Haig, Southern Sailors End Season With Runner-Up Finishes in State Regattas

May 30, 2018
Courtesy of: Southern Sailing

For four years, Dana Haig has been a staple in the Southern Regional sailing program. On May 23, just days after leading the Rams to a second-place finish in the New Jersey Interscholastic Sailing Association (NJISA) Championship, Haig returned to the Toms River for her final scholastic sailing event, teaming with Bridget Green and Brielle Willoughby to skipper Southern to second in the New Jersey Girls Championship.

After a first-place start in the first race, Haig’s boat sailed to second- and fourth-place spots during the next two races and held a slight lead over the Rumson-Fair Haven duo of Colleen O’Brien and Morgan Rice. In the fourth race, O’Brien and Rice pulled ahead with a first-place finish, while Southern took sixth. Rumson-Fair Haven cruised from there, winning the next three races to pull away.

Haig and her sophomore-freshman crew kept pace by taking third, second and second during races 5 through 7, but an eighth-place position in the eighth race pushed Southern a bit farther behind Rumson-Fair Haven. Haig skippered the Southern boat to a first-place finish in the final race of the regatta – the last of her career as well – but O’Brien and Rice won the title with 22 points. The Rams ended up with 29. The RFH tandem of Michaela O’Brien and Amelia Buch finished third with 32 points.

Dana had teamed with sister, Emily, the past two years to win the girls’ championship and Emily had skippered a three-year run at the top of the state standings before last week’s runner-up finish.

Amid a stiff easterly wind of 12 to 15 knots and periods of steady rain on May 19, Southern finished second in the NJISA Championship behind Ranney, which captured the title with 40 points while the Rams registered 46 in the runner-up spot. Christian Brothers Academy was a distant third, finishing with 73 points.

Sailing with crew Tommy Green, Haig skippered the A-Division boat to three first-place and a second-place positions in the eight-race regatta to finish tied with Ranney in points (25). In the B Division, the Ranney sailors ended up with 15 points while Willoughby, Bridget Green, Joe Mrzaek and Nate Ertle teamed up to finish with 21 points, as they closed the gap by winning two of the last three races.

While the sailing has ended for the spring season, Southern will wrap up the year with its annual fundraising dinner at Surf City Yacht Club on Sunday, June 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and can be purchased from any team member or by emailing coach Steve Warren at stephen11@gmail.com. To support the program, which is not funded by the school, contact Warren to make donation arrangements.

— David Biggy


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