After six-plus hours and 28 total races on a sunny, breezy Saturday on Toms River, the CHS Sailing Team placed 8th out of 14 schools at the New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association’s Fall Fleet Championship, held Sept. 28 at Toms River Yacht Club.
The finish qualified the team for the Mid-Atlantic Scholastic Sailing Association’s Silver Fleet Championship, to be held at Tred Avon Yacht Club in Oxford, Maryland on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Oct. 20.
“I couldn’t be more proud and excited for our team.," Chatham coach Kimberley Sinatra said. "They’ve worked so hard to get to this point, led by incredible captains that keep us enthusiastic and competitive. We're looking forward to sailing with teams from Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Virginia in the MASSA Silver Regatta.”
Chatham was led by junior skipper and co-captain, Thomas Marino, and senior skipper and co-captain, Luke duPlessis. Marino sailed 12 races in B Division, averaging just under a 6th place finish. Sailing with Marino were sophomore Paige Lubrano, who crewed eight races and junior Ryan McWalters, who crewed four races.
In A Division, duPlessis averaged 10th place across 10 races, with McWalters crewing for six races and freshman Jamie Lynch crewing for four races. Lynch also skippered four races and senior Carson Lubrano skippered two races.
Chatham started strong, with duPlessis and McWalters finishing 4th in the first A Division race of the day. Top finishes for B Division were 2nd place in race B11 (Marino/McWalters) and 3rd place in race B3 (Marino/Lubrano). The team's qualification for MASSA was particularly satisfying in light of an equipment breakdown in race A11 that prevented the team from starting the race on time.
For full scores & report on the NJISA Fall Fleet Championship, visit: https://scores.hssailing.org/f19/njisa-2019-fall-fleet/