Outdoors notebook: Palm City resident honored for sailing national title

CONTRIBUTED PHOTOEric Lawrence is honored by Martin County School Board chairwoman Sue Hershey, Gloria Lawrence, Martin County athletic director Greg Hendricks, Martin County principal Alfred Fabrizio and Martin County Schools Superintendent Nancy Kline (Superintendent of Schools) for becoming the 2011 ISSA National Sailing Champion.

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Eric Lawrence is honored by Martin County School Board chairwoman Sue Hershey, Gloria Lawrence, Martin County athletic director Greg Hendricks, Martin County principal Alfred Fabrizio and Martin County Schools Superintendent Nancy Kline (Superintendent of Schools) for becoming the 2011 ISSA National Sailing Champion.


Eric Lawrence, a Palm City resident and a senior member of the Martin County High School sailing team, was recognized at Tuesday’s Martin County School Board meeting for winning the 2011 ISSA High School National Championship held in Chicago in October.

Lawrence will compete Jan. 22-28 at the Rolex Miami Olympic Class Regatta against Olympic class sailors from 55 countries worldwide.

STEPHENSON REGATTA

The weather was cold and windy, but 18 young sailors competed Sunday in Youth Sailing Foundation’s Bill Stephenson Memorial Regatta at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. This was the first time Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County hosted a regatta for the Treasure Coast Green Fleet sailors, beginner sailors between the ages of 6 and 15. Sailors from Stuart to Deland came to compete.

Bill Stephenson, the regatta’s namesake, was a dedicated volunteer and valuable asset in the instruction of young sailors with YSFIRC.

Five races were held on the waters of the Indian River Lagoon.

RESULTS

1. Tyler Baker of Deland; 2. Yaelle Olivier of Vero Beach; 3. Caroline Locke of Fort Pierce; 4. Logan Villar of Palm City; 5. Chandler Scott of Stuart.

Sailors receiving participation ribbons included: Benjamin Dessart, Johnathan Flowers, Jarrod Smith, Kristina Victor, Ivor Zimmerman and Matthew Acton all of Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County; Daniel Trunin and Kimberly Locke of Treasure Coast Youth Sailing Foundation in Fort Pierce; Noah Lorenzen of Ponce Inlet; Drew Laun of Port St. Lucie; Nick Willis of Vero Beach; Quinn Duckett and Gunther Swartz of Deland.

For more information on the Youth Sailing Foundation of Indian River County visit www.ysfirc.org.

MEDLIN TAKES BUDGET BASS

The Budget Bass Tour open fishing tournament on Jan. 8 was fished out of Lock 7 at Lake Okeechobee by 17 boats.

Okeechobee’s Jim Medlin took first place with five fish weighing 14.45 pounds. Second place went to D.J. Rexroad and Doyle Smith of Okeechobee with five fish weighing 13.55 pounds. Third place went to David McClymont and Steve Fairtrace of Palm City with five fish weighing 10.70 pounds. Two big fish both weighing 6.5 pounds were caught in the tournament, one by Josh Vest and Brian Godwin of Okeechobee and the other by David McClymont and Steve Fairtrace of Palm City.

The next Budget Bass Tour open bass tournament is Sunday, launching out of J S Fish Camp boat ramp on Lake Okeechobee’s Rim Canal. Launch at first light.

Weigh-in at 1 p.m. Entry is $30 per team.

For more information, visit www.BudgetBassTour.com or call 772-215-1764.

JUNIOR CASTERS

The Treasure Coast Casters Senior Division monthly tournament has been rescheduled to take place Sunday at Jaycee Park in Fort Pierce. On Jan. 7, the Treasure Coast Casters Juniors for anglers ages 5 to 11 fished at Harbour Pointe Park in Fort Pierce.

The small number of anglers were greeted with great weather and excellent fishing action with 40 fish caught and released in two hours. Fishing from shore, kids caught a shark, ladyfish, pigfish, trout, jacks, catfish, lizardfish and even an eel.

The next free tournament for the Treasure Coast Casters Juniors will be March 24 at Harbour Pointe Park in Fort Pierce. Anyone who would like to fish can call 772-201-5773 or e-mail cward11605@aol.com.

RESULTS

1. Kaitlyn Ward, 6, Fairlawn Elementary, Fort Pierce

2. Mackenzie Tessier, 9, Imagine School, Vero Beach

3. Jessica Eastland, 10, Weatherbee Elementary, Fort Pierce

The biggest fish trophy went to Mackenzie Tessier for her shark. Mackenzie also got a Mirrolure visor and a signed copy of Rodney Smith’s book, Catching Made Easy.


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