The CBA sailing team was in Charleston, S.C. this past weekend, wrapping up a busy month of racing at the SAISA Charleston Intersectional hosted by the College of Charleston.
The Colts experienced the Charleston humidity on Saturday morning, as they waited for the wind to fill in on Charleston Harbor. The racing began in very light air and strong current, something the CBA sailors took a little time to adjust to. As the weekend progressed, the Colts improved, using a late push on a breezy Sunday to get back in the mix of the standings. CBA finished ninth overall in a fleet that was littered with national championship contenders from across the country, including Galveston, Texas, Miami, Fla., Palm Beach, Fla., Charleston and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Joe LaForgia '17 and Chris Magno '17 led the Colts with a string of top finishes in A division to end the weekend. The trio of JP Burgess '16, Michael Ehnot '18 and Mark Iorio '16 sailed for CBA in B division.
Prior to Charleston, the same five sailors trekked up to New London, Conn. on October 17-18 for the U.S. Coast Guard Academy's National Invitational. The Colts sailed one of their best regattas of the fall season, finishing fifth overall in another very tough fleet.
CBA remained in the top-five throughout against teams from Maine to the north, the Caribbean to the south and Michigan to the west. Teams that topped the Colts hailed from Miami, Fla., Milton, Mass., the U.S. Virgin Islands and Falmouth, Maine.
Ehnot, Burgess and Iorio finished third in B division at Coast Guard, staying in contention for the top spot for the entire weekend and never dropping below third place. Ehnot and Iorio were responsible for nine races in the top-five, including two race winners.
Colts Sailing also had a Singlehanded National Championship qualifier in Ehnot. The CBA sophomore traveled to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va. on Halloween weekend to square off against 17 other top high school sailors. Ehnot's accomplishment marks the first time a CBA sailor has qualified for the Singlehanded Nationals since 2005, which was CBA's only other qualifier.
CBA sailing will be back out on the water come March for the spring season.