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The 2014 Golden Bear Regatta was sailed out of Treasure Island Sailing Center for the third year this past weekend. The 64 new sets of PCISA sails arrived in California just in time and the sailors had the privilege of hoisting brand new sails right out of the plastic bags on Saturday morning. With the new sails the PCISA allowed 64 teams to participate even though the regular regatta cap is 60. The Bay Area Youth Sailing Board worked hard to install all the floating docks for launching and rotations, since TISC keeps them in the parking lot during the winter.


After attending the US Sailing’s leadership conference last week in San Diego with 650+ attendees, I came away with a lot of ideas so we can improve junior sailing from the high school sailing point of view. I believe we fit in a box that is simple and structured. We are not trying to change any aspect of youth sailing other than creating a team sport that becomes important for high school students. The message from the conference was to learn as much as you can but come away with 5 key items that can use in your organization


Gill NA has a great scholastic program to get ISSA sailors in the right gear for the season


Zander Kirkland was a top high school sailor at Tabor Academy from 1998-2002. Following high school, he sailed at Tufts University (Medford, MA). Following Tufts, Zander was hired as the head coach of Newport Harbor High School’s 2009 National Championship Team. Zander left NHHS in 2010 to pursue his Olympic sailing dream with his brother Jesse (another Tabor sailing team graduate), and together they would represent Bermuda in the 49er Class in the 2012 London Olympics.


November 26th, 2013 ISSA President Tim Hogan ISSA recently concluded their Annual Meeting for High School Sailing. This is the 83rd year in existence and our program is in great shape. Interscholastic Sailing Association (ISSA) has added 100 high school sailing teams in the last 5 years. We are now up to 465 schools and have approximately 5,000 sailors participating. This growth is fantastic but we have a number of challenges that arise with this expansion.


Congratulations to Riverview High School of Sarasota, Florida for winning the 2013 Great Oaks Regatta. The Riverview team of Sam Armington and Aaron Burnett also won the Larry and Babs White Trophy as the top first-time team.


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