Darien duo win top sailing award from JSA
Noroton Yacht club brings the Timothy Sinclair Memorial Trophy back for the second time in four years.
Awarded by the Junior Sailing Association of Long Island Sound (JSA) for the best record achieved in Pixel open events, Devin Hart, skipper, and Madeline Dwyer, crew, teamed up this year to sail a two-handed boat in contrast to the solo life of sailing an Optimist Dinghy.
Designed by local boat designer and Rowayton resident Bruce Kirby, known worldwide for his design of the Laser, design of the Sonar and design of several America Cup Yachts, Kirby created the Pixel to replace the Blue Jay, and as a great introduction to double handed sailing.
As they headed into the summer sailing season at Noroton, the time was right for Hart/Dwyer to try a new partnership, a new boat and new goals.
"I was thrilled to hear the news," Kari Roberts, head of 2015 Junior Sailing at Noroton Yacht Club this summer, said.
"It is quite an accomplishment," said Conner Brady, head instructor. "As neither Devin nor Maddie knew the boat or even each other as sailors."
Perseverance paid off as this team worked tirelessly to get the most speed out of their boat upwind and while controlling a powerful spinnaker downwind.
Starting off slowly in results but entering every regatta offered, Hart/Dwyer built on lessons learned from each race.
"We did not have an easy start with so much to learn," Harts admitted.
"Respect for each other and supportive teamwork was the key," Dwyer added.
They were determined, both girls attend Darien High School and have their eye on the varsity sailing team this coming spring.
"We couldn’t have hoped for a better end to a great season" Hart said.