Sailor, sailor, home from the sea

Young Islander Landon Cormie impresses in Spain

Landon Cormie in Palomos, Spain, at the first day of practice on Sunday Feb. 11. — Courtesy Bernadette Cormie

Fourteen-year-old sailor Landon Cormie of Vineyard Haven put up big numbers early at the 29th International Palamos Optimist Trophy regatta in Spain in February. Competing against 551 of the world’s best teen sailors, Cormie had sixth- and 23rd-place finishes before wind and weather dealt him a black flag penalty in the third race of the weather-shortened regatta competition, dropping him out of the top 10 percent of sailors.

Still, his performance impressed his coaches and satisfied the Island sailor, his mother, Bernadette Cormie said this week. “Yes, he’s back home now, but preparing to go to Jenson Beach, Florida for a race this weekend in preparation for the U.S. National team trials in April,” Ms. Cormie told the Times.

The U.S. Team trials in Key Biscayne in April will produce a limited number of qualifiers for the U.S. International teams, for the Worlds, Europeans, and the Asians later this year.

Landon finished in the top 10 percent of the field in his first US Team International regatta “Fraglia Velo Riva” in Lake Garda, Italy last year, and with other regatta performances qualified for a spot on the International Spain Team, as well as a spot on the 38-member U.S. Development Team.