Lauderdale Yacht Club’s Sitzmann Snags Optimist Atlantic Coast Championship Title

Sep 26, 2018
Courtesy of: Lisa Gale McLaughlin Heading back into the Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club.

Nearly 150 sailors converged on Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club as summer ended and fall began this past weekend, vying to be the best in the region during the U.S. Optimist Dinghy Association Atlantic Coast Championship.

The race for the top spot was a tight one, won by Tommy Sitzmann of Lauderdale Yacht Club with seven points. Sitzmann ended up a point ahead of Sarasota Youth Sailing’s Thommie Grit for the title, as Edgartown Yacht Club’s Samara Walshe finished third overall with 14 points.

In the first race, Sitzmann took the first position while Grit grabbed third behind Noroton Yacht Club’s Cole Nightingale. Grit won the second and fourth races, while Sitzmann snagged first in the third and sixth races. The third-place finish for Grit in the first race turned out to be the difference.

American Yacht Club’s Clark Morris finished fourth overall with 17 points, followed by Lauderdale’s Audrey Foley in fifth with 25 points, Larchmont Yacht Club’s Margaux Crowles in sixth with 30 points, and Seawanhaka Yacht Club’s Zak Klusky in seventh with 33 points. Rounding out the top 10 were Dylan Balunas, Sebastian Spinelli-Sax and Gil Hackel.

The highest-placing local sailor was Bella Creme of LEHYC, who finished 24th overall with 68 points, while LEHYC’s Sean Bodnar was right behind her in 25th with 69 points. Drew D’Orsi, also of LEHYC, placed 28th with 71 points.  —D.B.


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