2012-2013 Cressy Championship
The top 36 singlehanded high school sailors from around the country will descend upon sunny Southern California starting Friday, November 9th to compete in the 2012 ISSA Singlehanded Nationals Championship for the Cressy Trophy off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach, CA.
The event is organized by the Interscholastic Sailing Association in conjunction with the host the United States Sailing Center-Long Beach.
The participants will compete in two fleets of 18 Laser Standard Full Rigs and Laser Radials. Each sailor has earned a spot by qualifying at championship regattas in their respective districts.
Mitchell Kiss, last year’s Radial Fleet Championship, will compete this year in the Laser Standard fleet. He represents Black River High School in Holland, MI. Mitchell also won a bronze medal at the 2012 Laser Radial Youth World Championship.
In the Radial division, several returning competitors will make for stiff competition. Malcolm Lamphere of Lake Forest High School, Lake Forest, IL; Gary Prieto, Southold High School, Southold, NY; Andrew Puopolo, Stuyvesant High School, New York, NY; and Jack Marshall, Buckingham Browne and Nichols, Cambridge, MA all finished in the top ten of last year’s Radial Fleet.
Long Beach should serve up a mix of clouds and sun this weekend, with the forecasts predicting temperatures in the low 60s and the possibility of showers on Saturday. The most important forecast for the sailors though does include prediction of good wind for both days of competition. Racing is scheduled to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 10:15 a.m. on Sunday; conditions permitting. All on-land activities will be based at the US Sailing Center-Long Beach, and racing can be watched from the pier.
For scoring updates and information, follow the regatta online.