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.


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.



Lucija takes top honors at Chocopalooza!


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. 



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!!



Lucija Trains with National Team of Croatia

Word coming back from across the pond is that things are going extremely well for Lucija. She is training hard and getting a lot of time on the water in preparation for the Europa Cup. Check out where they are training!

Profound thanks to everyone who has helped Lucija pursue this dream! Your support means the world to Lucija and her family.

If you would like to help this young sailor, as well, just click here. And thanks!!

Lucija’s game face

We met with Lucija Ruzevic last night to capture some “game-face” pictures of her before she heads to Europe on Saturday. One of Lucija’s staunchest advocates, Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon, joined us, as well. I must say it was pretty cool photographing these two talented and hardworking sailors together.

If you want to support Lucija’s rising star, click here to add a few bucks to her GoFundMe page. And thanks!

Good luck, Lucija! Sail fast!


Photo courtesy of Marie S. Nuchols


Lucija Ruzevic and Tonja Sanchez Holmes-Moon.


Photo courtesy of Marie S. Nuchols

Lucija’s “By Invitation Only” Weekend with Sailing Legends

Lucija Ruzevic attended an invitation-only event at the Corinthian Sailing Club at White Rock this weekend. The seven kids who won their fleets in TSA had the opportunity to spend their weekend sailing and competing with sailing greats (Bill Draheim, Kelson Elam, Paul Foerster, Kelly Gough, Doug Kern, Rob Johnston, Scott Young) at the Bob Gough TSA Race of Champions. Watch for more details on this amazing weekend in the upcoming Hailer!

Lucija received another prestigious invitation recently.  The coach of the Croatian team has  invited Lucia to represent Croatia at the Europa Cup held in March 2017, in Koper, Slovenia, as part of their national team.

Lucija and the Ruzevic family have established a Go Fund Me page to help defray the costs of this trip.

If you want to pitch in to help send this rising sailing star to the Europa Cup, click here.

Any size donation will be deeply appreciated by the Ruzevics.

Lucija, we are so proud of you!! Congratulations!

Wurstfest: Lucija claims first place among girls and second place overall

According to her dad, Nino:

“Lucija got second overall, first girl in Wurstfest Laser 4.7 regatta at Canyon Lake. The conditions were really tough: rain, very light wind (3-5) swirling around 50-60 degrees.”

Right on, Lucija! Keep up the stellar on-the-water performances!!!  😀