Christian Brothers Academy Sailing has been all over the map this fall, quite literally.
The fall sailing season comes to an end with the Colts participating in five out-of-state regattas over the course of the 11 week campaign, including stops in Rochester, Charleston, and Norfolk.
Of course, CBA spent much of its season right here at home, winning all five New Jersey-based weekend events. The Colts were crowned NJISA League Champions for the fifth time in program history, while also winning the Sailfest Trophy Regatta for the fourth time, which is the oldest high school sailing regatta in the state. Both feats are now state records for most victories at those events.
Christian Brothers took home the annual Fall Series win for the second consecutive fall season. The Fall Series consists of six Wednesday afternoon race days, which are tallied up for the overall champion.
Seniors Ryan Ehnot and Colin Guerrera represented the Academy at the Mid-Atlantic Singlehanded Championship in Rye, New York back in September. Ehnot finished sixth out of 30 sailors, while Guerrera was eighth in his division.
The highlight of October was a third place finish at the Mid-Atlantic Fleet Championship in Rochester. It was the second highest finish in a district championship regatta for the program.
This fall was a return to the national stage for the Colts as well, qualifying for the Atlantic Coast Championship for the third time in team history. The ACC is considered the top national regatta of the fall season, which was held at Old Dominion University on November 13 and 14. CBA finished 13th overall, led by Ehnot, along with junior Bryce Vitiello and sophomore Mitchell Hnatt, who finished tied for eighth in the A Division.
"After a year and a half of pandemic interruptions, this team came into the season with a determination to make up for lost time," head coach Jason Lutz said. "They collectively believed that we could reach these national-level goals, and that went a long way towards our success."
As a warm-up for the Atlantic Coasts, the Colts took a trip to the College of Charleston Invitational in South Carolina on November 5 and 6, where they squared off against national competition. In breezy conditions, CBA finished sixth overall, with Guerrera and junior Nick Cuhna coming in fourth in the B Division.
The team finished the season in Annapolis, Maryland at the Mid-Atlantic Keelboat Championship, sailing a four-man J/22 for the first time ever on November 20.
With a successful fall in tow, the Colts will return to the water in March for the spring season.