Upholding a seafaring sport

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To the Editor:

As a member of the Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School sailing team, we greatly appreciate the articles being written about us, our beginnings, our defeats, and most recently, our triumphs. However, our image in our school is not that of champions. We are called names that I will not mention here, along with it being said that sailing is “unmanly,” and that our sport isn’t really a sport. People don’t understand the time, effort, and patience it takes to become a good sailor. Even though we have been recognized by the school as a varsity sport, the people in the school treat us as if we’re far lower than what we have earned. Thank you for featuring us in sports columns and for putting up pictures of our events; we do appreciate it!

Jackson Crocker

Edgartown