Rye Country Day Sailing
By Mitch Silver
The 2016 sailing season was one for the record books at Rye Country Day School. Led by senior captains Hugh Reynolds and Andy Rochat, the team posted a top-20 finish at the Interscholastic Fleet Racing Nationals held in Charleston, S.C.
Coaches Clemmie Everett and Gil Castagna knew graduation would take its toll going into 2017. Even so, team captains Jack Briano, Ruth Reynolds, and Cooper Yeager helped guide a younger than usual squad to a third-place finish at the Connecticut High School Sailing Championships in New London in late April. And then the Wildcats, featuring several ninth-grade sailors, took second at the New York State High School Championships at The WaterFront Center in Oyster Bay last month.
After the New York races, Coach Everett shared the following: “The sailing team is sorry to see our senior captains graduate, but we are proud that Jack Briano will be sailing at Brown University. And we are excited for the future, given the team’s youth and tremendous potential.”