The Antilles Sailing Team qualified for the Mallory Trophy fleet racing championships last weekend in Miami. Co-captains Sam Morrell and Caroline Teare handily won the A-division fleet of the regatta. B-division was shared by Chris Sharpless sailing with Robert Hunter and Teddy Nicolosi with Ryan Hunter as crew.
Sixteen schools from Florida and South Carolina participated. Racing was in 2-person 420 dinghies off Coconut Grove in Miami in a range of wind conditions from light and shifty to steadier breeze.
Morrell and Teare sailed consistently and were in the lead in the division the entire regatta and finished 13-points ahead of their closest competitor. "We were consistent," explained Morrell. "High school racing placed an enormous premium on consistency".
Antilles got off to a rocky start in B-division with Sharpless and Ryan Hunter losing a protest. The high points allotted for this foul were a short-term setback which were easily overcome when Teddy Nicolosi and Ryan Hunter were substituted and managed a string of consistent finishes, including two 1st places int he last series.
In the end it was the host school Ransom Everglades which took the top spot. Antilles was in 2nd with St Thomas Aquinas from Fort Lauderdale in 3rd.
High school sailing offers sailors two Championship events- the Mallory in fleet racing and the Baker for team racing. Antilles has qualified for both this year with the events taking place next month in, respectively, Boston and Norfolk, Virginia.
The Antilles team tied for 4th in the 2016 Baker Trophy.
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