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Junior sailors to compete in Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta

By Staff | Aug 20, 2015

The event, the largest junior sailing regatta ever to be held in Maui waters, reflects the growth of junior sailing in Hawaii.

LAHAINA – The third annual Keith Dinsmoor Trophy Regatta will be held in the waters off Mala Wharf over the weekend of Aug. 22 and 23. Over 36 boats and more than 40 sailors will be competing in Open Bic (single-man, single-sail) and RS Feva XL (two-man, triple-sail) boats.

Sailors range in age between eight and 17 years old and are comprised of members of the Lahaina Yacht Club Junior Sailing Team from Maui and the Hawaii Kai Boat Club Junior Sailing Team from Oahu.

Six races will be held each day with three separate classes: Bic under 13 years old, Bic 13-15 years old, and RS Feva. The fleets will be started separately to spread the boats out on the course, and the racing is expected to be close in these one-design sailboats. Both teams have been training and making improvements on their technical abilities and boat handling skills.

Junior sailing is growing by leaps and bounds on Maui, the boats are exciting to sail and there are motivated sailors and coaches. Although the competition will be heated at the top of the fleet, the emphasis is on sportsmanship, good clean fun and instilling the joy of sailing in a new generation of children here in the islands. The kids are developing skills that will last for their entire lifetimes.

The event is being hosted by Lahaina Yacht Club with support from Matson, West Coast Sailing, RS Sailing, Open BIC, 2015 Trilogy, Bluesmiths, Neil Pryde Sailing, Pioneer Inn, Sheraton Maui, CJ’s Catering, Starbucks, HFM Foodservice, VIP Foodservice, Tropic Water, Maui Soda & Ice Works, and the tireless volunteers and coaching staff of the LYC Junior Sailing Program. At the end of the day, it is about the kids having fun!