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March 25, 2019 Weekly Update

On Saturday the wind was pretty light but it was a beautiful warm day and 10 sailors made the most of it. Both varsity and JV ran practice races in preparation for a regatta in Jensen Beach the following day.  There it was a little breezier and continued to build through the day.  In the 13-boat 420 fleet, Sailor/Gia and Jimmy/Brooke traded finish positions throughout the day to finish tied after six races were completed.  Nine boats sailed in the BIC fleet with almost half from SCS.  Pia and Jack gained valuable experience while Ethan hung tough to sail all of the races and earned a respectable mid-fleet score that was 4 points ahead of a much more experienced sailor.  Ben won one of the races to finish on the podium in third place for the regatta.   Thanks to everyone who helped get the team and equipment to the venue. Looking ahead, the last two regattas of the semester will be April 7 in Vero Beach and April 28 in Ft. Pierce.  We will celebrate our season on April 17 during our End of the Year Banquet at MYC.  The planning committee met last night to organize a nice event so more details will be available but be sure to save the date.  Looking WAY ahead, the BIC North American Championships will be held in Jensen Beach next spring.  With a year to train and practice, it will be the perfect goal for our BIC sailors.  A video of this year’s event in San Diego, featuring our own Ben is available at:
Finally, we continue to follow the exploits of SCS alumnus Elizabeth Johnson who now sails with the 20th ranked nationally Jacksonville University Dolphins.  She was named one two Sailors of the Week for South Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association which encompasses FL, GA, SC, NC, TN and AL. A very intersting aside is that the first sailing instructor for the other sailor of the week was our own Coach Connor Cassidy.