Sailors Show Grit in District Championship

The sailors during practice in Port Jeff Harbor earlier this season (Photo credit: Bruce Jeffrey)
The sailors during practice in Port Jeff Harbor earlier this season (PC: Bruce Jeffrey)

This past weekend, while many of us were relaxing over long weekend, members of the sail team traveled to Maryland to compete in the MASSA District Fall Fleet Championship. Coach John Everitt ’00 was with the team every step of the way. Here is his account of the weekend:

After 650 miles, bridges, tolls, and tunnels, the varsity sail team returns from enduring and enjoying two days of high winds and tough competition at the MASSA District Fall fleet championship. An excellent venue for both competitors and spectators, Sail Center Chesapeake is located on the back side of Tall Timber Marina in Southern Maryland, a beautifully wooded site on one of the Chesapeake’s back bays.

It blew stink (strong winds) for two days. The regatta was also sailed in a fleet of FJs (Flying Juniors) which were new to the SBS sailors and required an adjustment period on their part. The team got a major workout on Saturday and finished at the bottom of the pack of 18 top teams from four different states. The Annapolis and Norfolk schools were strongly represented.  They come from a rich sailing tradition, were familiar with the FJs, and have the benefit of an extended sailing season. Nevertheless, our spirits were not broken. The team returned on Sunday with a fresh breath and gave them a run for their money. We beat a few boats and increased our total standing from 18th to 17th. Division A finished 16th.

Overall, I am very proud of our team. They came together, helped each other out and spread out the load of skipper and crew during the long windy days. Kadin Via crewed all day on Saturday in A fleet and helped the B crew finish strong on Sunday. Sam Gallipeau and Joshua Martin split the load of A Division skipper throughout the regatta. Julia Ray undoubtedly clocked the most sea time this weekend by skippering every single race in B Division. And last but not least, the curly headed crews, Matt Sparacio and Kimberly Cataudella got a workout from the bigger jib of the FJs. As it turns out, it’s better to swim with a dry suit on in October.

Bottom line is, these guys made Captain Linzee and myself proud. They came together, they put their best foot forward, and did not give up through 17 races. Sure, experience is what you get when you don’t get what you want, but isn’t it just fun sometimes. This regatta helped this young and developing team gain a new perspective on the sport.

Special thanks to the Carmello Cataudella and Sharon Gallipeau for their support.


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