Jesuit Sails into 2nd and 3rd Place in Jerry Ellis, Jr. Regatta

Posted November 3, 2014 / Last updated November 5, 2014

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Photo courtesy of junior John Kemmerly.

Photo courtesy of junior John Kemmerly.

At the Jerry Ellis, Jr. Regatta on Oct. 18-19, the Jesuit sailing team finished with second, third, and 10th place out of the 17 420s that competed in the Biloxi, Miss. event.

The first day of the competition was marked by beautiful weather and good wind. Although the course was in a wind shadow, the Jesuit sailors surpassed this hindrance without difficulty.

The team of junior William Breaux and sophomore Connor Housey accrued one first place and four second place finishes on Saturday, which placed them in second overall going into Sunday’s races.

In addition, the team of sophomore Michael Haupt and freshman William Nance—with alternates Pre-freshman Nick Hays and Freshman Alex Petty—finished Saturday’s races with two third place, two fourth place, and one fifth place finishes which garnered them the third place position overall before Sunday’s races.

To round it all off, freshman Robert Argote skippered with juniors Cameron Armand, John Kemmerly, and Zach Robbins and finished in fifth, seventh, eighth, 10th, and 14th place in their races and earned an eighth place position before Sunday’s events.

On Sunday, the Jesuit sailors faced varying winds from heavy gusts to gentle breezes, which made sailing difficult for the teams. However, the team of Breaux and Housey finished strong with a second place overall award in the regatta. The team of Haupt and Nance gave it their all and left the regatta with a third place award. Finally, the teams of Argote/Robbins and Argote/Kemmerly finished in 10th place to establish a solid series for the Jesuit sailing team.