Sailing Team to Postseason
by James Maguire on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013
Since the first day they launched their boats in the water, the Milton Sailing Team knew that an eventful season lay ahead. The season kicked off with a spring training trip to Miami, Florida where captains Julia McKown (I) and Alex King (I) led the team in drills, races, and team bonding. An average day consisted of six hours of rigorous sailing, working on boat speed, racing tactics, and basic boat-handling skills. The goal of the trip was to hone Milton’s skills in order to start the season with momentum. After their first meet at Tabor Academy, the Mustang sailors achieved their goal, defeating Bishop Stang and the Williams School. Unfortunately, crippled by the loss of skipper Charlie Blasberg (II) and crew Scott Pedersen (II) to the Class II Retreat, Milton lost to undefeated Tabor Academy.
The sailing team hit a speed bump and suffered three losses at Duxbury, a meet marred by controversy. There were numerous fouls for which sailors did not do their penalty turns. Milton, along with several other teams, protested many of these controversial fouls but were not heard, and Milton still ended up with these three losses.
A similar issue came up in the O’Day qualifier, a regional qualifying event for fleet racing nationals. A part of Wayland High School’s boat broke in the middle of a race, giving them grounds for redress: the disqualification of a race. The team filed for redress, and the race was not counted. This turn of events put Milton in a tie for third place. Unfortunately, Milton lost the tiebreaker and ended up in fourth place, taking them out of qualifying position.
The Mustangs were back on track the next week when they picked up a win against BB&N and two subsequent victories against Boston College High School and Winchester High School. But the following meet proved to be Milton’s performance of the season. Sailors took a trip down to Providence, Rhode Island, to sail against Moses Brown, Southern Maine, and St. George’s in a set of best-of-five races. After two races against St. George’s, Milton was down 2-0. With almost no hope left of winning, Milton sailors finally clicked and won three races in a row, beating St. George’s for the first time in years. After the win, skipper Alex King (I) exclaimed, “You cannot even begin to understand how happy I am right now!” Milton proceeded to beat the other two teams, leaving that day with three more wins under their belts.
The next week, Milton Sailing traveled to Cape Cod where they raced Barnstable, Cape Cod Academy, and Bishop Stang. Milton suffered one loss, but gained two more wins. The next week on the North Shore, Milton beat Brookline High School and Portland High School, but lost to Manchester Essex. Finishing the regular season with a 13 and 6 record, Milton will be competing for qualification for the Atlantic Coast Championships this Saturday in the Independent School Championships.
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