Southwestern High School Sailing Team Places First overall in Rochester Regatta

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L to R: Southwestern Team Cameron Turner Brooks Turcotte, Will Turner, Patrick Kelly

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The Southwestern High School Sailing Team competed in the NYISA-NW League Qualifier held on Saturday, March 30th at Rochester Yacht Club. The sailing team, comprised of Cameron Turner, Brooks Turcotte, Will Turner, and Patrick Kelly, competed against 15 other teams to advance to the MASSA Mallory Qualifier in Annapolis, MD.

Sailors sailed in C420s on a cold, rainy day. Heavy gusts of up to 24 knot winds blew over one side of the course while leaving the other half of the course relatively still. These shifting winds along with cold temperatures and overcast skies made Southwestern’s first regatta of the spring season a challenge on the water.

Southwestern Team racing at Rochester Yacht Club in the NWYSA-NW Fleet Racing Qualifier

10 total races were held, with Will Turner and Patrick Kelly taking 1st place in every one of their races. Cameron Turner and Brooks Turcotte also sailed a strong regatta with eight 1st place wins. Southwestern took 1st overall with the lowest score of 14 points, securing the top slot by a wide margin.

Coach Farris said, “We were pleased with our performance, and are looking forward to getting out on the lake and being able to practice for the national qualifier in Maryland.”

The team’s newest sailors will have the opportunity to test out the waters in Buffalo on April 6th at the Team Racing Clinic before the team heads to Annapolis for the MASSA Mallory Qualifier on April 13th and 14th. There, our Southwestern team will be competing to qualify for the MASSA Nationals to be held later in the season.