2020 X-Boat Season
TRAP - Results
V-61 Charlie Allen and Will Utz - Senior Champs
X-35 Charlie Bruss and Blake Bence - Junior Fleet Champs
During these uncertain times it was great to be able to start the 2020 X boat regatta season with the traditional TRAP event (Training Regatta At Pine).
The regatta was limited this year to the first 35 to register. This was aimed to limit large social gatherings, but still provide a safe environment for the kids to train and race. They also went back in history this year to hire one of the sons of the founders of the event, August Barkow to be this years head coach.
Most competitors were based out of the regatta headquarters, but several others made other arrangements to be hosted at member’s houses to further encourage social distancing. This was an event that families chose to attend deciding on their own if they felt safe and could enjoy the regatta.
Head Coach Barkow put his best foot forward, doing an outstanding job teaching the youth sailors. He has a way of making sailing simple to the kids so they can fully understand. He held a chalk talk at the beginning of each day to dissect the race course and what the kids needed to be thinking about as they approached certain situations. He also empowered the coaches from local sailing schools to get into the race course and really help out the kids. Augie was just below the windward mark the first few races to coach the kids to be thinking about their next move before they arrived at the off set mark. He also worked with them on when to jibe at the mark or when to continue on their course. He had all the coaches assigned to boats and they were individually working with each different boat to help the kids. He also was out in the middle of the course and at the rear to personally coach kids. His message was simple, this is a training regatta and throw out the standings because if you feel you were getting better at any phase of sailing then you were understanding the meaning of this event. But please understand that all kids were being coached whether they were at the front or at the back. This was truly the best training regatta I have personally seen over the last 8 years.
It was also great to see so many smiles on the kids faces as they were out sailing in 10 races (yes 10!) in two days. They were short races on purpose to get the kids many starts and upwind and downwind legs as this was ultimately two days of full on training. Mark Prange and his crew were fantastic as you cannot get ten races without them running quality races.
Your home lake sailing schools can be excited as head coach Barkow also worked with the young instructors to help teach them what and how to teach their kids on your home lakes. It was sad that during these uncertain times not everyone was able to attend but for those who did this will make all of you a better sailor whether it’s on your home lake or at regattas we might be able to have this year.
The sailing action was fast and furious as many different sailors won races and several won many races. When you have ten races it was bound to happen. V213 Fritz Simon & Megan Isabell led the way with 4 race wins, followed by V61 Charlie Allen & Will Utz winning 2 races, the rest of the race wins were divided out by four others, V10 Cole Schweda & Anna Lieber, X40 Kit Harned & Austin Steiner, A13 Charlie Eckert & Carson Boemer, NO5 Cole Thompson & Alexandra Sidem. These were some exciting races but you had to be consistent to win an event like this.
V61 Allen & Utz were exactly that as they threw out a 19th but the rest of the races were in the top 6. Even Charlie and Will were in training mode as they wanted to get better and finished with 26 points. Another truly consistent sailor was the J1 Jacob Bowman & Lizzie Lynn who were in the top 11 every race with the 11th being their throw out race as they sailed great to finish 2nd overall. The J1 had 48 points overall. V213 Simon & Isabell had all those race wins but this was a tough fleet to stay consistent and finished an impressive 3rd overall with 52 points. Last year’s champion, V10 Schweda & Lieber were very consistent too as their throw out race was a 12th, finishing 4th overall with 56 points. In 5th was X31 Henry Ackley & Grayson Bruss who started the regatta off with four 3rd place finishes and finished with 68 points. In 6th overall with 70 points was A13 the Eckert & Boemer team. Now these were all seniors as the senior fleet was well represented in the front.
In 7th place overall was this year’s Junior Fleet winners, X35 Charlie Bruss & Blake Bence who had three 4th place finishes and two 5ths on their score card as they sailed very well to take the title. They finished with 73 points. X40 Harned & A.Steiner had 79 points to finish 8th and
M3 Connor Jewett & Owen Ostbye had a great second day as they really showed improvement to finish 9th with 118 points. Rounding out our top ten was A15 Justin Heimsch & Jakob Eckert who had an excellent second day with their last three races scoring a 10th, 6th and 3rd.
It was great to see all the training given to the competitors as they showed great improvement over the two days, which is exactly what Leslie & Dick Barkow’s dream for this regatta. Congratulations to all as we wish you the best the rest of this X boat season.
Irwin R. Fletcher