What an amazing experience to host the 2015 Rocky Mountain Junior Olympic Sailing Festival from July 24-26 at Cherry Creek Reservoir. This was a true-blue grassroots effort showcasing the fun side of the sport. The focus of the event was to embrace fun, camaraderie, and friendship, which reminded me of my childhood as a young sailor. This year’s event was a great success, with 49 junior sailors competing from Texas, Montana,Utah and across Colorado.
The three day event began Friday with a clinic for competitors, the wind gods were on our side offering up steady breeze for three practice races. Sailors closed the day out with onshore festivities: Rock Climbing Wall (thanks to our friends Adaptive Adventures), an electric and scenic Glow Stick Sail during a classic Colorado sunset, and beach-side bonfire with S’mores.
Racing Saturday and Sunday was a lot of fun. It is is inspiring to see young sailors both novice and seasoned rub elbows and boats together on the starting line. Tight racing around the track for all fleets (Optimist, Tera, Radial and Club420) proved that there’s great racing to be had in Colorado.
The many competitors and families at Cherry Creek Reservoir for the 2015 Rocky Mountain Junior Olympics Sailing Festival made this the largest junior sailing regatta in Colorado history.