Fine Sailing by Belmont Hill Yields Two Championships
The varsity sailing team completed an excellent season capturing Massachusetts and Maine Championships in fleet racing. The team, coached by Ms. Daphne Lyman, posted an overall team racing record of 10 wins and 4 losses.
In fleet racing, Belmont Hill dominated in the Downeast Invitational Regatta in Castine, ME, winning six of nine Division A races and three of nine in Division B. After 18 races sailed over two days, Belmont Hill placed first in the 19-team fleet and took home the Jim Modisette Memorial Downeast Regatta Trophy, beating Marblehead High School by 36 points. This year’s regatta drew 14 Maine teams and five teams from New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts, and also serves as the Maine State Championships.
At the conclusion of the season, the team won the Massachusetts State Championships, competing against 19 other teams on the Charles River. The event was hosted at the MIT Sailing Pavilion. The first day of the State Championship started with a weak shifty wind that filled in with a 10-14 mph easterly. Four races were held in each of the two divisions, using the double trapezoid courses: A in FJs and B in Fireflys. At the end of the first day, Belmont Hill was in first, ahead of Marblehead by only 6 points. The second day of racing brought back the big breeze: sustained wind speeds of 15-20 mph with gusts over 25 mph. Challenging conditions led to some capsizes in nearly every race in the B Division (Fireflys), but none for the intrepid and experienced Belmont Hill sailors. Each division held six races, using the double trapezoid courses.
“It was a stressful competition, with Marblehead nipping at the toes of our boys all day, but smart tactics and good boat speed led to consistent top six finishes in both divisions and allowed us to stay on top to become Mass State Champions,” said Coach Lyman. “The boys worked very hard to recover from some disappointing losses early in the season, and they deserve this. They are a talented and dedicated bunch, and I am very proud of them,” she added.
At the Spring Sports Awards School Meeting on May 23, the following boys were recognized for their contributions to Belmont Hill Sailing: Most Improved Sailing Award - Ned Whalen ’19, The Sailing Trophy - Francis Selldorff ’19, and the Henry B. Sawyer Sportsmanship Award - Peter Wade ’19.
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