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Zach Lyman

Zach Lyman won his first race ever, and it happened to be at the Texas State Championships 2002 at Lake Whitney.

Local Abilene windsurfer Zach Lyman surprised the fleet in the Fun Fleet division of the Texas State Championship. In a large division of adults, many with prior experience at the Texas Championship, Zach won a first and second place trophy for his performances, and a great deal of comments from experienced adult sailors who wondered how such a young windsurfer could sail so fast. This remarkable achievement happened in Zach's first ever entry in an official windsurfing race, and it happened on the weekend of his fourteenth birthday, April 27th, and 28th.

Weighing only 106 pounds and being the youngest and smallest of the racers, his sailing drew many compliments and several questions about where his next competition might be, including encouragement to enter the United States Open.

Zach started windsurfing only two years ago and had only practiced impromptu races with his coach, local windsurfer Charles Ivey, until this event. The local conditions at Lake Fort Phantom, an excellent venue for windsurfing, allowed Zach to be prepared for the high wind races and also the shifty winds of the long distance race on the second day of competition, where he finished first. For one Abilenian, his fourteenth birthday will never be forgotten.

Zach was on a Starboard Formula 155 with Sailworks sails.

Compiled by:
Charles Ivey

Zach Lyman
14 years old Zach Lyman won his first race.

Lukas Grodzicki
Disqualified because he was too young.

Oliver-Tom Schliemann
The 10 year old "Naish of Rosas"

Evan Netsch,
The young Freestyle Champion.

Michal Polanowski,
the new Youth Formula World Champion.

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