ISSA Cressy Singlehanded National ChampionshipPosted on October 27, 2017
Fleet winners: Radial - Chase Carraway & Full Rig - Joseph Hou
Radial Top 3: Marcus Huttunen (L), Chase Carraway (C), Lillie Myers (R)
Saturday, October 28:
Day one started off with a light 8.5 knot breeze from the ENE. 2 races were sailed before the third race had to be abandoned due to insufficient pressure. Report time for day 2 has been moved up to 0800 to take full advantage of the big breeze forecast.
Sunday, October 29:
Competitors were greeted on Day 2 with big breeze and much cooler temperatures. Wind were in the 20-25 knots range with the occasional gust in to the low 30's. 11 races were sailed on a combination of course 4 and 5. Joseph Hou from Newport Harbor HS won the championship by an 8 point margin by staying consistent through the 13 race series. Many thanks to Laser Performance for supplying the boats, the RC and Judges at the St Pete YC and all the competitors for making this such an enjoyable event!
The top 36 singlehanded high school sailors from around the USA will descend upon the St. Petersburg Yacht Club to compete in the 2017 Cressy High School Singlehanded Championship, October 28-29 in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The participants will compete in two fleets of 18 Laser Standard Full Rigs and Laser Radials, with each sailor having earned a spot by qualifying at championship regattas in their respective districts.
Four sailors are returning in the Full rig division from last year’s Championship to vie for the Standard Laser title including Stephen Streater, Ft. Lauderdale HS who finished 5th overall last year, Ted Bjerregaard, St. George’s School, Cameron Feves, Long Beach Polytechnic, and Paul Lobree, Ransom Everglades.
Leo Boucher, South River HS, Jake Vickers, Archbishop Spalding and Michael Ehnot of Christian Brothers Academy competed in the Radial division in 2016 and have now moved up to the Full Rig.
In the Radial division, six returning competitors will make for stiff competition. Marcus Huttunen from powerhouse Point Loma High School will try to best his 4th place finish last year against Chase Carraway from Cape Fear Academy, Caden Scheiblauer from Santa Barbara High School, Alex Fasolo –St George’s Academy, Samuel Bartel from Orono HS and Christian Spencer of Kettle Moraine HS.
St Petersburg should serve up a mix of clouds and sun and possible rain this weekend, with fall-like conditions and moderate temperatures. The most important forecast for the sailors though does include prediction of good wind for both days of competition, albeit lighter winds on Saturday with a predicted 10 knots and 20 knots for Sunday.
Racing is scheduled to start at 10:00am ET on Saturday, and 10:00am ET on Sunday; conditions permitting.