NB sailor finding success with pair sailing

Kate Cox, of White Bear Lake, and Connor Lee, of North Branch, recently won two sailing competitions.

Kate Cox, of White Bear Lake, and Connor Lee, of North Branch, recently won two sailing competitions.

Kate Cox, 15, and Conner Lee, 14, traveled to Lake Geneva Sailing School in Wisconsin July 7-9 and raced X Boats (16-foot 2-person youth racing boats) against 50 other boats from all over the Midwest. Cox is an incoming sophomore at White Bear High school and Lee attends North Branch Area High School.

The Geneva Lake Sailing school is a 35-year-old event for youth sailors ages 10-16. Cox and Lee participated last year and placed 4th. This year they accomplished their goal winning the event. Cox and Lee won three out of four races and placed 5th in another totaling a score of 8. The next closet competitor had 14 points. The conditions for sailing were challenging with winds as high as 20 mph.

Cox and Lee sailed very well despite the conditions.

Cox and Lee sailed very well despite the conditions.

Cox and Lee’s next event for their X Boat was the Inland Lake Yachting Association X Boat Championships. This year the event was held in Oshkosh Wis. on Lake Winnebago. Cox and Lee sailed very well at the event, again in tough sailing conditions, with huge waves, high winds and very cold temperatures the last day. There were 80 boats competing between the junior and senior division; Cox and Lee placed 2nd overall, missing 1st by three points. This regatta is over 100 years old and is sailed by the best youth sailors in the Midwest. Many previous winners and competitors have gone on to sail in college, the Olympics and all over the world. Cox also received an award for top female skipper.

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