Wolfhounds Live Out the Physical Life On the World Stage
Saint Patrick Catholic School students and Hampton Yacht Club Opti team members Amelon R. (8th) and James A. (7th) recently spent a week in Mar del Plata, Argentina to train and compete in the Semana Internacional del Yachting Mar del Plata Regatta. Strong ocean winds and a beautiful setting made for great sailing conditions and an exciting race!
Amelon and James have both spent a lot of time honing their skills and have become excellent sailors through intense coaching and training. James came in first place at the United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) National Championship this past July and later raced in Berlin, Germany in the fall, while Amelon recently competed in Bangkok, Thailand as part of the U.S. delegation to the 2021 International Optimist Dinghy Association (IODA) Asian & Oceanian Championship.
In this most recent international competition, James held the lead at times and eventually came in ninth place, while Amelon sailed her way to fifth overall. Congratulations to these two young Wolfhounds for accepting such a challenge on the world stage and finishing in the Top Ten!
Amelon was asked what she loves about sailing and competing in international races and she said that she has “learned so much about the big waves, culture, and met so many people.” James addedthat he “loves sailing because I have made friends all over the world. It is fun to sail in international events because you get to experience different cultures and sail in challenging conditions.”
Through their passion for sailing, both Amelon and James are fully living out the Physical Life and have shown our entire Saint Patrick community the success one can find through hard work and perseverance. Go Wolfhounds!