The WaterFront Center Race Team Sets Sail on Another Season of Success
By Brent Bomkamp
On June 25th The WaterFront Center Race Teams, consisting of the Opti, 420, and Big Boat racing programs, reconvened at our facility for another summer of fun and racing. With many returning sailors on each team, WFC coaches looked to build on the progress of last year. Just four days later, the Big Boat Race Team challenged at the YRALIS Sears Cup Qualifier, competing in Sonars against teams from American and Riverside Yacht Clubs. WFC boats claimed the top two places, with skipper Richard Kertatos and crew Jack Farrell and William Centeno overcoming a poor first race to win the regatta, and Ryan O’Connor, Jonah Shochat, and Cormac Murphy a close second.
With their victory, Richard, Jack, and William secured a berth at the US Sailing Chubb Junior Championships at North Cove Yacht Club in LaSalle, Michigan from August 6th – 10th. This event is the pinnacle of junior sailing in the US, with the best competition from all parts of the country present. Their attendance at this event marks a new level of success for The WaterFront Center, and we wish them the best of luck!
From July 17th – 19th, the 420 Race Team and Coach Peter Sterflinger traveled to Larchmont Yacht Club to compete at Larchmont Junior Race Week. A contingent of nine sailors represented The WaterFront Center, with Richard Kertatos being the first Laser Radial competitor in the WFC’s history. His 13th-place finish was an impressive outcome in a 91-boat division. On the 420 course, Jack Farrell and William Centeno secured 7th overall, ending their event with a brilliant victory over the fleet. Elliott Trester and Rebecca Keller sailed well, earning 15th, while the pairs of Ryan O’Connor and Jonah Shochat and Jack Viscuso and Emma Glenn scored 19th and 31st overall respectively.
At the halfway point of the summer, the WFC teams can look back on a great start to the 2018 season. As August approaches, sailors will be representing the WFC at various Opti, 420, and Big Boat events around the sound, with more success sure to come.