Vineyard sailors victorious in Nutmeg State

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).