Vineyard sailors eighth in NIT

Vineyard sailors eighth in NIT

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MVRHS Sailing team, pictured here on May 14, 2014, competed on Saturday at MIT.

Martha’s Vineyard placed eighth of 10 schools at the Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISA) National Invitational Tournament, held May 24-25 at M.I.T.

The Vineyarders, along with Manchester-Essex, and Milton Academy, accepted bids to compete in the NIT, following the New England Team Racing Championship (New England top eight) May 17-18 in Osterville.

Martha’s Vineyard competed in the NIT against top 10 schools from across the country, including Lake Forest (Illinois); Christchurch (Virginia); Antilles (St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands); Minnetonka (Minnesota); Oconomowoc (Wisconsin); Mercy-McQuaid (Rochester, New York); and in-state rivals Milton Academy and Tabor Academy of Marion.

Lake Forest won the event, with Tabor Academy, Manchester-Essex, Milton Academy, and Christchurch rounding out the top five.

Raz Sayre/Anna Flaherty; Eli Hanschka/Zana Van Rooyen; Charlie Morano/Ellie Reagan were the Vineyard skipper/crew combinations for the two-day event.

The Vineyarders were well off their game on Saturday, finishing 2-10. They defeated the eventual champs from Lake Forest and Mercy/McQuaid, but little else went right.

Sunday, with winds at a standstill until the early afternoon, the Purple improved markedly, winning three of four races to finish up 5-11 for the weekend. “They were sailing better, aggressive, working as a unit, as a team,” Coach Andrew Burr said. “It was a little too late, though.”

The Vineyard sailors wrap up the season at the Cape and Islands League Championship, contested Friday on Nantucket and Saturday at the Hyannis Yacht Club.