While football, boys soccer, cross country and girls volleyball have been working hard towards success this fall season, Payton Sailing is quietly achieving it’s best season yet. The sailing team enrolled 15 new freshmen to its frosh and JV teams while returning juniors and seniors make up the Varsity squad, bringing the size of the team to over 22 sailors.
In terms of practice, Payton Sailing moved to Chicago Yacht Club (CYC) at Belmont Harbor Station last spring, Chicago’s premier junior sailing facility that includes 25 identical sailboats, its own floating clubhouse and 12 powerboats supporting the practices. CYC also houses the St. Ignatius, Latin, and New Trier sailing teams. With these fantastic training partners, pristine equipment and fantastic coaching from college All-Americans and professional sailors, it’s no surprise that Payton has quickly developed one of the most feared sailing teams in all of the midwest.
Over the past couple of months Payton Sailing has enjoyed some astonishing results. In their first regatta of the season the sailing team became one of the top five qualifying teams to compete in the midwest fall championships. Throughout the season Payton has been at the top of the fleet, claiming podium finishes at nearly every regatta this season.
The sailing team has also had success at a national level. During the course of the fall season Payton Sailing has qualified for two national championships. First, in September, Payton qualified for the singlehanded national championship at Newport, Rhode Island in November. Singlehanded sailing is a discipline of high school sailing where one sailor sails a class of boat called the Laser singlehandedly.
Secondly, the team qualified for fall doublehanded nationals, called the Great Oaks Regatta, which takes place at the end of November in New Orleans at the prestigious Southern Yacht Club. “The success we’ve seen out of Payton in these past couple months is epic,” said two time college all-american and Chicago Yacht Club head coach Stephanie Hudson. “Their hard work and focus is paying off massively.”
In the near future Payton Sailing looks forward to success at both of these national championships. Down the road, Payton sailing and The Chicago Yacht Club hope to grow this budding team into a national force to be reckoned with.