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Youth sailing in Redondo Beach added to International Surf Festival

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Juliet Hemstreet works her way upwind during the King Harbor Yacht Club International Surf Festival youth races last Wednesday. Photos by Kevin Cody

A youth sailing competition was held a week ago Wednesday, under the umbrella of the International Surf Festival for the first time in the history of the 57-year-old festival’s history. Over two dozen young sailors competed in single person Optimists dinghies and two-person FJs.

Optimists are single sailor, 7-foot-9 inch dinghes. FJs (Flying Juniors) are 14-feet, with two crew members.

The races were organized by King Harbor Yacht Club’s Dinghy Fleet Captain Jeff Hemstreet and Vice Commodore Kelly McMartin.

Races began in Basin 3, in front of Joe’s Crab shack and ran up wind to the main channel and back.

Top finishers in the FJ races were: 1. Scotty Hemstreet, owen Pepper, 2. Kenny Keilser, Michael Feinman, 3. Jobi Blachy Sr., John Blacy Jr., and 4 Miles Bartley, Forbes Smith.

Tying for first in the Optimist races were Juliet Hemstreet and Reese Lieser and Luca Berger. Other Optimist competitors were: Bennett Hong, Decklan Smith, Wesley Wang, Logan Elliott, Cole Thomas and Millie McCartney and Kylie Clark.

Youth Dinghy races are held Wednesday evenings throughout the summer. For more information visit the King Harbor Youth Foundation web site at khyf.org. ER

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