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SAILING Brunswick’s George takes fifth at 420 World Championship

August 25, 2018

Representing Team USA, William George and Dylan Ascenios were standouts at sea at the 420 World Championship recently in Newport, R.I.

George, a Brunswick School student and Ascenios, a Houston, Texas resident, finished fifth in the Open class at the 420 World Championship — a prestigious regatta which lasted six days and included the premier sailors in the world.

Under-17, Open and Women were the three fleets that were featured in the regatta. The Open class was comprised of 73 boats, with sailors hailing from New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Israel and Europe.

A Greenwich resident, George, who is entering his senior year at Brunswick, and Ascenios produced the best finish among Team USA boats in the Open class at the regatta. Sailing their way through rough water and shifty winds, which ranged between 6 and 12 knots, George and Ascenios competed in 12 races at the world championships. They registered two first-place finishes, one fourth-place showing and a sixth-place finish. In their 12 races, they had nine top-10 finishes.

Overall, they finished with a fifth-place score of 91 points. New Zealand won the Open class (31 points), with Spain taking the next three spots, before George and Ascenios. Ascenios skippered the boat at the regatta and George was the crewman.

George earned a spot on team USA last summer, then competed in the Open European Championships in Athens, Greece and the Junior European Championships in Lake Garda, Italy.

Ascenios and George experienced success together prior to the 420 World Championships. They teamed up to garner the first-place medal at the Atlantic Coast Championships last fall, placed fourth at the Orange Bowl Regatta and turned in fifth-place finishes at both the North American Championship and the Mid-Winter Championships.

George skippered Brunswick’s A fleet and served as a co-captain this past spring. He will be one of the Bruins’ captains for their 2019 season.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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