New Trier sailing had an amazing turnout for the fall 2021 season. With the return of the learn-to-sail team practicing on Sonars, we were able to have 34 sailors on the team, including 12 sailors new to the team. This Fall season we were able to return to our longstanding team traditions, as well as new team bonding activities such as the ice cream social, team initiation, and team Thanksgiving. Throughout the offseason, we plan to continue team bonding activities and traditions such as the annual ski trip, secret sailor, and the holiday cookie exchange.
Throughout the season we split our practice goals into three parts: boat handling, boat speed, and tactics. We also practiced starts every practice. Our team had a successful season, placing and qualifying in many events. Some of the highlights include:
Sweeping the Podium at the Chicago Regatta
Placing 6th out of 26 teams in the Fall Scramble in Pewaukee, Wisconsin
Competing at the Missa Cressy Singlehanded Qualifier in Lake Forest
Placing 4th in the MISSA Girls Qualifier on Lake Minnetonka, qualifying for Girls Nationals in San Diego
Placing 3rd at the Missa Keelboat Qualifier in Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Placing 10th in the PCISA/ISSA Girls Invitational (Nationals) in San Diego
Placing 2nd in the Autumn Classic at Belmont harbor, qualifying for the Great Lakes Championship
Along with these regattas, the JV team had the opportunity to compete in various tier 3 regattas. Some JV and Varsity sailors also attended a racing clinic at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
We were lucky enough to be coached by Hector Guzman, Addie Sutton and Finn Rowe at the Chicago Yacht Club. Thank you to Skip Dieball, Chuck Nevel, Katie Tinder, and all of our coaches and everyone at CYC for helping us have such a great season.
To quote the one and only George Barton: “It doesn’t feel like the end of the season, only an intermission.” As our season officially comes to the end, many will use this time as a peaceful break from sailing. However, do not be fooled. We will remain “ready to get ready.” BEEP BEEP BEEP we are now in sequence, 3 months until “go.” Look out world, the most dangerous team in MISSA will be back out on the water in no time, swinging harder than ever.