Sailing Team Cruises to a Winning Record
by James Maguire on Friday, June 6th, 2014
The sailing team had its share of ups and downs this season. Captains Shira Golub (I) and Scott Pedersen (I) led the Mustangs to a 14-4 regular season record, which qualified Milton for numerous post-season events. The sailors went to the Coast Guard Academy to compete for the O’Day Trophy, Cape Cod to compete for the Mark Trophy, and MIT to compete for the Founder’s Cup. Unfortunately, the team left all three of these events empty handed.
At the O’Day Trophy, the qualifier for fleet racing nationals, Milton finished in fifth—one place away from qualifying for nationals. Coach Patrick Broome was switching sailors in and out, trying to figure out how to get the job done. Eventually, he settled on skippers Eli and Henry Burnes (IV). The Burnes brothers cleaned up, but their performance was not enough to make up for Milton’s slow start, and the team was seven points away from taking a trip to San Diego to compete for the Mallory Trophy.
At the Mark Trophy, the qualifier for team racing nationals, Milton received sixth place. This finish was very disappointing for the Mustangs, who were expecting a better result. The sailors were competing without their head coach, which made for some interesting team chemistry. Varsity Sailing is a young team, and, although the sailors are very skilled, not all of them have mastered the mental component of the sport. The team went on long losing streaks and got stuck in slumps. Coach Broome commented, “We are very young. Two of our three starting skippers are freshmen. With a little more time to mature as both a team and as individuals, Milton Sailing will be a force to be reckoned with.”
At the Founder’s trophy, the team finished in fifth place but was only two wins shy of first. Milton was clearly one of the strongest teams there, and many think that the Mustangs underperformed. Even while some valuable members of the team are graduating this year, Milton sailing has the potential to dominate both New England events and national tournaments next year under the captainship of Nick Digiovanni (II) and James Maguire (II).
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