The NYA sailing team competes as part of the SailMaine program, and this year SailMaine has introduced keelboat racing for its high school students. On October 18, NYA will host the Inaugural SailMaine HS Keelboat Regatta in Casco Bay-a first of its kind!
“We are really excited by the addition of the SailMaine J22 fleet to our high school program this season.” said SailMaine Program Director, Gerry Tiernan. “We feel that teaching kids keelboat sailing at a younger age opens up new avenues for them that they don’t get sailing only small boats. It’s a different game. It requires a different level of focus and attention to detail than dinghy sailing. We hope it will allow kids to participate in areas of the sport that may have been inaccessible to them otherwise.”
Katie Hatch, SailMaine’s Executive Director said, “I haven’t heard of any other high school specific keelboat regattas anywhere in the region since I became involved in the sport. SailMaine is proud to host this event with North Yarmouth Academy. We think it’s great for the kids and great for the sport. It’s going to be such a cool event!” For more information on the regatta, e-mail email@example.com.
The NYA Boys cross-country team travelled to Belfast on Saturday to compete at the largest high school sporting event in Maine – the Festival of Champions race. Almost a thousand boys from three states and two Canadian provinces ran in three heats on the rolling, grassy course that will also host the state championships in November. Clouds helped keep the temperatures down but the high humidity occasionally turned to drizzle throughout the day. More »
The boys cross-country team traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire this past weekend to compete in one of the largest cross-country festivals in New England. This year was the 40th annual running of the Manchester Invitational at Derryfield Park, and the weather was unusually hot for the hilly 3.1-mile course.
First up for NYA were our crew of freshmen. At Manchester, the freshmen run a 2.1-mile modified course, which pleased them all immensely. Crossing the finish line first for the Panthers was Devlin O’Keefe (14:40 and 132nd in a field of 233). Jack Sillin was the number two freshman (15:15/154th) followed shortly by Justin Guo (15:22/161st). The next three finished in a close cluster – Parker Elkins (16:29 /199th) and Youssef Ayad (16:29/200th) in a sprint to the finish, and Kieran Rowe (17:00/210th) nearby. Perhaps aided by the 9:30 am start that allowed them to run before the heat of the day, all the ninth-graders turned in excellent performances. In addition, our six runners scored as a team in the freshman race, placing 22nd of 24th and only two points behind 21st place. A team score in this race is unprecedented in recent NYA cross-country history!
At noon, the small school varsity race went off into the record heat for this time of year. The weather was definitely a factor for the team; each runner ran hard, but the times showed the effect of the sun. Matt Malcom ’15 finished first for the team in 17:44 (23rd in a field of 219). Haley Cunningham ’15 turned in another strong race with a 19:38 time (115th) and John Leblanc ’15 was third for the team (20:18 / 144th). Jack Kostelnik ’17 continued his season-long move higher on the varsity squad with a 21:44 finish (192nd). Patrick Jackson ’15 was the team’s final scorer (22:21/204th) and Jake Malcom ’17 completed the team (22:50/210th). Overall, NYA finished 26th of 32 teams.
Here are the full results of the freshman race and of the small school varsity race.
Also, click here for photos of the meet by Coach Mazzurco!
The NYA Boys cross-country team traveled to Pineland on Friday to take on Greely, Kennebunk, Poland, and host Merriconeag. The 3.1-mile Pineland course featured wooded trails and rolling hills with a flat, grassy start and finish for the 73-man field. The highlights of the day were a dramatic win for Matt Malcom ’15 and new personal records for more than half the team. More »
The NYA Sailing Team will be hosting their first annual regatta “Panther Paw Open” this Sunday, September 14, at SailMaine. The team will be competing against seven local high schools, as well as against high schools from Massachusetts and Vermont. The first race starts at 10:30 am. Yarmouth, Falmouth, Portland, Cape Elizabeth, Cheverus, SoMaine and NYA (with 2 teams) will be competing, as well as Burlington HS, Northern Vermont HS, Marblehead HS and Wellesley HS. If you are around the Old Port on Sunday stop by, relax and enjoy a day of sailing at the beautiful Casco Bay.