The Belmont Hill sailing team is looking forward to a challenging season in 2017. The twelve-man team is composed of nine veteran Belmont Hill sailors, with the addition of three First Formers. This year the team is primarily focused on three-on-three team racing, practicing against Winchester High School on the Mystic Lakes nearly every day to hone their skills. The team hopes to qualify for the Mark, the regional team racing championship, where they can compete against other top schools in New England. The team will compete as far away as Castine, Maine. Led by captains Jack Murphy ‘18 and Jacob Whitney ‘17, the team is looking to make up for a second-place finish last year during the Massachusetts Stage Championship on the Charles River. The sailing team has been on the water since March break, participating in four team races already. After two losses at Saint George’s, the team is looking to improve their overall racing record. Coaches Zamore and Orlov are also looking forward to help the team both progress and learn the intricacies of team racing. The coaches’ collaboration with the Winchester sailing team has allowed the team to both race against their boats and practice sailing with larger fleets, thereby helping to develop racing strategies. While it is difficult to watch a regatta, it is worth the trip to the boat club.