Surf City Yacht Club’s Adra Ivancich to Represent U.S. in Hong Kong

Sep 20, 2017
Courtesy of: Kara Ivancich Surf City Yacht Club sailor Adra Ivancich is one of two girls on the United States youth sailing team heading to Hong Kong for the Asian & Oceanic Optimist Championships on Sept. 30.

During the United States Optimist Dinghy Association Team Trials at Brant Beach Yacht Club this past May, Surf City Yacht Club’s Adra Ivancich obviously was comfortable sailing the water of Barnegat Bay. Still, as she attempted to qualify for the U.S. youth squad, she felt a bit uneasy.

“I love sailing in Barnegat Bay, but sometimes it’s actually harder to sail in a large regatta at home,” said the 13-year-old. “Because it’s my home waters, people have high expectations, and that adds a lot of pressure to the event. You don’t have that pressure when you’re not at home. But I did love showing my friends from around the country how great our sailing is here and how awesome LBI is.”

She also showed how awesome she is at commanding an Opti. She qualified as one of two girls for a seven-sailor U.S. team, coached by Joakim Karlsen, headed to Hong Kong for the Optimist Asian & Oceanic Championships from Sept. 30 through Oct. 7. The international regatta will feature 132 sailors from 16 nations.

Hosted by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, the sailors will race the inner waters of Stanley Bay just to the south of Chong Hom Kok on Hong Kong Island. The regatta is scheduled for 10 races, with a maximum of three races per day.

“I’ve never been to Hong Kong or Asia. I’m really excited to try the food, and I’ve heard it’s much busier than New York, where I grew up, and that’s something I’m also really excited to see,” Adra said. “I’m also excited to sail in the city. I’ve never sailed in a place that has so many tall buildings around the water. I know that will make the wind conditions very shifty, and I’m really interested in seeing how it affects the races.”

In addition to Ivancich, the U.S. team is made up of Kaitlyn Hamilton, Jackson McAliley, Ryan Kronrad, Colman Scholfield, Cort Snyder and Parker Tyson. The field will consist of sailors from Australia, Bermuda, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, New Zealand, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese Taipei and Turkey.

Adra previously represented the U.S. in Nieuwpoort, Belgium, for the Topsport Vlaaderen Regatta.

“I’m really proud to represent the United States and feel very lucky to get to do it a second time, especially at an IODA regatta,” she said. “It means a lot to be able to wear the colors of the United States when I sail and carry the U.S. flag in the opening ceremony. I really hope to sail well and make everyone proud.

“This is the first time I will be this far away at a competitive regatta with just my coach and teammates; neither of my parents will be there. I think I’m ready for the challenge that comes with this type of competition. I look forward to putting all my training to the test.

“This is not like any venue I’ve ever sailed in, but my training has prepared me to handle the conditions.”

— David Biggy

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