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Christchurch sailors first in state

Christchurch sailors ring the bell in victory after returning to campus from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. Front, from left, are Matt Lawler, Jono Dill, Archer Ruffin, Eric Siegel and Tyler Reeves; back, from left, are Andrew Bryan, Emily Bowman, Blake Burgess, Matthew Wallin and Josh Greenslade.
The Christchurch varsity sailing team earned first place for the season in the Virginia Interscholastic Sailing Association.

The team placed second in the State Fleet Racing Championship and Team Racing Championship held at Norfolk Yacht and Country Club last weekend.

Earlier, during the weekend of October 18, the sailors traveled to New London, Conn., for the annual Lawrence A. White Regatta hosted at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. The Christchurch sailors finished first, to win the prestigious Lawrence A. White Trophy. They raced against 20 schools from 12 states and finished 88 points ahead of the second place Monsignor Donovan High School team from Toms River, N.J.

David Livingston is sailing program director for Christchurch School. He is assisted by coach Jill Petrone.

posted 10.30.2008

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