Coach of the Antilles Sailing team Rob Upson forwarded reports on a busy spring. In mid-April, the team headed to St. Petersburg, Florida when the top thirteen high school teams from the southeast region at the SAISA District were hosted by the University of South Florida Sailing Team. The Tampa Bay event was also the qualifier for the National Championships of high school sailing in May. Ninety-six competitors, along with their coaches, advisors, and parents, joined together at the end of the weekend in congratulating Pine View High School, H.B. Plant High School, and Antilles School, the top three teams who then advanced to the Nationals in Long Beach, California May 12 and 13.
In California, the Antilles Sailing team placed a respectable 11th out of the best 20 teams in the nation. “Our young team did very well in this extremely competitive event and I’m very proud of them,” said Upson. “Taylor Canfield skippered in A division with Olin Davis as crew. In the B Division, Max Nickbarg and Tyler Rice shared the skipper spot in alternating races, with the help of Nick Schmidt, Mimi Roller, and Jon Hammond as crew. Canfiled and Davis finished 8th in A division, while the underclassmen in the B division placed 13th. Totaling their scores gave the 11th place overall.”
Taylor Canfield moves on to collegiate racing with Boston College next year, with the rest of the Antilles team developing to compete again next year, Upson reports.