A full and exciting 2019 at the Coronado Yacht Club Junior Program was highlighted recently at the San Diego Association Yacht Club (SDAYC) Junior Board Installation dinner in January.
At the dinner, Coronado Yacht Club (CYC) Junior Preston Miller was presented the SDAYC Conner Series Perpetual in the Naples Sabot Class and Tommy Rudowicz, with Miller, received the Reynolds Perpetual in the C420 Class.
Max Olson placed second in the O’pen Skiff Series which is a new and exciting class that hasn’t named its Perpetual yet. These series combine overall results at three events hosted by San Diego area clubs.
Miller topped 16 “A-fleeters” in the series named for Dennis Conner, one of the worlds most famous sailors and known for his “Comeback” victory at Perth, Australia in the 1987 America’s Cup. Rudowicz and Miller together topped 8 other San Diego teams in the doublehanded C420 Class and earned the trophy honoring Mark Reynolds, four-time USA Olympian and Gold Medalist in 1992 (Barcelona) and 2000 (London).
In addition to these prestigious accomplishments, it was exciting year for many former products of the CYC Sabot Squad. Willem Van Waay was nominated for the Rolex United States Yachtsman of the Year Award, the first Coronado sailor to receive this recognition. Van Waay was nominated by CYC Jr. River Paquin who presented to the Rolex Committee a resume that recognized first place finishes in eight major championships and included the J24 World Championship.
CYC Jr. Paris Henken had an amazing performance at the 49FX World Championship sailed on Auckland Harbor in New Zealand where she took the lead in the two-leg United States Olympic Trials for the 2020 Olympic Games (Tokyo). The second and final event for the selection will be the 2020 World Championship in Australia at the end of February. Paris Henken’s brother Hans Henken spent much of year campaigning for the Olympics all while training and racing with the United States SailGP F50 Catamaran that can reach 60MPH and has a million dollar winner take all format.
Two-time America’s Cup sailor Cooper Dressler was named to the New York Yacht Club team for the 2021 America’s Cup that will be sailed in Auckland against Britain, Italy and the Holders of the Cup, Team New Zealand.
Many Coronado sailors occupied College Sailing teams across the country, with many qualifying for the College Nationals hosted by Brown University at the Newport Sailing Center in Rhode Island. Those teams that we also expect to see at the 2020 Nationals at Tulane University are College of Charleston, USC, George Washington University, UCSB, MIT, Harvard, Yale, and Tufts. In addition to all of that, 2019 marked the year when multiple former CYC Jr sailors competed in the Transpacific Yacht Race from Los Angeles to Honolulu. That race took at least nine days for all and included Chuck Eaton, Morgan Bower, Ian Bower, Pike Harris, Mark Surber and Charlie Furey, most of whom were inspired by the late Fred Kirschner. Kirschner campaigned his 70-foot sailboat in many “Transpacs” and long distance races into Mexico.
All recognized are products of the Spring, Summer and Fall sailing programs at CYC that have seen hundreds of Coronado kids participate over the last 30 years and focus on having fun on the water while developing skills and lifelong friendships. Go to http://www.coronadoyc.org/jrsailing to see class schedule for spring.