Southwestern Places 3rd At State Championships

From the left, are Southwestern sailing team members Will Turner, Patrick Kelly, Brooks Turcotte and Madi Overbeck, who claimed third place at the New York State Championships on Oyster Bay on Saturday. Submitted photos

The Southwestern High School sailing team competed on Saturday in the New York State Championships hosted by Mercy McQuaid on Oyster Bay.

Fourteen teams from across the state sailed in the C420 class to complete 12 total races over the course of the day.

The day began sunny with very little wind. The first races were sailed in less than 3 knots of breeze. Throughout the day, the wind picked up, but continued to be light, shifting directions often. Competition was tight throughout the regatta as the top four teams battled for the lead.

Southwestern’s Will Turner and Patrick Kelly sailed in A Division, earning 24 points overall. Brooks Turcotte sailed with Madi Overbeck in B Division and finished their sets with 22 points. Overall, Southwestern scored 46 points to take third place, just three shy of the top two teams.

Rye High School and Stony Brook tied with 43 points, their final places determined by a tiebreaker, with Rye High School taking first and Stony Brook placing second.

Overbeck and Turcotte sail their No. 11 boat in the B Division.

“It was very close in the final races,” said Southwestern coach Hunter Farris, “We held strong in the top three positions for the better half of the regatta and had a strong finish. I’m extremely proud of our team during this event for the effort and sailing they showed out there, especially from our newest sailor who started just the week prior to (the state championships) to fill in as alternate for one of our seniors.”

Southwestern will be hosting their last regatta of the spring this Saturday at Lakewood Beach.