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Southwestern Qualifies For Mid-Atlantic Championship

From the left are Southwestern sailing team members Madi Overbeck, Will Turner, Luke Tota, Brooks Turcotte and Sage Bertges. Submitted photo

ROCHESTER — The Southwestern High School sailing team participated in the Mid-Atlantic Sailing Championship Qualifier on Sunday.

Fifteen teams competed in the C420 fleet for the top two qualifying spots to continue on to the Mid-Atlantic Championships held later in the month. The Southwestern team was comprised of Will Turner and Luke Tota in A Division and Brooks Turcotte and Madi Overbeck sailing B Division, with Sage Bertges crewing for both divisions throughout the regatta.

Conditions were challenging on the water as the day began. The day was overcast with cooler temperatures and inconsistent, shifty winds. Many teams flipped over during the course of the event as cannonball puffs slammed into their sails. Boats quickly righted themselves in the following lull only to be knocked again by a full-forced gust, making it difficult to stay upright.

Southwestern sailing team claimed first place overall with 35 points, six points ahead of the second-place winners, Nichols. Turcotte, sailing with Overbeck and Bertges alternating as crew, earned lowest score during the event, with 13 points total. Together, both divisions secured six first-place finishes throughout the regatta.

Southwestern qualified to continue on to St. Mary’s College in Maryland to compete in the Mid-Atlantic Championships, which will take place Oct. 19-20.

Piloting boat 14, Brooks Turcotte and Madi Overbeck sail in the B Division at the Mid-Atlantic Championship qualifier on Sunday. Submitted photo

Finishing behind Southwestern was second-place Nichols and third-place McQuaid.

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