CCS sailors win Mid-Atlantic Fleet Racing Championship
|Blake Burgess and Matt Lawler compete for Christchurch in the Mid-Atlantic meet.|
by David Livingston
CCS Sailing Director
The Christchurch Sailing team headed to Annapolis, Md., this past weekend to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Fall Championship Regatta that featured the best teams from New York to Virginia. After early concerns that there would not be enough wind to start the regatta, the winds began to fill in and the sailors completed 10 races.
Christchurch sailors won four of those 10 races to place first in this major high school sailing regatta. “It’s all about being consistent in these regattas and, for the second major regatta this fall, we were very consistent by placing in the top six of every race,” said Coach David Livingston.
The team had scores of 2, 2, 3, 1, and 1st in the A division, which was skippered by Blake Burgess. In the B division, Jono Dill scored 3, 4, 1, 1, and 6th. Both skippers won their division.
Overall, Christchurch had 24 points and was followed by second place Archbishop Spaulding of Annapolis (36) and third place Severn School of Annapolis (47).
The Severn School was the U.S. National Champion in fleet racing last spring.
Also sailing and supporting the Christchurch team were Matthew Wallin, Matt Lawler, Francisco Garcia, Katherine Johnson, Emily Bowman, Archer Ruffin and Eric Siegel.
Next week will conclude the fall sailing season for Christchurch School. The team will head to St. Mary’s College in Maryland to compete in the Mid Atlantic Team Racing Championship, which features the top eight schools in the Mid-Atlantic League.
The CCS sailors hope to ride the momentum of winning the fleet racing championships to end the season on a high note. CCS sailors earlier won the regular season state championships, and traveled to New London, Conn., where they earned first place for the Lawrence White Open, which featured 20 schools from 10 states.