Texas High School Wins Doublehanded Nationals
Published on May 15th, 2016
Clear Falls High School (League City, TX) topped the fleet of 20 High School teams to win the Mallory Championship, held in Charleston, SC on May 14-15. The Mallory Trophy, dedicated in 1930, is the doublehanded nationals for the 7 Districts across the USA. Racing in CFJs and Z420s in the Charleston Harbor, Wiley Rogers (’18) and Hunter Skinner (’16) finished second in A division while Dane Byerly (’16) won B division with crews Laura Masterson (’16), Julia Sheaffer (’18), and Bailey Spatz (’16).
Event details – Scoreboard
Report by PRO Ryan Hamm:
Saturday, May 14:
A strong westerly breeze from 8-15 knots gave RC what they needed to get off 14 races in each division. Very little current till after lunch break but built to a strong outgoing tide all afternoon making upwind legs challenging. With questionable conditions Sunday they raced till after 6 pm. There were no filed protests and 2 requests for redress. We will try to fulfill the rotation in the morning before the forecasted breeze falls apart. No races can start after 3. Great job to the race management team led by Ryan Hamm and Ryan Davidson. Thank you to the host of C of C Cougars who worked hard to make the day a success.
Sunday, May 15:
After a full rotation including 40 races the Clear Fall Knights Took home the Mallory High School National Championship held in sunny Charleston South Carolina. The Knights Took the lead early Saturday and never let go. They ended the regatta with almost a 40 point lead. The Point Lona Pointers, who led very early in the regatta, clawed back some Sunday and easily held onto 2nd place. In the last 2 races of the regatta Shorecrest was able to erase the gap behind Milton Academy to take the last podium spot. Only 12 races were needed Sunday to complete the rotations. Wind started around 10 knots from the north and dropped off all morning. Last race ended just as the northerly shut off. C of C sailors and crew did a great job all weekend to get in a full regatta. The awards presented before 2 o’clock to allow the teams to begin their travels back home.