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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:06:10AM

Regatta tests young sailors

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By Pete Welch

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I like any activity that builds confidence, work ethic and problem-solving skills. Youth sailing is definitely one of those activities. Regattas reinforce those skills. In a regatta, the sailor’s skill level is rated by instructors as they compete against other skilled peers. The Bayfront Center YMCA kicked off its inaugural Youth Regatta on Saturday on Charlotte Harbor.

Charlotte Harbor has complex wind and currents that challenge visiting professional sailors. The Harbor illustrated that perfectly for the young sailors Saturday. The race began with perfect wind and minimal current, ending the day in light wind that allowed the increasing tidal current to dictate sail shape and course selection.

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