USODA Team Trials 2017
Brant Beach Yacht Club, Long Beach Island, New Jersey.
By Jacob Zils
Windy, Cold, Challenging and Fun are the four best words to describe this USODA Team Trials! My name is Jacob Zils and I was recently at the 2017 Team Trials. This regatta was a four day event but for me lasted nine days. I arrived, with my mom, late on Friday night in New Jersey. My team and I, practiced on Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Our team took a lay day on Wednesday to clean our boats.
When the first day of the regatta came around on Thursday, May 11, I was super excited for my first Team Trials and didn’t have any high hopes placing wise. At the end of the day I finished in 85th out of 223! The 2nd day I dropped down a bit to 98th and by the day 4, Sunday, I finished 100th exactly. We are still hoping and waiting to see if I get invited to an international team, as there is one team left to seed and only a few people in line ahead of me. I had so much fun at this regatta and can't wait for my next team trials. I enjoyed representing MYC at this event and am glad my fellow MYC Opti sailor, Jack Schuster was there as well. See you on Lake Minnetonka soon!