the Spring Series are:

In the PHRF-A fleet, Matt Harden on “When in Rome”, faithfully crewed throughout the season by Peter Brigatis and Tim Kraft, handily nailed down first place. Dan Wolf on “Scoots” came in second, and David Patterson on “Adios” came in 3rd.

For the PHRF-B fleet, it was a runaway season for Dick Peters on “Yoda.” Dick, along with crew Elizabeth Hawes, Jessica Watts, Chris Osborn, and Stephanie Lightfoot, had what would be referred to in baseball as a “1.000 season.” It was bullets all the way. Jim Ryan with crew Dolores Ryan on Rokon took second place.

It must be mentioned that there were a few skippers and crew who didn’t race on Saturday because they were working. Dave Patterson was one of those skippers, and he was also celebrating his birthday with his family, including his granddaughter. Dagny said that he was supposed to have a work-free day since it was his birthday. I’m not sure what that looks like for Dave, as he was most certainly around the club doing things that looked A LOT like work to me. As usual, our deepest thanks to those of you who are always behind the scenes doing stuff, even when it is your birthday.  Want to read more about Saturday’s work party? I knew you did.

Jib Crane is Regatta Ready

Thanks to David Meek for supplying (and operating) the equipment to take down and then re-install the water side mast crane.

Thanks to Randall Massey for rebuilding the crane hardware and reworking the crane hardware on short notice.

And thanks to James Hankins, John Lusk, Jon Pomeroy, John Finks, Mark Blanchard, and David Patterson for the help on the ground.

Successful operation—ready for the Regatta!!!

James even went for a climb on the tower afterwards, to prove it was firmly attached (and to remove the temporary lifting straps).

 

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Image courtesy of John Lusk