Vineyard sailors sweep past Nauset, Lincoln-Sudbury

Martha’s Vineyard improved to 12-3 record on the season.

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Russell Shapiro and Miles Jordi hiking out. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

The Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team picked up a pair of wins Saturday on Lagoon Pond in Oak Bluffs, improving to 12-3 on the season. The Vineyarders swept the best-of-five series over Nauset and Lincoln-Sudbury on a picture-perfect Saturday morning. Winds were out of the E/NE at 8 to 10 knots, with gusts reaching 12 knots.

“It was a perfect team racing breeze,” Vineyard Coach Andrew Burr said. “We couldn’t ask for a better day. The winds were shifty but not too shifty.”

Miles Jordi/Russell Shapiro, Zana Van Rooyen/Elizabeth O’Brien, and Charlie Morano/Maddy Moore were the skipper/crew combinations for the three Vineyard boats.

The Vineyard jayvee sailors also were in action on Saturday, taking four of six races from a strong Tabor Academy team.

Currently, the Vineyard sailors are ranked fifth in New England, putting the team in a good position to compete in a second consecutive New England Team Racing Championships (Mark Trophy) on May 16 and 17 at Hyannis Yacht Club.

This weekend, the Vineyarders will sail in the Women’s New England Championships (Herreshoff Trophy). The qualifying races are Saturday at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in Bourne. The finals will be held Sunday at M.I.T.

Vineyarders impress

Sunday, the Vineyard sailors made a guest appearance at the Connecticut Fleet Racing Championships, held at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London.

Martha’s Vineyard placed sixth in a 20-team field.

The highlight belonged to Miles Jordi and Ellie Reagan, who won the ‘B’ Division title. In ‘A’ Division, Coach Burr rotated skippers and crew for the 10 races. Mary Morano and Zach Bresnick started. Lucas Dutton then skippered with Mary Morano, followed by Emily Moore and Zach Bresnick. Elizabeth O’Brien also saw action on crew.