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.