Twelve enthusiastic pupils built their people and instructors proud as the Little Washington Sailing School kicked off its 2nd decade of regattas Saturday.
This year’s regatta was committed to Mac Hodges, Washington’s beloved mayor who died very last 12 months from complications of COVID-19.
“The ‘Bear’ Regatta” offered quite a few types of races, plenty of staff spirit, and a sensation amid organizers and parents alike that Hodges was looking at in excess of them.
“Mac is smiling… he’s searching down on this,” said Lou Hodges, the late mayor’s wife, who joined sailing faculty founders, staff and board customers for the celebration.
“That’s why we’ve experienced this great wind,” claimed sailing school president David Norwood, who explained to attendees that Mac Hodges “has generally been our most important supporter. We would not have this pier if it wasn’t for Mac.”
The regatta is the spotlight of many months of schooling. Up to 20 teenage college students “learn the fundamental principles of sailing which include knots, wind path, rigging and de-rigging their boats and a lot more, as very well as quite a few off-drinking water capabilities these as conclusion building, self consciousness, and team making,” said lead instructor Kelli Cooper, who also figured out how to sail at the school. “Then we select the leading 12 primarily based on talent and capacity, to tackle our innovative week and contend in the regattas,” she stated.
This year’s event ramped up when organizers experienced to add a few tiebreaker races for the reason that the younger sailors were competing so properly.
“It looks like the Olympics,” Lou Hodges claimed, as users of the race committee huddled to make a choice about which teams would get those people places.
“This is really exciting stuff for sailing,” stated Michael Jahn of Washington, whose son Rainor has been sailing “since he was in a car seat” and competed on Saturday.
Trophies went to the leading a few teams, primarily based on who created the fewest blunders even though sailing university staff members viewed from a number of vantage details on the river. Jenna Levine of Greenville took special honors, successful this year’s Kent Fulton accomplishment award for “her five yrs of continuous progress, several volunteer hrs served this summer season, and her potential to move her way up to be an teacher one day,” Cooper stated. Levine also put third in the race with team member Caleb Thrift of Washington. Liam Parisi and Dawson Rouse, both equally of Washington attained second-location honors. 1st place honors went to Patrick Thienpoint of Washington and Holly Anglemyer of Chocowinity.
“It was a fantastic ending,” Cooper said of the reality that Thienpoint and Anglemyer gained this year’s regatta in the 14-foot Vanguard 420 sailboat that, alongside with the regatta, was not long ago named for Hodges. “He usually viewed out for us. We will normally don’t forget him and have him with us.”