To the prom, post haste

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 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.