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Published on April 14th, 2016 |

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Buckhead girl, 13, sails small craft on course to big national team trials

Buckhead student 13-year-old Lucy Spearman and her family logged more than 13,000 miles in 2013 to compete in 15 sailing regattas in seven states and to attend team practices in North Carolina. That commitment to sailing has paid off this spring.

The Atlanta Classical Academy seventh grader is only the third member from the Atlanta Yacht Club to qualify for United States Optimist Dinghy Association (USODA) Team Trials, which will be held this year on April 19-22  at the San Francisco Yacht Club in Belvedere, California.

Lucy Spearman races Optimist sailboats (“Opti” for short), a small, fiberglass dinghy for solo sailing. At the 2016 Valentines Day Regatta, held February 6 – 7 in St. Petersburg, Florida, Lucy finished in the top 25 percent of the 238 boats that raced in the two-day event.

That finish earned her an invitation to the 2016 USODA Team Trials. Top finishing sailors at the California event can qualify for Optimist International Championships and also for the U.S. National Team.

Lucy and her twin sister Ellie, who also races Optimist sailboats, began sailing on Lake Allatoona when they were six years old through a class offered by the Atlanta Yacht Club, which was founded in 1950 and is located on the lake in Acworth, north of Atlanta.

In addition to being a member of the Atlanta Yacht Club in Acworth, Lucy also is a member of the LIMA sailing team, based on Long Island, N.Y., and Wrightsville Beach, N.C. She competes in away regattas, in local sailing races and reportedly enjoys riding her unicycle when she is not on the water.

Lucy and Ellie are the daughters of Tish Spearman and the granddaughters of Richard and Tish Jennings, all of whom live in Buckhead.  The two girls are fourth generation members of the Atlanta Yacht Club, which offers sailing lessons to children, teens and adults during the summer on Lake Allatoona.

For more information about sailing lessons and opportunities, click here.

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