BRICK — First generation sailors Elizabeth and Eva Fortunato have been sailing since the age of eight as they came to follow in their brother’s footsteps.
Eight years later, the 16-year-old twins have made sailing a part of their lifestyle and have graduated to the top of the Metedeconk River Yacht Club [MCYC] Junior Program as the first co-commodores and have become accomplished junior sailors.
“People say we have twin telepathy, we started to work really smoothly together,” said Elizabeth.“Sometimes we don’t need to speak to each other with what we need to do, but I really enjoy being out there, I think I’m most comfortable with her.”
Eva and Elizabeth put their dedication to sailing to the test this summer, practicing Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and participated in the MCYC Wednesday Series.
Winning the powder puff regatta was just the beginning for the twin sailors this season.
Placing in the top three in a majority of their summer schedule, including Junior Olympics.
Their excellence and knowledge of sailing led the MCYC Junior Committee to a historic compromise: making the girls co-junior commodores.
During the Junior Program awards on Friday, Aug. 19, Eva and Elizabeth swept the categories as they earned many awards including Co-Skipper of the Week [Year], Kenny Brown Award, Andrew Brennan Award, plus some others.
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