LAKEWOOD YOUTH RACERS COMPETE IN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Lakewood Yacht Club Seahorse racers Hannah and Howdy Hughes competed in the Laser 4.7 MacLaren World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the first week In April. This was their second world championship to compete in as they both qualified for last year’s championship held in San Francisco. They were among seven youth from the United States who qualified to compete in this year’s world championship. Other sailors were from Marblehead, Maine and St. Petersburg, Florida.
The Hughes siblings were coached by Todd Fedyszyn out of St. Petersburg and were accompanied on the trip by their parents, Howard and Jill Hughes of Seabrook, TX. Hannah is a Junior from Clear Falls High School while Howdy is a Freshman at the same school.
On the Rio del la Plata, which flows through Buenos Aires, twelve races were held over six days with light winds in the beginning increasing to 15-20 knots the last two days. Both Hannah and Howdy prefer the heavy breeze as it compares more closely to the winds of Galveston Bay where they usually race for Lakewood.
“There was also some river current which kept us on our toes,” related Hannah.
Hannah finished 25th out of the 46 girls, scoring a 7th in one race which was the highest individual race finish for the U.S. girls. Opening and Closing Ceremonies along with nightly dinners gave the racers a chance to mingle with competitors from all over the world. Upon returning to Seabrook, the Hughes siblings presented Lakewood Yacht Club Commodore A.J. Ross with a burgee (yacht club flag) of the Yacht Club de Argentina.