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Loyola Academy Sailing Club at Great Lakes Championship

The Loyola Academy Sailing Club varsity team earned a 7th place finish overall out of 20 teams in this past weekend’s Great Lakes Championship regatta hosted by the Chicago Yacht Club. This is a Tier 1 regatta with competitors coming from the east, west and central MISSA regions. Each team attending had to earn a spot at the regatta, placing in the top four at a regional qualifier competition. Overall, there were 20 high school 420 varsity sailing teams competing, with many coming from as far as west as Minneapolis, as far south as Culver, Indiana, as far north as northern Michigan, and as far east as Cleveland. Top high school sailing teams from Chicago also participated including St. Ignatius, Latin School, Walter Payton College Prep, University of Chicago Lab School, New Trier High School and Lake Forest High School.
Loyola Academy sailors who competed include:
A division: James Sohigian ’24 as skipper and Fiona Naughton ’22 and Peter Garrison ’24 as crew
B division: Yago Echevarria ’22 and Lexi Chigas ’22 as skippers and Natalia Bretones ’23 as crew.

Overall, A division placed 12th of our 20 teams competing while B division earned 5th place out of 20 teams. Both divisions were highly competitive with the strongest high school sailors in the region. Well done Loyola sailors!
 
We want to thank our Sheridan Shores Sailing School coaches, Zac Hernandez and Tommy Holmberg, for their support, guidance and coaching over the weekend. We want to also thank our hosts, the Chicago Yacht Club, for hosting yet another safe and successful regatta. 
 
Please see this link for race details including scores and daily summary: https://scores.hssailing.org/f21/great-lakes-championships/
 
Saturday, November 6
Day 1 of the MISSA Championships hosted by Chicago Yacht Club started with cool temperatures and sunny skies. The wind was blowing from the southwest reasonably consistently for most of the day. On a trapezoid course, there were some velocity changes and shifts from time to time, which made sailing quite exciting both for the sailors and the spectators. The race committee was able to get in 6 A and B rotations for the day. 

Sunday, November 7
The second day of the MISSA Championship weekend brought sunny skies, warm temperatures, and gusty southwest winds. This is not your typical November day in Chicago. The winds started out lighter and westerly, making it challenging for sailors in the inner harbor to sail. As a result, the sailing was extremely exciting, with many lead changes that seemed to frustrate the teams at times. As the day developed, the breeze picked up and settled back into a Southwest Direction, providing plenty of velocity shifts as well as large holes to keep the teams on their toes.

Congratulations to the Bay Rockets for winning the 2021 MISSA Great Lakes Championships.

The Chicago Yacht Club race committee ran 13 A and B races for the MISSA Great Lakes Championships and 12 A & B races for the Shepheard Championship races at the same time on the same course. It was an incredible sight to witness 38 sailing boats over the weekend.
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