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2013 Cressy Results

SAILING: Midwesterners Mitchell Kiss, Malcolm Lamphere glide to titles
The two are tops in nation singlehanded.
By Rich Roberts Correspondent
Posted:   11/11/2012 09:33:19 PM PST
Updated:   11/11/2012 10:37:52 PM PST

LONG BEACH - Mitchell Kiss of Holland, Mich., and Malcolm Lamphere of Lake Forest, Ill., fought off their strongest rivals Sunday to win the Laser Standard Full Rig and Radial titles, respectively, in the ISSA Singlehanded National Championship for the Cressy Trophy off the Belmont Veterans Memorial Pier in Long Beach.

The top 36 singlehanded high school sailors from around the country sailed in a cool but sunny 62 degrees with the breeze dropping to single digits after Saturday's brisk blow.

The event was organized by the Interscholastic Sailing Association in conjunction with host United States Sailing Center-Long Beach. All on-land activities were based at the U.S. Sailing Center-Long Beach, and spectators watched from the pier.

The participants competed in two fleets of 18 boats each. Sailors earned spots by qualifying at championship regattas in their respective districts.

Ten races were run in each fleet Saturday and the final eight went off Sunday.

Kiss, last year's Radial Fleet champion, won with a margin of 23 points. He represents Black River High School in Holland. He had a couple of tough finishes on Sunday but finished strong with a win in the last race. Daniel DelBello, of Fox Lane High School in Bedford, N.Y., was second for the second year in a row. Stephen Long of Dos Pueblos High School in Santa Barbara finished third.

Lamphere won the Radials with good competition coming from runner-up Gary Prieto of Southold (N.Y.) High School. Prieto briefly took the lead after race 14 but Lamphere stayed just ahead of him in the remaining races to guarantee victory.

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--Radial Fleet Start --Close Finish --Local Corona del Mar team leads around the mark

Tom Monkus, SAISA Director