NKHS sailors qualify for Great Oaks Regatta
Coming off a successful campaign this spring, which included a win at Wild Card Weekend, a fifth-place finish at the New England Schools Sailing Association Championships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a fourth-place finish in the gold fleet at the ACC Challenge in Wayzata, Minn., the North Kingstown High School sailing team continues to shine with a fast start to the 2010 fall season.
After taking first place at Bowdoin College’s Polar Bear Open, the NKHS sailors backed that up with another dominant performance on Sept. 25 at the Arnold Brown Regatta on Martha’s Vineyard. They finished first out of seven teams, finishing six points ahead of Marblehead and 28 points ahead of thirdplace finisher East Lyme.
Both events were qualifiers for the Great Oaks Invitational Regatta, which is hosted by the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans. This is the second consecutive year that the team has qualified for the national-level regatta. Last year North Kingstown finished eighth out of 14 teams in the gold division at the Great Oaks Regatta.
This year, along with coach Alexa Schuler, team members Johanna Kincaid, Tommy Galster, Dylan Vogal and Casey Brown will fly down to New Orleans to compete in the regatta on Nov. 20-21.
The Skippers are currently ranked No. 1 in the Major Independents R.I. Group out of 12 competing schools.