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The team has moved up onto the MISSA board with points, an amazing accomplishment for such a young team that started out with totally inexperienced athletes just three years ago. The team looks forward to welcoming new sailors to the team and is pleased to announce that interested students are welcome to come and try sailing for free due to the kindness of their sponsor, Columbia Yacht Club. Unlike springtime, fall is the perfect time to start sailing because the water is much calmer, and it is much easier to start.
Sailing moderator Mr. Barkowski has FAQ documents and the paperwork that prospective sailors and their parents need to look at and fill out to cover liability. The practice schedule will be the same as last year: sailing on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school at Columbia and all day Saturday unless there is a regatta.
On the schedule this year are the Kick Off Classic on September 8-9; the MISSA Cressy Qualifier in Wayzata, MN and the Culver Invitation in Culver, IN, on September 22-23; the Talbot-Autumn Classic Regatta at Belmont Harbor, Chicago, on September 29-30; the Halloween Spooktacular Regatta in Lake Forest, IL, on October 27-28; and the Great Lakes Championships at Monroe Harbor/Shepard Championship at Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. Other possible opportunities that the team is considering are the U.S. Coast Guard Academy Lawrence A. White Invitational in New London, CT on October 13-14; the Cornwell Memorial Regatta in Travers City, MI, on October 13-14; the Great Lakes invitational in New Orleans, LA, on November 16-18; and the Junior Olympics/Orange Bowl Regatta on December 26-30.
For more information about the Sailing Club, students should contact Mr. Barkowski at email@example.com.
During last week’s Taste of Columbia, Brother Rice senior Russell Mullane had the chance to wear the campaign jacket from Bob Willis that he wore for Team USA in his battle for a place on the Olympic team. Bob is a Columbia sailing school product who is competing in sailing the Olympics this summer in Weymouth England. He coached the Crusader team the first year.
Yes, Brother Rice does have a sailing team! In fact, it is co-ed and teamed up with our sister school Mother McAuley. Columbia Yacht Club, the sponsor for the Brother Rice – Mother McAuley Sailing team, will begin its summer sailing program June 11 with sessions running through August 17th. Because we are sponsored team, Columbia offers to Rice-McAuley students (including incoming freshmen) member rates for the sailing programs.
Columbia offers a wide range of programs including beginning through advanced sailing education. Students learn basic sailing/seamanship and safety through advanced levels of sailing and racing depending on skills and experience. Time is split between classroom theory and on-the-water practice. The program is run in 2 to 3 week sessions and, as well, an entire summer program is available at a deeply discounted rate. Sailing begins at 9 AM and runs through 5 PM Monday through Friday. Depending on skill level, students may be able to compete in summer regattas (racing events) on the weekends.
Four of our team members took advantage of the full summer program last year and the progress that they achieved with this intensive program in their sailing abilities was incredible
Although in its beginning years, our Crusaders have moved up into the middle of the pack in Midwestern Interscholastic High School Sailing (MISSA) and have already competed in the Junior 420 Nationals, the Great Oaks National High School Regatta, and in 3 Junior Olympics competitions. We have traveled throughout the Midwest and ‘out of our zone’ to Miami and New Orleans to represent our schools. We are growing as a team and would love to see the team continue to become more competitive in this rapidly growing sport. (The growth of MISSA has been a blockbuster now including over 55 teams including Loyola Academy and St. Ignatius Prep from our conference.)
The summer sailing program offers students who may have an interest in sailing or considering becoming part of the sailing team a chance to experience what this sport is all about.
Information about the Brother Rice – Mother McAuley sailing team is available on the Brother Rice web page at: www.athletics.brotherrice.org under ‘sailing’.
Kate Mullane, BR parent advisor for the sailing team, is available to answer questions regarding the Rice – McAuley program at katee.mullane [at] gmail [dot] com.
Information and registration forms for the Columbia summer sailing program are available on the Columbia website under ‘sailing school’ at: www.columbiayachtclub.org.
The Brother Rice-Mother McAuley Sailing Team competed in the Great Oaks Qualifier Regatta held on Lake Maxicuckie at the Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana, on October 8 and 9. Seventeen A/B teams with 34 crews competed for a first or second place finish, which would win the two person crews the opportunity to participate in the 2011 Great Oaks Regatta. The Great Oaks is the National High School 420 sailing championships, which will be held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on November 18 and19. Brother Rice-Mother McAuley fielded a single A/B team. The sailors on the A crew were Crusaders Anthony Curbis, Zack Pakula and Brendan Rathbone-Desch. The B team was made up of Mighty Macs Caroline Janecki, Monica Sachnoff and Diana Sanchez. The Rice-McAuley sailors pulled off a team best Varsity competition finish with outstanding performances by all, taking home an overall 5th place of the 17 teams. Our Columbia Yacht Club Sailing School co-training team from Walter Peyton’s A team with sailors Wade Wagner and Peter Bied will be making their way to Louisiana in November after a strong second place finish.
Russ Mullane competed in the Laser class competition, finishing third of eleven overall laser competitors and third of seven full-rig boats. The Laser class is made up of two divisions. The full-rig Laser sailboat has a taller sail and requires more skill and strength to control. The Laser radial has a smaller sail and is quicker and easier to maneuver. This was a best Varsity finish for Mullane in his third laser competition.
Highlights for the competitions included a best second place race for team Monica Sachnoff-Diana Sanchez. The hard work and commitment by the team during the summer sailing program at Columbia and throughout the fall season by these two athletes paid off with this outstanding performance. Team Caroline Janecki-Monica Sachnoff had a best fourth place finish. Team Anthony Kurbis-Zack Pakula had a best performance of a third and team Zack Pakula-Brendan Rathbone-Desh matched this best with another third place finish. Russ Mullane broke into a first place performance for his best race of the regatta.
The facilities at Culver were outstanding and the Academies were incredible hosts. The Culver Sailing Team hosted a lakeside party and bonfire for all of the regatta participants. Prior to our homeward departure on Sunday the teams were entertained by the Culver Dress Parade of the nationally renowned Black Horse Troop, marching band, and cadets in full dress uniforms and the artillery.
The Brother Rice – Mother McAuley Sailing Team opened the fall regatta campaign with the Kick Off Classic at Sheridan Shores in Winnetka September 10-11. This is the beginning of the third fall season for Brother Rice and constitutes the first fall season for the Mighty Mac sailors. The team was represented by Caroline Janecki (13), Zack Pakula (14), Brendan Rathbone-Desch (12), Monica Sachnoff (12), and Diana Sanchez (14), who manned the 420 double handed boats, and Russ Mullane (13) in the Laser single-handed rig. This was the first full sailing team (constituted by two teams for the 420 rigs and one Laser sailor) that Rice-McAuley has been able to bring to high school competitions.
While the rain never showed up and the air temperature was gorgeous for the spectators, sailing conditions were difficult because the forecasts were for winds out of the northeast – a call that never happened. Saturday morning brought no wind, and the competition was delayed for two hours. The winds then came out of the southwest, making placement of the race course a difficult scramble for the race committee. On Sunday, the winds shifted a full 180 degrees in the middle of a race, leaving more than a few boats capsized in its wake. The Rice-McAuley sailors, however, prevailed and brought home their best varsity finish as a team, placing 17th of 23 teams. Russ Mullane, in his first ever Laser competition, placed fifth in Laser Full Rig fleet. Coach Stuart McSweeney was pleased with his teams overall performance and is encouraged with the steady progression of our sailors. Accomplishments for last year’s Kick Off Regatta’s competition was being able to finish every race. The team is now progressing to be solidly in mid-fleet in competitions. The team’s goals are now aimed towards improving tactical moves in sailing competitions.
Next up is the Cressy National Qualifying competition for Laser single handed rigs on September 24-25th at Belmont Harbor. The Cressy Regatta is the High School national championships. The United States is divided into zones by U.S. Interscholastic Sailing, and the Midwest Zone qualifiers will be held at Chicago Yacht Club, Belmont Station, this year. The Cressy will take place in New Orleans in November. The next team competition with be the Talbot Regatta again at Belmont on October 1 and 2. The full schedule of events is available on the Brother Rice fall athletics site.
Interested students are welcome to check out Rice-McAuley sailing. Students may contact Dr. Luxem at Brother Rice or Mrs. Jackiw at Mother McAuley for information. Information about team and club sailing is available on the Brother Rice athletics website.
Best finishes for the team of Mullane/Sanchez were a 5th and 7th. Overall they placed 16th. Diana has only been sailing since this past spring’s high school season and Russ for 2 years. These competitions should help bolster our fall sailing team for the high school season.
The Brother Rice/Mother McAuley Sailing team had an opportunity to take advantage of the beautiful Sunday morning. They competed in the Rickover Regatta hosted by Chicago Yacht Club. Two New Trier teams competed in the regatta and came in first and second place. Zack Pakula and Brian Stajura took third place overall in the regatta, bringing home the team’s first trophy. Monica Sachnoff received the Good Sportsmanship award. All awards were presented by Rear Admiral U. S. Navy Commander David Speindl who was really impressed with the sailing.
Two of the sailors McAuley Monica Sachnoff and Brother Rice Brendan Rathbone-Desch got an opportunity to try on their skipper hats. All of the sailors had a blast and are looking forward to the fall season.
The team says good-bye to McAuley seniors Brittany Schmit and Molly Sullivan and wish them good luck in their future endeavors.
Columbia Yacht Club hosted a gala May 2, at it’s Fifth Annual Taste of Columbia. The event is in support of the Columbia Yacht Club Legacy Foundation, which is an organization that gives support to the junior sailing program at Columbia. This program allows the Sailing School to offer its outstanding curriculum to young sailing enthusiasts. The Brother Rice-Mother McAuley High School Sailing Team is just one of the many student groups to reap the benefits of the generosity of Columbia and this Foundation.
The event was an awesome experience! Executive Chefs from some of Chicago’s finest establishments paired amazing culinary creations with elegant libations which were served to appreciative (and HUNGRY) guests. None of those in attendance would dream of missing Taste of Columbia in the future!
Sailing Team members assisted with greeting and directing guests, with the silent auctions and raffles, and in the pre-gala preparations. A live auction was held featuring a one year membership to Columbia and Executive Chef Beike donated two all inclusive catered 7 course dinner parties. Most impressive was how well the coaching staff looks in suits!
The team would like to thank Commodore Peggy Brennan, Sailing Master Kurt Thomsen, Executive Chef Breanna Beike, Coaches Ted Hale and Dustin Daumer, and the incredible staff of Columbia worked tirelessly to bring the event together. We would also like to thank the Columbia Yacht Club for their continued support of our fledgling team!
The Brother Rice-Mother McAuley Sailing Team competed in the Midwest district Mallory Qualifying Regatta held at Columbia Yacht Club April 16th and 17th. The Mallory is the oldest national high school championship regatta dating back to 1930. From the 7 Interscholastic Sailing Associations across the US, the three top teams from each district qualify for the National Championships. This year, the Mallory will be held in Austin Texas. In the Midwest district, of 32 registerred teams 16 competed in the qualifier. Our sailors competed against the best in the Midwest.
Saturday was rainy and cold with gusting winds to 26 knots (approximately 30.5 MPH). The Crusader-Mighty Macs fielded one team with 2 skippers (Russ Mullane and Zach Pakula) rotating 7 crew (Caroline Janecke, Brendan Rathbone-Desch, Monica Sachnoff, Diana Sanchez, Brittany Schmit, Brian Stajura and Mollie Sullivan). Our team scored thier best overall placing to date finishing 13th out of 16 teams. Notable performances were by Zach Pakula and Monica Sachnoff in the B division with an 8th place finish in the 4th race while with capsizing 3 times, Zach Pakula and Brendan Rathbone-Desch still managed to pull off a 9th place in the 6th race.
While the sun came out on Sunday, the wind gusts were even stronger with 6 teams being unable to finish some of the races. The Crusader-Mighty Mac teams were able to finish every race which bolstered their ability to pull off thier strong placing. Representing the Midwest in Austin will be Loyola Academy, Minnetonka and Lake Forest. Notable Chicago-land area teams included Lake Forest Academy finishing 4th, New Trier 6th, St. Ignatius 7th, Evanston 10th and the U of C Lab School 15th.
The hard work and dedication of the sailing team is paying off in the improvements noted in performance and placing as the team matures under the outstanding coaching of Ted Hale, Kurt Thomsen, and Dustin Daumer. We express our continued gratitude to the Columbia Yacht Club for the support that is shown to our team.