Point Loma HS Wins Fleet Racing Nationals
Published on May 13th, 2018
Seabrook, TX (May 13, 2018) – The team from Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA) won the 2018 ISSA (Interscholastic Sailing Association) Mallory Trophy Championship for the High School Double-handed Fleet Race National Championship Regatta.
Twenty high school teams competed in Flying Junior boats at the 2018 ISSA Fleet Racing National Championship. Teams qualified out of the seven district regions throughout the USA, with the competition held May 12-13 on Clear Lake.
The first day of the regatta began with a variable wind between 8 – 12 knots, which gradually shifted approximately 40 degrees to the East around through the morning and early afternoon with several course resets. The wind settled into a SE 10-14 knot velocity for the rest of the day. The day was sunny and warm with a high of 87 degrees.
A total of 20 races were run with Point Loma High School of San Diego in a clear lead with 84 points followed by Francis Parker School, also from San Diego in 2nd with 106 points, closely followed by Christchurch School from Virginia in 3rd with 112 points.
The second and final day of racing started sunny with an 8 knot breeze, but shifted several times within an 80 degree direction resulting in a 30 minute postponement. The wind settled at an ESE 8-12 knots and racing commenced. It gradually shifted to an ESE breeze between 8-12 with 14 total races being run, ending just after 2:30 for A fleet and around 3:10 for B Fleet.
Point Loma High School dominated, winning by 48 points over 2nd place Francis Parker. Point Loma had 158 points, with Francis Parker at 206 points battling for 2nd with Christchurch, who finished in 3rd with 209 points. Additionally, from Point Loma High School, skipper Jack Reiter ’18 with crew Kalea Woodard ’20 won A-Division by 15 points with 72 total points over 2nd place A-Division team of Christchurch.
In B-Division, skipper Jack Egan ’20 with crews Jonah Hatt ’19 and Marcus Huttunen ’20 of Point Loma High School took the honors of 1st place by 3 points with a total of 86 points over the 2nd place team Clear Falls High School.
Overall, 34 total races were run and with 137 total sailors from all over the country. The full rotation of 20 races for the A and B fleets was not completed, the race committee was able to get 17 races done.
Point Loma High School won its seventh title after winning last year at MIT in Cambridge, MA.
Here is the 2018 line-up:
Mid Atlantic (3): Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA); Mamaroneck High School (Mamaroneck, NY); Ranney School (Tinton Falls, NJ)
Midwest (4): Grosse Pointe South High School (Grosse Pointe Farms, MI); Minnetonka High School (Minnetonka, MN); New Trier High School (Winnetka, IL); Rocky River High School (Rocky River, OH)
New England (3): Barrington High School (Barrington, RI); Tabor Academy (Marion, MA); The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)
North West (2): Olympia High School (Olympia, WA); Orcas High School (Eastsound, WA)
Pacific Coast (4): Corona del Mar High School (Newport Beach, CA); Francis Parker High School (San Diego, CA); Newport Harbor High School (Newport Beach, CA); Point Loma High School (San Diego, CA)
South Atlantic (3): Antilles School (St Thomas, VI); South Fork High School (Stuart, FL); St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
South East (1): Clear Falls High School (League City, TX)
Source: Event Media