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Bowers Ends Olympic Sailing Campaign

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  • 2/15/2018 2:08:00 PM

Bowers Ends Olympic Sailing Campaign
By Erik Bowers

After much thought and analysis, I’ve decided to end my Tokyo 2020 Olympic Campaign. Neither the Lauderdale Regatta nor Sailing World Cup Miami brought out my desired racing results as anticipated. I’ve been weighing this decision for the last few months. In the past year, my racing performance has ceased to justify the costs and sacrifices necessary to continue. I haven’t enjoyed the racing much during the last year either. When I take a realistic look at the international laser fleet, I don’t believe I can close the gap on the top 10 competitors in the world in time.
I always enjoyed the preparation whether in the gym or on the water. This meant putting in the lifting reps and quality time on the rowing machine. I refined physical conditioning, nutrition, sailing technique, and boat tuning. I studied weather, wind, waves, and tides for years. I analyzed GPS race tracking data from past regattas. I learned how to describe sensations, observations, and intentions with my own coaches and with others whom I’ve coached. Bottom line, I learned how to break big goals down into smaller actionable pieces along with making instant decisions with minimal information.
Nonetheless, I’m extremely proud of what I accomplished along this 6-year journey. I was a National Champion, a member of the US Sailing Team, the 2016 US Olympic Sailing Team Alternate, and proudly represented my country at five World Championships.
The privilege of pursuing a childhood dream took me all over the world. I raced in Canada, Mexico, Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Croatia, Japan, and Oman, experiencing the unique atmosphere and sailing culture in each country. During my 2016 Campaign, I sailed 100 days in Rio de Janeiro on 10 separate trips. Sugarloaf Mountain and Christ the Redeemer were always awe-inspiring sights. The final preparations just two weeks before the Rio Olympics with the US Sailing Team were super thrilling!
I met, raced against, and was coached by some very talented people. I’ll forever be grateful for the coaching and wisdom received from Mark Littlejohn, Maru Urban, and Chris Dold. I trained with 5-time Olympic medalist Robert Scheidt on his home water in Rio. Long Beach became a second home for me; the Snow, Sangmeister, and Atkins families were such gracious hosts. It will be impossible to replace the morning coffee and banter with a group of delightful senior advisors at Aroma di Roma. I’ve received much love and support along the way from my family, friends, and followers who stuck with me in both good and challenging times. I would not have made it very far without all of you.
I also want to thank the staff at US Sailing for facilitating travel, hotels, containers, coaches, coach boats, and a million and a half other things so that I could put my focus squarely on training and competing. Thank you!

As of now, I am excited and ready to begin looking for employment opportunities that match my skills, expertise, and college degree from The College of Charleston (B.S. Biology/Spanish Minor). Any help or thoughts provided would be greatly appreciated in my vocational pursuits. In closing, no matter what age you are or what stage of life you’re in it’s never too early or too late to reach for your dream.


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2018 MYC Membership and Boat Registration

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  • 1/30/2018 2:27:00 PM

2018 is shaping up to be a great year at MYC! Weekly club races, scheduled regattas, Wednesday Grill & Chills, Band Nights and parties are all part of our very busy sailing and social schedule this year.

Here are the 2018 MYC membership form and the boat registration form.  I hope to see you on the water and on Lighthouse Island!

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MYC will Host Inlands

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  • 1/24/2018 1:40:00 PM

The Minnetonka Yacht Club plays host to the 2018 Inland Championships this August 12-19, 2018.  This year, the race format will include a full week of competitive sailing, which will provide increased flexibility with the opportunity for great sailing all week long. 

The race schedule will be:

• A Scows will race Sunday 4pm August 12 - Wednesday 1pm August 15.
• MC Scows (at Upper Minnetonka Yacht Club) will race Sunday 4pm August 12 – Wednesday 1pm August 15.
• E Scows will race Thursday August 16 - Sunday August 18.
• C Scows will race Thursday August 16 - Sunday August 19.

The social schedule will be:

• A Scow Fleet Party Monday
• MC Scow Fleet Party Monday
• A & MC Scow Regatta Finale Tuesday on LHI
• E & C Scow Fleet party Thursday on LHI
• E & C Scow Regatta party Saturday on LHI

We expect to post the NOR and open registration in the spring.

MYC expects more than 600 sailors and their families to participate in this exciting event. To show off MYC and our beautiful island yacht club, this event will require many volunteers to make it a complete success. In the coming months, we will be calling on you to lend your talents during this important week for the club.

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Advertise with MYC!

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  • 1/16/2018 10:30:00 AM

Are you looking for a new advertising opportunity?  Then advertise with MYC!  We are currently taking ads for the 2018 annual program and for this often visited website.  Check out the ad form:

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Highlights from the Banquet

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  • 10/2/2017 9:48:00 AM

Thank you to everyone that came out to help celebrate 2017!   It was a fabulous and festive night.
Many special awards were given out Saturday night. Please congratulate the amazing team of David and Carol Gross on winning the Lifetime Achievement trophy; The ever hard worker Sarah Jewett on earning the Carol Gross Trophy; Scott Smith received the Commodore's Right Hand for all of his efforts on the extended pontoon service; Skip Jewett on receiving the Commodore's Left Hand for all of his invaluable help; Jason Ostbye, a truly dedicated volunteer and co-chair of Bug Island, on getting the David Cochran Trophy; Danielle Lindeman on winning the John W Hunt Trophy for chairing a truly successful A National regatta; Katie Hanley on being our top youth sailor and receiving the Mike Plant Memorial; and Chrisy Hughes on earning the Robinson Trophy for all of her energy spent promoting youth sailing and getting the youth onto adult boats.  Congratulations on their well-deserved accomplishments!

A great big thank you to Terry Jewett for being a wonderful Commodore for the last two years!  Terry was MYC’s second female commodore.  She was incredibly hard working and always willing to help.

Congratulations to Pat Hughes, our new MYC Commodore!

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Ekholm named Academic All American

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  • 8/22/2017 12:52:00 PM

A huge congratulations to MYC's very own Anders Ekholm on being named an Academic All American!  The ICSA recognizes collegiate sailors who have achieved excellence in national and inter-conference competition as well as excelling at the highest academic level for the 2016-17 academic year.  The criteria for the honorees are that he or she must be a Junior or Senior, have at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale, and be a starter or key reserve in at least seven university sponsored regattas.  Way to go, Anders!

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Park Avenue Road Work

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  • 6/28/2017 2:41:00 PM

The City of Deephaven will be doing mill and overlay work on Park Avenue.  The work is scheduled to begin sometime after July 4th and will take about three weeks.  For the most part, the road will remain open.  The Park Avenue parking lot, down near the MYC dock, will remain open as they are not going to be redoing the lot at this time.  However, there will not be any off street parking along Park Avenue during this project; instead you can park in designated areas along Azure Avenue or Lake Street. You might want to plan a little extra time when heading out to race.

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USODA Team Trials 2017

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  • 5/31/2017 9:34:00 AM

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!


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New Off Hours Pontoon Service!

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  • 4/25/2017 11:32:00 AM

MYC members and their guests can enjoy Light House Island or Bug Island any weekday evening, and all day until sunset on weekends!  This year, MYC members can enjoy the beautiful MYC facilities even when they are not sailing! There will be pontoon service between Park Ave, Carson’s Bay, Light House Island, and Bug Island, running Monday through Friday from 5:00 pm to 30 minutes after sunset, and all day on weekends from morning racing to 30 minutes after sunset. The service will start Memorial Day and end on Labor Day. All other shuttle services will continue to run as in the past.

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RC Staff Wanted

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  • 3/27/2017 1:21:00 PM

The Minnetonka Yacht Club is looking for help in running sailing races this summer. If you already have sailing or boating experience, that's awesome, but we can use your help even if your experience is zero! Training is a big part of the program. We are offering part-time paid positions all summer. The club runs weekday races on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, with staff needed typically between about 4:30pm and 8:30pm. On weekends, we run races on Saturdays from 9:00am to 1:30pm, and morning races on Sundays from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The season runs from mid-May till mid-September, but even if you are just hoping for a fun summer job, and even if you only have a day or two available each week, we still can use your help! Likewise... if you are flexible, we may be able to schedule you as many as 4 or 5 days a week.  Please contact Minnetonka Yacht Club Race Manager Blake Middleton at

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