Truckee woman competes in Olympic sailing trials
San Francisco Bay -Tahoe Donner resident Buff Wendt participated in the US Olympic Sailing Trials at San Francisco in late April and placed 15th out of 24 women. Wendt competed for 6 days in the National Women’s Singlehanded Boat competition.
Hosted by the San Francisco Yacht Club, the competition was divided into eleven events. Only the top finisher in each category will leave for Sydney, Australia to compete in the Olympics.
“I can’t say [15th out of 24] is much of an accomplishment,” joked Wendt, co-owner of of FNW Engineers in Truckee. “To really compete in sailing… you need more time.”
Although Wendt has been sailing since she was 10, and has competed at the National level for years, her approach to training is much more relaxed now.
Balancing a career with competitive sports training has been hard, she says, and now that she does a number of sports in the Tahoe area dedicating a lot of time for competitive sailing has been less a priority than sailing for fun.
“I do all sorts of sports but sailing is still number one,” said Wendt.
On Monday nights Wendt attends the local sailing race league called the Lake Tahoe Laser Fleet.
“The races are completely sociable,” assured Wendt, “but there is a ridiculous amount of talent out there.”
Hosted by the Tahoe Yacht Club, the Laser series is a local training and race league that meets at 6 p.m.
During the height of the race season, Wendt said they have as many as twenty competitors.
There is also a B league when there are enough sailors, and a ride along volunteer program that allows beginners to check out the race before competing.
“You wouldn’t think of the Tahoe City/Truckee area as a sailing Mecca,” continued Wendt, “but there are a lot of people behind the scenes here.”
For more information on the Monday Night Laser Race Series contact the Tahoe Yacht Club at 530-581-4700.
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