Two Brick youths compete in world sailing competition

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BRICK — Andrew Abeal and Owen Carolan are at it again. This time they were crowned the third best RS Feva sailors in North America. The duo based out of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club [MCYC] in Brick sailed the Long Island Sound in Greenwich, Connecticut earlier this month. We knew coming in that there were people better than us so we’re so excited about our outcome, third in North America,” said Andrew. “We felt we could have done better if there was more wind, because the wind was very shifty,” said Owen. “It would die and then come back and then die. It went from three knots to ten within a half hour.” Despite setbacks, the boys were still able to place third best out of 30 boats in the entire fleet, and earned themselves a spot in the Feva Worlds, in Clearwater, Florida. “That’s going to be a hard one, there’s over 100 boats,” admitted Andrew. “We just have to practice and sail our own race and not worry about other boats. Worry about us and what we can do and what we can bring to the table.” As for right now Andrew and Owen will continue to practice and sail the Barnegat Bay and other local courses in different regattas to prepare for the world stage. “We’re pretty close to the best in North America,” said Carolan. “We feel really confident,” added Andrew. “We feel like we’re the kings of the Feva fleet on the Barnegat Bay.”

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