Wind gusts and thundershowers over the weekend not only affected the Chicago Bears but pummeled the Brother Rice-Mother McAuley Sailing team as they competed in the Midwest division Great Lakes Championships November 10-11. The 19 best Midwest teams competed in the Great Lakes with 21 additional teams participating in the simultaneously run Shepherd Regatta. Crusader Sailing A team, with Skipper junior Zack Pakula and Crew junior Anthony Curbis, showed how far the team has progressed by finishing 7th overall in the A division, including best finishes of a FIRST and a third. Crusader Sailing B team, with Skipper junior Diana Sanchez, Crew sophomore Cole Hanson, and Crew freshman Blake Weglarz, finished 16th overall in the B division with best finishes of a 16th and a 17th. Laser sailor senior Russ Mullane had best finishes of a 13th and 16th, but his regatta ended early after a 3 boat collision put him out of the competition.
The weather on Sunday did not cooperate with the regatta. Steady winds of 20+ knots at 9:30 A.M. built to over 25 knots quickly. Division A was sent out to try to start the rotation, but after multiple capsizes and collisions, the competition was forced to be cancelled.
The hard work and commitment of the entire Brother Rice-Mother McAuley team; co-practices with the Columbia Yacht Club high school teams; and strong coaching by Sailing Master Kurt Thomsen, Dustin Domer, Chuck Nevel and Maggie Shea has brought this young team to an incredibly competitive level in just 3 1/2 years. We could not be more proud of our sailors!
New recruits for the sailing team are always welcome. Contact faculty moderator Brian Barkowski for information on the program.