The freezing temperatures, chilling hail and ominous fog did not stop Lakewood High sailors this weekend at their 2nd to last regatta of the season. Luke Healy, Jack Wynn, Parker Polen, Kiera Hoye and I huddled up with other Foundry sailors around the only living cellphone to check the final scores; Lakewood High School fell in the 3rd place slot, surpassing Ignatius and Rocky River (our biggest rivals). The joy we felt was incomparable, even though the win was creditable. For the first time in the club’s existence at Lakewood High, we felt worthy of our title.
Saturday, October 28th began for our team at 7:30 am. Although gloomy and bitter, we made the morning trek down the causeway to the Old Coast Guard Station. There, Coach Sam Patterson (better known as Sandusky Sam) geared up the coach boat and prepared the rotations. Teams from Detroit flooded in around 8:15 after the Foundry teams had rigged all the boats; our fingers, already raw from tying knots and stringing the sails up. In the most miserable weather, with upwards of 5 layers sticking to our bodies, we persevered.
Although this seems absolutely terrible and, why would anyone subject themselves to this? It’s a simple enough answer: we whole-heartedly love the sport and the culture that surrounds it. After every sailor exits their boat, friendships and mutual interest grow. Most of the relationships form off the water, as ironic as that sounds. Sailing is not only a sport but a coagulation of generally happy, warm and caring people who all happen to be passionate about the same sport.
*shameless self promotion*
If you’d like to sail in warmer weather, meet new people or just try this sport on for size, the sailing club at Lakewood High School meets again in the spring season.