Antilles Sailing Team Advances to Nationals
Posted 04/20/2017 01:00PM
After two days of grueling competition, Antilles’ high school sailing team beat out St. Thomas Aquinas to take the second top spot at the South Atlantic Interscholastic Sailing Association (SAISA) Team Race District Championship in Jensen Beach, FL. Only the top two teams from the race advance to the Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Baker National Championship.
“The regatta was held in Jensen Beach, Florida. We competed in two different types of boats, the 420 and the flying junior (FJ). Our team only practices in 420s, so the FJs were a slight challenge, but we adjusted quickly having sailed them a little in the past,” sailing team captain Caroline Teare said. “There were seven teams total at the event, two of which were our main competition: St. Thomas Aquinas and Ransom Everglades.”
Teare said the Ransom team came in first, and after the first day of racing, Antilles was tied for second with the Aquinas team.
“On the last day, it came down to the final race to see who would go on to nationals - it was between Aquinas and our team,” Teare said. “We went out to sail and finished in the winning team race combination of 2-3-5 [2nd, 3rd, and 5th places for a total of 10 points which beats the other team's 1st, 4th, and 6th places total of 11 points]. One of the skippers on the other team asked to re-sail the race because she broke her tiller mid-race. It was allowed, so we had to go out for a re-sail, where Antilles beat Aquinas with the winning finishing combination of 1-2-3.”