PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO
Peter Needham, coach of the Shelter Island School sailing team, reports that “the sailors have been enjoying the unusually balmy weather. Amanda Clark has been coaching them with drills that will prepare them for future regattas. In the picture above, are Katie Doyle on the left and Holly Ross on the right. They are just completing a roll tack, where they purposely roll the boat over a bit and then snap it back upright as they come about to get a little boost from fanning the sails.”
PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO | Sarah Warren and Noelle Crough of the Shelter Island School sailing team, doing a nice roll tack in the first regatta of the season in Port Jefferson Harbor.
It was cold and raining steadily when the Shelter Island school sailing team arrived in Port Jefferson for our first regatta of the spring season hosted by the Stony Brook School.
Our group did not want to get out of the van, the weather was that raw. After a little coaxing the group donned their drysuits, grabbed their life jackets and headed for the launch dock. (more…)
PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO | Cold? What cold? Drew Garrison and Macklin Lang preparing to roll tack this week after the start of a practice race.
Between the snowstorms and gale force winds, the Shelter Island School sailing team has managed to get only a few practices in during the month of March for the upcoming school regattas held in April and early May. (more…)
PETER NEEDHAM PHOTO | Drew Garrison (standing) and Henry Lang contemplate rounding the next mark during the Northeast League district qualifier.
The Shelter Island School sailing team attended its first regatta of the fall season on September 24. It was hosted by the Stony Brook School and held in Port Jefferson Harbor. Eighteen teams from 11 schools attended the qualifier with Harborfields earning the win followed by Stony Brook and Mamaroneck.
Representing Shelter Island were Melissa Ames, Drew and Will Garrison, Macklin and Henry Lang and Matt Murphy. Drew and Henry sailed in the A division while Melissa, Will, Macklin and Matt took turns in the B division.
The wind was very light for the event, maybe 5 to 6 knots with little puffs running across the harbor. In spite of the light winds, the Race Committee managed to get off six races before the time limit expired.
The Island team sailed a mostly clean regatta with maybe one or two penalties, those infractions requiring that each boat do a 720-degree spin for exoneration. Otherwise the team had a rough go of it, with much to be learned about getting a good start and making successful mark roundings.
The middle school students have graduated to 420s and have joined the high school students during practices. The combined practices have worked out well with the more experienced sailors able to teach the younger students how to rig and handle the boats. That has been a big step for the younger sailors. They handled the more technical boats very well with only one minor capsize so far.