The Lincoln Academy Sailing Club members who raced in the Gleekman Trophy Regatta are (from left): Bobby Clarkson, Kate Mason, Toby Clarkson, Alton Coolidge, Arden Carleton, and Piper Carleton. All six will travel to Virginia next month for the Atlantic Coast Championships.

The Lincoln Academy Sailing Club took first place in the Gleekman Trophy Fall Funfest Regatta hosted by Sharon High School in Sharon, Massachusetts on Saturday, October 9. The team of six LA sailors: Arden Carleton, Kate Mason, Piper Carleton, Alton Coolidge, Bobby Clarkson, and Toby Clarkson won the event by a slim margin in close racing.

In what turned out to be a perfect fall day of racing on Lake Massapoag with 8-10 knots of easterly shifty breeze, the Sharon team hosted a terrific event. The host managed to complete seven races in each division. Schools entered two boats in seven races, and the final score was based on the totals accrued by both boats.

It was a tough field with St. George’s, Milton Academy, and Barrington High School all trading places with LA in the top four.

“It came down to the last race, and in the end LA won by a single point,” said LA senior Alton Coolidge.

Junior Kate Mason said the difference maker was the experience of the LA team. “The wind was puffy and shifty. Sometimes it was dead, sometimes it was heavy, so you had to be a well-rounded sailor to win in all those conditions. I think our success comes from how consistent we are as a team–we have all been sailing since before high school, and a lot of the other teams have at least one boat that has inexperienced sailors.”

Senior Arden Carleton agrees that teamwork and experience paid off. “At this event all six of us sailed at least three races, rotating into our two boats in order to achieve the best results. While we love to compete against each other in order to improve, we all support each other and work together to be successful. When rotating, we make sure to give each other tips and reports on conditions, the fleet, and what seems to be working well.”

The regatta was the third and final qualifying event for the Atlantic Coast Championships, the premier fall high school event. The team will go on to represent Lincoln Academy and the New England Scholastic Sailing Association in the championships hosted by Old Dominion University in November.