Bishop Stang Sailing wins International Regatta

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DARTMOUTH — Bishop Stang High School, a diocesan, co-educational, college preparatory school located on the Southcoast, announced its high school varsity sailing team took first place in the Figawi Invitational.

“We are incredibly proud of Bishop Stang sailing, and Chloe Kelleher and Caroline Downey, that brought home the trophy for first place from the Figawi Invitational,” said Bishop Stang Sailing Coach Jon Pope. “It is an incredibly competitive event and our Bishop Stang sailors proved their skills again as the defending champions.”

The 43rd annual Figawi Race Weekend is recognized as a top sailing event not only on the east coast but is known nationally as well as internationally. Figawi Race Weekend kicks off the Cape Cod and Nantucket summer season. Entries include sailors from several states 240+ boats (including 30 power boats) and over 3,000 sailors and visitors, as well as locals, attend this event.

The regatta hosts the Figawi Invitational where high school sailing teams from across the Cape and Islands are brought to Nantucket by Figawi Inc to compete for the coveted Figawi Jr. Trophy. The races take place off the docks of Nantucket Boat Basin. The kids race in double handed, one design boats called 420s.

The success of the Bishop Stang sailing team has created some exciting collegiate sailing opportunities. Alum Katherine Downey is competing in the Nationals; she currently sails for Boston College. Two Bishop Stang graduates just finished sailing their freshman season for Rogers Williams University (JJ Pope) and University of Rhode Island (Cam Tougus). Recent grads have also sailed for Salve Regina, Tufts, University of Vermont, Boston College and George Washington.


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