The Darien High School sailing team won the Fairfield County Sailing League Championship on Sunday, May 19 at Grass Island in Greenwich. The event brought together the county's top six schools to race in a team format that would decide a spring season champion. Ranked third heading into the competition, Darien started slowly with a loss to Staples, before winning all its following matches. The Blue Wave's victory wsa ultimately decided on a tiebreaker.
"It was a bit challenging given the wind conditions," Darien coach Britt Hall said. "The day started with a light breeze of about five knots, when suddenly a sustained 12 to 14-knot breeze would blow in. We were constantly trading in our light breeze skippers and crews for heavy wind skippers and crew and then back again. These sailors did a great job handling the constantly changing conditions."
Irregular weather was a theme of the team's entire 2014 season, forcing constant on-the-fly adjustments to both game and practice schedules. In fact, half of the top Darien sailors missed their earlier state competions due to a scheduling conflict with the O'Day Trophy, New England's fleet racing championship. Even without them, the Blue Wave placed second at regatta held by Lakeville's Hotchkiss School.
Overall, Darien earned a ranking of seventh out of all high school teams in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York.
"This was the last match of my last year on the team," Wave captain Haley Okun said after her team's county championship. "I couldn't think of a better way to end my sailing career at DHS."