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Chatham Now A Sailing School

By Matt Gentile

Friday, May 16, 2014 • 6:35pm

CHATHAM, NJ -The 2014 spring came a little late this year to Chatham High School and along with it came a new team, the Sailing Team.

The team came about with two CHS students who wanted to continue their summer sailing careers to all-year round. The two students are sisters, Marisa and Juliana Marino, and they said the idea came to them through a summer sailing coach this past year.

The sisters said that it was not too difficult to form a new team at the High School:

“After we found out there was a high school sailing league in New Jersey, we thought it would be a great opportunity to sail throughout the year."

Then after meeting with Chatham Athletic Director Bill Librera and Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa about starting a team, the sisters were asked to make a formal presentation directly to the Board of Education.

"The coaches and administrators at Summit and Perth Amboy were very helpful with information about the league and their experiences with getting a team started," the Marinos said. "After bringing on our coach, who is the summer sailing instructor at Raritan Yacht Club, we completed the administrative requirements and received official approval from the Board in mid-April.”

The CHS Sailing team practices and competes at the Raritan Bay in Perth Amboy with both the teams from Perth Amboy and Summit. On Tuesdays, the team races. All teams are welcome to race on any given week; the races
usually consist of these three teams. Each school brings 4 sailors in order to field two separate teams (a team consists of a skipper and one crew) and the school is assigned one boat for both teams.

Each school usually competes in 7-10 races on league-wide race days, which are split amongst the two teams
per school. Other schools who compete in league-wide race days include: Rumson/Fair Haven, Christian Brothers Academy, Toms River North and Toms River South, Monsignor Donovan, Red Bank Regional, St Augustine Prep, Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant Boro, Southern Regional, and Princeton.

The two girls’ interests in sailing started at the young ages of 8 (Juliana) and 7 (Marisa) and they were first introduced to the sport at Lavallette Yacht Club in Barnegat Bay.

The team started its season on March 11, when the water and air were both well below ideal sailing temperatures. But all the sailors to this point have had a very fun first season and hope for future success as the program grows.

 "Sailing is a sport that requires both intellectual and physical capabilities," said Dan Marino, parent advisor for CHS sailing.  "To this point, the main obstacles to having a high school team have been logistics and cost.  We've solved these issues through partnerships with other sailing schools, and now, any CHS student, regardless of their level of previous sailing experience, has the opportunity to learn a great life-sport in a positive, team-based environment."
 
 Have any additional questions about the CHS sailing team? Contact the girls or the parent advisor, Dan Marino at:
julianamarino@chatham-nj.org, marisamarino@chatham-nj.org, danieljmarino@hotmail.com

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