White Bear Yacht Club hosted three high school clubs teams this spring, all of whom concluded their season with good showings in their state meet May 25-26 on Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun).
In the coed competition, consisting of 10 teams in six races, White Bear Lake’s team of Matt Dresen, Stella Townshend, Patrick Levins and Michael Hoffman placed second, behind champion Orono.
Mounds Park Academy’s Toby Sullivan, Jose Varela Castillo, Henry Seum, Stevie Olk, and Samantha Forgosh took third. Mahtomedi Cole Barre’, Kristen Geib, Luke Schmidt, Anika Liner, and Nick Lorentz placed fifth.
In the boys two-person competition, Mounds Park Academy placed first with Sullivan and Seum. White Bear Lake placed fifth with Dresen and Levins, and Mahtomedi sixth with Barre’ and Lorentz, among 15 teams. Representing Mahtomedi in the girls regatta were Anika Liner, Kristen Geib, and Olivia Shores.
Coached by two retirees, Karen Alness and Jay Rendall, the YBYC group had 24 members in the spring season. There’s also a fall session that had about 30 members. It was about 50-50 between boys and girls, Alness said.
Alness and Rendall issued this press release about the 2019 teams:
"The sailors worked hard during the spring season despite practices in snow, cold, high wind, and no wind. They then performed well at the state championship regattas in difficult shifty and light wind conditions."
The coaches were pleased that MPA captain Sullivan won the boys championship in the last regatta of sailing in his senior year. And they noted that White Bear Lake, led by its captain, Dresen, pulled together a strong team this spring and finished second in the state — after not having enough sailors to sail as a team last fall.
The spring season also included regattas on White Bear Lake, Lake Minnetonka, and Wayzata. Hudson (WI) usually has a meet, too, but this year’s was canceled due to high water.
The high school club team is independent of WBYC’s summer season, which includes a sailing school, directed by Kate Cox, along with a youth regatta June 14 and large regatta with about 120 boats, for kids age 6-14, July 29-30.