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.