By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Mia Nicolosi of St. Thomas, beat the U.S. and British Virgin Islands’ top Optimist sailors, her brother Teddy and Rayne Duff—something she has never done—in the BVI Dinghy Championships that wrapped up two days of sailing Sunday in the Sir Francis Drakes Channel, by capitalizing on the light breeze.
Racing out of the St. Thomas Yacht Club, Mia finished the competition with 18 points and had only one third place finish to go with three firsts. Teddy was second with 19 and Duff of the Royal BVI Yacht Club was third with 24.
“We had Mia stepping it up to finally making the other two guys sweat,” St. Thomas’ coach Agustin “Argy” Resano said. “I was happy to see that. It was light air, shifty and it was good training conditions, very nice and the race committee did a very good job in setting up the course. The races were nice, fair and square so I’m happy with the results overall this weekend.”
Mia said she was surprised to beat the top guys. “My brother and Rayne usually beat me so this time I beat them,” Mia told The Daily News. “It’s good to beat them because they have always been a place ahead of me and now I’m a place ahead of them so it feels good now that I’ve beaten them instead of them beating me. The conditions were light and I like light winds—I go faster and my boat speed is better than in heavy winds—which is hard because I’m not as heavy as other people.”
Event coordinator Julie Deakin too praised Mia’s performance. “Not only did she win the Blue Fleet but she also was first overall, which is excellent,” Deakin said. “She was also the top girl in the Triple Crown, so I think she had a brilliant weekend. Both her brother Teddy and Rayne Duff also sailed well this weekend.”
Deakin described the weekend as an “enormous success.” “We actually had 52 boats—two up on last year and all of those were Dinghy’s—we didn’t have any IC-24s. We had the biggest Green Fleet we’ve ever had with 24 boats so that was amazing. In the championships fleet they all did very well and we had the two Laser fleets—both radial, full and 420s—so yes, a very successful weekend.”
Green Fleet: 1. Katherine Majette, St. Thomas, 31. 2. Anya Reshletiloff, BVI, 34. 3. Ryan Lettsome, BVI, 38. 4. Max van den Driessche, St. Thomas, 39. 5. Winborne Majette, St. Thomas, 88. 6. Zahrria Thomas, St. Thomas, 89. 7. Hanna Tonin, St. Croix, 93. 8. Robbie Richards, St. Thomas, 94. 9. Nicolas Haycraft, BVI, 96. 10. Tanner Krygsveld, st. Croix, 101.
Red Fleet: 1. Teddy Nicolosi, St. Thomas, 19. 2. Victoria Flatley, St. Thomas, 53. 3. Julian van den Drisseche, St. Thomas, 64. 4. Atlee Kohl, St. Croix, 70. 5. Gillian Perrell, St. Thomas, 108. 6. Rider Odom, St. Croix, 124.
Blue Fleet: 1. Mia Nicolosi, St. Thomas, 18. 2. Rayne Duff, BVI, 24. 3. Mateo Di Blasi, St. Thomas, 61. 4. Lake Sanford, St. Croix, 90. 5. Matthew Dale, St. Croix, 108. 6. Kyle Roost, BVI, 132. 7. Dawson Kohl, St. Croix, 137.
Triple Crown: 1. Rayne Duff, BVI, 49 points. 2. Julian van den Driessche, St. Thomas, 144. 3. Lake Sanford, St. Croix, 147. 4. Teddy Nicolosi, St. Thomas, 166. 5. Atlee Kohl, St. Croix, 173.