NKHS sailors take silver
On Nov. 12 and 13, North Kingstown High School sailors traveled to the Austin Yacht Club, in Texas, and competed against 33 high school teams from across the U.S.A., sailing in FJ 15s.
The weather was hot, in the high 80s, with light air. The regatta was run by Steve Gay, with four races a day. The first day N.K. sailed Gary and Pete Largess as skippers with Anna Miniutti and Marisa Nixon as their crew. After the first day, N.K. placed second, easily qualifying them for the Gold fleet, the top half of the competitors. N.K. sailed skipper Gary Largess with Anna Miniutti as crew. Gary and Anna had a tough first set finishing ninth and fourth. With the pressure on, they went back out and finished with two firsts, winning N.K. the silver medal.
The wind conditions were shifty and light. N.K. used some great tactics to win second place, finishing 5 points behind Wayzata High School from Minnesota. Another New England team, Xavier of Middletown, Conn., finished third for the bronze. Last year, the N.K. sailors received the silver medal at the Great Oaks Regatta, hosted by the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans.
The Southern Yacht Club was destroyed in Hurricane Katrina. In the spirit of renewal, North Kingstown High School performed a tree planting ceremony to kick off this outstanding national event. The tree planted was a rare Chinkapin oak.