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Sailors Excel at Junior Olympics

August 13, 2014
Martin & Sparacio in action at the Junior Olympics

Martin & Sparacio in action at the Junior Olympics (Photo credit: Betsy Lawless)

Just over a week ago, Joshua Martin ’17 and Matt Sparacio ’18 took on some of the best sailors in America in the Junior Olympics, held at the Rochester Yacht Club. The regatta was invitation only and when Martin received a letter in the mail several months ago from US Sailing, he jumped at the opportunity. After the three-day regatta, held from August 1-3, the boys finished in 7th place out of 45 teams and finished first in one of their six races. Here is Joshua’s experience in his own words:

We sailed in the Club 420 class, a two-person boat that the school was kind enough to lend us. We raced only six races overall due to the small amount of wind on the first day, but thankfully the winds picked up on the second day and made the racing a lot more enjoyable.

We were sailing against sailors from all around the US, and coaches from George Washington University, Stanford University, and Eckerd College came to help coach the different fleets. Normally I am sailing a laser, a one-man boat that I could have sailed at this regatta, but for this event I really wanted to sail a 420 mainly because it’s a boat I’ve been sailing on for four years now, and I know I can race better on.

This regatta was really an amazing experience for me, I got coaching from amazing collegiate coaches who helped me advance in my skill, and I’m really excited to bring these new skills back to the high school sailing league!


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