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The victorious Vineyard sailors in the women's fleet racing event at the Cape and Islands League Championship, held May 30 at Nantucket. From left: Zana van Rooyen, Anna Flaherty, Ellie Reagan, and Maddie Moore. — Photo by Andrew Burr

The Vineyard sailors, ranked sixth in New England, capped off a season to remember with a strong showing at the Cape and Island League Championship, held May 31 in Nantucket and June 1 in Hyannis.

The team racing competition scheduled for Saturday afternoon was scrapped due to heavy winds, reducing the event to fleet racing only.

The girls sailed alone Friday in Nantucket and won going away. Zana Van Rooyen skippered throughout the day with Ellie Reagan, Anna Flaherty, and Maddie Moore rotating on crew.

Saturday morning, amidst 15-20 knot northerly winds, the regular co-ed Vineyard team competed in fleet racing at the Hyannis Yacht Club. Charlie Morano skippered with Russell Shapiro on crew in five A Division races, while Rax Sayre and Ellie Reagan did the same in B Division.

The Vineyarders finished second, a slight two points behind Pope John Paul II of Hyannis. Charlie Morano and Russell Shapiro capsized in the rough conditions early on and that’s all it took to keep the Purple out of first. Raz Sayre and Ellie Reagan earned four bullets (wins) and one second in their five races.

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MVRHS Sailing team, pictured here on May 14, 2014, competed on Saturday at MIT. — courtesy Andrew Burr

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.

The MVRHS sailing team participated in a regional competition and a junior prom, all in one night.

Raz Sayre, Vineyard sailor, steps off the Patriot boat the team rented to make it to the prom in time. — Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team had to make a quick transition Saturday evening. After competing in the New England Team Racing Championship for the first time in the program’s history, the team had one last maneuver to make. The sailors had to ditch the waterproof slickers in favor of some formal attire and get to the prom, post haste.

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The Vineyard sailors arriving on the Patriot.

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Raz Sayre climbing off the Patriot.

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Raz Sayre putting on his tux coat.

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Charlie laces up his Prom shoes.

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Eli Hanschka ready for the prom.

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Charlie Morano Sr. helping son Charlie Jr. with his jacket.

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Maddy Moore (sailor) with her mom Melissa.

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Maddy Moore (sailor) getting ready with her mom Melissa.

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Mary Morano helps Anna Flaherty get ready.

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From left: Lucy Hackney (without Eli Hanschka), Jack Yuen (without Zana Van Rooyen), August Welles (without Raz Sayre), Colin Cameron (without Ellie Reagan), Liam Cosgrove (just in the shot), Zach Bresnick (without Maddy Moore) and Courtney Howell (without Charlie Morano).

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Raz Sayre struggling with the corsage for his date August Welles.

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Ellie Reagan secures her date Colin Cameron's boutineer.

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Courtney Howell with Charlie Morano.

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Lucy Hackney helping date Eli Hanschka with his boutineer.

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Zach Bresnick and Maddy Moore.

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Courtney Howell and Charlie Morano.

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Eli Hanschka and Lucy Hackney.

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From left:Eli Hanschka and Lucy Hackney; Colin Cameron and Ellie Reagan; Jack Yuen and Zana van Rooyen; Raz Sayre and August Welles; Liam Cosgrove and Anna Flaherty; Charlie Morano and Courtney Howell; Zach Bresnick and Maddy Moore.

The team left the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville shortly after 5:30 pm, heading for Falmouth. They boarded the Patriot about an hour later, arriving in Oak Bluffs just before 7. The sailors quickly disembarked, jumped into a pair of vehicles, and headed for the home of Jack and Lisa Reagan, parents of team co-captain Ellie Reagan.

Upon arriving at the Reagan’s, the girls quickly headed upstairs, while the boys went to the guest house. While the sailors were changing, the non-sailing half of the prom couples posed for photos with stand-in dates.

The boys made good time, wrestling briefly with their bow ties and donning their tuxes in short order. The girls were out of the house fifteen minutes later. With more than two dozen onlookers armed with cameras and cell phones waiting on the back lawn, the prom-goers, now matched with their proper dates, posed for photos and dashed away to Lola’s for the big event.

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The Vineyard sailors will race next weekend at M.I.T. in the National Invitational Tournament.

Sailors from Martha's Vineyard (white and blue sails) and the Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.) come to the start during the NESSA Team Racing Championship for the Mark Trophy at Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailors made their mark at The Mark. The Vineyarders competed in their first ever New England Scholastic Sailing Association (NESSA) Team Racing Championship, Saturday at the Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. The prize at stake was the Fritz Mark Trophy, which is why the event is often known as “The Mark Trophy” or simply “The Mark.”

The Vineyard fleet in action against the Brunswick School of Greenwich, Connecticut. From left: Eli Hanschka and Zana Van Rooyen (boat 28); Charlie Murano and Ellie Reagan (boat 30); Raz Sayre and Anna Flaherty (boat 29).
The Vineyard fleet in action against the Brunswick School of Greenwich, Connecticut. From left: Eli Hanschka and Zana Van Rooyen (boat 28); Charlie Morano and Ellie Reagan (boat 30); Raz Sayre and Anna Flaherty (boat 29).

A place at The Mark is reserved for the top eight teams in New England, with a NESSA committee making the final selections. The Vineyarders (19-3) came in ranked sixth. When all was said and done after a long day of sailing, they finished as they were ranked, sixth. The top four teams returned to Wianno on Sunday, with top ranked St. George’s of Newport, Rhode Island and the hosts Cape Cod Academy earning berths to the national championship (Baker Trophy) next weekend in Seabrook, Texas.

If not for some plain old bad luck and unforeseen obstacles, the Vineyarders might well have returned for a second day at The Mark.

Instead, luck smiled upon the Vineyarders afterwards. Sunday afternoon, the team learned that Hotchkiss, the fourth place school at the Mark Trophy, had a conflict with graduation, opening the door for the Vineyarders to receive a bid to the National Invitational Tournament May 24-25 at M.I.T.

“Go figure,” Vineyard head coach Andrew Burr wrote in a text to The Times Sunday afternoon, adding in a second text Monday morning, “I’m really psyched that we got in.”

Raz Sayre and Anna Flaherty (left) come to the finish against Milton Academy.
Raz Sayre and Anna Flaherty (left) come to the finish against Milton Academy.

At The Mark on Saturday, the three Vineyard skipper/crew combinations: Raz Sayre/Anna Flaherty; Eli Hanschka/Zana van Rooyen; and Charlie Morano/Ellie Reagan all gave outstanding efforts. Maddy Moore and Lucas Dutton also saw action in various combinations. “Lucas and Maddy did a amazing job,” Coach Burr said. “One of the highlights for me was that Lucas said to Maggie [coach Maggie Lumkes] that being at the Mark Trophy was one of the coolest competitions he ever saw.”

Through 14 races and multiple twists and turns in the plot, the Vineyarders won six and lost eight. Cape Cod Academy (CCA), was first on the day, followed by St. George’s, Portsmouth Abbey (Portsmouth, R.I.), and Hotchkiss (Lakeville, Connecticut). Manchester-Essex, the other public school in the competition, also was 6-8 and finished fifth.

How things could’ve been different. In the first of two round robin sessions against the seven other schools, the Vineyarders opened against CCA. With M.V. in front, a funny thing happened on the way to the finish — a gudgeon on one of the CCA boats broke off and the race had to be re-sailed. A pity, that. CCA won the re-sail. In the second race, the Vineyarders defeated St. George’s but the race was re-sailed after St. George’s filed for a redress over the placement of a mark on the course. The race committee granted the redress and St. George’s won the re-sail. After losing narrowly to Portsmouth Abbey, the Vineyarders met the Brunswick School from Greenwich, Connecticut and lost a victory due to protest. On a positive note, they won a protest after losing to Milton Academy. After a wild and wooly first round robin, the Vineyarders stood at 1-6.

They began the second round with losses to Cape Cod Academy and St. George’s. With their backs against the wall and a top four spot slipping away, the Vineyarders rose up and proudly took their place among the region’s elite programs, defeating Portsmouth Abbey and reeling off four more wins to close out the day.

“The third race in the second round robin [against Portsmouth Abbey] turned the day around for them,” Coach Burr said. “It couldn’t have been a sweeter race. It put the fire back in them. We sailed so well. They made all of the plays they had to make to win the race — right up the line, clean, and in control. From that race on they were undefeated.”

Coach Burr, who is assisted by Maggie Lumkes and Jesse Thomas, gave the lion’s share of the credit to his sailors.

“It’s not about me, it’s their accomplishment,” he said. “Martha’s Vineyard is an incredibly good sailing team. There’s an incredible respect between the Vineyard and the other teams [at The Mark]. Teams like Cape Cod Academy want to practice with us.”

The Vineyarders are not quite finished with their best season to date. In addition to sailing in the N.I.T. next weekend, they will vie for the Cape and Islands League championship May 31-June 1.

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MVRHS Sailing team, pictured here on May 14, 2014, competed on Saturday at MIT. — courtesy Andrew Burr

Saturday, the  Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team heads over to Osterville to compete with seven other schools for the prestigious Mark Trophy New England Team Racing Championships for the first time in the program’s history, the New England Scholastic Sailing Association (NESSA) announced Tuesday evening.

The top eight team racing squads in New England are selected to compete in the event, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. The Vineyarders are currently ranked sixth in New England with a 19-3 record.

“It’s a huge, huge deal for the guys to qualify for this,” Vineyard coach Andrew Burr said. “It’s absolutely unbelieveable to make it into Mark. They’re pretty damn good. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

The Vineyarders will join the St. George’s School (Newport, Rhode Island); Portsmouth Abbey (Portsmouth, R.I.); Cape Cod Academy (Osterville), Manchester-Essex; Milton Academy; Hotchkiss (Lakeville, Connecticut); and the Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.). The Vineyarders handed St. George’s and Brunswick their only defeats this season and lost to Cape Cod Academy and Manchester-Essex.

At stake in the Mark is qualification for the Baker Trophy, the high school nationals, which will be in contested May 24-25 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, near Houston.

Stay tuned for results.

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For the first time in the high school program’s history, the Vineyarders are in the elite field of eight schools sailing for a New England championship.

A recent photo of the Vineyard sailing team returning home on the ferry following a big win over St. George's. The team will proceed for the first time to the New England championships. — Courtesy Andrew Burr

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team has been selected to compete with seven other schools for the prestigious Mark Trophy New England Team Racing Championships for the first time in the program’s history, the New England Scholastic Sailing Association (NESSA) announced Tuesday evening.

The top eight team racing squads in New England are selected to compete in the event, scheduled for Saturday, May 17 at Wianno Yacht Club in Osterville. The Vineyarders are currently ranked sixth in New England with a 19-3 record.

“It’s a huge, huge deal for the guys to qualify for this,” Vineyard coach Andrew Burr said. “It’s absolutely unbelieveable to make it into Mark. They’re pretty damn good. It’s quite an accomplishment.”

The Vineyarders will join the St. George’s School (Newport, Rhode Island); Portsmouth Abbey (Portsmouth, R.I.); Cape Cod Academy (Osterville), Manchester-Essex; Milton Academy; Hotchkiss (Lakeville, Connecticut); and the Brunswick School (Greenwich, Conn.). The Vineyarders handed St. George’s and Brunswick their only defeats this season and lost to Cape Cod Academy and Manchester-Essex.

At stake in the Mark is qualification for the Baker Trophy, the high school nationals, which will be in contested May 24-25 at Lakewood Yacht Club in Seabrook, Texas, near Houston.

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Martha's Vineyard sailors were victorious in the waters off Greenwich, Connecticut. — Photo by Nancy Hale

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team scored a sweep Saturday in Greenwich, Connecticut, against five other schools. The Vineyarders, winners of 10 straight, are 3-0 in the Cape and Islands League and 10-1 overall.

The Vineyarders started the day by handing the Brunswick School of Greenwich its first defeat of the season and proceeded to win best of three series against Falmouth, Maine; Greenwich Academy; Choate Rosemary Hall (Wallingford, Conn.); and powerful Greenwich High School. All races were held in a light southerly breeze. The team sailed well, despite a long wind delay in the middle of the day.

“The highlight of the day had to be beating Greenwich High School,” Vineyard coach Andrew Burr said. “The whole day, that they came out 5-0 reinforced their belief that they’re that good.”

The races against the Brunswick School were extremely competitive. The Vineyarders utilized a bump in to separate the 1 and 2 boats from the fleet. The third place Vineyard boat created a mark trap to bump the Brunswick 4, 5, and 6 boats farther back.

The Vineyard lineup was Raz Sayre (skipper) with Adam Bilodeau (crew), then Anna Flaherty (crew); Charlie Morano (skipper) with Russell Shapiro (crew), then Ellie Reagan (crew); and Eli Hanschka (skipper) with Zana van Rooyen (crew).

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Martha's Vineyard sailors were victorious in the waters off Greenwich, Connecticut. — Maggie Hale

On Saturday, Martha’s Vineyard high school sailors traveled to Greenwich, Connecticut. They raced five teams — Brunswick, Greenwich Academy, Greenwich High School, Choate, and Falmouth, Maine, winning all of the best of three series.

Races were all held in a light southerly breeze, and the team sailed well, despite a long wind delay in the middle of the day. The victory brought the team’s 2014 record to 10-1.