Underclassmen revive forgotten sailing team

Morgan Rogers

Captains Parker Johnson and Jordan Dritz lead a group of fifteen brave freshman and sophomore students in the newly revived sailing team that has started back up for the spring of 2010. The team was initially started about 10 years ago by athletic director Jerry Pettinger and Jim Ryan.

More recently though, sophomore Parker Johnson and his mom brought it back to BSM. “My mom started asking questions and sending emails to the LMSS [Lake Minnetonka Sailing School] and they referred us to WCSS [Wayzata Community Sailing School],” said Johnson, “eventually with talks with our head coach, Cappy Capper, and Jerry Pettinger we got the ball rolling and people started joining.”

With regattas (sail boat races) every weekend, the team races against schools from all around the area and sometimes even from around the nation. They are headed to Milwaukee next weekend and will compete with teams from all across America. “Our last regatta was two days long and we competed against schools and teams who were shooting to go to nationals,” said Johnson. “But locally we compete against Wayzata, Minnetonka, Breck, Blake and Hopkins.”

Thus far, all the members are having a good time getting to know each other and the techniques of the sport. “Sailing team is the best. We all get to hang out and sail in the beautiful Lake Minnetonka waters everyday with the sun shining,” said sophomore Katie Cashman.

For now, the team has modest hopes for the rest of the season as they continue to enjoy the sport and grow as a team. “We’re trying our best to improve on what Cappy calls ‘boat speed’ and maybe making friends with the sailors from other places at regattas so we don’t get protested every ten feet,” said sophomore Kate Hinkens.