The MV sailors were in action April 29 against Bishop Stang. Photos by Ralph Stewart
MV to host regional and national sailing championships
The MVRHS sailing team finished its season with a 14-3 record, defeating Nantucket, 3-0; Hingham, 3-0; and Duxbury, 3-2.
MV is ranked 6th in New England team racing.
This weekend, MV hosts a wild-card regatta with Portsmouth Abbey and Bishop Hendricken, both of Rhode Island; the winner is guaranteed a spot in the Mark Trophy New England championship regatta.
NE Team racing standings (of 85 NE schools)
1. St George's School
2. Milton Academy
3. Tabor Academy
4. North Kingstown HS
5. The Hotchkiss School
6. Martha's Vineyard RHS
followed by Wellesley, Duxbury, Manchester-Essex, Xavier, Portsmouth Abbey, Barnstable, Greenwich, Bp. Hendricken
The swag that's up for grabs during the upcoming weekends: the Mark Trophy (bowl) for the New England champions and the Baker Trophy (down payment) plaque.
The next three weekends will host some of the best school racing in the nation right.
Following the wild-card regatta (see above) the top eight teams in New England will race for the Mark Trophy, May 20-21.
The very next weekend, Friday - Sunday, will be the Baker Trophy regatta for the national championship. The top 12 teams from all seven districts will race.
Already qualified: the Severn School of Annapolis; the Antilles School of St. Thomas, USVI; Jesuit HS of New Orleans; Loyola Academy of Wilmette, Ill.; Corona del Mar HS, Newport Beach, Cal., Newport Harbor HS of Newport Beach; Loma HS of Dan Diego; and Northwest Bainbridge of Washington.
This is the first time that both of these major sailing events will be held in Vineyard waters.
Sail Martha's Vineyard, Edgartown Yacht Club, Vineyard Haven Yacht Club, the MVRHS Sailing team and New England Schools Sailing Association are hosts of the event at the Vineyard Haven Yacht Club.
Lenny Vanderhoop drives off the 12th tee.
Rick Packish, Mike Marchand, Richard Combra Jr., Eric and Mike DeBettencourt were the winning team in the Holy Ghost Scholarship Fund golf tournament at Mink Meadows, Sunday.
The five blistered the course, posting a score of 60, 11 under par. They donated the $600 winning purse to the scholarship fund.
In second place, 10 under par, were Craig Sexton, Leslie Look, Leon Bennett, Dana Resendes, and Bruce Whittle.
The prize for closest to the pin of the par-3 seventh in the morning went to Mardell Francis whose drive ended 14 feet from the hole. In the afternoon the prize-winner was Bob Parkhurst whose ball came to rest 9' 10 1/4" away from the pin.
The big winner was the Holy Ghost Scholarship Fund, which realized something like $38,000, half from the tourney and half from the accompanying auction.