Point Loma High School wins Team Race Nationals
Published on May 27th, 2014
The Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) held the final High School Championship of the sailing season with the Baker Team Race Championship in Seabrook, TX. Qualifiers among the seven ISSA districts advanced 12 schools to compete for the title at Lakewood Yacht Club on May 24-25.
Weather was fantastic both Saturday and Sunday with breeze in the 7-12 knot range, sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-80’s.
On Saturday, all 66 races of the Qualifying Round were completed, which had Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA) finishing the round in first with an unbeaten record of 11-0. The next 4 teams finished in a 4-way tie for 2nd place with a win-loss record of 8-3.
After the tie-break, it would be Annapolis High School (Annapolis, MD), St. George’s School (Middletown, RI), and Shorecrest Preparatory School (St. Petersburg, FL) joining Point Loma in the Gold fleet. Corona del Mar High School (Newport Beach, CA) would have to settle for the Silver fleet.
Point Loma started Sunday with 2 losses, putting their lead within reach of the other teams, but held on during the double round to win at 14-3, with Annapolis close behind at 13-4. St. George’s rounded out the top three at 11-6, and Shorecrest finished 4th at 9-8.
The racing moved quickly on Sunday, allowing the regatta organizers to add a second round for the Silver and Bronze fleets. In Silver, Corona del Mar won handily at 13-4 and the Bronze Fleet winner was the Loyola Academy (Wilmette, IL) at 8-9.
The winning Point Loma team was Trevor Hecht ’14 / Megan Lansdale ’16, Will La Dow ’14 / Mercedes McPhee ’15, and Scott Sinks ’14 / Rebecca McElvain ’15. In addition to winning the Team Race Nationals, Point Loma finished the 2013-14 season with a second in the Singlehanded Championship (Laser Full Rig) and winning the Doublehanded Championship.