MVRHS sailors post first-ever win over Milton Academy

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The MVRHS sailing team practices last week on the lagoon at the Sail MV boathouse. –Andrew Burr

The Vineyarders sailed in Maine on Saturday and came back to the Island with a big win over Milton Academy, their first-ever over the Mustangs. The Vineyarders took the best-of-three series by two races to one. “We’re kind of settling in,” Vineyard Coach Andrew Burr said. “The Milton meet might be a huge win for us in terms of the rankings.” The Vineyard skipper/crew combinations included Katie Morse/Christian Schmidt, Joe Serpa/Christian Schmidt, Zach Ward/Trent Bilodeau, and Miles Wolff/Abigail Hammarlund.

Before leaving Maine, the Vineyarders added wins over Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth before losing to Portland High School. “The loss to Portland was a bummer,” said the coach. “We didn’t sail very well.”

On Tuesday, the Vineyarders sailed in their home opener against Sandwich in Cape and Islands League action on Lagoon Pond and swept the Blue Knights, 3-0, in the best-of-five series. Coach Burr mixed and matched his roster. Everyone saw action, and everyone sailed well. “We did well,” Coach Burr said. “They’re a really good group, they’re sailing well, doing the right plays. They work well together, they sail fast, and they’re learning team racing very quickly.”

The Vineyarders (6-3 overall, 1-0 C&I) sail next on Friday in a league meet at St. John Paul II.